Connecting with your inner voice, the Spirit within, can occur in several ways. First, you will need to quiet your mind and remove all distractions. By focusing on being present in the moment, we can tune into that inner voice within us that is a great source of wisdom and guidance. When our minds are cluttered with thoughts from yesterday or tomorrow, it becomes difficult for us to tap into this wellspring of knowledge inside ourselves.
Next, you can connect with your inner voice by paying attention to the messages that are being sent through our thoughts and emotions. If we learn how to work with thoughts and emotions as guidance tools, we remain in control of our responses. Thus, it becomes possible to make positive decisions in life, even in difficult situations.
Consider ways that connection with the Spirit within can offer guidance when you need to meet or overcome any obstacle or problem that arises in your life. You can use connection with Spirit as a source for both guidance and positive action when needed most.
Connecting with this higher power within ourselves offers many benefits at a time when those of us working with unity consciousness are meeting more challenges than ever before.
About this time in 2019, six months before COVID changed our world, I sat alone in an airport, clearing my mind and thoughts for the long journey ahead. In the waiting area, another women - also retirement aged - and I struck up a friendly conversation. She was also from Georgia, born and raised in Marietta. Both of us were close to our Daddys. Both reared in church families, communities. We had a lot in common. And there we were, in the same airport, booked on the same through flight to Glasgow, to visit the sacred sites of Scotland.
"Iona," she shared excitedly. "We're going to study ancient Christianity."
My life experiences as a priestess and a strong inner connection to Spirit had given me a deeper sense of what lay ahead in Scotland. "I'm also going to Iona," I offered. "We're going to study the times before Christianity."
She looks at me without speaking. Then quickly moves away and joins her group. When the time came to board the flight, I waved to wish her well. She acted as though the two of us had never met.
I'm not sharing this story because my feelings were hurt or because I am against religion. But because this exchange underscored my own belief that faith and Spirit and connection to the divine has very little to do with man-made doctrine.
Back in the 1970s, I gifted my devoutly Christian, Methodist minister father with a copy of National Geographic's "Great Religions of the World." That was about the same time that I was 1 of 40 chosen to be part of the United Nations delegation of the South Georgia Conference Youth Council. There, I learned about the ways other people engage with Spirit, through Buddhism or Hinduism, and other faiths. There is no doubt that it is from my father that I learned the power of an open mind and listening heart.
My listening heart and the voice within would point me in the direction of nature and the elements as my preferred way to connect directly with Spirit. In nature, I'm not distracted by other people's agendas or dogmas. Outside man-made doctrines, there is divine order, not rules, regulations, politics. Just the land and its elements where everything is interconnected with Spirit.
Back then in that airport lounge waiting to board our flight to Glasgow, my new friend was still caught up on the old ways of thinking about God and faith. And I, in exploring the old ways, came home with my connection to the Divine strengthened and renewed.
When you listen to the voice of Spirit that dwells within, what message does it have for you?