What is a guide, and where the heck are they guiding you?
When I first started reading [energy], I did not refer to anyone as a guide. In fact, I call what I do “channeling” now, but it came through described as “reading”. The difference is in perspective and in how I relate to what I’m doing.
I bought a notebook and began recording my experience of reading/channeling once it began. Mostly I wrote down what sounded like a manual. Directions, tips and tricks. Answers to my questions or concerns.
I remember writing down that the people around me would help to give me the words to label what I was doing. People are good at categorizing and labeling. So I would just do what I do, and see what happened. Pretty soon everybody had words for me.
I would compare the word against what I felt I was doing and if it felt okay, I’d write it down. I compiled a list of the words people used to describe me and the experience. I reflected on it often to feel which words still resonated with me and which fell flat.
I remember when someone used the word “guides”. I really liked it. Not in its accuracy, but because it conveyed a similar feeling to what I was experiencing. Yes, that was on the right track.
My goal a long time ago was to be a doctor or a physician’s assistant. I went to school to study Biology. My life ended up having other plans for me, but that examining part of me still exists. I tend not to label because labels are an end point. And end points are not desirable to someone such as myself, who likes to take off labels and dissect what’s inside.
I recently read a book about channeling. I had avoided any literature of the kind up until now. I wanted to directly experience and understand without other people’s ideas clouding my vision.
I didn’t even realize I was buying a book about channeling, I had been looking up trance states. One thing led to another and I started reading this book. A few chapters in, I made the connection. “Ohh, this is channeling? Mm, okay.” It sounded exactly like what I do, except I never felt like I was channeling some other entity.
There was no division. No one said, “hello we come from beyond we are your guides”. But most everything else was like a spot-on description of what had transpired for me. Everything besides the idea that I was channeling some other specific being. That didn’t feel accurate.
But still, I liked this word ‘guides’. It translated well. People understood what I was trying to convey if I said “guides” much more than when I said things like “tapping into the multitude of consciousness of all that is, that includes us, is us, and so much more. transmitting from the place known to all. where we are one. a place, a consciousness that is not separate or apart from your own but includes mine and yours. speaking from all-ness to you in a way that can be understood from your specifically focused now-perspective. where everything melds together into knowing. you could say streaming from the place of all knowledge and streaming the Knowers of that knowledge interchangeably. the ‘place’ where all IS and the knowing that exists there are the same.”
So…’guides’ was just easier. I tried to feel into the place where I go when I “channel” and I tried to see it through the filter of having “guides”. But it didn’t click for me. I felt Guidance, sure. I felt support. I felt love. But there was no feeling of “other”. Just presence. Presence. Steady, sure, knowing. Like it was us in a more expanded state, looking back at us.
When I read for people they often say things like:
“Oh yeh, I knew that I just wasn’t sure.”
“I felt that was the right thing to do, but I doubted myself.“
“I feel like I already knew that.’
“‘That sounds like something I would say.”
They hear the words spoken and they feel relief and clarity. The words “I know”.
I know that. I knew that.
Why? Because I’m reflecting who-they-are back to them. I’m magnifying their self-guidance and leaving behind the other ‘noise’ that’s created in the mind. The words feel familiar, they feel like love, they feel like they make sense – because they are their own words that have been drowned out by distraction or not yet found by their conscious awareness.
The answer to everything you ask is hovering around you. You may or may not make the journey to retrieve the answer, but it’s there. It’s known by the quieter parts of you. When I read someone, those answers look like a light off in the distance, and there is a trail that leads from where they stand now to that Knowing. That’s the trail I ride in a reading. That’s where we travel to together. Along all those trails that lead to what you want to know. It’s all there, in the atmosphere of your being.
We can all tap into that illustrious higher guidance.
‘Help me to hear clearly. Let the voice of my own highest guidance rise above the rest. Let my doubts fall away so that my Knowing is undeniable. Help me flow my way to the understanding I seek.‘
These are the words of prayer. To connect you back in with yourself. This world is a world of distraction, distortion, and disconnection. Because it is a world of freedom and variety. It’s up to each of us to maintain a steady connection to our broader knowing. Distraction is inevitable. It’s in our practice of discerning between the inner voice and the “outer” voice that we can regain balance.
The work I’ve done lately with others has been relaying their own knowing back to them. Knowing from their larger selves. Knowledge that seems unavailable simply because we don’t travel to where it is held.
There is other knowledge as well. About our universe, other dimensions, purpose, the nature of existence. Interestingly, when I sit with someone, these seemingly grand ideas rarely come up. Often it’s a desire for reconnection. You wants to tell You something.
The focus typically resides in the attitude of “a better life”. Living better. My life. My details. My desires. My trajectory. Who am I? What am I doing? What happens next?
We are self-consumed. Obsessed with our own lives and our specific perspective of life and the world. This isn’t a bad thing. This is natural to the human condition. It just IS. We were made this way, to be invested in our own life and individual perspective. It’s not selfish, it’s human. Or rather, it is selfish, because it is human to be so.
But included in that selfishness, that humanness, it the desire to be Kind. To be Loving. To create Harmony. The ones we point at and say, “You’re selfish!” are in fact not being selfish. They are not self-directed, they are “outer self” directed. To be human, to be truly selfish, you naturally lean towards equilibrium in your environment and with the others in the same space. To desire well-being for Self is to desire well-being for All.
It’s because I know how to love myself that I know how to love you. It’s because I know how valuable I am, that I know how valuable you are. Anyone not operating in this way is not selfish, they are momentarily perceptually self-absent. If you look at someone and you see them as void of value, part of you seems yourself as void of value. Or part of you is perceiving You as incomplete, apart from the fullness that you are. It is always the case.
The guidance from “guides” is not guiding you towards some greater knowing or intention that is different or apart from you. It’s not about telling your guides, “Hey you go fix this. Make this better”. Their role is to help you understand how your world works and how to operate within it in a way that feels satisfying and powerful.
This morning my prayer changed in attitude, spontaneously. New words arose.
‘It’s not your job to run my life for me. To fix things that I feel powerless to control. It’s your role, as I see it, to guide me to be better at being a human. To understand the human stance. To understand how to wield my power and how it works. To understand how things work and what my place is in the working of all things.‘
This one time while I was living in Florida I was so unclear about my direction. In a moment of desperation I yelled out, what do you want me to do?!
A sarcastic reply emerged, “Here we’ll write you a detailed list of every next step in your life. Every feeling you should feel. Every thought you should have. Who you should spend time with. What clothes you should wear.” On and on they went until I said, ‘Okay fine I get it’.
I had to choose. What did I want next in my life? What did I want? What do I want? It’s not a mystery, it’s a choice. Your choice.
Nothing is unknown when you have a desire to know.
Guidance doesn’t replace you, it helps you to become more of Yourself.