Choices always come with consequences. We have to accept the realization that ours may create situations that we never expected. Sometimes when we make a choice from a place of love, the universe will test our commitment to our decision.
You may find that after the choice, unforseen events occur that can make you question yourself. You begin to rationalize: What if I had done this? What if I had done that? This might not have happened. It is in this panic-stricken environment that commitment to the path you've chosen for yourself is tested. This commitment can be to anything: health, abundance, relationships...you name it. You must trust your intuition, your soul's knowingness.
When you make a conscious choice to base your decisions on love, there is a major freedom that also comes with that. There's no more second-guessing or doubt. Yes, there will always be circumstances or events going on that you can do nothing about. Other souls have free will, and you have no control over that. You know, life happens. But if you stay mindful of your own actions and become consciously aware that your power lies in this present moment, you'll get so much more out of life than merely existing. You'll begin to not take things for granted. You'll quickly see the little elements of life that bring sincere happiness and joy. The little annoyances that seemed so important and flavored with drama won't be as prominent. There will be times when you won't be as prominent. There will be times when you question yourself and overanalyze, but if you stay clear and honest with respect to your intention, you'll eventually begin to transcend your doubts and enter a state of "inner peace." Your soul's voice becomes clearer.
This is truly how the soul is meant to survive in this world. It is absolutely possible to practice mindfulness in every aspect of your life—at home, at work, and in relationshps. You are an energetic being, and if you vibrate with the energy of love, then you are in sync with your true essence.
Michelangelo is quoted as saying that he saw David in the block of marble and carved until he set him free. So, too, can we carve away at all that is not us. That is our challenge: to chip away at all the expectations and demands of the physical dimension, to reveal our real selves—beings of love that honor and acknowledge our true mission.
Intuition is your guide to help you make the correct choices in life. If it doesn't feel right, then it isn't. You'll also have physical cues to help you—goose bumps, gut feelings, and a heavy heart are all physical manifestations of your inner voice. I learned many years ago when I was developing my intuition to pay close attention to how my body feels, because it will always tell me what is right for me. When these physical manifestations happen to you, recognize, acknowledge, and remember the sensation. That is the feeling that you want to have with each choice, situation, and event that presents itself on your path. That is your soul's GPS, and it will tell you the right turns and wrong turns that you're making, if you're listening.
Excerpted from Adventures of the Soul: Journeys Through the Physical and Spiritual Dimensions by James Van Praagh. Copyright ©2014 by James Van Praagh. Used with permission.