Meditation as Your Channel for Guidance

I remember my first introduction to meditation. It was in a college philosophy class in 1980. Our instructor had us lying flat on the floor for what seemed like an incredibly long time. I got absolutely nothing out of it except a lowered self esteem and a leeriness for all things “out there”. I walked out of that class scarred with the idea that I was just one of those people who couldn’t get the hang of meditation. Little did I know what incredible influence it would have on my life two decades later.

For me, the biggest obstacle around meditation was getting to the point where I actually believed there was wisdom that was accessible to me. I had to learn to trust that the voice I heard or felt was credible. I had to learn to stop rationalizing the voice as something my mind had made up and just surrender to what was coming to me. I now think of meditation as a practice I treat like my physical workout. It’s necessary routine maintenance for my spirit. It keeps me tuned into who I really am and what I am here to do. It’s my sounding board and my channel for guidance.

I wanted to share with you some understandings I’ve come to over the years which have enabled me to embrace a meditation practice which once felt strange and foreign. If you happen to be someone who experiences a similar challenge, you might make some breakthroughs by considering these beliefs:

  1. The essence of you is not your body. Your body is simply the vessel that holds the energy of your light and enables it to do its work here on earth.
  2. Each one of us is connected through the divine source from which we were created. The only thing that separates you from divine wisdom is your mind. Again, by letting go of the idea that you are a separate body, you gain the insight that you are a part of universal energy which you can tap into at any time.
  3. Your life has significance in this universe. You’re not running around this planet like an unassigned free agent. There is divine guidance available to support you in your purpose here. You simply need to ask for the guidance and expect that it will come to you.
  4. You are a child of God. There is something that God wants to accomplish through you. The understanding of this mission can be received by tuning in to your connection to God in the silence of your meditations.
  5. Your heart is your bodily center of your spirit. Trust what comes to you from your heart more than your analytical mind.

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about meditation. Stay tuned also for my special guest, Dr. Susan Gregg, who will appear in an interview here on Thursday, July 12th. Susan is the author of Complete Idiot’s Guide to Meditations. Check it out.

Thank you for visiting. Wishing you a journey of wonder and joy.

Susan Hanshaw
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dreams begging for attention


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I woke up this morning from a dream that I had run out of money. I’m not one to take dreams literally, yet this one came with a particularly strong desire to translate its meaning. I figured a storyline as drastic as this was just begging for my attention. So I sat down on the floor and meditated on it. And as usual, as I tuned into my inner guidance I was able to reach some powerful insights almost immediately.

One of the things I’ve learned lately is that I can think that I believe in something, yet unless I totally walk the talk, I can see that I don’t truly believe. This dream I had today forced me to take a look at how I was approaching my work. This reflection enabled me to see that I was holding myself back from truly claiming the role I want to play. I see now that in order to claim a new role, I have to let go of the one that I want to grow from. This is a mental shift I need to make. I can’t claim my success and doubt my aspirations at the same time. These two states cannot co-exist.

As I looked more closely at what was getting in my way of claiming success, I recognized some fears about reaching for the brass ring. What if it doesn’t work out the way I envision? Then what? Yet this was exactly the thinking that kept me clinging to my corporate job for so long. That is, until I was able to see that if it didn’t work out, I could always go back and get another job. You wouldn’t believe what a revelation that was! So today I told myself that if my work dream doesn’t pan out, I can always let go of it knowing that at least I’d tried.

My dream today led me to the awareness that I need to look at my life differently to make this shift. I must commit to my success from my heart, breathing it in so that it becomes my state of being. While I’m hoping this will be an adjustment I will make overnight, I suspect that this will require some practice before I’m totally there. But that’s okay. At least I know that the ability to do this lies completely inside of me.

Thank you for visiting. I’m wishing you an amazing journey.

Susan Hanshaw
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maintaining your sense of connection


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In yesterday’s video post, God: The Real Secret, I shared a message that came to me while I was exploring the rugged coastline that provides the setting for the rustically beautiful Timber Cove Inn in Fort Ross, California. There is just something about the energy of this ocean front getaway that seems to enfold me in a higher vibrational zone. There’s something about watching the waves emerge from the deep blue pools of water and crash against the dark rocks that reminds me of the presence of a higher power. What a symbolic expression of the existence of eternal peace and almighty strength.

