The Coast to Coast AM radio interview with George Noory led a couple of people a send questions that I will try to answer here.
1. Coincidence v. free choice
“If you don’t believe in coincidences (George chimed in with fate here). and you DO believe we are here to ‘choose, choose, choose’ how can I extract the contradiction you created by saying these things?”
I don’t see it as a contradiction, though I can see how it can look as though it were one. Try thinking of it this way: Life presents itself to us, moment by moment, as one thing. There are no absolute separations in life; no “this part of life” versus “that part of life.” Nothing in your life or mine is disconnected from anything else, although the connections may be so tenuous or so subtle as to be invisible. I know this isn’t the common way of seeing things, but how sensible is it to assume that anything in life is not connected to everything else?
If there were no other link, the fact that they are all in your life would be enough to establish yourself as common denominator.
Now, I have a friend who firmly believes in predestination and predetermination. That is, he says that since there are no coincidences, there can be no freedom, since everything that happens is an effect of previous causes.
To that, I make two answers.
First (an emotional argument, not a logical one) does it feel that way to you? Do you feel like a puppet, going through the motions? When you are in love, when you are angry, when you are undecided, when you are caught in a moment of appreciation of beauty or of absorption in an intricate set of thoughts – does it feel to you that you are a puppet, going through the motions?
Second, a logical argument, namely that no chain of logical conclusions is stronger than its weakest unexamined premise. (Indeed, this is the danger of trying to live exclusively by logic, as if your feelings were diversions rather than a supplemental guidance system.) In this case, I think the unexamined and faulty premise is that there is only one reality. Rather, I have been led by my buddies Upstairs to believe that there is an endless number of realities, one for each decision made by each person every time a decision-point was reached. The reality we are in seems to us to be the only “real” reality, the others seeming to be merely theoretical. But we may move from one to another, in which case the one we move to appears real and the remembered others appear only theoretical. (I have been told that Seth said more or less the same thing, though I haven’t checked.) You can see, perhaps, how this could reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable factors of (a) no coincidences, yet (b) free choice.
Another listener said he talks to his guys upstairs everyday, and then asks two questions: how to become more aware of when he is receiving guidance, and how to become more “clairaudient.”
He asked these as one question, but to me they are very different things. The short answer to the second part is, “I don’t know.” A slightly longer answer is, “Maybe you can learn to become clairaudient, maybe you can’t, but why do you want to dictate how guidance comes to you?”
Guidance – any psychic input – may come in four forms, so they say. Seeing visions, Hearing words, Feelings, or Knowing. The desire to experience any of the first three – especially seeing visions or hearing words — is understandable. It would provide you with something certainly out of the ordinary. It would feel special, and might encourage you to feel special. But any of these provide problems (beyond the temptation to ego-gratification) because a vision, or a set of words, or even (to lesser degree) strong feelings need to be interpreted. Anything that needs to be interpreted increases the possibility that it will be mis-interpreted. Of the four kinds of input, “knowing” is at once the least tangible and the most direct. That’s the one I would advise you to cultivate.
And that brings us to the first part of the question: How do you become more aware of receiving guidance?
The simples answer is, how do you become more aware of anything in your life? Pay attention!
Seriously, it’s that simple. “Simple” doesn’t always mean “easy,” but nonetheless, it’s simple. Intend to pay attention to the pattern of your life, and you’ll see.