5 Tips for Interpreting Divine Guidance

1) Literal vs metaphorical guidance

For almost every part of guidance, the following categories can be considered. Is it meant literally or metaphorically?

For example, the content of a dream could have a very literal meaning. When my deceased cousin visited me, he just wanted to say goodbye.

On the other hand, when I have a dream with my younger son in it, I usually don’t interpret it literally. Rather, it is meant metaphorically as son = the sonship or the Christ in me and what the current learning experience is.

2) Does it relate to past, present, or future?

And if it is meant metaphorically, is it just descriptive of the present? Is it an explanation of the past or congratulations for a job well done? Or is it about the future? And if it is about the future, is it a prediction, advice, or a warning?

For example, before important or possibly disturbing events in my life, I sometimes get a ‘heads up’ in a dream or in signs first. And after the event had happened, I would get a sort of explanatory statement. This can come as a dream or as some event or sign in daily waking life.

For example, around the fall of 2017, I had several dreams where I was shown pirouette-like dancing actions, and I was always asked the question whether I would like to learn to do the ‘whirlwind’ or the spinning top. I did not answer because I was not sure what my guidance meant by that.

Then I was formally invited to a new, fledgling internet forum which just formed itself at that time and had only about four participants. I joined and participated because I was guided to do so, and thought that this was all about me getting an opportunity for sharing my experiences which I did.

But then one guy wrote that my experiences remind him of multiple personality disorder and another guy wanted to do battle over his viewpoint that all spirit guides are deluded or evil, and I started to feel some friction. I must say that I assume they only meant well, but their behavior pissed me off and I started to wonder why I would join such a forum in the first place. And so, I left.

Shortly afterwards, I saw a short film clip on TV from one of those Boston Dynamics robot dogs getting kicked and still keeping its balance. I understood immediately that this was meant as an explanation about the forum experience. The announcing dreams had been asking me whether I would like to learn to keep my balance (like a spinning top) under all circumstances. And the robot dog which got kicked and didn’t fall down was meant to tell me that this was what the forum experience had been all about: Keeping my inner balance and calm even under what felt like an attack. So, this was an example of guidance relating to the future first in the form of an announcement. And second, relating to the past as an explanation.

3) The very personal ‘dictionary’ of metaphors

In case the guidance is to be interpreted metaphorically, I think that even though there are metaphors which are true for many people, often it is the case that everyone has their own personal dictionary for interpretation, for interpreting signs as well as for interpreting dreams.

For example, I had frequent dreams of looking for a restroom, only to find that the toilet was dirty, clogged, and offered no privacy. I wondered for a long time what this meant and later found out that this dream symbol points to the need for emotional release and it would have been very helpful for me to look it up in a dream dictionary.

On the other hand, I had dreams about me doing some kind of dancing, (latin, folk, or ballet), and that usually meant coming out of the closet in real life, communicating my story, and engaging with fellow travelers on the spiritual path. In this case, the interpretation is very personal to me and a dream dictionary would have been only moderately helpful.

4) The meaning of a metaphor

In case the metapher is personal, how can the meaning be determined? I usually either already have a fixed meaning in my personal dictionary. Or if I am not sure what it could mean, then I write down all the associations that come with that particular thing. For example, when was shown the color mint (or even the word mint or minted) frequently, I wondered what it meant. So, I gathered all the possible meanings and associations from the soothing qualities of the color over the healing qualities of mint oil. I even asked some of the participants of the recent channeling class what they got about the meaning of mint. I also saw a meme with a drawing of a smiling mint leaf and the word ‘encourage mint’. LOL

Eventually, I settled on the soothing qualities of this color and now think that mint means that my guides want to send me a calming and reassuring message.

5) Divine guidance and the stages of the spiritual journey: There is a time for everything

In my experience, I have found that my journey had stages. After the initial awakening to the fact that there is something more besides the visible 3d world, there was a stage of dismantling of the old and of going inside. And afterwards, there was a stage of coming into alignment with guidance. (For more information, you can find the overview of my journey here .)

