Posts Tagged ‘guidance’

A Taylore-Made Solution

August 27, 2012

My friend Mark was coming to pick me up at 5:30 tonight to drive me to the airport for a two-month trip back home to Minnesota. I had been trying in vain for two months to find someone to rent my room in Encinitas, California while I was away to help defray the rent cost.

At 11:10 this morning, three hours and twenty minutes before I’d be heading to the airport, I had no renter and zero prospects. By the time Mark picked me up at 2:30, I had not only found a renter, she had already moved in and had even taken me grocery shopping!

Out of the blue, Taylore, a friend whom fate had guided me to meet a mere three months earlier, Facebooked me and asked if my room was still available because she needed a space for September until she found a place of her own. I said yes, and, thinking she was still in Europe on a six-week trip, asked what date she’d be arriving. She (more…)

The (Electric) Power of Prayer

February 3, 2012

This story by my friend, Judy, illustrates the practical use of devotion and intuition. Prayer is not reserved for only the grandest or most urgent desires in life. We can trust our intuition, which flows from and is an expression of Divine Consciousness, to guide us in even the most mundane of moments.


With my heavy laundry basket nestled on my hip, I walked out of my small rented cottage and headed for the laundry room fifty yards away. Right before I walked in, my landlord approached me and informed me that the washing machine wasn’t working. Apparently, the electricity had gone out and she and her staff had not yet found the breaker switch to get the washing machine going again. Although she had owned the property for four years, she had never needed to know where the breaker switch was hidden. It was hidden so well, in fact, that they had been searching for it for three days.

Upon hearing the news, the thought came to me, “Lord, you know where the breaker switch is. Show me where to find it!” I placed my laundry on (more…)

Nudge, Nudge

December 11, 2011

On my way to Whole Foods tonight, I passed a woman on the sidewalk, startling her as I walked briskly by. She smiled and joked about it as I passed her. Once in the store, I saw her in the produce section and thought, “I’m supposed to talk to her.” That happens often; I can walk into a crowd of people and my attention is drawn to one or two people whom I’m supposed to meet. I’ve learned to pay attention to those intuitive commands and have grown fearless in following through with them. After all, what’s the worst that can happen when you cheerfully introduce yourself to someone?

That nudge-nudge feeling was confirmed when I ran into her two more times throughout the store. Finally, when we both were standing in front of the deli counter, the time was right. I said to her, “We keep on running into each other, so I figure that means I’m supposed to meet you.” She was delighted that I had struck up a conversation. She told me she had lived in Encinitas for many years. When I asked her what kind of work she did, she said she ran a guest house. Bingo! I immediately knew who she was before she told mer her name. It was (more…)

Is That My Intuition or My Ego Talking?

November 24, 2011

Kathryn Harwig

I know that a lot of people struggle with the question, How can I distinguish the voice of my intuition from the voice of my ego? I like the way that Kathryn Harwig, a friend of mine who’s an author and psychic, provides an excellent analysis of that issue in this essay from her website. With Kathryn’s permission, I’m sharing it here.


Recently someone asked me, “How do I know if the information I am getting is coming from my intuition or from my own self talk?” This is a very good question, and one that everyone who is serious about being intuitive needs to ask on occasion. It is a challenge to be intuitive about yourself and most of us find that it is far easier to give someone else a psychic reading than to give ourselves good intuitive advice.

Why? Because our own hopes, dreams, worries and fears tend to get in the way of our hearing our inner psychic, at least when we are asking for information for ourselves. Many people solve this dilemma, at least in part, by consulting with other psychics. But, we also want and need to use our intuition to make our own lives better. So, it is necessary, I think, to be able to distinguish the voice of our inner self talk and the quiet voice of our intuitive wisdom.

I attended a talk once where the speaker said that our unconscious mind was unable to hear the word (more…)

We Are All Failures

July 26, 2011

Even the gravest of mistakes can be a blessing if you use it as a key to unlock inner storehouses of fortitude and resolve.

Failure is God’s own tool for carving some of the finest outlines in the character of his children.
Thomas Hodgkin

Behind every successful person is a trail of (more…)

Are You Ready to Listen?

