Back in the early part of the twentieth century, one of the best-known advertising campaigns of the United States began – Burma Shave signs. If you are not aware of this American icon, the promotion was the placement of a sequence of signposts along the road, usually five or six, that each contained a portion of a message. The last would show the name of the product (Burma Shave) or the punchline of a joke. Here’s one for example: “No matter the price . . . no matter how new . . . the best safety device. . . in your car is you . . . Burma Shave.”
Now, as we’re traveling the road of life, we drive along just going wherever the road takes us, paying little attention to the view, often with no clear goal in mind. Sometimes we’ll get lost, or we’ll get mad at the wrong turns or confusing traffic signals. We create most of our journey by drifting unconsciously along the road.
Then there are those of us who go through life based on what others tell us is the way we should go, because that’s the way they went. "Should" is a nasty word that tells you that you are wrong. Are you wrong for preferring blue to red? Cool temperatures to summer heat? Mountain scenery to flatlands? Of course not! And certainly you are not wrong for making choices in your life that may differ from the choices of those around you. Only you can make those decisions.
You can decide to live your life by a different method, one taken by many spiritually evolving people: creating the journey consciously, by following your own internal maps and GPS devices, and by paying attention to signposts along the way. Sometimes these signs contain messages of importance, and sometimes they’re simply encouragement, but they are always sequential, just like the Burma Shave signs. When we learn that the guidance exists and learn to watch for it, we find that by taking inspired action based on the signs (like choosing to do what the message suggests), our lives of conscious creation seem so much easier and more enjoyable.
So, now you’re traveling down your road of life fully aware and creating consciously by making your own decisions. You choose to ignore the detour signs and end up at a dead end – your choice had consequences, but you can now choose differently based on the consequence, and turn around.
Or you may get distracted by something on the road and miss the last directional sign, the punchline to the message, and realize you’ve taken a wrong turn. When you become aware of these “mis-takes” then you can consciously create a new experience and go back and try a different way. You learn through these events that following guidance that feels right for you leads to a life that feels fulfilling.
One of the great new-age teachers, Abraham (www.abraham-hicks.com), tells us that the knowing of what you do not want leads to the knowing of what you do want. The contrast between the two can be bridged by the awareness of your thoughts, which leads to a change in your feelings, which leads to a change in your beliefs, until at last you are hearing the music of your ideal life.
Most spiritual teachers say that there are only two true states of being: love and fear. One is joyful, positive, loving; the other is sad, afraid, negative and sometimes hateful. I believe that God/Universe/Creator intended for us to live joyfully, abundantly, and lovingly.
You can re-program your spiritual GPS, to follow new signs and to re-start your life from this very moment. Savor the creation and enjoy the view. As a dear friend of mine says, the message is simple: be love!