By: Dr. Gwen Smith

As children we all were conditioned in school to do what we were told when we were told. Our parents or educators directed our career paths by either telling us what to study or placing us in classes aligning with what they told us we should study.


We learned foundational skills: reading, writing and math, and further studies were limited to subjects available at our institutions of learning. It seems like freedoms were limited and personal choices were beyond reach.


Some went on to college choosing their majors based on suggestions or demands of their parents. While others based their choices on external stimuli, for example, making lots of money when they graduated.


Still others built their careers based upon the limited views they had of themselves. Largely, limitations of themselves from a place of complete disempowerment due to what they were told they were capable of.


Few were ever trained or counseled to really examine their own internal compass to figure out what they wanted for their lives, or to make life decisions and choices for themselves. The result is many unhappy workers; 70-80%, who are misfits in their places of employment.


They hate what they do. People are never taught to tune in to their own internal guide to discover what satisfies them. Consequently they’re out of rhythm with who they were intended to be.


We haven’t had the practice of connecting internally to make choices or decisions about important things affecting the quality of our lives. The result, is paralysis and fear and a complete disconnection from our destiny.


We ask for others’ opinions and advice. We vacillate, creating increased fears, doubts and confusion around the path we ought to follow. This is learned behavior and waking up to this can turn your life around.


Watching an infant or very young child will reveal that they have no such issues of mistrusting or ignoring their guide. They are fully responsive to what their inner compass tells them to do. If they do go off course, it’s frequently a result of parental intervention to put them back on the ‘right’ path.


Do you think you were created with your own internal compass to determine your own natural inclinations? Do you think relying on that compass will help you make the right choices about what’s best for you?


To arrive at that answer, consider nature. Every creature has a certain way they behave, and even and even above this, every creature behaves differently. They do not all possess identical natures nor roles. They each fulfill different roles as a part of their communities.


They also have natural rhythms which cue them about when to migrate, when to hibernate, when to run for fear of their lives and when and how to satisfy their needs.


Each is commensurate with its natural internal instinct it’s clockwork with the seasons and each cooperate with all of these natural elements. Everything has a time, everything has a rhythm and everything has a season!


Bees know when to hunt for flowers. Birds know when to fly south. Day turns to night and seasons change on cue. Its built in to all of nature and you are a part of nature.


As humans, having the power of the intellect and reason can at times handicap us as we often engage the reasoning above our own intuitive guidance. We often continue beyond our childhood to reach out to others to clarify our paths.


By this, we surrender the reigns of our own destiny and happiness and miss the greater opportunities in our lives to increase our own happiness. We conform to the masses to create what’s normal for us, completely ignoring our uniqueness and the gifts we each have to bring to others.


Somewhere in our scopes of learning and growing, following our gut or intuition was lost. The result is humanity that is totally disconnected from Source and from his or her own internal guide.


This results in paralysis, wandering, a lack of focus and clarity and disconnection from one’s passions and true purpose. Has this been your experience?


If this has been your experience up to this point there’s great news. You don’t need to be stuck anymore. You are completely capable of discovering your purpose in life without interventions from others, and you should. You step outside of the dogma and choose what is right for your life.


When you really stop to think about it, why would someone else have a clearer vision of what you need to be doing with your own life? Why would you relinquish your own power? More than anything else, why would you ignore your own internal guide even now that you’re an adult? Why have external stimuli drive your path?


You have a unique place in the grand scheme of things and no one knows what that place is but you. Yes, people can make suggestions based on observations, and in the end, at the final analysis, it is you and only you who can decide for yourself. Deciding this requires that you take back the reigns of your life. Tune in to your internal guide.


Many have lost opportunities and privileges that would have permanently changed their circumstance had they learned to be in tune to their own internal Divine guidance. Instead they allow someone else to define their limits and capacities without challenge. As adults, you have no excuses to continue.


I invite you to defy the societal norms. Step inside yourself! Tune in to your Guide. It is the most beautiful and sure place from which to live your life and to find what truly matters most to you that will make you happy.

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