23 November 2013 0 Comments

LGS #96, Developing Discernment and Guidance Skills, Part 9: What is the Best Way to Develop Guidance Skills?

“What is the best way to develop Guidance skills?” (Question from reader.)

This depends whether you mean the best way or the easiest way.

Guidance skills depend on the specific nature of your intuitive assets.

Are you more visual, kinesthetic (feeling,touch and movement), or auditory? Or do you access information via Direct Knowing?

The easiest way to develop Guidance skills is to focus on further developing your strongest suit.

The best way to develop Guidance skills is to explore and expand the inner context within which your skills exist. By “inner context” I mean the compost of your lifetime of experience, turned into vital soil; the sum total of all your learning as the basis of your wisdom. Through assimilation, knowledge is freed from its initial structures and layers itself into your inner sense of knowing. You can improvise instead of playing scales. This type of awareness integrates and transcends structures and categories. It is direct and creative.

Your inner context for guidance includes:

  • All that you have learned and studied
  • Guidance and healing skills you have developed over time
  • Understanding born of direct life experience
  • Energies and processes you have absorbed from exposure to other guides
  • The wisdom hidden in your weaknesses in addition to your strengths

Your inner context for guidance is expanded by:

  • Confronting anything that holds you back from compassionate self-honesty
  • Taking on the varied challenges that arise with respect to your personal and your energy boundaries
  • Exploring and understanding your values
  • Pushing the limits of your current understanding and compassion
  • Discovering new types of perception
  • Getting clear about who you are
  • Learning how and when to use your less-developed intuitive gifts
  • Meeting experiences that do not fit your preconceptions of reality
  • Encountering and accepting the underlying energy-based reasons for various kinds of ethical behavior
  • Learning to treasure and cultivate discernment

Your state of Being and the quality of your Presence are essential to quality guidance. Quality guides are not cultivated by doing some P1030332kind of exercise to increase intuitive access. Without context, exercises that enhance intuition can lead to various types of imbalance, including delusion and quandaries with ethics. 

This post series, along with the Inner Work series (under Self-Development tab above) is designed to provide a comprehensive context for balanced and ethical guidance skills. These post series offer a wide range of ways to practice and deepen Guidance skills, from body-based intuition and sensing the energy in a room to exploring profound spiritual states.

The Life Purpose series, which may also be of assistance, debunks some common misconceptions about life purpose. The short External Energies series under Healing tab will also be of service.

I recommend: 

  • Work through each series from its beginning. (You will need to go to the square-boxed numbers at the page bottom and navigate to the first post of the series.)
  • Get a notebook or journal and answer the questions at the end of each post
  • Pay attention to which posts you resonate with and make a note so you can review them down the line as your perspective deepens
  • In a separate section of your notebook, write down any of the suggested exercises that call to you
  • Practice each exercise on its own for two weeks before going on to another
  • Pay attention to concepts, ideas or experiences that bring up issues for you, and gently allow yourself to explore what that’s about
  • Write down any questions that arise
  • Notice the changes that begin to occur in your intuitive perceptions and orientation toward guidance

I produced this work to fill in important but often overlooked elements necessary to use powerful skills safely, ethically, and without the drawbacks of most belief systems. Beginner and advanced practitioner can both gain insight, inspiration, and personal clarity by working through the series. Obviously different readers will benefit most from different posts.

Accurate guidance rests on congruence between thought, sensation, and emotion. Awareness of our issues and motivations helps to prevent our unconscious material from biasing and distorting our guidance.

What do YOU tend to hide from yourself and why?

What would actually happen if you allowed yourself to be aware of the parts of yourself that you find the hardest to see?

How would being comfortable with these parts impact your guidance skills?

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