I am aware that all our journeys are different. I chose the metaphor of an uphill and downhill path, but you would probably choose a different metaphor for your journey. For me, an important milestone was coming to look back at that which is looking, i.e. looking back at awareness (which I placed on the mountaintop of the path). You might choose another thing as your important milestone.

Be aware of the stage of the journey you are in. If you are not sure whether guidance calls you to fight or rather accept, or whether you are guided to withdraw inside or rather go out and meet many people, this might give you a clue for the interpretation of the guidance.
On this journey, there is a time for everything.

There is a time for withdrawing into a cave for meditation,
and there is a phase for going out into the world again.

There is a phase for letting oneself be humbled.
And there is a phase for stepping into one’s power in alignment with guidance.

There is a phase for totally letting go of the self-will.
And there is a phase of resurrecting one’s will in alignment with Source.

There is a time for being still and accepting.
And there is a time for speaking up boldly and upsetting other people’s apple cart if that is what you feel guided to do.

There is a time for devouring tons of books (or going to millions of workshops).
And there is a time for putting books away and applying the knowledge in day-to-day life.

To sum it up, guidance can be literal or metaphorical. It can relate to past, present, of future. The dictionary of metaphors is often unique for each of us. And knowing about the map and the stages of the spiritual journey can give a hint about the meaning of the guidance.

Intention is more important than technique

There are a variety of techniques out there about almost anything. If you want to let go of anger, there are several useful techniques on the internet to achieve this. Or if you want to learn how to open your third eye or travel out-of-body or meditate, there are many different techniques, too. It is easy to be confused by the many different approaches and waste much time in collecting, trying, and comparing which one is better.

I would suggest, try whatever technique you feel drawn to or comfortable with, but know that intention comes first and technique is of secondary importance only. In other words, if the motivation to release anger is not really present, then no technique in the world is going to help with that.

And if the motivation to get (and follow) divine guidance is not really there, then no matter how large the collection of various techniques is and no matter how many beautiful oracle decks are stacked on the shelf, it is not gonna work.

When I ask for guidance, it is necessary to be clear about whether I really want to have an answer.

Could I accept the answer even if it went against what my beliefs are?

Or if it went against what my ego wants?

And, OMG, what if it pushed me outside my comfort zone and into fear again?

And often I am not detached enough to be able to listen. So, I might get an inner voice that tells me something which sounds like a higher truth. But as soon as I get a hint on where the gist of the message is going and if that direction happens to go against my beliefs or happens to push me outside of my comfort zone, then I metaphorically put my hands over my ears and start singing , ‘La, la, la, sorry, I can’t hear you.’

On the other hand, when I am at the end of my rope and have completely given up my own attempts to solve an issue, in humble surrender, then I might be in a better place to really listen to that inner voice (or to the signs and synchronicities which show up all around me).

And afterwards, I sit there and wonder whether it is really necessary to run into trouble so often? Isn’t there a better way?

Once I saw a blind man with his white cane going around the fields and meadows next to our house. I often interpret what I see as metaphors for something else in life. So, I thought that the way he used his cane to test whether he would accidentally run off the paved path and into the meadow could be a metaphor for how it would be smart to use divine guidance (via the various input channels of dreams, inner voice, number signs, and patterns of events, etc.) as a tool to check early whether my intended direction is actually the best way to go. To detect early whether I am headed off path.

That openness to guidance and the willingness to not only listen but also to follow through is work in progress for me. In this post, I wanted to point out that the honest intention is very important, more important than the technique which is used.

Helpful habits for getting divine guidance

Noticing the connection between inside and outside: Be aware of your emotional state, of your thoughts, physical sensations, and of what is happening in the outside world (events around you). There is a connection between our inside world and your outside world which can be noticed if we pay attention.

The trajectory of the journey is to make us aware of the fact that we are consciousness and that thoughts are creative. So, what is inside the mind, conscious or subconscious, can show up on the outside. We need to pay attention if we want to notice this connection.

