I've put together this series of Inner Guidance
Tips to help you to be true to yourself and to assist you
in leading a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled live.
Go through this exercise at a time when you can complete the
process in one sitting, in an uninterrupted and peaceful environment.
Remember, any distractions will pull you away from fully participating
in this process. It's my intention that you find these Inner
guidance tips helpful. If you find these tips useful, you'll
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- Dr. Pam Garcy, Ph.D.
Before you start to turn to your
- Make sure you are in a calm to good mood. Your mood will
influence this skill.
- Find a safe and quiet place where you will be uninterrupted.
- Find a notebook and a pen or pencil for recording key
ideas. You might want to return to these later.
- Imagine how good you will feel when you turn inward and
- Recognize that the farther that you've strayed from yourself,
the longer this may take to learn.
- Recognize that critical voices from the past are stored
in your mind, and that you have the power to distinguish
between what is healthy and unhealthy if you allow time
- Recognize that negativity from the day may need to be
released as you turn inward.
As you turn to your inner guide:
- Start by taking several slow, calming
breaths. Soothe yourself and recognize that you are in a
safe and calm atmosphere.
- Become aware of your body and allow yourself to become
relaxed and comfortable.
- Allow your mind to wander and pay attention to the images
that your mind provides you. Sometimes you will learn about
your desires simply from the images that your mind offers.
- Ask an open-ended question to yourself and record your
initial thoughts. For example, you might ask, "Who
should I turn to for help?" or "What can I do
to solve my ___ problem?" or "How can I ___?"
- If you notice no answer, perhaps your question is too
large. As you break your question into smaller questions,
you might begin to experience more insights.
- Sometimes your answers will come in the form of images,
not words. These are also worthy of your attention.
- If you don't have any answers, this is fine too. You can
return at another time. Perhaps your mind is still working
on this answer.
- Affirm that you are taking time to listen to your healthiest
inner voice and that you are beginning to get closer to
the answers to your personal questions and problems.
After you turn to your inner guide:
- Re-read what you have written. Allow yourself
to return to it at a later time
- Apply the principles of rationality to
the thoughts to determine if they're healthy and rational
(these are discussed in the book)
- Learn how to further turn up the volume
of your loving inner voice (discussed in the book)
- Follow through on the good ideas that
you've developed as soon as possible so that you will strengthen
your inner guide and develop confidence in your ability
to find your own way.
- Practice daily so that this will be natural
for you and so that you will remain in touch with your life
course. However, you are excused from practicing if you
are in a very dark mood, as your practice will be tainted
with impulsive and negative thinking. On those days, seek
- Plan to attend workshops related to solving
your emotional problems, learning rational thinking, relaxation
training, assertiveness, relationships, success training,
and goal-setting. Use these workshops to propel you toward
your desired destinations and to enhance the health of your
internal mental environment. It is only when you create
mental health in an ongoing, persistent, and pervasive matter
that your mind can overcome the negativity that has once
- Continually read literature of a healthy
nature and surround yourself with uplifting, encouraging
people. Strive daily to create that which you wish you could