Getting to Know Your Spiritual Guidance System

The GPS on your phone can tell you where you are located in the 3D world and help you navigate the twists and turns you encounter.

You can think of your Spiritual Guidance System (SGS) in a similar way but on a spiritual or multidimensional level.

Your SGS tells you where you’re at on your spiritual journey, and can help you navigate the lessons, tests, and spiritual twists and turns you’ll encounter along the way.

When the part of you that is physical, analytical, and personality-oriented wants to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible – it wants to go in a straight line. That makes complete sense. That’s exactly how that part of you is designed to operate.

It’s the higher-self perspective, however, that can see the bigger picture. The true path is often far from linear. This is the heart of why I have named my practice Bending River!

How I Became Aware of My Spiritual Guidance System

Here’s a quick story very few people know about me. Back around 2005, I thought I had life all figured out. When I thought of “what next”… deep down, I felt a calling to help other people figure their lives out too. I began to put that intention out there – buying books and learning how to do that – how to help people.

Within a year, my life came apart in spectacular fashion. We’re talking here about the big stuff – parents passing away, marriage ending, serious run in with illness, and my entire career and financial picture turning upside down.

Somewhere in the darkness of those days, a formula appeared to me. Put simply, I saw the numbers “5 5 5″… I began to understand and work with an inner knowing that came along with these numbers. I didn’t particularly like what it meant, but I understood.

What I didn’t know then but see clear as day now is that spirit was telling me – give yourself 5 years to just survive all that has occurred. Take another 5 years to learn how to thrive. If you go through all of that, you’ll begin to learn how to transcend these things in the five years that will follow.

That was my SGS telling me — you want to go to Point B on your spiritual road map. You want to help people. This is coming from your heart and is aligned with your soul’s desire. This is what it will take – you will have to get out of your head, realize you control nothing around you – not people, not your job, not anyone or anything. You’ll move inward, discover your true nature. Your true ability and power. And it will not be easy. It will take time. It will hurt at times. But in the end, you will get to where you want to go.


That was 15 years ago, and I am still in that beginning phase of transcending. In fact, I may be in the beginning phase for a very long time. For lifetimes to come. That’s perfectly OK by me, because it has been and continues to be a truly amazing journey and I am doing what I feel deeply moved to do – which is to help other people get unstuck, get clear, and get going again.

It’s also OK because more and more I see the infinite nature of spirit in all things. I can think of no greater abundance in life than to discover that spiritual energy and information is infinitely present in all things, at all times, and in all ways!

How to Discover Your Spiritual Guidance System

When it comes to discovering and developing your spiritual awareness, my take is that each one of you will have your own unique experiences, paths, and journeys.

You can read books, follow step-by-step guides, take workshops, and on and on. Some of that may help stir you into the right directions. You may meet interesting people. Just be mindful of the risk of tumbling down rabbit holes of fascination and distraction and get off course. (Been there, done that!)

While there may be no specific, step-by-step guide — there are many principles and practices you can embrace to help you along the way. Here are the top three that come to mind as I write to you today:

1. Relax. There’s no rush.

You have all of the time in the world. There’s no rush. Rushing things simply will not work. When you build trust with spirit, you learn to accept that all things occur at the right times.

Everything in this world happens in cycles of time. Breath in / Breath out. The seasons, the moon, waking and sleeping. Learn to work with your own natural spiritual cycles of energy.

Rushing things and being in go-go-go mode all of the time is the opposite of this. Learn to deeply enjoy the ebb and flow as you would the tides of the ocean.

2. Effort Does Not Equal Outcomes.

For this principle, this well known Gary Larson cartoon immediately comes to mind:

Gary Larson cartoon of a kid pushing on a door with a "Pull" sign, with a "School for the Gifted" sign out front.

Similar to rushing, pushing things too hard can also backfire. As you learn more about the natural cycles of how you work and flow with spiritual energy, you’ll learn when to push and when to allow.

Consider also the wisdom embedded in the concept of Wu Wei. Here’s a great video on this topic:

3. Use Your Imagination

Your imagination is both a gateway to spiritual information, and also a bit like training wheels for exercising spiritual power.

Here’s a quick way you can use your imagination to better connect with spirit — create a character that you feel resembles in some way what your higher self is like. Are they a warrior? A wise old bear? An ancient multidimensional space traveling Zen master? Or maybe they are a silent wizard ninja that skips across dreams as a stone across a pond?

Play with this magical ability that you have to create something from nothing, and see what comes through. You may be surprised at what you learn!

Be In Joy

Whether you realize it or not, your spiritual journey is designed to take you through experiences that will bring you time and again to places of joyfulness. In these places, you and your spirit are more connected than ever.

Joyfulness is a spontaneous emotional state that signifies abundance, happiness, and connection to and flow of life energy. Allow it. Be in it when it shows up. Give yourself permission to linger in it. Let go with grace as it passes.

Or, as my Irish ancestors might say:

“May brooks and trees and singing hills join in the chorus too, And every gentle wind that blows send happiness to you.”