Inner Compass

 Your grief for what you’ve lost

lifts a mirror up to where you’re bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look and instead,

here’s the joyful face you’ve been waiting to see.

                                                                            Rumi

All beings receive transmissions of spiritual energy that inform, support, maintain and heal.  You are most receptive to these transmissions during sleep, and it is through this means that you become refreshed and reinvigorated. The transmissions from the universal life force are received within you by your Soul. Unlike your thinking mind, your Soul remembers your whole story, including past lives and pre-birth experiences. In the process of forming your patterned identity during childhood, you became identified with only a limited part of your whole self, and the full knowledge of who you are, including your spiritual origin, slipped into unconsciousness. However, your Soul is safekeeping this treasure, and when the time and the circumstances allow, she will deliver it back to you. Nourished by the Source, your Soul is the inner guide that is navigating you towards the full realisation of your life’s purpose. Your Soul is not separate from you, she is your foundation, your deepest truth. To hear this voice from within, you must cultivate your “inner compass,” a form of perception that notices the subtle cues in the outer realm that can guide you, and it also picks up the inner messages and guidance that comes from your Soul.

There are many levels to reality. A purple windflower, growing in your garden, can be “seen” in many different ways. Besides what is visible to your five primary senses, you may look closer, and notice the insects that are attracted to the flower. This tells you something about the relationships the flower has within its eco-system. By observing the markings on the flower head, you receive an impression. Noticing how the plant sways gently in the wind, as if dancing, you might receive an insight, perhaps that it seems delicate, not robust like the rose in the next bed. If you stop and take some time, you can open to perceive the windflower with your subtle senses, by tuning in to experience something of the plant’s reality. 

The term “tuning in” helps to differentiate subtle perception from the kind of observation taught in the sciences, which aims to be objective and explicitly excludes emotional responses. In contrast, your inner compass is subjective and it relies on the resonance between your emotions and the object of perception. To perceive with your inner compass, you must allow yourself to resonate with the energy field of the person, situation or object, and through that resonance, you can experience a variety of responses, including emotions, insights and inspirations.; this is the means of perception common to healers, mystics, and artists.

Imagine you are hiring a gardener. Their CV is impeccable, they have all the right experience, and they seem perfectly qualified for the job. But when you tune in with your inner compass, you feel uncomfortable, he somehow drains your energy, and even thinking about giving him the job makes you anxious. This response is often called a “gut feeling” and it operates at the level of instinct. Anxiety and discomfort have an immediate impact in the gut, before the mind is even aware of the problem. Your second attention offers guidance at this instinctive level almost all the time. Should you go by bus or train? Accept an invitation to dinner or have an early night? Messages are relayed directly from your body, through desires and aversions and symptoms.

Inner compass perception goes on in the background even when you ignore it. Your soul is patient, your body persistent, and if it can’t get through to your waking mind, it will certainly talk to you whilst you are asleep. Dreams come directly from the unconscious, unfiltered by the thinking mind. Attending to your dreams helps you to strengthen your inner compass. Keep a notebook by your bed, and write them down on waking. Refrain from interpretation, comments, or judgments. Notice the feelings as well as the images and action, as they are often the most important keys. The primary purpose of dreams is to maintain inner balance, and if you are able to hold on to your dream, you will gain access to your unconscious processes. Bringing your dreams into the light of consciousness will help you to align these two disparate worlds, which is an act of healing.  

Your imagination is an extraordinary gift. It is literally your tool for creating reality. For your visions to become realised you must first ensure that your imagination is not harnessed only to your thinking mind, but is free to receive intuitions and inspirations from your soul. Cultivating your inner compass will set your imagination free. Through intuition you can make a leap and see the whole picture in an instant. It is a form of pattern recognition, and cuts across the laborious and often circular machinations of the thinking mind to give you that “Eureka moment.” 

Your body is more in touch with what you need to be well, happy and fulfilled than your thinking mind. But your mind has been given the job of deciding almost everything, even to the point of over-ruling your emotions and obliging you to do what is not good for you. It is often stated in spiritual trainings that: “To take care of others you must first take care of yourself.” Always putting others first, considering your own needs as of less importance and self-care as “selfish” may need to be reviewed. 

Your inner compass is your very own guidance system, and it is primed to support you on the journey to self-realisation. It is your inbuilt tool for connecting with your soul. The alchemical principal states “As above, so it is below,” which refers to the fact that your outer life holds up a mirror to your inner life. As you move through the world, you experience instinctive responses of either attraction or aversion to people, places, and situations. These responses are guiding you to either engage with or avoid those experiences. Your inner compass allows you to recognise what you need and don’t need directly in the realm of experience. Of course, it is good to reflect and introspect from time to time, but your inner compass operates in real time, and the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. When a name or an expression comes to your attention not once, but twice or three times, you recognise that this is a synchronicity. These are apparently random events that happen a disproportionate number of times, or where something extremely unlikely occurs without effort. An example might be that an idea to see a therapist suddenly drops into your mind, and minutes later you find yourself outside a therapy centre, with a strong impulse to enter. 

The world is full of options, doors to open or leave closed. Your inner compass is your resource for making those choices. When you trust your own instinct, intuitions, dreams, visions, insights, inspirations and synchronicities you are crafting a relationship with your Inner Wise Healer.