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What Is Your IGS?


An Excerpt from Your Inner GPS by Zen Cryar DeBrücke

You were born with a factory-installed guidance system. It is like the GPS in a car. This system is called your Internal Guidance System, or IGS.

The guidance it gives you has many different purposes. The most important one is to get you from one end of your life to the other with as much joy, ease, and fulfillment as possible. Throughout the book, I will reveal other parts of its purpose in guiding you. For now it is important for you to recognize that it knows and deeply understands everything you desire to achieve, as well as countless things you have yet to even think of. It also knows specifically how you would most like for your desires to be achieved. Its purpose is to guide you to the specific way of going about your life that will make you, and everyone around you, the happiest.

The reason its guidance is unique and special is because it was designed just for you and your life purposes. What I have discovered is that we have not just one life purpose but several, if not hundreds of them: to be a good parent, to support particular people in our lives, to be a good child, to care for aging parents, to transform the world around us in either little or big ways. Your life purposes can range from something as simple as giving the perfect book to someone at just the right time, to transforming the industry you work in, to giving your child the start in life they need to accomplish their own life’s purposes.

There are also things in your life that are not yours to do, and your IGS will guide you away from them so you don’t waste your life force or use it unsuccessfully. As a group these purposes can feel overwhelming, but with your IGS it is not only possible but also easy and enjoyable to do it all.

This inner GPS contains your life’s specific road map, which shows on a soul level all the things you are here to participate in, experience, and achieve. Your GPS is with you every moment of every day, constantly there to support you — to give you guidance about what you are thinking and doing and how you are being. This can sound a bit scary or uncomfortable, until you realize that it has no judgment on any of these aspects. It does not think of you as good or bad. It relates to you as a soul that it is here to guide and protect. It knows who you really are deep down inside. It knows the “pre-you,” the one who preceded who you are now. One of its purposes is to help you uncover and remember who you really are — the “you” who existed before life took over and covered up your perfection and beauty. It has only unconditional love for you and the journey you are on.

Your IGS is very much like a wise best friend, a career counselor, a life coach, and a spiritual teacher all rolled into one. In fact, it is so amazing and interesting that I had to write an entire book to introduce you to it.

How Your IGS Works
Your IGS provides guidance by giving you sensations in your body. It resides in the area between your throat and solar plexus. The solar plexus is the triangular area between your lower ribs, above your stomach. The sensations that you feel in this area of your body are forms of guidance.

As you are thinking, your IGS is listening and sending a physical signal letting you know whether your thoughts are true, aligned with your purpose, and taking you toward health and happiness.

Your IGS creates what I like to call an urging feeling. It nudges you to move toward various activities in the world around you. It feels like a desire upwelling inside you. For an example, think of the last time you had an urge to call a friend or family member. When you followed that urge, did they respond with “I was just thinking of you!” or possibly “I really needed to talk to you. How did you know?” That urge was from your IGS.

Your IGS provides you with information that supports you as you: respond to your life as it develops instead of reacting to it according to false scenarios, old habits, or unconscious beliefs; and learn to focus on your desires instead of fears.

By learning to follow your IGS, you will find that your life seems to work out, that it is somehow just right in the way it unfolds, and that you become a magnet for what many consider small and large miracles.

Zen Cryar DeBrücke is the author of Your Inner GPS. She is an internationally renowned teacher, speaker, and coach whose programs have helped people all over the world transform their personal and business lives for the better. Visit her online at

Excerpted from the book Your Inner GPS: Follow Your Internal Guidance to Optimal Health, Happiness, and Satisfaction. Copyright ©  2016 by Zen Cryar DeBrücke. Reprinted with permission from New World Library.



Your Emotions Are a Gateway


An Excerpt from Your Inner GPS: Follow Your Internal Guidance to Optimal Healthy, Happiness, and Satisfaction by Zen Cryar DeBrücke

One of the ways I discovered to bypass the craziness of the mind — all the doubt and worry and fear that come up in response to the guidance you get from your IGS — is to go through the door of your emotions. I use emotions as a gateway to help people clear out their obsolete yellow yield signs. As I noted earlier, when we feel an emotion, we are experiencing a biochemical reaction produced by the mind, and the emotion may or may not be true. This biochemical reaction is very often based on historical evidence that your mind has created — that you have a reason to be fearful, that you have a reason to be angry, that you’re in love, that you’re happy, or that you’re disappointed. There are all kinds of ways in which our minds induce this biochemical feedback or emotion in our bodies, and they are based on stories from our past — on what we believe we’ve seen, heard, and felt, especially concerning the behavior of the people who raised us.

