Do you do things in your life because you want to … or because you should?
Are you paying attention to the signs the universe is sending you and the guidance you feel deep in your soul?
Because we’re so full of ideas and judgments about what we should and shouldn’t do, we tend to ignore the best advice we get—the guidance from our soul.
Overriding the Soul’s Guidance
Ideas and judgments about what we should and shouldn’t like –
- You’ve already spent so many years training for the job your soul wants you to leave. The money is good. It’s a secure job in an insecure economy. You should stay.
- You’re working yourself to death to pay for the fancy house and the private school, and your soul is telling you to simplify, downsize, and send the kids to public school. But you don’t think you should sacrifice their quality of life for yours.
- Your soul doesn’t want to hang out with the friend you’ve known for twenty years anymore, but you should.
- Your soul wants to dance under the moonlight, but you should go to the gym.
We tend to talk ourselves out of our soul’s guidance. We don’t trust that our soul knows what’s best, so we tend to write off soul guidance as mere coincidence or whimsy or even folly. To both: pay attention. Soul guidance may require radical acts of courage, and that can feel terrifying.
Where will my soul lead me? How uncomfortable will I have to get? How much uncertainty will I need to tolerate?
The soul doesn’t care about certainty. The soul cares about freedom.
When the Soul Has to Yell
Every time we override the soul’s guidance, the soul tends to get louder, not because you don’t have free will and not because the soul is punishing you, but because the soul is always trying to get through to you. The soul doesn’t necessarily speak the same language as you, so it may not just start rattling off soul guidance in your ear. Instead, it will use anything it can—dreams, emails, people who show up with messages for you, physical symptoms, gut instincts, bumper stickers, synchronicities that make you pay attention. The soul is always trying to guide you, but when you repetitively ignore it, it has to get crafty. Sometimes you wind up clobbered with the proverbial 2 x 4.
The soul’s guidance may start as a guiding dream or a persistent thought or a book or blog post that seems to speak directly to you. But if you ignore the soul’s guidance, the soul may guide you through painful interventions, like loss or illness. The soul is always yearning for you to WAKE UP and free yourself from all the shoulds.
It will use any vehicle at its disposal to help you face the TRUTH about who you are and what is aligned with your true self.
Are You Overriding Your Soul?
Because so many people suffer from what the shamans call “soul loss”, they lose touch with the soul’s guidance and wind up feeling lost, confused, disconnected, lonely, stressed and out of touch with the purpose and meaning in their lives. Reconnecting with the soul’s guidance is medicine for the soul.
Putting it into Practice
Write down a list of 10 things in your life that bring you joy. In a separate column, write down a list of 10 things you spend time doing that you don’t enjoy. Compare the lists and consider what changes you can make in your life to bring those lists into alignment.