14. How does inner guidance feel?
The consultation with inner guidance starts like this:
"What do I want to achieve in this situation? What is my purpose?"
If we have taken a purpose of a) self-love, peace, and happiness or b) forgiveness, the action that arises will satisfy that purpose.
Actions that arise always satisfy our purpose regardless of intent. Problematic situations come up when our purpose is to satisfy egoic drives – historically the case for all.
After a quick reason consultation, the action to be taken is the apparently obvious decision – it's the thing we want to do.
A reasonable question: Isn’t this what we’ve been doing our whole life?
Our typical behavior is to not stop to consult inner reason before acting. We consult our previous behaviors and habits, culturally acceptable habits, and lower-level desires like sex and drugs. Our typical desire is to want things that turn out unsatisfactorily, unlasting happiness.
How can we tell if we are listening to the guidance of reason? After acting, we reflect:
- How do I feel?
- Is there peace in my awareness?
Honest reflection is an important part of the early stages of gaining discernment. It's a learning process. According to A Course in Miracles, learning this is the literal purpose of the creation of time and matter. Eventually you will learn how to want and consistently achieve “the peace of God" – and undeniable sense of security and joy – only.
Do I desire a world I rule instead of one that rules me?
Do I desire a world where I am powerful instead of helpless?
Do I desire a world in which I have no enemies and cannot sin?
And do I want to see what I denied because it is the truth?
[...] And then it will be clear to you that, as you look on the effects of sin in any form, all you need do is simply ask yourself,
Is this what I would see? Do I want this?
This is your one decision; this the condition for what occurs. It is irrelevant to how it happens but not to why. You have control of this. And if you choose to see a world without an enemy in which you are not helpless, the means to see it will be given you.