If we are without a compass we easily get lost.
Faith is a spiritual compass, directing us toward what really matters to us. Faith shows us where we place our trust.
In what direction is the compass of our life pointing? What matters most? What do we value above all else?
If we rely heavily on our own thinking process we indeed are more lost than we know. Clues are that we spend a lot of time trying to figure things out—and doing our best to motivate others to do what we want.
One of the biggest myths of our time is thinking we can figure things out.
The ego is a wonderful organ for gathering information. It is not sufficient, however, to make decisions.
Our intellect gathers and stores information so that something deep within us can sort out this material and bring a solution to fit each particular circumstance.
Dr. Robert Johnson, acclaimed Jungian author and lecturer, speaks of slender threads as the inspiration and guidance that comes from unseen forces which are out of our control, but lead us where we need to go.
“Whether called fate, destiny or the hand of God, slender threads are at work bringing coherence and continuity to our lives. Over time they weave a remarkable tapestry.”
Robert A. Johnson, Balancing Heaven and Earth
These slender threads show us how to proceed, and we can’t figure them out!
Dr. Johnson goes on to say that we will notice these threads only as we get quiet enough to recognize them, in the silence.
By calming the thinking, worrying ego mind our spiritual compass can refocus and correct course.
It’s a fact that the universe isn’t straight. Its round! Therefore if we keep thinking and doing the same things, we will find ourselves off course.
I’ve heard that on the journey to the space shuttle, the astronauts were off course 98% of the time. But they still got there, because they constantly corrected course.
Think of that. Off course 98% of the time!
So it is with us. We can’t keep unconsciously doing the same thing we’ve always done--let me figure this out!—and expect the fulfillment that we yearn for.
Is our intention to acquire approval from others, fame and money, or is it to give our hearts to life, to everyone and everything. What do we value most?
Are we on a path of generosity or greed?
It is my experience I can follow one of two major paths:
- I can try to make everything right, fix what is wrong by working hard, trying to figure things out, planning, planning and planning.
- Or I can set my compass toward lovingkindness, mindfulness, and relax, let go and trust. Which means spending dedicated time in the silence, so the slender threads appear.
I study inspirational materials daily and work with wise teachers at spiritual retreats.
Sometimes it seems as if I am making progress. Other times I mentally wring my hands.
Either way I give thanks for what I have received. It is always enough.
But my work is to build the container in which these slender threads may be seen and heard. I cannot do this without closing off outer stimulation, “going into the closet to pray,” as Jesus taught.
Truth goes against the grain of common thought. We always need new ways of seeing and hearing, of refocusing.
The still, small voice comes gently, softly and unbidden. Are we in a place where we can listen?
Or is the ego voice blaring:
“You must act and act quickly. There won’t be enough time. There never is enough time. You’ll never get it done because you simply aren’t qualified! You must get while you can, otherwise life will pass you by. Enough is never enough! The world is a hard cruel place. Something horrible is lurking around the next corner. Don’t expect too much, lest you be disappointed….and on and on and on.”
Have you heard these voices? Sometimes they scream at me. Especially when I listen to the media or the world of advertising, for these voices comes from fear and greed.
So where is our compass? As Ghandi has said, “There is enough for everyone’s need, but not their greed.”
What do we really need? And what do we want? There is a big difference.
Wants always constrict. And they can never be satisfied, for they breed more wants. They are always wanting. This is suffering. It’s like trying to catch rain water in a sieve.
Whereas our true needs provide us with the energy to do what is ours to do. They point us in a direction of generosity and bring spaciousness into our lives.
What is it you really need right now? This moment; not in the future.
Then ask yourself what you really are missing at this very moment. You might be surprised at the answer. Try it. And then ask if this is a need or a want.
The future will take care of itself as you take care of this present moment.
Trust the depth and breadth of your Spirit. It is God in you, your True Essence and will always guide you.
But it is in giving that we receive, not in trying to negotiate and figure things out!
God doesn’t make deals. We surrender ourselves to the majesty and beauty within and among us, for this is the Kingdom. Luke 17:21
It is enough. Point your compass in this direction.
In love and faith,