Eventually, the distinction between ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ will fall away because we are consciousness and everything, thoughts and seemingly outer events, happen inside of consciousness.

Meditation: Before you can feel what your higher self is telling you, you need to be aware of the usual chatter that is going within and the usual feeling state.

In order to receive answers via the inner voice, one needs to be quiet enough in order to listen. Calm down ego chatter and come into a receptive state of mind. The inner voice can only be heard when there is peace inside and an openness to a new perspective.

There are several different meditation methods out there. Focusing on the breath and letting the thoughts move by like clouds, visualizing some colors and forms in connection with chakras, visualizing a journey to a peaceful landscape, clearing the mind.

For me, none of these techniques was attractive or helpful. The method which resonated most with me was to turn the focus of attention inward in a 180 degree turn, focusing on awareness itself (see the post Describing the ineffable ). This meditation makes me calm and blissful. However, since the focus of attention is away from everything including the inner voice or any visions, it is not such a good method to get guidance. For getting guidance, I rather relax the body and relax the mind (as trying to have fewer thoughts), but then stay alert and notice what thoughts or images appear in the mind. It is not useful to clear the mind entirely and disregard all the thoughts which appear because they could be from guidance. Esther Hicks did that in the beginning (let go of all thoughts) and the guidance (Abraham) had to move her nose and make her paint letters in the air to get the message through.

Journaling:

I love journaling because it helps me to think about the meaning of my dreams.

If I have a problem in my mind, I write about it and then usually get a different perspective during writing. The mind is not the place to organize my thoughts since I can keep only very few thoughts in my mind. After that I need to put them on paper.

Journaling helps me to keep track of the connection between dreams and events. Often I can only interpret in retrospect that I have actually received a warning in a dream before a disturbing event. Or I can see in my dreams that I get announcements for future events and when the events come, I can make sense of this.

I find using tags (like #innervoice, #essay, #blogidea etc.) helpful for finding paragraphs later in the long journal text.

Guidance for ourselves through what we say to others

Besides the many ways in which guidance can come through when we are receptive (just listening and watching what the universe is showing us), guidance for ourselves can also come from what we are telling others. I noticed that back in 2016/17 and mentioned it briefly here that advice to others can be advice for myself.
I often found that when I gave others suggestions about what I guessed would be helpful in their situation, that was the very thing I needed to tell myself in the next difficult situation.

This sounds like an amazing thing. But when I think about that we are consciousness and that our beliefs, thoughts, and emotions determine what will show up in our personal bubble of consciousness, then it is not that strange. We simply attract mirrors of ourselves.

I guess that is the background of the Bible quote “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the beam that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)

Yeah, well, it is so much easier to see the speck in our brother’s eye when we are detached and when our own ego defense mechanisms are asleep. We just need to remember that he can be a mirror for us and then go within and apply the insights to ourselves.

One guy who acted a bit like a spiritual teacher for me actually used this method as a teaching tool. He would talk to me and ask for advice about something. And I would happily and unsuspectingly engage in the conversation and suggest solutions which popped into my head. But then he would take an unexpected turn in the conversation and ask, “And why don’t you do that in your own situation?”

To profit from that type of guidance it is helpful to (A) be aware that guidance which we give to others can be for ourselves and (B) to pay attention and notice what it is we are telling others.

Synchronicities

The canary

In the winter of 2016/17, I was in the office and heard a bird flying against the window twice. I went to check whether he was injured or alright. Amazingly, it looked yellow like a canary bird with some ruffled feathers at the head. Usually, canaries don’t fly around here. He must have escaped from a cage somewhere. Outside it was winter and almost freezing. I wondered what the bird meant to tell me. It reminded me of my son who has blond hair. Later it turned out that during that very same time my son was locked out, because he had forgotten his keys, and tried to get into the house.