Our room’s ocean view awakened me to feel the presence of God, which manifested in a sense of joy, love and hope that the world was mine for the asking. After breakfast my boyfriend and I ventured through the property and hiked along the hillside perched high above the water. The scene was breathtaking. I was so moved by its beauty that all I could think about was the love of God. I sat there atop a rock on the cliff peering down and felt my connection to the universe. As I focused on it, I felt my direct connection with our creator. And in those moments I dared myself to believe that what was happening there was truly real. I dared myself to believe the messages I felt being whispered to my heart held truth. I sat there in my bliss and didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want to lose these hopeful truths to the practical needs of my human life. I didn’t want my connection to get washed away by my shower or left behind as we departed our room.

As I reflect upon this now, I see the vulnerabilities of my spiritual beliefs. I can trust easily what feels true in my heart when I feel totally connected to the source of life. Yet when I step away and invite my human insecurities into this bond, I seem to turn over my power. My heart often loses the war with my thinking, judging mind. I now see more clearly the work I need to do. I feel progress, though. I feel like I’ve just had a personal trainer show me the exercise I need to do to convert my flab into muscle. I know that it is just up to me to do the reps.

What about you? Do you see areas of weakness in your spiritual life that could benefit from some good workouts?

Thank you for visiting. I wish you an amazing journey.

Susan Hanshaw
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sipping coffee with your soul


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Two years ago I made the decision that I was not going to live my life in machine mode any longer. First I stopped punching my corporate time clock in exchange for a piece of security. Then I started to make an effort to wake up each new day to the idea that I am so much more than just my body. I am a divine spirit whose soul has chosen to be here for a purpose. I try to tune in each morning to that essence so that I can give myself the chance to live that day from that perspective.

How many of us have allowed an alarm to usher us incoherently into the shower where our minds busy themselves visiting all the tasks ahead on our to do list? How often do you dart off to Starbucks or to that job that doesn’t really matter without even a thought about why you are really here? Why is it that seeing what’s happening around town this weekend is more often top of mind that what’s meaningful for the rest of your life?

I am convinced that it is all conditioning. Imagine how different our world would be if we all woke up to the understanding that there is a soul beneath the cells that make up our bodies. Imagine if we were all trained to start our mornings by touching our souls in the silence of our minds and hearts, and feeling the connection that we have to the divine creative energy that surrounds us. What if we were all to believe that there is personal guidance available to us within that divine energy? What if we each perceived that guidance as more credible than even Oprah, and used it as a directional light for the actions we take in our lives?

I believe that as humans we share the common desire of wanting to be happy. I also believe that we have that desire because that is the spirit in which we were created. Our lives are supposed to be happy. And we have already been given the wisdom and the where-with-all to be happy. We just need to learn how to use it. The thing is, though, that this is an inside job. And most of us have been trained to work in the outside world. That’s okay. You’ve been trained to take on new roles before, haven’t you? Here are some everyday tips for creating a happier life from my user’s manual:

  1. Tell yourself that you are a significant being on this planet.
  2. Recognize that you have been given unique skills and attributes for a purpose.
  3. Believe that the wisdom to lead you to your passion and purpose lies within you.
  4. Believe that you have the ability to access this wisdom. It’s just not something that other people can do.
  5. Make a daily habit of tuning in to this wisdom by giving yourself some silent time to go within.
  6. Absolutely trust what comes to you.
  7. Take notes on what comes to you. You will build confidence in this information by discovering that you are receiving common messages.
  8. Develop the trust to follow this inner wisdom. Have the faith that it will lead you to where your heart and soul want you to go.
  9. Trust that your soul has the where-with-all to attract the opportunities you need to follow your heart.
  10. Recognize the opportunities that come as confirmation that you will be taken care of.
  11. Express gratitude for the gifts in your life. Gratitude attracts more of the same.

Thanks for visiting. Before I sign off I want to mention that I have provided you with a link here to my email address. If there is any support you might want outside of the public comments box, I would love to be of service to you. So please feel free. I’m not doing this for the paycheck.

Wishing you an awesome journey.

Susan Hanshaw
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