Accessing Your Spiritual Guidance
by: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
last 35 years, I have been working with individuals, couples and families, as
well as business relationships. I have 8 published books on relationships and
healing, some of them best-sellers. In the first half of my career, I worked as
a traditional psychotherapist, and was not happy with the results. In the last
18 years I have worked with a process called Inner Bonding, which is a powerful
six step psychological and spiritual healing process. I discovered that there
is no real healing without a personal connection with a source of spiritual
in recovery - whether from alcohol, drugs, food, spending, gambling, sex, TV,
codependency, or any other addiction - knows that they cannot heal without a
connection with their Higher Power, yet for many, this connection is illusive.
It is a common experience for me to work with people who have been in Twelve
Steps for years yet still don't have a direct, personal experience of their
Higher Power. All of us want a direct line to our spiritual Guidance. We need
this help in maintaining abstinence and taking responsibility for ourselves. We
want to know what is in our highest good, what is the right
decision in different situations, how to set appropriate boundaries, and
how to manifest what we want.
the birthright of each of us to have a direct line to God, whatever God is for
you. Yet few of us have learned how to do this at will on a daily basis.
Surprisingly however, it is not hard to do.
spiritual realm exists at a higher frequency than we do here on the physical
plane of Planet Earth. In order to access the spiritual realm, we need to know
how to raise our "frequency".
to understand "frequency" is to imagine a room filled with people who
are sharing love and joy with each other. This room has a feeling of
lightness--a high frequency--whereas a room filled with angry, tense people has
a feeling of heaviness--a low frequency.
do we raise our frequency? There are numerous things you can do to help
yourself raise your frequency, but none of them will work unless you have the
intent to learn with Spirit about loving yourself and others.
intent is the most powerful tool we have for raising our frequency. There are
only two possible intents in any given moment: to learn with God/Spirit about
loving yourself and others, or to protect against your pain and avoid
responsibility for your feelings. When our intent is to protect and avoid we
seek to control - through our various addictions - our feelings, others'
feelings and behavior, and the outcome of things. When our intent is to learn,
we seek to take responsibility for our own feelings and behavior by discovering
what we may be thinking or doing that is unloving to ourselves and others, and
what would be loving.
try many methods of raising your frequency, from prayer to meditation to
chanting, but if your intent is to protect instead of learn, none of these will
do any good at all. The reason is that when the intent is to protect against
pain, we close our heart so as not to feel whatever we are feeling. God cannot
come through a closed heart.
each given free will when we come to this planet. This means that we get to
choose our intent - to be open or closed, loving or unloving, protected against
pain or taking responsibility for our feelings. While the love that is God is
all-powerful, it cannot come into a closed heart. Just as the air you breathe
cannot come into your lungs until you take a breathe, the love, power and
wisdom that is God cannot enter your being until you choose the intent to learn
you have a true, pure intent to learn, your frequency automatically raises. None of the actions I suggest below will raise your
frequency without this intent. However, once you have this intent, the
following actions can help to further raise your frequency.
into your imagination. Your imagination is a gift from God. When you move into
your imagination, you raise your frequency and tap into the source of your
creativity and inspiration. Our willingness to move into and trust our
imagination is essential to being able to connect with our personal spiritual
Guidance When you first begin to utilize your imagination to increase your
frequency and connect with God, you might feel as if
you are just using your imagination to make things up. However, as you take the
risk of trusting what you think you are "making up," you will
discover that it really is coming through you from God rather than from you.
your body clear. Your body is an energy system. If your body's energy is
clogged with drugs, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, heavy foods, lots of
food or foods contaminated with pesticides, preservatives, artificial
sweeteners or any of the thousands of chemicals that are added to foods, your
frequency is lowered.
Sincere prayers of gratitude and asking God for help in healing all blocks to
loving can raise your frequency.
Chant. Repetitive prayers, chants and mantras can open you to higher
frequencies, as can singing in general.
Dance. Rapid repetitive movement, such as Native American drumming dances, may
open you to higher frequencies.
time in nature. The frequency of a city is far lower than the frequency of
nature. Being among trees and flowers, near a river, creek or lake, at the
ocean, in the desert, or on a mountain can all raise your frequency.
Listen to classical or spiritual music.
creative, artistic activities. Moving into your creative imagination raises the
incense or do "smudging." Incense has been used for centuries to
raise the frequency and invite spiritual connection. "Smudging" is
using the smoke from various dried plants such as sage, pine, cedar and
lavender to clear the energies in a room and raise the frequency. Smudging has
been used for thousands of years by indigenous peoples throughout the world.
Lighting candles. Candlelight, too, has been used for thousands of years to
clear the air and raise the frequency.
get into the habit of asking yourself throughout the day, "What is my
intent? Am I trying to control something, or is my deepest desire in the moment
to learn about loving myself and others?", you
will begin to understand intent. This will eventually lead you into hearing,
feeling, and seeing your personal spiritual Guidance.
Paul, Ph.D. is the best-selling author and co-author of eight books,
including "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?" She is the
co-creator of the powerful Inner Bonding healing process. Learn Inner Bonding
now! Visit her web site for a
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