Jack Canfield’s Success Principle #47
Trust your intuition.
Jack talks in this lesson about the small voice from within that we know as intuition. I prefer to think of intuition as direction from the Holy Spirit. Many people have learned to pay attention to God’s advice and have experienced success. You can, too.
Develop your intuition through meditation.
Jack recommends using meditation to access intuition. What is meditation? It’s the process of clearing our minds and stilling our souls so that we can tap into messages from God. By focusing on our breathing, one word, a phrase, or an image; we can filter out extraneous thoughts so that we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Make time to listen.
Learning to meditate is not difficult, but it takes time. Like any discipline, it requires that we practice it regularly. Yoga, spiritual retreats, and massage therapy are just a few of the ways we can relax deeply so that we can connect with God.
Jack also recommends sitting in nature, listening to inspiring music, praying, or writing in a personal journal. God has so many things he wants to say to us, but we must make time to listen if we are going to benefit from his words.
We may receive messages from God in the form of an audible voice, a sensation, a vision, a dream, words spoken by other people, or phrases from the Bible.
In the movie, Bruce Almighty, the main character asked God for a sign. Immediately, a truck full of road signs forced him off the road. This comical answer to prayer illustrates powerfully that God can show us the direction he wants us to take, provided we’re paying attention.
God can provide answers to anything we need to know. All we have to do is ask. Some sample questions include:
-Should I take this job?
-How can I achieve my ideal weight?
-How do I set boundaries?
-Should I marry this person?
-When should I sell the house?
-Who can I ask for help?
Write down the answers.
When we ask God questions, it is imperative that we immediately write down his answers. Research indicates that any new idea that is not written down within 37 seconds will never be recalled again.
Jack recommends using a digital voice recorder or 3 x 5 cards to record God’s answers to our most pressing questions. For years, I have kept a journal beside my bed, where I record visions, dreams, and messages from God.
Take immediate action.
If we are going to tap into God’s power, we must take immediate action whenever he gives us an answer. Jack provides a few inspiring examples of people who responded swiftly to God’s directives.
When Jesus called his disciples, they all responded instantly. In Matthew 4:19-20, we see this clearly when Jesus called Peter and Andrew. “Come, follow me, ‘Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.”
I have often wondered why these twelve men dropped everything to follow Jesus. I have come to understand that his divine love must have compelled them to trust him completely. I believe that the more we trust God, the more quickly he provides us with ways to accomplish our dreams.
Spend some time today jotting down questions to important problems you are facing. Then, sit quietly and ask God to give you some answers. When they come to you, write them down immediately. Then, take swift action to carry out whatever God has instructed you to do.
I said yes to follow my dream of becoming a writer. I have been blessed to have three of my books published. It is my hope you will enjoy reading them all.