What was even more remarkable about this story is that it happened when I was wondering what to share as a story for the divine guidance workshop which I wrote at that time that fit into the topic of synchronicities.

The canary story was a synchronicity. Two seemingly unrelated events that are connected with a meaning. Synchronicities are meaningful coincidences which appear to be more than just mere happenstance.

The umbrella

I was sitting in the bus going to a workshop in Heidelberg when it started to rain heavily outside. Oh my! I had no umbrella with me and I would be drenched completely when I had to walk from the bus stop to the workshop room. I got off at my bus stop and what did I see there? A lonely umbrella, apparently lost there and not belonging to anyone. Now, I don’t normally steal umbrellas, but this situation seemed too perfect. The umbrella was meant to be used by me. What a blessing! I felt such awe and gratitude, took the umbrella, and arrived at the workshop with dry clothes.

Garlic

I once wrote a post about how I intuitively put some raw garlic on a skin burn and felt that the pain was eased immediately (-don’t try that at home because garlic is known to actually cause skin burns). When I was engaged in a lengthy discussion about the healing qualities of garlic in the comments section of that blog post, our TV was on and what showed up there? A documentary about a ship. And they showed a picture of the kitchen of the ship and in the middle were two huge strings or packages of garlic, each about 3 feet long. I have never seen so much garlic in one place before.

While the story of the umbrella at the bus stop was like an answer to a prayer and a lesson in faith, the garlic story seemed to be more about the lesson “Watch your thoughts because what you think about will show up in your reality.”

Synchronicities show the power of thought coupled with emotion and the power of attention. Wherever we direct our attention that is what we get.

Not only conscious thoughts can manifest reality, but unconscious ones can, too. If synchronicities are mirrors of something unconscious, they can bring the unconscious stuff to the light of awareness (for example, when I got clogged drains because I resisted sharing my journey).

Divine guidance through divination tools

Divine guidance can come in many ways like dreams, an inner voice, or signs and synchronicities showing up around us. But while these often appear to be more random and not so reliable for many people, there are other ways of getting guidance on demand. One of these ways would be to deliberately ask for guidance from the outside and then open book at a random page or draw a tarot card. And there are many more divination tools available (like pendulum, ouija board, tea leaf readings, etc.)

The process is like asking for inner guidance. Asking and then expecting and receiving an answer, and afterwards interpreting and trusting it.

Book divination

Here is an example of book divination which I wrote for the divine guidance workshop in 2017:
“As I am writing this chapter, my rheumatoid arthritis has flared up recently and I am in much pain and worried that this will go on. I go to the bookshelf and take out a random book. Love has forgotten no one, by Gary Renard seems like a good choice. I ask the book to show me a message which relates to my current state of mind. Then I open the book on a random page. The following quote immediately jumps at me:

“A truly spiritual attitude would be that there isn’t any difference between having a healthy body or a sick body.” p84
Well, that is not really helpful with my pain, but it is clearly related to the question of physical health.”

Tarot

Online tarot cards work amazingly well for me currently. The advantage over book divination for me is that I don’t stand a long time indecisively in front of my book-shelf pondering which book to pull out. I am usually stunned by the results with the tarot cards. How can this be possible? But at the fundamental level we are consciousness and everything is connected via consciousness. So, my deepest layer of being is connected to the tarot cards on my screen.

I find it helpful to use this more on-demand type guidance of tarot cards as a jumping-off point for getting more guidance. After getting the tarot card, I can then journal about what it might mean. Or as for a dream or signs for further clarification.

Currently (Dec 2021), I am taking a follow-up class to the recent channeling class and one of our excercises was to draw a tarot card or an oracle card for someone else and then channel something (or write something using our intuition) about what that card meant. This was a good way to combine divination tools with channeling and the results were amazing.

