There is nothing more important than learning to listen to, trust, and follow our own inner voice. It is the best way to navigate the spiritual life, all of life. Many of us were told, growing up, that we didn’t have the ability to decipher God’s Will/The Still Small Voice within/Divine Guidance/Universal wisdom/Intuition, and were taught to defer to religious or secular authorities, even when what they were telling us to do felt off or wrong. As a former Catholic, I was told that divine revelation came through priests (exclusively) and that “regular people” did not even possess the ability to understand “God’s word” themselves. Intuition was regarded as suspect and foolishness. It certainly wasn’t a good enough reason for making important life decisions…certainly wasn’t a “reliable” authority.
If someone isn’t leading me to more trust in myself to make decisions, isn’t teaching me how to listen to my own inner knowing, to pay attention to how Life is “speaking” to me directly, then my spiritual growth will be stunted. There are wonderful helpers, wise people, magical beings, that show up and shed light on our paths making the next step easier and clearer. How do I know the difference? When I have met a genuine “teacher”, they ask me questions and then help me to remember that the answers are within me, I leave their presence with more of a sense of myself, more expansive feeling, like I can take a deep breath. Those who lead me back to me, to that deep knowing that I am, underneath it all, just fine, also lead me back to God.
“When you knock, ask to see God – none of the servants”. ~Henry David Thoreau