Follow Your Compass
This week, amid the myriad of details and assignments, through the broken cars and mundane chores, the glimpses of profound truth kept appearing. Little things that meant something only to me. Amazing! Maybe they will mean something to you too…
I saw new things as I walked my faithful chocolate Lab Max in a forested area a couple of blocks from home… A well-trampled pathway brought me to my favorite side path, less travelled and more private… All around me was a carpet of once vibrant leaves blanketing the woodlot floor… eastern sunlight streaming through late fall naked maples and clumps of century old cedars… A crisp, cloudless, azure sky … The tableau before me caught my breath and stopped me dead in my tracks. A few steps away, emerging from the trees, there was an otter silently navigating the duck pond where there had never been an otter before. As I lingered motionless observing this graceful visitor, he alerted to me and disappeared beneath the surface leaving only expanding rings in all directions disturbing the mirrored surface of the water. My soul whispered “thank you”. My brain looked for insight and meaning. I felt gratitude.
All day long, I got ‘nudges’ toward actions that just a few weeks ago might have been ignored. It felt so exciting to act on those prompts… do the thing without figuring out why, should I, can I… Just Do it Now, Do IT now, Do It Now! …in the flow?…is that what it feels like? Gimme more!
MK Week 6 Assignment: Get a Compass
I shared the following message with Mark J. and Keith & Dana, my guides, then at Keith’s prompting, in the Alliances area:
Just thought I would drop you a quick note about a fun little thing that happened.
We were asked to get a compass…even a kids compass as a metaphor and reminder to follow our internal compass vs the outside clock. I didn’t have one. After school yesterday, my 6 year-old grand daughter came to visit my wife while I was working in my home office. I was going to take a break to go to the store when I had a little flash to ask Maya if she had a compass. She thought for a moment and then said, ‘Ya, it’s up in my play room….But it doesn’t work.” I told her that was no problem and she ran upstairs, returning a few minutes later with a plastic Compass that had a place to attach it to a string … Gave her a big hug and told her this was perfect. I smiled to myself, saying …’this is cool…ask the universe or your granddaughter’…. and I walked back to my office. When I sat down and looked at the compass, the four compass points, North, South, East and West are centered in 4 wedges whose background color is exactly the same colors I have used on my POA, Service and Giving/Receiving cards and Movie Trailer Card.
A child’s toy, becomes a reinforcing link to the “think / feel/ believe/ do/ be/ have” process.
A compass is an interesting thing… Amazing really!
When a little shard of metal organizes it’s charged positive and negative molecules in a uniform alignment, that piece of magnetized metal takes on a character that wants to align itself with the larger magnetic forces of the earth. Put that shard of magnetized metal on a free-floating pivot point and no matter where you are on the planet, it will rotate until it follows or obeys the laws of magnetism. North aligns with North. The compass taps into the unseen forces of the earth’s magnetic field, it always points north. Once you know where north is you can determine what direction you need to go to reach another fixed point…your destination. But you must learn to read a compass. A compass has 360 degrees of possible directions and being off by just 1 degree over a long journey means you could miss your destination by miles.
Metal that has a random molecular polarity diffuses the power of the earth’s magnetic field and is not compelled to align with magnetic north. It is of no help in giving us a definite direction to follow. Beware of bright, shiny objects that do not align with your desired destination.
The Clock is a mechanism that has a face or dial containing 360 degrees of measurement. The clock doesn’t give direction or align with universal powers. It’s power comes from a wound spring or a battery regulating a carefully, manufactured mechanism or device for dividing our experience into units that we call seconds, minutes, hours and days. The clock simply shows how many units of “time” it takes to accomplish a defined task or until a scheduled event is to occur.
“Living by the clock” suggests that we accept standards from our outside world, often defined by someone other than ourselves… schedules, deadlines, timelines etc.
The clock is a conscious construct of discretionary standards without regard for values. I cannot control time. It is relentless and never waits. If we are driven and controlled by time, we are controlled by the outside world.
The compass mechanism doesn’t click by in measured meter. It is fluid, responding to movement of it’s possessor. The metaphor of following your compass suggests that there is a true north that we can consciously use to navigate this life. The compass resides in the mysterious subconscious mind and is experienced through feelings and impressions of the spirit. Speed is not a concern for the compass. Simply alignment. Navigation happens by mastering and integrating universal power and laws of success. The compass points to true north and aligns me from within, with universal power greater than my conscious self.
Paul Simon – El Condor Pasa Lyrics
I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes I would
If I could, I surely would
I’d rather be a hammer than a nail.
Yes I would
If I only could, I surely would.
Away, I’d rather sail away
Like a swan that’s here and gone
A man gets tied up to the ground
He gives the world
Its saddest sound, its saddest sound
I’d rather be a forest than a street.
Yes I would
If I could, I surely would.
I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet
Yes I would
If I only could, I surely would
Songwriters: MILCHBERG, JORGE / ROBLES, DANIEL ALOMIA / SIMON, PAUL El Condor Pasa lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CARLIN AMERICA INC
I Love Paul Simon, but here’s my version:
I’d rather be a compass than a clock,
Yes I would, If I could, I surely would…
My iPhone means that I don’t wear a watch,
No watch, not a Rolex or a Swatch…
Ya…it’s a work in progress!