While the guidance-on-demand aspect of divination tools is great, there can be the challenge of how to interpret what we got. The interpretation of a tarot card can be according to what is written in the accompanying booklet. Or it can have a different meaning. I think, as with signs (like numbers, pennies, feathers) and dreams, it is not necessarily always the meaning in the accepted ‘woo-dictionary’, but rather the meaning that a particular sign has for ourselves. Each one’s personal dictionary of meanings can be different. For example, for me in dreams ‘dancing’ means ‘to communicate/share about my spiritual journey’. And for me, number 5 means ‘change is ahead’, while for someone else it means ‘you are halfway there’. And the same can apply to tarot or oracle cards. Go with your personal intuition or gut feeling about the card and not necessarily with what the booklet says.

Divine guidance by remote control of the body

An inner urge (see last post) can be one way how the higher self guides us. But this isn’t the only way that we can be put on remote control, so to speak. There can also be a direct steering of the physical body without the accompanying feeling of an inner urge. In regard to this, I want to share two stories I have read:

Here is Pamela Parnell’s story of how she was waiting at an intersection with her car, but she did not drive even though the traffic light was green. It was unexplainable. She did not feel an urge to keep still. She just did not move and stared at the green traffic light and noticed that she did not move. But it turned out that this saved her life, otherwise a huge truck which came from the side would have hit either her car or the car behind her (or both).

In Sonia Choquette’s book Trust Your Vibes (in chapter ‘Secret #25: Make Direct Contact’), she shares how she asked her higher self to overrule her lower ego mind and what kind of situations originated from this. For example, late one Sunday evening, she tried to get on a flight on standby together with her husband. But when they arrived at the gate, they were told that their chances of getting a seat were nearly zero. Her husband suggested that they give up and book a hotel room for the night and this made sense to Sonia, except her body wouldn’t budge. She kept sitting there waiting to get on the airplane. Just like in the example above from Pamela Parnell, she did not move but didn’t know why, even though all the other waiting passengers had left already and even though her husband got annoyed with her. Then the plane left.

But a little later, the plane returned. Three passengers were led off the plane, two adults and a five-year-old child. And the agent said, “We made a mistake – there were only two seats left, and these people didn’t want to split up.” Since all the other waiting passengers had already left, Sonia and her husband were the ones who could take the remaining two seats on the plane.

Personally, I haven’t experienced anything like the examples above. The closest I came to this phenomenon was the story where I walked with my two young kids around the fields in the evening and it was already getting dark and there were no streetlamps on the way. Then a sharp pain in my ankle made me step to the side of the way and wait there together with both children. Suddenly, a guy on a bicycle without any lights drove by fast. He would have injured or even killed us had we not stayed on the side of the path. After the danger was over, the pain in my ankle was gone and I could walk normally again. This story is not a complete remote control of my body, but comes close to it.

This 3d reality is not what it seems. There is a bigger invisible something (or rather ‘no-thing-ness’ ) behind the scenes steering this virtual reality game. And if we can surrender to that bigger force in trust, then it can be beneficial for our lives.

Divine guidance by an inner urge

Divine guidance can come from an inner voice or from getting signs and synchronicities. It can also come from an inner urge. For example, Eckhart Tolle felt an unexplainable inner urge to move to the West coast of North America. Eventually, he gave in to that urge and moved, and then began to write his first book The Power of Now. And he shared that having moved was beneficial for the process of writing his book.
(Source: a youtube video by Eckart Tolle about how to make descisions which must have been uploaded before May 2017, but which I cannot find again now.)

An inner urge is like the inner knowing directly from the heart bypassing the mind. While the inner knowing is more about assessing a situation correctly, the inner urge is about action. It can come unbidden even if we have not asked before.

This can show up as an unexplainable inner urge to do something (for example, I sometimes experienced the urge to turn to the alarm clock in the morning and switch it off just one minute before it would go off by itself. Or the urge to look at the clock just when it displays special numbers like 11:11).

This urge is the orchestrating force of Source at work which will guide us to meet just the right person at just the right time.

In a former blog post, I shared the story of how my older son and me lost my son’s keys at the supermarket. And then unexplainably my husband found himself walking into town (even though he had just been running before and hadn’t taken a shower yet) where he met us. We told him about the lost keys and he went to the supermarket to look for them and actually got them back! Here is the full story about how we got the lost keys back.