Very often our emotions are actually not in alignment and so do not open us. Instead, they were first triggered when we were younger and misinterpreted those thoughts that closed us. Your mind hijacks the sensation of closing (worry, fear, anxiety, and stress) and combines it with its own fabricated evidence to make you believe that it knows what the future holds. It pro-jects as fact what it thinks is going to happen. But in reality, it’s running a habitual program that is repeated over and over in similar situations. If you have done the “Discovering Your Closing Themes” practice on page 80, then you already know that repeating thoughts are currently operating in your life.

The practice I’d like you to try now is to write out your feelings. Any time you’re having an emotional experience — whether it feels positive or negative according to your mind — write what you’re feeling. Use the list of emotions provided on page 97 to help you isolate more precisely what you are feeling. Most people are unaware of how they feel, or they have a limited emotional vocabulary. In order to boost your emotional vocabulary, use the list. I recommend that you copy it from this book, or you can go to and download the list so that you can post it in several places for reference. The office, fridge, bathroom, and nightstand are good; your car, purse, and wallet are some other great places to access it quickly. When you’re in the midst of, or just over, an emotional experience, sit down with a piece of paper, look at the list, and write out the top three things you’re feeling, such as “I’m feeling frustrated, I’m feeling disappointed, I’m feeling hurt.”

Then write out why you’re feeling those three emotions. Just let your mind tell you the story of why you feel the way you do. You don’t have to make it a long story. In fact, it is best if it’s just one or two sentences long.

“I’m feeling disappointed because this project was canceled, and it was very important to me. I’m feeling frustrated because it seems to me as if my manager is pulling out the projects that I really enjoy, and he seems to be doing it on purpose. I’m feeling hurt because I work very hard in this world and yet I don’t seem to get the recognition or the rewards that I deserve.”

The next step — and this is where your IGS comes into play — is to drop into your listening and read back to yourself each of the emotions/stories that you have written. Notice whether you are open or closed with each emotion and story.

What I have observed is that very often a negative emotional experience gets combined with a sense of closing caused by your IGS. This means what you’re thinking is not true. The thoughts that prompted the closing, if continued, will not bring you to a happy resolution. If you don’t get to the bottom of your thoughts and understand what is closing you, then your mind can actually drive you into a situation you don’t want. Keep this in mind: when you get upset, you can use your emotions as a signal that it’s time to stop and check your IGS.

One thing you’ll discover in doing this exercise is that some of those statements will open you. I’ll use the previous example to demonstrate how this may happen. You may get an opening sensation when you say you are disappointed; even though you feel disappointed, you will feel open. Then, when you tell your story about feeling frustrated, you will be closed. What closes you is the claim that the manager is specifically taking projects away from you. The closing means your manager is not undermining you on purpose, so you can drop that line of thinking and move on.

The feeling of disappointment, then, is authentic for you, and you can own it: “I have a right to be disappointed. The sensation of opening I feel when I make this statement tells me that disappointment is an authentic emotion in this case.”

Do this exercise with positive emotions as well. You may be shocked at how many times you’re really excited about something while guidance from your IGS is actually telling you that it is not going to happen or is not true.

So it’s equally important to say, “I feel hopeful, I feel excited, and I feel joyous.” Then write, “Okay, why am I feeling hopeful?” and answer this question. For example: “I’m feeling hopeful because, for the first time, I’m being recognized by the particular person I’ve been wanting to notice me for a very long time.” Ask and answer the same question about feeling excited: “Why am I excited? I’m feeling excited because this person is noticing me, so maybe they want to date me. I’m totally attracted to them and know this is going to happen.” Then look at feeling joyous: “I feel joyous because they could possibly be my soul mate.”

Now once again drop into your listening and check your emotions and stories via your IGS. You may feel an opening at the thought that this person has been noticing you, but you may close when you think this means you will begin dating. Go through each statement, one at a time. “This person is noticing me.” Open. Then look at the next part of the statement: “Maybe they want to date me.” Closed. Oh, that’s not why they’re paying attention to me. “They could possibly be my soul mate.” Closed. You feel tightening, or anxiety, in your chest.

