Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc. – Letting God Direct You
Without a doubt, the greatest possible human experience is having direct mystical experience of God—to know that God does, indeed, exist, that God’s Presence is a reality, and contact with that reality is within you at the center of your mind.
Second only to this experience is the knowingness of having the daily companionship of God, in the form of God directing you as you engage in your daily activities. What greater advisor or counselor could you have than the Universal Mind of God directing you?
Throughout recorded history, wise men, sages, seers, saints, and mystics have benefited from receiving direct guidance from God. The wonderful reality is that you can be anyone, and receive the wisdom of the ages—past, present, and future—if you will but open yourself to God’s Inner Presence.
Most people do not open themselves to God because, unfortunately, the vast majority of them have not discovered the secret of God’s Presence. Once, however, a person gains knowledge that the Presence is within them, they should do everything possible to open their conscious mind to God’s All-knowing wisdom and direction.
Experiencing God directing you every day is magical. You can feel and often think the direction as it is given to you. Over a period of time, you realize how accurate and beneficial the direction is that you are receiving. You realize God’s love for you as God has graced you with direction in life.
You learn to pay close attention, and to heed your feelings, thoughts, hunches, and premonitions about people and conditions in your life. You also learn that when you ignore God’s intuitive direction, things do not go well for you, or don’t turn out as you had desired. Even from those experiences, however, you learn how very valuable God’s intuitive direction is to you and your life.
The process of letting God direct you begins most effectively in your daily practice of meditation. Every time you meditate, an inner pipeline of consciousness is opened wider. That pipeline connects the surface part of your mind’s mortal awareness with the awareness contained in Universal Mind or God. Day by day and year by year, this flow becomes larger and larger in a person’s life. As it grows, so, too, does the intuitive direction in life.
Nonetheless, there are some periods when intuitive direction is not as high. There may be times when, at least consciously, it does not seem to be functioning at all. This is what may be described as the “dark night of the soul.” These are generally periods of assimilation of previous phases of direction. It may also be that current outer life conditions have not reached a point where direction would make sense or be applicable.
When you meditate, you are letting God direct you. The very act of meditating automatically opens your conscious level of mind to God’s Mind. You don’t have to pray for direction, as your daily meditation places your mind in a mental position or atmosphere conducive to receiving direction.
Every time you are about to meditate, take a moment to think to yourself that as you meditate, you are opening your conscious mind wider and wider to God’s intuitive direction. As you receive intuitive direction during your daily activities, realize that the direction you are receiving is a direct result of the meditation you have been doing. Realize that God wants to guide you, and that you are letting God direct you by letting God into your conscious mind and feelings through meditation.
In today’s busy world, it is easy for a person’s mind to be filled with a wide assortment of thoughts passing through it. Affirming that your mind is open at all times to receive direction from the God Consciousness within you keeps you aware, and motivates you to closely monitor your thoughts and feelings.
The direction given to you—of even one thought—could change your entire life! As you engage in your daily activities, think of yourself as being totally open at the conscious level of your mind to receive divine direction. In addition, have an attitude that you are relying more on intuitive direction from God than on any other source, in regard to what you should be doing in your life. In this manner, you give importance to maintaining an openness of mind, because you are so dependent upon it, placing it as your primary source for decision-making in your life.
If you could empty your mind of all personal ego consciousness, you would still have consciousness. What would be left would be Universal Consciousness or the Mind of God operating totally through the surface or conscious level of your mind. Every thought would be a divine thought, for every thought would be God’s.
Affirming that you are constantly emptying yourself of your personal ego helps to rid yourself of personal ego material that is repressing your divine nature and its direction. Every moment you spend affirming the emptying yourself of personal ego also helps to clean out your mind, so that the practice of meditation also improves. And, as the practice of meditation improves, so, too, do you receive more divine direction.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 4: Module 39.
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