June 30, 2011

We all hear the voice of intuition, yet it’s often so subtle that we can rationalize ignoring it. But what if that inner voice is clear, specific and strong? What then? In this story from Guideposts, Marty Via heard that voice and knew he had no choice but to follow it. May you find the courage like Marty and his family did to follow your inner guidance wherever it may lead. Turn away from the path you know is yours to trod, and you will forevermore drift off to sleep with these two words on your mind: What if?

I have discovered my own personal key to faith. It’s what people once said I couldn’t do.

Marty Via and his family

Plans have never been my specialty. I’ve basically spent most of my life going from one thing to the next, playing whatever hand I’m dealt. For a long time I felt like that hand was a pretty bad one.

Growing up on a farm, I went to church occasionally, though I can’t say the pastor’s words really got through to me. We were poor, and I was a little guy, but I made up for it in spunk. By the time I could walk, I was up to no good. My teachers said I just never listened.

At age 18 I joined the Army. More discipline problems. I couldn’t stand having people tell me what to do—not exactly a useful attitude in the military.

I got married while in the Army and we had a child. After discharge, I started working construction. But by that point drugs and alcohol were more important to me than family. My marriage fell apart. One day I found myself alone in an empty apartment. I was burned out, miserable. I longed for someone to give me advice, to tell me what to do. I thought about my parents, about the pastor at church when I was a boy, about my teachers, my drill sergeant, my boss. They had all said the same thing: You don’t listen. “Lord,” I said out loud, “I realize I haven’t done a good job leading my own life so far. I (more…)

God, Send Someone!

June 13, 2011

This powerful, suspenseful story by Dick Sullivan of Stoneham, Massachusetts, moved me to tears. I have heard many such stories that all convey the same life-altering message: Listen to your intuition and follow it at all costs; there is a power guiding us with infinite wisdom and deep love and all we need to do is trust it. This story was originally published in Guideposts in November 1955.

Was it a coincidence or a true miracle that led to my brother’s rescue?

At 4 p.m. last June 14, my brother Jack Sullivan was just crawling down into a ten-foot-deep trench, which ran down the center of Washington Street, a main thoroughfare in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

It was near quitting time. Jack is a welder, and he wanted to finish one particular part of his job before he left. Jack said goodbye to the other men as they quit, took his welding lead in his right hand, lowered himself and his electric power cable into the trench. His head was well below the street surface.

Traffic up above was heavy. Jack could not see the cars and trucks, but he could feel their vibration as the earth shook slightly. Occasionally a pebble would break loose from the side of the trench and fall. Jack paid no attention to it.

It was Jack’s job to weld the joints of a new water main both inside and out. First Jack crawled into the 36-inch diameter pipe, lowered his mask to protect his eyes against the bright welding arc, then went to work. After completing the inside of the joint he crawled out of the pipe. It was 4:30 P.M. He began to weld the outside. Halfway through he stood up to get the kinks out of his legs. Jack stretched, turned toward the pipe, pulled down the shield again. And then it happened.

The bank caved in. Tons of dirt came (more…)

When I Am Only a Dream

May 9, 2011

Photo of Paramahansa Yogananda, courtesy of Self-Realization Fellowship

Inherent in a guru-disciple relationship is an eternal bond and a solemn promise. The guru vows to guide and guard his devoted disciples until they reach the supreme goal of unity with God. This relationship is not dependent on whether or not the guru is in his physical body; in fact, it is understood that leaving the earthly plane frees the guru to be of even greater help to the devotee because he is no longer confined to a limiting physical form.

Just before his mahasamadhi (conscious leaving of the physical body), Paramahansa Yogananda said to Sri Daya Mata, who would become his spiritual and organizational successor, “When I am gone, only love can take my place. Be so drunk with the love of God, night and day, that you won’t know anything but God; and give that love to all.” He also promised his devotees, “To those who think me near, I will be near.”

Yogananda conveyed the same comfort and solace in this hauntingly beautiful poem he wrote in 1940 at his hermitage in Encinitas as a few of his devotees sat at his feet, reading the lines as he wrote and handed them to them.