The book Absence from Felicity by Kenneth Wapnick (which is a biography of the scribe of A Course in Miracles, Helen Schucman) contains another beautiful story about this type of guidance. One day it was cold and rainy outside and Helen was concerned about Kenneth’s health in case he should go out and not be dressed warm enough. So, she asked her inner voice, Jesus, to make sure that Ken would dress properly and not get a cold. Jesus assured her that he would take care of it and she could stop worrying. Then Ken reported that he left his appartment, but felt a strong inner urge to go back and put his gaiters on over his shoes. He recalled that this urge struck him as unusual. But he followed it and turned back and put the gaiters on.

I found that was interesting. The invisible force begind the scenes, the consciousness place where we are all connected is able to plant an urge or desire into our minds and bodies and to steer us on a certain path this way. It is a bit as if this higher force has the ability to put us on remote control.

Discernment is important. Not every inner urge is from the higher self. The inner urge to numb uneasiness or the lack of connectedness to the higher self with addictive behavior is an urge which comes from the ego. So, my urge to eat a piece of dark chocolate whenever something stresses me out is very likely not from my higher self, unfortunately.

The inner urge can be best felt when we are in a state of inner calm. If it comes from Source, it will not go away but stay over a longer time.

Guidance through an inner knowing

Guidance can come not only via signs from the outside or an inner voice, it can also come as an inner knowing. When there is an inner knowing, we just know but are not able to say how and why we know.

Several years ago, someone told me that if I completed a certain task then he would give me something in return (which I wanted very much and had already been waiting for for many years). But the very moment he made this promise, I knew he was lying. There was no inner voice telling me this. And there were no dreams and no signs outside. I just knew. But I couldn’t say how I knew. It was just gut-level intuition. And as it turned out over the course of the next years, I was right.

Another example (which happened around 2012) was the story when the principal of my younger son’s elementary school called me at home saying, “You must come and pick up your son real fast. In the playground, some other kid accidentally stepped on his eye. You might need to go to a doctor immediately.”

Instead of going into emotional turmoil, I remained calm and thought that I would not go to a doctor with my son. Instead, I would give some homeopathic remedies which are used after such eye injuries and all would be well. All this was instantaneous during the phone call with the principal. I guessed that there would be a different reason for my visit at the school to pickup my son and I wondered what that was. Why would the universe send me there?

When I arrived at the school, my son had already recovered a bit, and it turned out that the reason I was sent there was most probably that I needed to see his teacher in action during teaching who mirrored some unflattering qualities back to me (e.g. annoyance and impatience with the kids).

So, sometimes we just know, but we can’t say how we know what we know. In order to access my inner knowing, I need to shift my attention from the mind to the heart and gut. While my mind may be busy with many thought streams trying to figure out which way would be the best solution to a problem, I need to ignore this internal discussion. Instead, I shift the attention to my body and notice the feeling there.

The response from the body bypasses the endless discussions in the mind and just says, “Yes, this is the right guy to marry. Yes, this is the right job for me. Yes, this is the right house to buy. Beware, this guy is lying.”

Like with the inner voice, there can be an additional validation with dreams, songs, and signs which makes it easier to trust the inner knowing.

Divine guidance through an inner voice

Guidance from spirit can come in many ways and one of them is hearing an inner voice. This input channel of guidance has its own set of challenges.

When I try to receive guidance this way, the first thing is that I ask. Usually, spirit does not interfere if we don’t ask. The challenge is to not forget that.

After having asked for guidance, then the challenge is to become quiet enough so that the voice of spirit can come through. For this, meditation is helpful.

