The problem with “energy doesn’t lie” and “trust your gut” memes is they don’t account for how social conditioning, prejudice, fear of change, trauma and anxiety can feel like inner guidance. Exploring our feelings with discernment is key so we learn to tell the difference.
DURGADAS ALLAN DURIEL
Life would be so much more predictable in a vacuum.
And also, probably more dull and non eventful.
Given the continuous stream of experiences, circumstances, eventualities and outcomes these bring to our existence, one’s ability to surf the ever rising tide of distraction, circumvention, annoyances and obstacles that cross our paths is continually challenged, even on the best of days.
How then to find a true course in life that is predictable and reliable enough to wager one’s life on such a course of action? Do we trust our gut and pray that energy does not lie? Do we search for deeper truths and continuously shine a searchlight into all of the dark, murky corners of our existence, aiming to find that perfect combination of truths that are reliable and bankable?
Perhaps we are better served to avoid a master plan and play it all by ear? Given the continuous stream of unexpected variables that play counterpoint to all of the best laid plans of mice and man, are we not perhaps wiser to generate an overall game plan with contingencies while simultaneously working to accept that whatever we are projecting as a course of action must be completely malleable so as to allow for the unforeseen?
In the time that I have been sharing these musings with you, Covid struck and we were in lockdown, businesses were failing, people were dying, and the true course of action for most companies and individuals became completely uncertain. Biden won the election (spoiler alert… it really did happen), we had the opposing party plan a coup to take over our nation with a violent mob attacking the capital, Russia invaded Ukraine and started the largest land war in Europe since WWII.
Each of these four monumental occurrences are strong enough to fully change the course of events for millions of people in a heartbeat.
These moments are not anomalies. They have been happening throughout each of our lives, and each and every one of the massive shifts of world consciousness that arise from these experiences have cast significant ripples in the reformulated plans of large segments of society.
It strikes me that perhaps the only reliable scenario for contemplation is the one in which we have a master plan, accompanied by a series of contingencies and supplemented with enough elasticity as to enable our ability to survive in the face of countless obstacles, distractions, disappointments and fear-invoking stimuli. In the act of exploring our feelings, we are able to discern truth from fear, reality from propaganda and find our true internal compass to guide us through the storms.
Only then may we rely on our internal energy to guide us to safe harbor.