Maybe the scenario above seems far-fetched to you, or maybe it sounds exactly like what your mind does to you. Either way, we all have situations where our minds make up instant stories and then, immediately after that, invent ramifications for our future, whether positive or negative. This type of thought process happens so quickly that we often miss it. Then we begin living the story as if it were real, and our lives can go off track for a bit. One purpose of your IGS is to clear out all the fictitious stories that your brain generates. This allows you to be very clear and effective in your life. One way to find the stories that close you is to do the following practice to address your emotions.

Zen Cryar DeBrücke is the author of Your Inner GPS. She is an internationally renowned teacher, speaker, and coach whose programs have helped people all over the world transform their personal and business lives for the better. Visit her online at

Excerpted from the book Your Inner GPS: Follow Your Internal Guidance to Optimal Health, Happiness, and Satisfaction. Copyright © 2016 by Zen Cryar DeBrücke. Reprinted with permission from New World Library.


What Is Stress?


An Excerpt from Your Inner GPS by Zen Cryar DeBrücke

Stress is a strange aspect of being human. Researchers who study stress understand what it does, but they don’t truly know what stress is. They know the effects that long-term stress has on the brain: it shrinks your brain — it literally shrinks it, causing memory loss, loss of clarity, loss of creative thinking, and the destruction of specific neural pathways. It begins to collapse your capacity to think critically. Prolonged stress on the body creates heart issues, constricted blood vessels, bowel problems, sleep problems, depression, and anxiety. In fact, stress is linked to all six of the leading causes of death in the United States. Even cancer has been linked to stress.

As I noted, researchers do not know what stress is. I believe the reason why is because it is different for each person. You have a specific set of stress factors that are unique to you. What stresses you may not stress me. You may notice this in the people around you, including your significant other. My husband and I, for example, have very different stress triggers. In addition, the way stress affects your body may not be the way it affects my body. So, there’s no one way that we can all handle or manage stress.

Now researchers have discovered that we can become addicted to stress. We find ourselves living in this modern world where we are overwhelmed, constantly mentally turned on, plugged in, overworked, and so overrun with tasks that some of us can’t seem to live comfortably without the stress. Without stress, some people report not knowing how to be and how to relax. How is this happening?

Our bodies fight stress by triggering hormones in an attempt to balance out the effects of the stress. These hormones are adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine. Too much cortisol can suppress the immune system, decrease libido, increase blood pressure and sugar levels, and contribute to obesity and many more unhealthy conditions in the body. Under constant stress, our bodies get used to these hormones, especially the high cortisol levels — and our bodies can begin to crave them, believing they need them to survive. As a result, we begin to add stress to our lives instead of extracting it. We no longer know how to de-stress. The body gets to a place where it just bounces back and forth between a state of some stress and a state of lots of stress, and it never gets to an unstressed state. No matter what a person under these conditions tries to do — meditation, exercise, extra sleep, reading a book, or gardening — their stress level never quite gets back to that healthy place they were in when they were younger.

I want to introduce you to a new way of thinking about this. Stress comes almost solely from your mind. Yes, you can feel physically stressed when your IGS is in the contracted, closed state. I believe this state is actually the foundation of what stress in the body is. Stress is produced by the mind when your thoughts are out of alignment, untrue, and not moving you toward happiness and success. When your IGS is expanded, it reverses the effects of being closed (that is, the effects of stress) on your body. When it’s open, it supports good health, mental clarity, and overall well-being.

It is your thoughts that create both the sense of contraction (stress) and the sense of expansion (relaxation). Your IGS is in charge of letting you know where you are in this cycle at any given moment. One of its purposes is to help you fully relax. How great that you have an inner GPS moving you toward being relaxed in life! When you feel an opening sensation in response to what you are thinking, you begin to reprogram your mind and remove the effects of the stress hormones. You then program yourself to maintain a stress-free environment mentally. Using your IGS is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. It creates a healthy inner state of being that generates not only happiness but also good health.

Zen Cryar DeBrücke is the author of Your Inner GPS. She is an internationally renowned teacher, speaker, and coach whose programs have helped people all over the world transform their personal and business lives for the better. Visit her online at

Excerpted from the book Your Inner GPS: Follow Your Internal Guidance to Optimal Health, Happiness, and Satisfaction. Copyright © 2016 by Zen Cryar DeBrücke. Reprinted with permission from New World Library.