1 (a): one that leads or directs another’s way; (b): a person who exhibits and explains points of interest; (c): something that provides a person with information; (d): signpost; (e): a person who directs another’s conduct or course of life
2 (a): a device for steadying or directing the motion of something; (b): a ring or loop for holding the line of a fishing rod in position; (c): a sheet or a card with projecting tab for labeling inserted in a card index to facilitate reference
3: a member of a unit on whom the movements or alignments of a military command are regulated —used especially in commands
Guide (v.): late 14th century, “to lead, direct, conduct,” from Old French guider “to guide, lead, conduct,” earlier guier, from Frankish witan “show the way” or a similar Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic witanan “to look after, guard, ascribe to, reproach,” from Proto-Indo-European weid- “to see” (vision). The form of the French word influenced by Old Provencal guidar “guide, leader,” or Italian guidare, both from the same source. Guided missile, one capable of altering course in flight, is from 1945.
“You cannot control the ocean, but you can guide the rivers that feed it.”
Matshona Dhliwayo (Canadian-based philosopher, entrepreneur, and author)
"Follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your destination."
Diane Sawyer (b. 1945, veteran television journalist of 46 years and ABC News anchor)
“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don't need to search any further for security.”
Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015, one of the most influential Christian women of our time, author, teacher, and missionary)
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate - look to his character.”
Noah Webster (1758-1843, academic, journalist, who documented spelling and grammar through two books, "American Spelling Book" and "American Dictionary of the English Language")
"If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attacks. And once you envelop them, you will be able to guide them along the path indicated to you by heaven and earth."
Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969, martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido, referred to as "the founder" or the "Great Teacher")
"To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others."
Tony Robbins (b. 1960, life success coach, catalyst for change, and author)
"When women reassert their relationship with their wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guide, suggest, and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer world.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés (b.1945, American poet, Jungian psychoanalyst, post-trauma recovery specialist, author and spoken word artist)
“When women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guide, suggest, and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer world.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Nothing teaches or guides us more than the many messengers we encounter in nature. God’s Creation in all of Its glorious wonders and diversity can animate their wisdom, love, and compassion, through their mere presence. They provide the blueprints for greater appreciation and deeper understanding of purpose and the roles that they ultimately play in each our lives.
The Spirits of Nature are models and living examples of how we all can be more present and more awake (or more woke) as we play and journey together on Planet Earth.
Isn’t it fascinating to observe what animals or insects show up or what natural occurrences appear, whether it’s butterflies, dragonflies, hawks, owls, sunrises or sunsets, etc. These are a tiny fracture of what can provide us with the spiritual tools to grow and evolve from the inside out.
Once we can contemplate Nature’s quiet solitude and its musical cacophony, we will create mindful pathways to tune in to our inner and outer selves. Our nervous system will relax and we will initiate the more subtle levels of knowing, wisdom, empathy, compassion, and so much much more.
We will begin to trust our internal nature, which will guide us as we move forward, and we will do so with effortless ease.
Be well, my sisters and brothers.
Much Love, Tonya