How Do You Nurture A Relationship With Your Inner Wisdom?

By Teresa Lampmann, Spiritual Director and Author

Listening for the voice of Divine Wisdom requires time to ourselves to connect with who we are and what we really want. We can begin this practice by claiming one hour a day, one day a month, and one weekend a year to spend time alone exploring our purpose and passions.” *

The ABC Path toward True Wisdom, P.27

The journey to trust what you know in your heart is true begins with taking time to listen to what’s in your heart! This involves developing a relationship with your inner knowing, your wellspring of wisdom within, what I call Divine Wisdom that speaks from the Source of who you are. The opportunity to be alone doing something that nurtures your spirit, that awakens joy, appreciation, wonder and awe, reveals the true you. This is how Divine Wisdom shows up.

We grow up guided by external wisdom – our parents, our culture, friends and family, institutions, and that helps us adapt to society. In the best of cases, we mature into healthy adults with relationships with diverse people and perspectives for a rich spectrum of life experiences. This is good if, in tandem, we are also developing a relationship with own essence, appreciating our unique gifts and expressions, and trusting our inner wisdom as valid so we too are contributing to the rich spectrum of life.

All Relationships Need Tending

All relationships need tending, including your relationship with your true self. Scheduling time to be alone, doing something you want to do, treating yourself with loving attention, is vital to connecting with your inner wisdom.

This picture resonated with me as the perfect example of an enchanting afternoon get-away for a woman treating herself to some alone time. She took the care and effort to create ambiance, to treat herself as she would someone she loved. She has a beautiful space for awakening joy, appreciation, and wonder, the segue to connecting with her heart, listening to her story, and trusting her wellspring of wisdom within.

How Do You Create a Loving Ambiance?

To create a loving ambiance, include elements that:

  • Engage your senses
  • Connect with nature
  • Stir your emotions, and
  • Offer nourishment

Then, step into this loving space feeling blessed to be in your own company. Create this sense of loving intention for the hour you take each day, for the day to yourself you take each month, and when choosing where to spend one weekend a year.

When alone in your loving space, notice your choices, notice what stirs you, notice what captures your attention. What you are learning about yourself and the choices you make when you honor what’s in your heart? How is your wellspring of inner wisdom showing herself?

Share Your Story

What would you choose to do for your alone time? How would you create that sense of loving attention?

To get the most from this post, share your experience with a trained spiritual companion. When you listen to your heart for the truth, some established beliefs may come into question. Working them out on your own can be like trying to apply make-up without a mirror, you can’t be sure of your accuracy.

A spiritual companion serves as your mirror. She (or he) is trained to listen with an open heart and reflect back what she is hearing you say that captures the spiritual wisdom of your experience. As with looking in a mirror, you can see if what she is saying conveys what is true for you, or if you need to clarify a few points for a more accurate reflection. This dialogue, called spiritual direction, opens you to a deeper awareness of the divine light, love, and joy guiding your spiritual journey. 

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*Lampmann, Teresa. The ABC Path toward True Wisdom: A Woman’s Guide to Trusting What She Knows in Her Heart is True, Body Bonus, 27-31.

True Wisdom

Teresa Lampmann, founder of Wisdom’s Delight, LLC, completed a certificate program in women’s spirituality in 1998 and two certificate programs in spiritual direction, one in 1997 and recently in 2015.

Her book, The ABC Path toward True Wisdom, offers stories, reflections, and personal rituals to engage you in trusting your heart knows the truth.

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