Can You Have Guides Along Your Paths in Life?

Yes, but recognize the difference between guidance, obedience, and blind faith.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
7 min readNov 29, 2023


walking your paths with guides
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I frequently point out that you, and you alone, live in your head, heart, and soul. Nobody else is in there, it’s only you.

Hence, you’re the only one who can think, feel, intend, and act for you. All choices for your life belong to you alone. Nobody else can live your life for you. Neither can anyone else control you unless you cede any form of control to another.

However, while each of us walks our given paths in life on our own, that doesn’t mean that we can’t seek out guides along the way.

Guides for your path come in many different forms. They can be extremely esoteric and might be signs and portents recognized by only you. Some guides are people. This includes people you meet and know like friends, family, coworkers, and in-person teachers. It also includes people who provide books, podcasts, blogs, and other guidance that can help you choose and/or walk your paths.

This is all well and good. That is until a guide turns into more than a resource for information. Cult leaders are a perfect example of this issue.

Recognizing the difference between a guide and a demagogue/authoritarian is important to you…



Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy.