Anyone who has asked for divine guidance knows that it can be challenging to trust it when it comes. This is because divine guidance comes in many forms and is sometimes hard to locate. We aren’t sure if we are meant to trust our thoughts, feelings, dreams, or intuitions to be the carriers of divine wisdom. We are unsure if advice from a friend is the form in which the guidance has come into the world or if our own opinion is the source of wisdom we need to take seriously. The ability to sort all this out comes with trial and error, and the best way to learn to recognize divine guidance is to ask and receive.
Sometimes when we ask for guidance, we already have a sense of what we want to hear. At such times, receiving guidance can be difficult because we don’t want to hear anything that appears to be in opposition to our desire. Therefore, one of the most important qualities we need to cultivate if we are to receive guidance is an open mind. It helps to acknowledge what we want, and then to symbolically set it aside, making room for whatever wisdom comes through to us.
Cultivating an active relationship with the divine is essential to receiving and trusting guidance when it comes our way. We can practice this daily by using a set of rules, a deck of cards, or a pendulum. We can also use our journals to develop a relationship with the divine through the written word. We might take notes on our experiences as we request and receive guidance. Over time we will begin to recognize when we can hear correctly and when we are not. This way, we will gradually attune ourselves to our relationship with the divine. Begin to trust the guidance you receive; soon, you will find it flowing easily.