One of the things about a nondual understanding is the simple, logical, practicality of it.
You gain a guiding principle for navigating - a compass to orientate yourself, rather than route directions. This principle never tells you WHAT to do, it merely suggests whether you are currently operating from stable foundations or not. And the recognition of unstable foundations contains the invitation to return our sense of self to who we know ourselves to be.
In other words, we learn to recognise and hear our own gut instinct - rather than noisy, demanding distractions.
In that context, "Trust your gut," seems obvious, yes?
But, to be clear, this is not "trust your feelings", "trust your sentiment", "trust your enthusiasm", or even "trust your passion". This is your gut we're talking about. And mine.
Yet many of us, most of us, have at some point or other been out of touch with our gut, or overridden its message. All because we've mistaken our feelings, sentiment, enthusiasm or passion for our gut response.
This is how people end up in cult-like control groups - the shared vision is a powerful tool for bypassing the wisdom of gut resistance.
Our gut response can't be corrupted. It's not like our immune system, our reflexes, our beliefs or even our habits. But it can be muffled, ignored, lost.
Relearning to notice and hear our gut is a healing journey.
A healing journey that includes a willingness to attend to the process rather than the results.
A healing journey that asks for an understanding of trauma. Because to be disassociated from our gut is both a symptom of trauma - an acquired pattern from a toxic event - and traumatic in its own right.
A healing journey that will see piles of conditioning shed or gently peeled away. It's not surprising we can feel a little raw and exposed. The temptation to re-dress the wound with pretty bandages will often show its fake face.
A healing journey that dives deep into relearning to discern the true voice of our gut.
Is it worth it? Absolutely. But only when we are ready. And if we're not ready, that's okay too.
With Love, Sara