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Awaiting Further Instructions

Awaiting Further Instructions

Around the New Year, I was talking to my dear friend, mastermind buddy, and business partner for Visionary Ignition Switch, Amy Ahlers and we were visioning for 2012. When I asked her about her plans for the year, she was just finishing launching her book, finishing up some unfinished business, and rocking a super successful 2011, but in response to what 2012 might hold, she answered, “I’m awaiting further instructions.”

Her comment has replayed in my head a thousand times since then.

When The Future Is Uncertain

How many times in my life have I refused to admit that the future looks fuzzy? How many times have I made up a plan – even the flat out wrong plan – just so I could have a plan – any plan? How many times have I pushed something when the timing was wrong or forced something when it wasn’t supposed to happen at all?

I’ve lost count. My head spins when I think about it.

The Fuzzy Future

Right now, for the first time in five years, my professional path is beginning to feel pretty clear. I can see it happening. But there are some other parts of my life that are a complete mystery to me. I can’t even imagine the happy ending, much less figure out how to make it happen.

Which makes me breathe a sigh of relief when I think that maybe it’s time to just await further instructions.

The Universe has been good to me over the past six years since I stumbled (more like got knocked on the head by a 2′ x 4′) onto my spiritual path. Whenever I’ve been confused, Signs from the Universe usually show up to light my path.

But why do I forget to trust the process sometimes? Why can’t I be more relaxed when I’m just awaiting further instructions?

During those times, I’m not lost. I’m just… waiting. It takes all the pressure off.

My Prayer While Awaiting Further Instructions

Inspired by Amy, I’ve developed a new prayer that I use during times like these.

“If I’m meant to do something, please make the action clear. If I’m meant to wait, please grant me peace.”

Are You Awaiting Further Instructions In Your Life?

What if confusion, uncertainty, indecision, and lack of clarity didn’t paralyze you or throw you into fits of anxiety and impatience? What if you could just make peace with the fact that sometimes, we’re awaiting further instructions and the way will be shown to us when the timing is right?

What if there was no judgment around times when the future is fuzzy? What if you’re not flaky or clueless or lacking insight or wrong when you’re not sure what’s next? What if it’s just part of the process and our only job during these times is to be mindful, pay attention to Signs from the Universe, listen clearly for further instructions, and then trust the instructions when they come so we can be brave enough to take action when the call comes?

May you have peace while awaiting further instructions.

Waiting… and breathing,


Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.comPink Medicine Revolutionarymotivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.

Learn more about Lissa Rankin here.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at and also created two online communities - and She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012


9:48AM PDT on May 2, 2012

This might be exactly what I needed to think about. Thank you.

5:07PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

I like that, too. Awaiting further instructions. It's not much different than asking for guidance on our paths. Thanks, Lissa.

3:45AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

While you're waiting you can always do something constructive, like consolidate, file, edit, make first drafts. There are no vacuums in this whacky space-time continuum we're in!

10:14AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

loved this. thanks lissa.

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