Asking for inner guidance, part 4: How can the principle of one power open us to receive inner guidance?

by William R. Yoder on September 15, 2010

A mental framework of complete trust and surrender

(To read this series from the beginning, click here) Often in my posts I use the phrase, “from the perspective of one power.” I do this because I don’t want to sound as if I’m making some dogmatic metaphysical pronouncement that “this is the way it is.” (Actually, I don’t want to do that either, regardless of what I might sound like.) I don’t think that ultimate Truth, or the ultimate “the-way-it-is,” can be described in any theory or metaphysics. Ultimate Truth can only be known—immediately and directly known, without any concepts involved. But our beliefs and ideas can either open us up to that direct knowing, or they can close us off. (see a previous series of posts on this topic.)

For me, the principle of one power gives me a mental framework that allows me to seek inner guidance with complete surrender and trust. And, as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. When I deliberately choose to believe the principle of one power, and then deliberately choose to ask for inner guidance with complete surrender and trust—when I do that, I always receive the inner guidance I need. Will this work for you?  Find out.

Forms of inner guidance

Sometimes the inner guidance is in the form of simply feeling complete peace, free of the fearful and angry chattering of my ego who thinks it has been wronged. I simply no longer feel victimized or unfairly treated, no longer feel angry or upset or afraid. I just feel a happy and peaceful acceptance.

Sometimes, the inner guidance takes the form of knowing what I need to say or do next. It’s not something I have “figured out,” but is simply a knowing—a knowing that comes with a sense of inner certainty and a sense of deep inner peace. I’m not saying or doing that thing in order to change my life or change the world so that I can be happy. I know that I am already happy and peaceful, and that this next thing is simply the most appropriate expression of that inner truth we all share.

How do you know if it’s really from the higher power?

Yes, you might say, but “how do you know that it’s not just your ego self-righteously pretending to be spirit?” After all, there have been religious fanatics throughout history who have justified all manner of cruelty and abuse on the basis that they were acting on divine inspiration. All I can say is that at some level I do know the difference. It has something to do with a sense of complete peace, with a sense of complete unattachment from the outcome of whatever I say or do, with a sense of complete trust in something much higher than “Bill.” And with knowing that what I am saying or doing is not attacking or harming anyone else, because Love—the one-power—offers only love. I can’t “prove” that the guidance is coming from somewhere deeper than my ego, but I just know that it is.

Profound gratitude

And so what about that person and her e-mail that I mentioned in the beginning of this series of posts? That whole story simply doesn’t have an emotional charge for me any more. I am no longer “constrained” by my ego to feel hurt and fear and anger. When I think of her at all, I feel only peace and acceptance, appreciation and blessing. That inner guidance freed me to feel love, which is the most natural and truthful of relating to anyone or anything at all. And for that I am profoundly grateful.

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