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The Martial Art of Joy

Day 19: Signs and Inner Wisdom

If I were to ask you to point to yourself, chances are you’d point to your heart area. It’s not likely you’ll point to your head, toe, or your elbow. Why? Because your heart area is where the true “you” is! Your heart area holds your spirit, soul, essence, and higher self. The magnetic field around your heart area has been scientifically measured to be about 8-10 ft around you in proximity. The head area and other areas, however, reach a much lower distance. I really think there’s something to that!

Your head tells you information from calculations based on emotions, experience, and outside circumstances. Your heart area, however, contains a higher wisdom that goes by many names: higher self, inner guru, spirit, the voice of God, intuition. Meditation is simply a way to shut out the noise and listen to what your inner wisdom has to say.

This inner wisdom is constantly speaking to you, whether you’re listening or not. You always have the choice to tap into it and follow it. You’ve heard of having a “gut feeling”, or a “knowing in your knower”?  When something tells you to check your tire pressure or to take a longer way home. When something tells you to give a specific message to a specific person, seemingly with no reason behind it.

Can you imagine what your life would look like if you listened to your inner voice more often, walking by faith and not by sight? What about all day, every day, for literally every decision you make, big or small? Speaking from experience, here’s what that would look like:

You’d start with the safe stuff– the decisions that wouldn’t be a complete disaster if they didn’t go as you planned. Then, after your initial success, you’d start getting steadily braver and more daring when following this newfound flowing wisdom. Eventually, you’d become completely fearless, having discovered that everything happens for a reason, and everything always turns out fine. Ultimately, you’d find yourself on a moment by moment adventure that leads you to all kinds of places and experiences you never thought you’d see, you’d discover your true self and purpose, and you’d find an inner peace that surpasses understanding.

Everything that happens to you is actually part of a bigger picture production. Stand back and start noticing it! If you haven’t already become aware of your inner voice, go ahead and start giving it a listen. Be curious! And don’t brush it off as random thoughts. Start actively paying attention to your inner voice, practicing a process that works for you to consistently tap into this wisdom, moment by moment. Then ACT! Whenever you feel any kind of nudge from your higher self, trust it and follow it. Take the leap of faith…. just to see where it takes you.

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Training Exercise

Your training exercise today is to go on a treasure hunt. No, not a hunt for actual gold or jewels hidden on a remote isle. This is a spiritual treasure you’re seeking, much like the one I embarked on when I met Art. If you’ve never done this, you’re in for a real treat. But it will probably also be one of the strangest things you’ve ever done. Ready? Let’s get started!

A spiritual treasure hunt starts with a bit of meditation. If you’ve never done meditation, don’t freak out. It literally just means to get in a quiet place where you can clear your head and focus. For this task, focus on the question of “where should I go today?”. With that question in mind, don’t try to logically come up with a place to go based on the weather conditions or the distance. Instead, just let a “somewhere” show up in your mind randomly. Got it? Now get up and go there. Don’t ask questions; don’t try to talk yourself out of it.

Once you’ve arrived at the place you were told to go (by God, spirit, intuition, higher self, whatever you prefer to call that voice that we all have guiding us), focus on the question of “What should I do here?”. In the same way the first question was answered, let one or several random ideas come to your mind. Keep doing this over and over again, letting one task lead you to the next task, and so on.

Let this inner wisdom guide you on a little adventure today. Keep your mind always aware of that guidance, and enjoy the ride. You’ll experience crazy coincidences, right-time-right-place happenings, and you may end up with a crazy testimony like mine to tell at parties. Write about your treasure hunt in the comments section, and include links to any fun pics you took along the way!

Remember to keep a copy of your report for yourself. It’ll be fun to look back on in the future and remember. Also, don’t forget to write your Joy Journal entry for the day!

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