Recently I read “I am here” which added to my new thinking around the idea that we’re not human beings on a spiritual journey, but spiritual beings on a human journey…
The book was lent to me by my aunt. A few weeks before I had shared with my mum that a few times in my meditations I’d got the message “I am here”… which I felt was a cry from my soul for acknowledgement, to trust it, to ask for help, to listen to the answers it was giving…my intuition. My mum had in turn told my aunt who’d dug out the book to lend me.
It’s an interesting book and tells an interesting story. Much of what I read developed my spiritual awareness but even though some of it felt to be new & things I hadn’t really thought of before, it also felt familiar and comfortable and not at all like it was opening up new thinking for me. Does that make sense? I know that sounds paradoxical but I feel that about much of my spiritual awakening… it’s not new thinking it’s just old thinking remembered.
One of the ideas the book introduced me to (reminded me of?!?) was that we live forever as spiritual beings and incarnate as human beings many times to experience separateness and learn from the experience for the purposes of spiritual growth. And… that before we are born into each life we plan the life ahead of us, often with the people we’ll spend it with (sometimes the same people we’ve spent previous lifetimes with, perhaps related to differently). It introduced me to the idea that listening to our intuition helps us to follow the path we planned before we incarnated and thus experience what we need to in order to achieve the spiritual growth we intended.
I believe this! At the time I read it I felt it made a lot of sense but I didn’t really commit to fully believing it, but then just a couple of weeks later a friend asked me about my meditation practice… it led to me telling her what I believed about our eternal souls and their plans for each human incarnation. I think she was a bit surprised having a more traditional (I get the impression, although we’ve not really talked about it) belief in God. And that’s not to say that I don’t believe in God it’s just that I believe God to be made up of the souls of each and every one of us rather than the somewhat stern male authoritarian figure who is always judging us that my C of E education left me thinking “he” was!
So, why am I telling you this? Why am I telling me this? I just wanted to ponder on the idea that our intuition is what guides us to make the choices; take the opportunities; move towards the things and people that we planned as our path before we were born. And each time we let our head, not heart (or soul) choose the answers, we ignore that intuition and so our intuition has to give us another prod and it keeps doing so until we finally get the message.
Last January I started a new job and my new manager suggested I meet a lady called Sue Jones from Voluntary Acton Warrington. I heard what she said, added a ‘task’ to meet Sue to my task list & then busied myself learning all about my new job and getting the ball rolling with my project. I think my manager mentioned Sue again a couple of months into my new role saying she thought we’d have a lot in common and to meet with her… again I agreed it was a good idea & left the idea consigned to my task list.
In June, I ran a session on Engaging Volunteers through Social Media at the Volunteering Lancashire conference. At the end of the session, one of the attendees came to me & asked if I was aware of ‘thoughtful Thursday’ – I wasn’t. She went on to explain that each Thursday a blog is published on a subject relating to Volunteer Management and a conversation then ensues on twitter (search #ttvolmrs). She promised to send me the details by email, which she did & when I looked into it, it was run by Sue Jones!
I followed Sue on twitter and tweeted with her a couple of times which led to us LinkingIn and exchanging a few emails. Finally on the last day of October, 10 months after Sue’s name had initially been mentioned, I went over to Warrington to meet with her.
I knew we would connect, in fact I was so convinced that I’d already written Sue into my business plan as a potential partner for a new product! And connect we did…
From LinkedIn and a couple of emails we’d already deduced that we had both worked at Barclays; had both come to the third sector from the private sector and had both experienced similar challenges; were both trained coaches and that we shared some similar aspirations for the future.
So, our meeting… I felt a real connection with Sue and our conversation was one of openness, honesty and excitement at the connection we felt! I wouldn’t say it was a meeting of minds… more a meeting of souls. Reflecting after our meeting I came to thinking that Sue is someone I’m supposed to spend time with in this lifetime and that it was prearranged… thus the prods and reminders each time I ignored my intuition!
- What does your intuition keep prodding you to do that your rational & logical mind keeps ignoring?
- What are you learning from the people you’ve chosen to spend this lifetime with?
- and, a big one for me at the moment… How do you define God?
I’d love to hear your thoughts… either by leaving a comment here or on twitter @ThePensiveCoach