Guidance & Clues

April 1st, 2021

We need a pattern, a map or some type of guidance to implement change.  To secure any type of modification we need to practice a different habit of being in the world.  We may have a new vision but without the guidance of a practice we will be led astray.  Our intuition, by design, automatically drives us in the direction of familiar.  A new terrain is never familiar and that is why a few guide-points or pictures are of great assistance.  Yes, a map is not the terrain but it gives us clues.  Meditation at times provides pictures (an image) even as detailed as one may find in travel books.  Neither often tell you where or what the picture is but it does open up a stream of information.  Asking questions to others on a journey or just an assigned space in meditation may provide more hints.  You have to be vigilant for signs, traces and inklings. 

I have helped people find a reference and frequently hear the reply, “Now I know what I have to do.”  But very few actually pursue the lead offered and never very timely.  Most use insight as a temporary distraction and sadly find themselves in the same sort of pattern they were intent on alleviating.  Not a total loss because I usually see some change, but growth by trial-and-error can be slow and painful.  Translating a novel inspiration into a productive habit in your life, even with a well thought-out plan, falters when confronted by the wall of intuition—”the way you always do it.”  The intent here is not to condemn your intuitive database.  It is a great guidance when sorting through what, by experience, you know to be true for you.  And of course, to “switch to an unproven approach” is rarely validated by friends and family that may claim they “know you better than you do.”  A practice is just that; you practicing to obtain your goal and being willing to change directions with new clues or momentary failure in movement and balance.        

A practice, no matter how simple, is vastly improved by the addition of reason or logic.  Common engagement into the logical system is often via attention, questions and decisions.  Attend to all clues—that is anything that is unusual, odd or not the normal course for you.  Ask yourself and others about hints or oddities that catch your attention.  You will not “know” and your “feelings” may abound with apprehension.  This is just a practice and your decisions are for testing.     

Let us not get ahead of ourselves, to notice a trace that leads into the unknown is not an easy task.  Start with attention and seek information.  Build a reservoir of data to secure the hint and then make a decision to test it with a plan.  You need both courage and wisdom to sample an unknown.  Remember, it is important to practice and secure each step into discovery.  We will explore these threads for a few months.


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