I created an awesome blessing last night (at the time of writing this). I had an out loud conversation with God, with my Broader Perspective. It was the most clear conversation my Positively Focused practice created yet.
What does God’s voice sound like? It depends on the listener.
Am I on the right wavelength to hear it? That question carries more weight than the former.
A client answered that question excellently during his Client session recently:
“In New Mexico, where I’m from,” he began. “We have massive hot air balloon festivals. Huge balloons of all shapes and sizes and colors fill the sky.”
Apparently these brightly colored rubber sacks come shaped like stage coaches, animals, houses and more. These festivals draw such balloons from miles around.
“When these balloons start out they stand where they are, in New Mexico,” my client said. “As they rise, they go straight up into the air, still in New Mexico.”
The stream carries them to their dream
But then they hit the air stream high above the ground, he said. The stream carries each balloon on journeys fulfilling their purpose. My client made the connection:
“I see when I raise my perspective through being Positively Focused, I feel better about where I am. My spirit rises, I connect with my Inner Being stream and my Inner Being stream carries me to the next wonderful place. Just like balloons get carried by the airstream.”
“I don’t know what that journey looks like,” He added. “But the view will be beautiful, the journey joyful and when I land, I won’t be in New Mexico anymore.”
I loved this beautiful analogy comparing tuning into Inner Being awarensss to hot air balloons merging with Earth’s invisible airstreams. Those airstreams represent God’s voice. Rising to their level is like tuning in.
Tuning in requires elevating awareness to God’s. God does his job. He’s constantly communicating to me. My job: tuning in.
For my clients and I, tuning in means creating a positive focus.
These days, tuning takes priority over income, jobs and relationships. No kidding. My marriage ended because I prioritized my relationship with God over my wife, for example.
Most won’t do that. Which is why I’m having the life I’m having. Most don’t get everything they want comes through one relationship only: the one between bodily existence and one’s eternal, nonphysical existence. Human relationships give relatively little in comparison.
Anyway, these days, I’m so tuned in I hear God’s voice nearly constantly. Notice I’m not saying God speaks to me. That’s because nearly always God’s “voice” doesn’t feel like hearing a voice. It feels like pressure, like an impulse. A knowing what to do next.
Just because I know what to do next though, doesn’t mean I’ll do that… 🤷🏽♂️
Which is what prompted this post
Last night (at the time of writing this) I finished engaging in my wonderful daytime passions – creating content and leading my team at Copiosis, creating video content for The Transamorous Network, and creating films and illustrations for Positively Focused. It was a glorious day I intended ending by watching something on Netflix.
But I had a feeling something more wanted my focus, something more thrilling, more satisfying.
So there I sat on my couch scrolling through Netflix, when I felt pressure to look over at my desk. My desk sits configured for content creation.
I’m also working on a Positively Focused short film called Life is More Than Meets The Eye. Earlier in the week, through another impulse, I figured out how to turn my voice into the female voice I wanted narrating this short film. Other impulses diverted me, but now, I felt compelled to resume post production.
But I also wanted to watch something on Netflix!
I felt pressure in both directions. Both led to something good I knew. I even sat there a good ten minutes feeling out both options. Heck, I even said out loud “I have mixed energy. I want to watch Netflix, but I also want to work on my short film.”
Now God, my Inner Being, my Broader Perspective, whatever I want to call it, doesn’t tell me what to do. I am a free, eternal being after all. But it does clarify which path offers the most fulfillment. Any path leads to fulfillment eventually, so choosing is never a problem.
But some choices offer more fulfillment than others. I got that last night!
A Netflix fail leads to better
I decided I’d watch Netflix. I started a movie featuring Michael Peña called “Extinction”. It started ok, but the longer into it, the worse I felt. I still felt the “pull” of my film work. The impulse told me something more stood available over at my desk!
But determination to finish this movie compelled me while at the same time the film’s poor story line left me increasingly unsatisfied. Then one twist that caught my attention. From there, slight interest surfaced, but God’s voice kept urging me to my desk.
Finally, the movie ended. I surrendered, headed over to my desk and opened my editing software. The moment I engaged with my short film project, I felt something remarkable.
A HUGE energy surge welled up within me. I got totally immersed in my project. So much so I worked, and worked and worked! It was crazy!
The movie was 90 minutes long. Two hours after first sitting at my desk, I still wanted to continue. Only now, my Inner Being was sending different pressure: GO TO BED the feeling said. 😂 That message grew in intensity as 11:30 pm rolled around.
I name to moments like this. When I don’t heed the call of my Inner Being, but then go after a while, I call that going “kicking and screaming” toward where God wants me to go. I want to go, but for whatever reason – stubbornness, inertia, or just laziness – I don’t.
Then, eventually I do.
In both instances that evening, finally surrendering showed me how profoundly satisfying following God’s voice is: When I woke the next morning, dreams and the ecstasy I felt from being in dream scape convinced me following God’s voice is always a good idea.
When doing it wrong creates right
I know now following that impulse ASAP is important. In many cases, when I get an impulse, acting immediately is crucial. That’s because, in those times, I’m the last of many “cooperative components” converging on a coordinate in time and space. Take too long and I arrive late to the rendezvous and miss the delightful surprise.
Tonight responding quick wasn’t so crucial. My film wasn’t going anywhere. My bed wasn’t either. But both proved excellent clarifying experiences. Through them I understood, with unmistakeable clarity, several lessons:
- I can’t get it wrong. Fulfillment is available whatever I do, but some of what I choose contains more fulfillment than others.
- God’s got my back. My Inner Being always leads me to what I want. I need to make sure though that I’m tuned into it and not something else, such as a belief that’s contrary to what my Inner Being knows.
- The more I’m tuned in, the easier it is to hear God next time. Knowing what tuned in feels like opens doors to more of that feeling.
- My passions, in this case expressing my art and my fascination with dreams, offer more satisfaction and joy than any other pursuit. Passions always contain delight. Other activities – maybe, maybe not. Certainly not as potent as my passions.
There’s still joy in watching Netflix. Apple TV too. Streaming services offer so much compelling entertainment. I know I can choose either path and find fun.
But it’s guaranteed fun will show up when I follow God’s guidance. So I make sure I do that more these days. And sooner than later.