MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, THE INNER SELF REFLECTS IT ALL
Much of the guidance that you receive from your Inner Self can be understood in terms of mirroring. As you offer thought/belief vibrations, your Inner Self responds with three successive waves of mirror-like experiential manifestation:
• Emotional Guidance (first reflective manifestation offered by the Inner Self). Your Inner Self offers you an immediate, real-time, emotional feeling as the first response to the thought vibrations that you are contemplating in your now moment. By paying attention, as often as possible, to the emotional feeling that you sense in your body, you gain awareness of the contrast between how you perceive a person, circumstance or event and how your Inner Self perceives the same person, circumstance or event. The Inner Self’s perspective is always steady and consistent -- the ecstatic vibration of unconditional love, appreciation and Excitement. The emotional feeling in your body tells you whether you are, in your now moment, sharing the perspective of your Inner Self or, if not, the extent of your emotional divergence from the perspective of your Inner Self.
• Example Dream Experiences (second reflective manifestation offered by the Inner Self). If you are paying attention to your Example Dreams, such dreams give you a chance to sample a manifestation of your dominant thoughts, beliefs and emotions as a three-dimensional experience. In particular, you should pay attention to the overall emotional feeling of such dreams. Your Example Dreams offer you the equivalent of a “movie preview” (albeit often in exaggerated form) of what you are in the process of creating or attracting in your Physical Reality Dream. If you do not like the emotional and experiential content of what you have manifested in your sleep state (e.g. a nightmare), you have an opportunity to reshape your vibrational offerings before you start experiencing similar manifestations in your Physical Reality Dream.
• Physical Reality Dream Experiences (third reflective manifestation offered by the Inner Self). Your so-called waking reality experiences are offered to you by your Inner Self as a final (most delayed by the buffer of time) stage of mirror-like manifestation. As is the case with your Example Dreams, the events of your life are three-dimensional reflections of your dominant thoughts, dominant beliefs and dominant emotional states.
I see Emotional Guidance as the most important and the most accessible form of guidance offered to me by my Inner Self. Emotional Guidance serves as an immediate reflection of what my current thought/belief vibrations “feel like” in comparison to my Inner Self’s perspective. Whenever I feel strong negative emotion (e.g. anger, jealousy, unworthiness), I know that my current thinking about the object of my focus (which very often includes myself!) is not in alignment with the knowing and wisdom of my Inner Self. Whenever I am feeling strong positive emotion (e.g. Excitement, joy, appreciation), I know that my current thinking about the object of my focus is in alignment with the knowing and wisdom of my Inner Self.
When you appreciate yourself, others and your current circumstances, you are lining up with the perspective of your Inner Self and you can feel this alignment. When you judge or criticize yourself, others and your circumstances, you can sense the “emotional distance” between you and your Inner Self. As you shift your thoughts and beliefs up the emotional scale, further aligning with your Inner Self, you can begin to literally feel the energy of your Inner Self coursing through your body. The sensation of this energy is commonly experienced with meditation, yoga, acupuncture and similar practices, but is by no means limited to formal spiritual practices. This energy flow is also easily sensed whenever you engage in any activity that Excites you and engages your full attention.
During a walk a few years ago, I felt a strong Impulse to walk to the base of a communications tower located close to my home (pictured on this page). To get there, I followed a dirt path along a drainage ditch between two neighborhoods. I got right underneath the tower and felt awed by the size of it. There was a sign indicating the tower’s height – over a thousand feet tall. I was half questioning my sanity. Why had I walked all the way down here? Since I had, by then, started to look upon physical reality as a dream, it suddenly occurred to me that this communications tower was being offered to me as a physical “dream symbol” and that it represented my Inner Self. I understood that this was a physical representation of the constant signal of unconditional love, appreciation, and Excitement that emanates from my Inner Self. I can see this tower when I look out my kitchen window or when I’m driving around the community. At night, I can see the regular pulsing of the bright red light at the top of the tower. For many years now, the sight of the tower has served as a reminder for me to pay attention to how I’m feeling in my body and to compare that feeling to steady ecstatic vibration of my Inner Self.
Before you embarked upon this life experience, in your pre-birth nonphysical state, you had awareness of the general plan of your upcoming life. You choose your parents, siblings and other key family relationships. These souls were already well known to you and you decided, as a soul group, to incarnate in this lifetime together. You knew that it was very probable that you would build certain other key relationships. You chose the political, economic and religious culture that you would be born into. You knew that, as you journeyed through this life experience, Emotional Guidance would be available to you moment by moment and that you could rely upon Emotional Guidance as an unmistakable marker of how you were vibrating, in any moment, in comparison to your Inner Self. From your pre-birth perspective, you also contemplated certain types of creative expression that you intended for this life. You have added to these desires as you have lived your life and discovered ways to make these creative expressions even more Exciting to you. You knew that you it would be easy to tell when you were aligning with your inner creative desire because you would feel the Excitement of alignment within your body. Thus, your Excitement is never an accident. It is a self-evident signal of alignment with your Inner Self and your pre-birth intentions (as you’ve amended them through this life experience).
For a deeper understanding of Emotional Guidance, I recommend the numerous books and audio/video recordings published by Jerry and Esther Hicks. For a deeper understanding of pre-birth intentions, I recommend exploring the books published by Brian Weiss and Michael Newton. All of these resources are listed in the Faculty Lounge section of this website.
"Rather than trying to monitor your thoughts, we encourage that you simply pay attention to how you are feeling. For if you should choose a thought that is not in harmony with the way that broader, older, wiser, loving Inner Being part of you sees it, you will feel the discord; and then you can easily redirect your thought to something that feels better and, therefore, serves you better."
- Esther Hicks (Abraham), from workshop held in Seattle, WA on July 1, 2006.