How do you know when seeking spiritual guidance on a decision when you've received the right answer?
There will be peace in your spirit.
The issue will stop nagging you.
The lord may give you scriptural confirmation or tangible results.
It will cease to be a burden in your heart.
You will experience more joy
Great answer Anjili and I am so hoping the nagging will stop and the burden will cease. Thank you
I agree with your answer, Anjili -- you will experience a peace and scriptural reference is a support to the decision.
It's like falling in love. You'll just know. There won't be any doubts that this is the right path. You'll know with every fiber of your being. It will be intuitive. That's what I felt when I found my path.
What a challenging question. In one short question you have raised numerous others: Are you looking for an answer that will make you feel good? Isn't spiritual guidance about Truth? Does your question have a moral dimension, that is, are you asking about whether something is right or wrong? Is the correct answer something that is "yes" or "no" or is it part of the huge realm of "grey" issues where there are many different possible answers?
To say that, "you'll just know" or that there "will be peace in your spirit" makes sense. We have all had that experience along the path of our spiritual journey where we "just know" or that it "feels right." On the other hand, I have talked to numerous people who felt peace in their hearts about doing something that was totally wrong. And maybe that is because what we "feel" and what we "know" can be at odds with the other. I had a friend who broke a contract with my business. It cost me a lot of money, but I decided that my friendship was more important, so I forgave him. When we talked, however, he refused to acknowledge that he had done anything wrong. I made the right decision, but to this day I am troubled because my friend "feels" that it was just fine to break his word. In some ways this demonstrates that life isn't simple enough (sometimes) to say that "it just feels right" even when we are confident that it just feels right.
Maybe the simplest way to answer your question is to frame it differently. What is the defining principle that let's you know for certain that anything is right? It seems to me that "spiritual" guidance is, by definition, about God. This is not about financial guidance or about choosing a college, it is spiritual. So what does God say is the criterion (or criteria) for all spiritual guidance? That is the question you need to answer. If your criterion is that you must "feel peace" you will come up with a difference answer than if your criterion is "to serve others." That being the case, I offer the following criterion for determining if you have received the right answer: Does it help you to draw nearer to God and to love Him and to love everyone else? If yes, you have your answer.
Spiritual guidance does not have to be about God. Not everyone is Christian. To say that "spiritual guidance is, by definition, about God" is to presume that everyone believes in the same god you do, when, in reality, everyone has their own beliefs.
One would assume that spirituality reaches above the human and so into a realm where the possibility of infinite intelligence is possible otherwise, why go there if they are as screwed up as you are? So yes you are seeking God which? Who knows?
I don't see anything in my answer about Christ. To say that spiritual guidance is, by definition, about God is not a presumption at all. I assume that people define "god" any way they want. That is the point, how you define "god" is the criterion.
Hi Miles The question is one directed at a choice I need to make about moving and I have been back and forth so many times The problem is neither choice seems to be the right. Something just is sitting right I guess you could say. It's odd for me
The "right answer?" In the simplest terms, right is purely subjective unless one believes in and chases the concept of perfection. Perfection assumes others have become perfect and you are looking for a way to become that way yourself. Others becoming perfect assumes that there is a state of existence that you would like to obtain that others have obtained where you are trying to go and finding how best to get there. Your internal senses usually call the chase, listening to your conscience but you would have to order your life in a way that your conscience is ok with and then refine your conscience so that it wasn't ok with anything less then the truth. Be prepared for a lot of discomfort and seemingly pointless striving. It is worth the journey but you at some point would have to accept that there are those who have made it and seek them out for instruction. An acceptance of authority would then be necessity. If all you are looking for is to feel good. Go to your corner drug dealer and get yourself some thing to take your mind off of your misery and be satisfied.
Hi Jaggedfrost Part of the problem is once I think I have made a choice and begin to work on it, it seems like there is this huge wrench thrown in turning me the other way. It's beginning to feel like this constant 360 which is so strange.
Maybe you need to work on it some more and analyze your methods for repetitive elements. Remove those. You never know when the truth may walk by. Sometimes life shows us people at their worst and we come to conclusions that don't help. Don't stop.
There are no wrong answers. The outcome of your decision depends on the recognition of an answer and how you choose to act on that answer. If you react to the spiritual guidance with trust, things will always work out. Not necessarily the way you planned, but the way they are supposed to. If they don't, odds are you are acting on your own will or ego instead of that of who you are asking.
Remember, answers don't come in the form of voices or burning bushes. They come in the form of intuition. If you have complete faith in your spiritual being, you will trust that he is giving you the power to make the correct decisions. His blessing is not making your decisions. His blessing is giving you the tools and ability to make your own.
Our communication with the higher spiritual guidance for help will be received and to know if it is right or wrong will be based on our six-sense. It is the intuition where we will know if that is the right answer or not.
If you received an answer, and it was from your spiritual guide(s), then it is the correct answer. If you aren't sure that you received an answer, the choice is to postpone change. If you received an answer, why do you question it? You can't foresee the future. What may seem wrong to you now, will be a blessing later, if it was directed by spiritual guides. This is a tough task. I know from years of experience that NOT following spiritual guidance will have NEGATIVE consequences. On the other hand, following an uncertain path will lead to happiness, if it is the one you need to be on, regardless how uncertain you may be at the beginning. Be sure you have an answer and trust it, unless, of course, it is dangerous or illegal. None of us need that kind of spiritual guidance, but the dark forces can tempt us if we let our guard down. Best wishes.
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