“No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.”
How do we know how to distinguish between fear of the unknown or guided intuition?
For me it’s been a daily practice to know the difference and what I have found is that when I am being led by fear it feels urgent, confusing and difficult, whereas when I am being led by intuition it feels like a slow pull into uncertainty, but feels patient and clear.
Intuition develops like a muscle in our body and so to make it strong, I have to practice stillness and deep listening. Over time, I have learned to trust the universe is programmed with a supreme intelligence and knows exactly where I need to be guided, but I still have to be willing to take action from that guidance, even when it feels scary!
Call it a gut feeling or just something that feels off or feels amazing, I have learned to trust in it and act on it.
Jim Carrey said that “So many of us choose our path as fear, disguised as practicality” and he is right; life is not meant to be a safe, secure, familiar, mundane experience. We are here to expand, explore and step out into our fears with courage.
Of course knowing myself and the guidance of the universe takes deep listening, trial and error, but when I remember I am only here for a short time, I want to make sure I take every opportunity to be guided into the fullness of each and every moment.
“LIke all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there, without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.” Pema Chodron