Or, I guess you could say: Who or what are you listening to?
When you’re making choices and decisions in your life, from the tiniest, seemingly most insignificant ones to the biggest, life-altering ones, how do you do it?
Believe it or not, the best answer doesn’t lie in any of these things, or in anything outside ourselves, for that matter. The best answer is right where we are, in thought. But it’s not in disturbed, worried, anxious thought. It’s in that calm, peaceful thought that we discover to be ours when we get really, really quiet and just listen.
There’s a line in the book of Job in the Bible that I think really nails this state of mind: “…there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” (Job 32:8) This isn’t something outside of us—it’s right here, right now, and is always accessible.
Sometimes when we listen, it seems that nothing comes to us. But it does—we just don’t hear it yet. It may come a little later, but we’ll recognize it because it will give us a sense of peace and confidence about which way to turn, what to do. Other times we’ll get an immediate “aha” feeling and we’ll feel sure that it’s the right solution.
Once in a while we’ll feel sure that we’ve listened to this intuition and have followed it, but things didn’t work out the way we had wished. When this happens—and it happens to all of us—don’t think you’ve made a mistake. Even if what you decided or did feels all wrong, just keep listening. You may be led to turn in a different direction, and when you do you’ll discover that you learned an important lesson from your “mistake” and that without this lesson, your next, better decision wouldn’t have been possible.
It’s all about being receptive to that inner voice, and being persistent in listening to it.