The next challenge is to notice the voice of guidance. If the mind is cleared too much in meditation, then the thoughts of spirit can be continuously ignored. This happened to Esther Hicks (who channels Abraham) in the beginning. She thought that meditation was all about sitting around with an empty mind and letting thoughts go as soon as they arose. Consequentially, she received the thoughts of guidance – and just let them go. Spirit had to find another way to get the message through. They made her move her nose and paint letters in the air until she got the point.

So, it is important to become quiet, peaceful, and receptive. Waiting for an answer is like waiting for the thunder after a lightning. It is with an expectation that something will be heard.

When I hear guidance, it is like thoughts coming into my head which I did not think. There is a feeling of being passive, receptive, and allowing. Being allowing is important. One sure way to block the guidance is the inner resistance to what is being said. When I feel that my guides are about to give me an answer which I do not want to hear, then I metaphorically press my hands on my ears and shout at them to shut up. This blocks my ability to hear the guidance.

The thoughts can come in the form of dictated sentences, already fully formulated. An example of this would be, if you answer the question “What are the letters of the alphabet?” and you receive in your head an automatic stream reciting “A,B,C,…” .

Thought can also appear as blocks of thought which need to be put into a formulated sentence by me.

An example would be when someone asks you to explain to him your favorite hobby and all its tricks of the trade.
When you think of your hobby, you get the information as a chunk of information (about why you like it so much; when you started; from whom you learned; what you are actually doing, etc.) which is not put into words in a linear fashion yet. This is how a download of a block of thought feels like. It is there all at once.

The thoughts I receive are not audible most of the time. Only on rare occasions do I get an audible voice.

All of these forms (formulated sentences, blocks of thought, voiceless voice, audible voice) are valid guidance.

In the beginning of my journey, I insisted that I wanted to hear an audible inner voice. Somehow, I had the idea that in order to be real guidance the voice must be audible.

So, one morning, I heard an audible voice in my head.
It said „freedom” in a very low bass.
Next week on another morning, I got an audible voice in my head saying something in a high pitched Mickey Mouse voice.

That seemed like a humorous suggestion for customizing the voice of my internal satellite navigation system. Apparently, my guides were making fun of me.

I felt humbled. But I admired the universe’s teaching methods, patience, and humor.

And I stayed with the voiceless voice setting.

The inner voice can speak after I asked a question or even unbidden when I did not ask before.

A good time to receive answers is at 3 am or during sleep and waking up. That is when I am most receptive. Or anytime during quiet routine activities like taking a shower, biking, peeling carrots, etc.

In the beginning, I found it helpful to write it down. Initially, pen and paper worked better than typing.

Later, the broadcasts of the inner voice became too much to write them down. It was not practical anymore.

Another special issue or challenge for this particular type of input channel of guidance is discernment. Am I making this up? Is this really from spirit or higher self? Or is it my ego talking? Is this just regurgitated stuff which I have read somewhere?

This is not easy to answer. The ego can come as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The ego can mask itself as reliability and responsibility when it is really attachment to the former self-definition and attachment to security and comfortable old pathways. So, be aware that any of your well-meant intentions can stem from ego.

A foreign language might help. You can ask the inner voice to talk in another language to you. My guide talks to me in English, even though it is not my native language. This might help. But then, my ego can learn to speak English, too. So, it is not a foolproof method.

The best sign is if we are told stuff which we could not have known by ourselves. I was once told in a dream and then by the inner voice to contact an old friend. The voice told me that this was necessary because the person was in trouble. I did not know whether this was true, but even though it appeared to be a bit risky, I acted on the suggestion anyway. And it turned out my old friend actually was in a depressed mood and welcomed my email.

Sometimes the trust in this inner voice is built by acting on the received suggestions and then evaluating whether this made sense.

Other ways to validate the inner voice are when similar messages pop-up through other input channels (like dreams, songs, or posts on the internet). Or it would be a validation when a psychic medium channels my spirit guides and I get exactly the same message from there.

Recently, I came across the docuseries They Call Us Channelers by Kevin Moore who interviews professional channelers. I enjoy learning about their various life stories and about the many different ways they channel. Here is the link to his youtube playlist.