Do You Trust Your Own Inner Wisdom?

The Master observes the world

but trusts his inner wisdom.

Verse 12 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

The Tao Te Ching keeps reminding us that the best place to look for what works for us and what doesn’t work for us is inside. In this verse we are yet again reminded that, even though we are in this world, that the best guide is still within ourselves. Inside each and every one of us is our true self, our higher self, our divine being. That being, that self, knows exactly what we need and exactly what we need to do to have a life on purpose. It knows what we need to live a life of light and love. It knows totally what our right next step is.

I find it interesting that The Alchemist this week is about using other people’s advice and The Tao Te Ching is about trusting your own. How does that work? We do truly always have our own answers and many times we can’t see them – or, maybe, feel them is a more accurate description. If you are in a clean space with a clear connection to your higher, true self then, contrary to anyone else’s advice, you KNOW exactly what needs to be done. I also believe that many times our emotional involvement with those events and situations will clog, so to speak, the connection to that higher self.

It seems to be a kind of catch-22 here. Emotions are clogging up the channel and yet, feelings are how you connect with the right course of action. As with most things in the Tao it is a paradox. That doesn’t mean it’s not correct. Our emotional reactions to events are caused by our physical selves, our survival instincts and by our egos. When you get past all that emotional baggage, when you get to a place of acceptance and peace around a situation, and then check in with how you feel about what’s going on (you can always call on God/dess, angels, guides and animal spirits for help here. Nobody says you have to do it alone) you will discover a message from your higher self. The answer that makes you feel good is the next step. Those that make you feel bad are not the next step.

The more you practice this connection to your higher self, the easier and quicker you will come to the next course of action. The best way to practice and learn this is to begin on those choices that don’t have as much emotional baggage attached to them. Practice on the “smaller” things so when the “bigger” thing come up, you’ll already know what the process feels like. It’s your life so you will know your next true step.


In love and light



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