Your Soul/Personal Guide/Spirit/Path Energy only has two states of being or disposition, if you will.
One state of being is that of calmness/neutrality/stillness/serenity. Think of this as when the sea is calm and still. When you are where you are meant to be, this is the state you are in. (Your Mind may have opposing feelings but this concept will be addressed further down, in this post).
The other state of being is that of ‘pressure’, for lack of a better term. This ‘pressure can be subtle or strong, depending on the message it carries. When it is time for you to act on something, the energy moves – giving you a (sort of) push to do it.
This push can be a subtle-but-constant reminder to do a particular thing, or a strong-and-constant urge to do a particular thing. Most times, with the strong urges, one cannot help but do it because it is so persistent that you do it automatically, without thinking. In many cases, it is in hindsight that one will realise what they did.
Think of this as when forces of nature generate waves in the sea. It is also like a stirring in your heart or a prompting. Some people also call it a ‘disturbance in your heart/spirit’. You will always feel it in your heart and not your head – which is where you always feel your mind’s urges/desires/inspirations. When you start learning to differentiate between the two, you will find that it is distinct. It never stops until the required action is taken but the mind’s ideas can cease after a while, though the mind’s urges can be just as strong – if not stronger than the Spirit’s promptings.
The mind’s strong urges can be forceful, with a sense of urgency, where the Spirit’s urges can be intense but never forceful. If it is something you must do immediately and there is no time to spare, the Spirit literally moves you to do so, automatically. The mind does not have that power unless you are unaware of it, in which case, you follow whatever the mind inspires you to do without checking where the inspiration is coming from or how you feel.
Many people have learned, by default, to ignore these (Spirit) promptings, to the point that it doesn’t seem to be there anymore – but it is.
These are the only two states you can be in, spiritually. These are the only two feelings you can have, spiritually: Calmness (stillness of the sea) and Constant Heart Prompting/Urge/Inspiration to do something (waves of the sea). When it is done and only then, it returns to its stillness.
Note that both ‘states of being’ come with Peace. They are never “warring” against you or anyone. Whether you are being prompted to do nothing or do something, whether the prompting is subtle or strong, its nature is always peaceful.
On the other hand, feelings of happiness or sadness, etc are simply your mind’s reaction to where you are/what you are doing. These feelings are not permanent. As you begin to understand them, you will find that the feeling of happiness/excitement, for example, will become a not-so-big-deal to you and all you really are is ‘accepting of your peaceful state’. This is not to say that you should not allow yourself to feel excited or happy but the point of the post is to not let the feelings determine what your Spirit is saying. You cannot tell, just based on them. They are not true indicators.
Here are some examples. If you feel:
At peace + happy = You are where you should be/doing what you should + Your mind likes or accepts where you are/what you are doing.
At peace + sad = You are where you should be/doing what you should + Your mind does not like or accept where you are/what you are doing (It would rather be somewhere else/doing something else).
At peace + confused = You are where you should be/doing what you should + Your mind does not understand why you are where you are/ what you are doing; It cannot decide if you should stay where you are or do something else.
At peace + frustrated = You are where you should be/doing what you should + Your mind has other plans of where you should be/ what you should be doing; It has persuaded you to do something else but you didn’t succeed and/or it cannot find a way to achieve what it wants to do.
At peace + depressed = You are where you should be/doing what you should + Your mind, having tried all it can to achieve what it thinks it needs – and failed, or having found no way to achieve what it wants, It doesn’t believe there is hope for its happiness anymore or that you are where you should be. It only sees failure and thinks/feels it’s the end. It sees no answer, no light at the end of the tunnel, no silver lining, nothing. It believes escape is better than the torture it is going through. At this point, it may even start considering death as the next option, since there is nothing left for it. It has either refused to connect to the Spirit or it doesn’t know how or it isn’t aware of it or all of the above.
At peace + afraid = You are where you are/should be + Your mind is conjuring up all kinds of fearful thoughts, warnings and discouragement because it thinks things will go wrong.
On another hand, if you feel:
Not at peace + happy = You are not where you should be/doing what you should + Your mind likes what you are doing/where you are/what you have.
Not at peace + sad = You are not where you should be/doing what you should + Your mind does not like what is going on/where you are/what you have.
Not at peace + confused = You are not where you should be/doing what you should + Your mind does not understand what is going on and why.
Not at peace + frustrated = You are not where you should be/doing what you should + Your mind keeps coming up with other plans of where you should be/ what you should be doing. It has tried to do so many things but failed or it cannot find a way to achieve what it truly wants. It cannot figure out what to do. It can also mean it has achieved what it wants but it still feels empty/unfulfilled.
Not at peace + depressed = You are not where you should be/doing what you should + Your mind is also not happy with where you are. It is similar to ‘At peace + depressed’, only worse. Having tried all it can to achieve what it thinks it needs – and failed, or having found no way to achieve what it wants, it doesn’t believe there is hope for its happiness. It sees failure and thinks/feels its the end. It sees no answer, no light at the end of the tunnel, no silver lining, nothing. It believes escape is better. Here, it will definitely start considering death as the next option, since there is nothing left for it. Anything to end the agony it is in. It may also have achieved what it wants but it still feels empty/unfulfilled.
Not at peace + afraid = You are not where you are/should be + Your mind is coming up with a million things that could go wrong. Not being at peace, just makes it worse.
Remember these feelings are temporary.
Ever heard of the saying, “Money cannot buy happiness“? Well it actually can but what people are really trying to say – but unable to differentiate – is that money cannot buy Peace. Meaning, you can have money and not be at peace, because you are not where you should be. You can chase temporary happiness all your life – and find it – but you will always feel “empty inside”/like something is missing/unfulfilled/unsatisfied, if you are not at peace. You will either chase happiness endlessly (which can often be in an effort to find peace) or give up. On another hand, you can have money and be at peace because you are where you should be. Money is not the issue. Being where you should be/doing what you are being led to do on your Path is the key.
There are many other variations of this example. As you can see, what you call ‘good feelings’ and ‘bad feelings’ do not determine if you are on your Path or not. These are only feelings generated from the mind. At some point in your journey, as you keep advancing in following your Personal Guide/Spirit/Path, you will learn to differentiate between what your Soul’s state of being is and what you feel from your mind (state of mind/mental state). This is an important distinction to make, in order to become more confident in your Path.
In summary, you are either at peace, in one or more aspects of your life, or you are not.
Future article: ‘How to know if you are at peace or not‘