Thursday, February 19, 2009

Secret #7: Consulting With Guides

As a part of Jamie Ridler's 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, Secret #7 is Consulting With Your Guides. Here's my take...

I have been on the Shamanic path since age 1+, when Hawk announced his presence in my life by flying down to my playpen's edge and having a brief "conversation" (until my parents noticed and started screaming), and as such I have LONG consulted - more like leaned on - my various guides.

I rely on their help with my artwork a LOT, though I don't specifically ask for help any more. We have sort of a long-standing understanding that I'm open to their guidance. Thus, I get shown marvels and wonders that many other people might not see, from beauty in a pile of garbage to a hummingbird flying into my office from outside (the door was open) and landing on me! And all I have to do is stay awake and aware!

I promise you, from the esoteric to the mundane, there's an entire array of Guides available, 24x7 to help with ANY problem, no matter how large or small.

For example:
  • I have successfully asked for help in getting across town through completely snarled traffic both safely and on time.
  • When I need to make a good impression, I ask a very specific guide for help in dressing. I might add that although SCATHING in his opinion, he is ALWAYS right.
  • When playing solitaire, "Which stack should I choose from?" is always answered correctly, though if I get "It doesn't matter" - it either means I'm going to win or lose no matter what I do.
  • When I simply cannot make a decision, I ask for help and it's always there if I really listen.
My guides have shown me wonders I might never have found without asking for a little help along the way, they've saved my sorry ass more than twice, and they're always there when I need a loving arm around my shoulders or a kick in the butt.

Asking questions that can be answered by a yes or a no won't get you far with your guides. Nor will asking for any specifics regarding time. Time isn't viewed the same in the realm of your guides as it is in your mind, so although "soon" may mean next month to you, it might mean six lifetimes from now to your guides. I'm just sayin'.

The one piece of advice I can give regarding guides is to really pay attention to the answer to your query. Answers can come in many different forms, from audible words in your head to a gut feeling, from dreams to obvious signs. Ever see "Bruce Almighty"? If not, do...and watch for that part where the central character asks for "a sign" - an entire truckload of street signs suddenly pulls out into the street. Yeah, it's just that simple.


patti said...

I'm not kidding you!! - we are watching 'Bruce Almighty' on TV at this very moment!!! (I live in NSW Australia)

This has got to be a sign!

Genie Sea said...

Howe absolutely wonderful that you are so organically and deeply connected to your guides! That is truly inspirational :)

Lisa PN said...

Thank you for this. I often find that i am connected to my animal guides, but i think that i might forget about them when i conciously think about guides, although i interact with animals often.

Thanks for reminding me that animals are guides too!

Melba said...

I completely agree with everything you have to say about guides! They are their for us is we just look.

Snap said...

My word for the year is LISTEN. Sometimes the Universe does not have to hit me over the head with a two by four! I enjoyed your post. I'll continue to work on LISTENING!

Kate said...

love your post about guides. I have a real affinity with ravens and crows and hawks and they all visit me. Signs are there all the time we just need to start noticing them.


D said...

You sound very open and in tune with yourself and the world around you. That is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for reminding me of the reality of our ever present guides, I often get trapped in the concept of thinking that I have to always figure everything out by myself.

Lisa said...

Thanks for this reminder. I focused on outside guides primarily in my post but I am so grateful for spiritual guidance and my animal guides helped me with one of the single most important decisions in my life.

I love Bruce Almighty and that is one of my fave scenes.

Jamie said...

How powerful to have been called to your path at such a young age.

Thank you for sharing such wisdom. I love knowing that guides are always there for us and appreciate the reminder to listen :)