I come to tell you all of Him,
And the way to encase Him in your bosom,
And of the discipline that brings His grace.
Those of you who have asked me (more…)

My Video Interview With Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe on Principles of Sufism

August 29, 2010

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe

It was my pleasure, privilege and honor to interview Sufi healer Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe about the principles of Sufism. I’ve known Ibrahim for a dozen years and I always enjoy our discussions. He is a man of great love and wisdom and I am always happy to share his insights and loving energy with others.

The following interview was conducted on August 25, 2010. I asked him six primary questions about Sufism. Because we wanted each of the questions to function as a standalone video, each video begins with an introduction and an opening prayer.

Here is Ibrahim’s bio:

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe is a licensed medical doctor, as well as a spiritual teacher and a gifted master healer in the sufi tradition. He is the leader of the Shadhiliyya Sufi order in the United States, and the founder of both the Shadhiliyya Sufi Center and the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism. Ibrahim lives in northern California, where he continues to teach, travel and work on his forthcoming book.

I was fortunate enough to attend one of Ibrahim’s weekend workshops back in 1998 and I can attest that the experience was life-changing. The lessons I learned about love and healing in those three days still resonate deeply within me today and inform much of my work.

if you are interested in learning and studying with Ibrahim, or wish to schedule a one-on-one healing session with him, click here to visit his website. You will also find free audio downloads.

Click here to visit the website of the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism website.

Many thanks to Pat Aylward, Ibrahim’s loyal devotee in Minneapolis, who arranged the interview and supplied the questions. Thanks also to Steve Walsh, who provided the video equipment and technical expertise.

Here are the six videos, which range in length from nine to sixteen minutes. Also included is a two-minute bonus video in which Ibrahim shares a story that illustrates the inherent perfection in apparently less-than-perfect events. (more…)

The Troubling of a Star

June 14, 2010

If God is guiding each of us with infinite wisdom and inexhaustible love, it follows that God is an organizing force bringing divine order to the universe, and that you are loved and supported no matter how you choose to exercise your free will.

There is a force of love present everywhere, and it can be trusted to bring your own life into order and peace.
Deepak Chopra

The universe, as self-empowerment author Wayne Dyer so poetically noted, is (more…)

Their Truth May Not Be Your Truth

June 8, 2010

Your conscience is the bridge between the infinite wisdom of Spirit and your body-bound ego. Block out your conscience, and you disable your moral compass.

The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.
Izaak Walton

Stifle your conscience and you risk falling prey to someone who, consciously or not, may (more…)

Always Aware, Always Listening

June 7, 2010

Ignoring your intuition and forging stubbornly ahead on your own is inevitably self-defeating.

God without you won’t; you without God can’t.
Desmond Tutu

Then again, you cannot (more…)

The Butterfly Has Time Enough

June 1, 2010

Diverting course on a moment’s notice to follow your guidance can take time, an often scarce commodity these days. Yet the more time you devote to pursuing what you feel guided to pursue, the more time you seem to have for everything else.

It is familiarity with life that makes time speed quickly. When every day is a step into the unknown, as for children, the days are long with the gathering of experience.
George Gissing

You may find yourself shifting from being chronically late to feeling like (more…)

Yours for the Taking

May 31, 2010

The courage to honor your guidance requires a unique blend of faith, hope, trust, and obedience: faith that you are being pointed in the right direction, hope that the outcome will be rewarding, trust that it will, and obedience to the divine force that operates in your best interests.

Courage can’t see around corners, but goes about them anyway.
Mignon McLaughlin

Muffle your courage and you may be forever haunted by the dim realization that (more…)

Dancing with God

November 16, 2009

I just received this nice prose-poem from a friend in an e-mail. I like it! I don’t know who wrote it but a quick Google check tells me it’s popular and that’s it’s been used as a wedding poem. One thing is for certain: It’s definitely worth sharing!


When I meditated on the word Guidance,
I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn’t flow with the music,
and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,
both bodies begin to (more…)