Paul Brunton

Paul Brunton

Paul Brunton on inner guidance

In my first interview with [Paul Brunton], I asked about how to cultivate and recognize inner guidance. He said there are two steps.

“First,” he said, “you have to be able to make yourself completely humble. If you can’t do that, then it’s a moot point: there won’t be any guidance.” He paused long enough for me to realize that the humility he meant went much deeper than I understood.

“If you can do that,” he continued, “then you need to be able to do nothing. Doing nothing isn’t the same as not doing anything. It’s active, inwardly attentive. You can go about your normal affairs, but you refrain from any decision or action on the specific issue about which you’re seeking guidance.

“There’s no telling how long you’ll have to wait. But if you do it right, then when the guidance comes there will be no doubt about it. It will be vividly clear. And the strength needed to follow it will also be there.”
Paul Cash in “Reflections on Paul Brunton” in Yoga International, vol. 3, no. 6, May/June 1994.