Sunday morning I awoke with the words of a James Taylor song ringing in my head. “Just shower the people you love with love/Show them the way that you feel/Things are gonna work out fine if you only will….”
Listening For Spiritual Answers
This happens fairly often. It has probably been happening all my life, but it was only a few years ago that I realized I needed to pay attention to it. At a spiritual retreat on how to create the life you want, the facilitator told us to notice what song was in our heads when we awakened the next morning. I don’t remember what song I heard, but it was one that spoke to me.
Sometimes the song in my head is one that I recently sang at a gathering, but sometimes it’s one I haven’t heard for a long time. Either way it always answers a question that has been gnawing at me. Regardless of the question, the advice given in Sunday’s song was good advice. In this case, some anxiety about a couple of people had surfaced, but so slightly that I had not turned inward to ask for guidance. Despite that, the answer arrived before the question.
I also occasionally hear an answer before I finish asking the question. Before I noticed this happening and started paying more attention to my inner life, I probably missed many answers. I was negligent about taking the time to listen to my inner guidance. I was told many times by spiritual counselors or by my own guides that I wasn’t listening. As I became more aware and consciously tried to slow down, I occasionally asked my inner guidance, “Guides, am I listening better?” For much too long, the answer was usually “no!”
Staying Connected With Our Inner Life
Functioning in the world at a job or just dealing with daily chores like changing the oil in the car, cooking supper for the family, or taking care of health issues can easily consume our energy and fill our minds. But what I’ve realized is that I get messages all day to slow down. When I drop three things in a row, start tripping over furniture or spill a glass of water, perhaps I need to slow down.
When these things start happening, they usually continue until I do stop. For example, I use two water filters that sit one on top of the other so that I get a result similar to remote osmosis. One day just before I was expecting a house full of people, I hurriedly filled the top one and quickly placed it on top of the other. As I rushed from the room to do the next task, a crash and the sound of water flooding the kitchen stopped me. The top filter had slipped off and fallen to the floor. Luckily my friend and her husband had arrived early and helped me stem the deluge and mop the floor before other guests arrived.
Being in the Moment
It all comes back to being in the moment. Only then are we really conscious so that our energy flows in a way that allows us to easily direct it to the task at hand and to open that space where we can actually hear our inner voice advising us. And sometimes that inner voice may reach us singing in that holy moment each morning just before we realize we’re conscious and our mind presents us with its list of things to do.
I love that moment and always try to sing along. It’s always good to start the day with a little mystic music, even if you have to make it up.
© 2011 Georganne Spruce
How do you stay in the moment?
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