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One of the big things I talk about on Practically Intuitive and really, the cornerstone on which my practice is built is that guidance without action is just a bunch of nice, fluffy words. It’s almost like a story about someone else where you are required to do nothing but listen. Acting on guidance is much, much harder for many of us.

A soul with stamina, a term I learned from my wonderfully “stern” teacher, Caroline Myss, basically means the ability to do the work given through guidance releasing the need to know why you are asked to do it. Acting on the knowledge that it’s given to you for reasons that are for your highest good.

Myss says:

“The challenge is not whether we are worthy enough to receive guidance, but whether we are courageous enough to respond to it.”

There are many times where acting from guidance can look pretty foolish to others. I’m reminded of the story of St. Bernadette of Lourdes and the trials she was put through as she acted from her guidance from the Blessed Mother.

The message of the Lady was: “Penance! Penance! Penance! Pray to God for sinners. Kiss the ground as an act of penance for sinners!” The following day the lady told her to drink from the spring, pointing out a spot, which to Bernadette was only a muddy area.

Bernadette did as she was told and the crowd was appalled to see her digging up the mud and placing it at her mouth. Her response to the questioning crowd was ‘It is for sinners’. The small spring begins to flow from the spot and a local girl, a friend of Bernadette’s, plunges her dislocated arm into the spring. It is miraculously healed, the first of many to take place in those early days and so many since.

My courageous soul moment

For the last two years of her life, my mom lived in a nursing home an hour or so from my house and I would go hang out with her pretty often. This particular Saturday it was warm and I was able to wheel her outside to sit in the sun. As we sat out there, she thought of something she needed *right then* from the drugstore. She urged me to go get it, even volunteering to stay outside in her wheelchair until I got back. So I went. (She was pretty insistent and who am I to argue with my mother?)

As I came to a stop on the corner near the store, I saw a woman standing there with a sign – you know how people stand in the median and ask for money? Her whole demeanor shouted the words “defeated” and “beaten down” to me. I decided that I would get a big bottle of water from the store to give to her along with some dollars I had in my wallet.

I left the store, put my items in the car and it was like I suddenly was on a mission. I walked over and without a word, I just held my arms open to her. She collapsed into them and cried so hard that her whole body shook. We exchanged no words because there really were none needed. I just held her as she cried.

It didn’t matter to me that I didn’t know her, she didn’t know me and that lots of cars were going by watching us. All I knew was that she needed what I had to give in that moment. She shared a bit of her story with me and told me she had no idea how she was going to go on. I held her hands, looked into her eyes and said “You will be okay.” And I felt very sure of that. She took the water and the money I offered and said thank you. We hugged once more and I ran back to my car.

On the way back to my mom’s, my Guides told me I was not to speak of this to anyone. And so I didn’t. (Even when my mom said “What took you so long?”) It moved me in a very profound way but I was to guard that experience. About three years later, they gave me the go-ahead to share it but very carefully and I’ve done my best to not discuss it a lot because the moment feels very sacred to me, as if I were allowed to be part of something much greater than myself.

I bring it up here because it was one of the most striking examples of how to act on guidance I’ve had in my life. If I had time to mull it over, I might not have been so bold. I might have let my fear of looking silly get in the way as I often do.

When I look back at the pieces that had to be set in motion, (my mom asking for something out of the ordinary that I had to do “right then”, for example), I know that I was sent there on purpose. It really is that clear to me.

A soul with stamina responds to the work put in front of them. Each time you act on that guidance, you build the strength of your soul even a little bit.

What experiences in your own life have helped you build that stamina? Care to share one?

(If you want to know more about what actions you can take in order to build that stamina, your Guides and I are most happy to work with you. Let’s talk!)