Each one of us – you and me included - has an Inner Compass. An amazingly accurate and reliable Inner Compass that is constantly giving us guidance and information as to what is best for us and whether or not we are in alignment with who we really are. And this Inner Compass gives us this information by means of our emotions. So when we feel good, when we feel a sense of ease and flow, enthusiasm and joy in life, these good-feeling emotions are an indication that we are in alignment with who we really are. And when we feel less than good, when we feel discomfort, frustration, overwhelmed, anxious or distressed in anyway, these negative emotions are an indication that we are out of alignment and not doing what's best for us.
It’s as simple as that.
But the big question of course is… are we listening?
And what happens when we don't listen to these signals from within and act accordingly? Well, the signals from our Inner Compass don't go away, they simply get louder and more powerful. So when you or I ignore our Inner Compass, it tries harder and harder to get our attention. This means that what started out as maybe a vague feeling of mild discomfort will become a stronger feeling of discomfort. If we still don't heed the signals and understand the information they are giving us but continue to move away from what's best for us, the signals from our Inner Compass will get even stronger. So the unease and discomfort become more and more powerful. When this happens, people start to feel really negative emotions such as nervousness, or anxiety, or fear, or depression, or irritation and anger. In other words, the feelings get stronger.
This is where many people begin to look for ways to cope with their feelings of discomfort. Since we don't understand the real cause of our discomfort, or know what to do about it, we begin to develop various coping strategies to numb the pain of these uncomfortable emotions. It could be, for example, that we overeat, or over exercise, or turn to drink or drugs, or pill-taking to ease the discomfort. Some people try to cope by losing themselves in work (and become workaholics), or in food (and develop eating disorders), or through shopping, gambling, sexing, or whatever. If this continues, this may also be where addictions really kick in. All of these strategies are attempts to soothe ourselves from the discomfort we are feeling. To soothe the uneasiness and anxiety we are feeling about ourselves and our lives. A discomfort and uneasiness that arises from not listening to the Inner Compass, and from being out of alignment with who we really are.
Then, if we continue to neglect the signals from our Inner Compass and continue to move away from being in alignment with who we really are – the next thing that happens is we start to get physical indicators of this lack of alignment. Symptoms such as headaches, backaches, stomach aches, muscular tension, etc. start to appear. All of these symptoms are indicators that we are not allowing and moving with the natural flow of energy in our lives. Indicators that something is out of whack in our energy systems. At this stage of unease (dis-ease), the symptoms are usually not chronic and tend to move around – in other words, they come and go in relation to how much we move back and forth or in and out of alignment.
Then finally, if we continue to disregard the signals from our Inner Compass, the signals will get even more powerful and may finally manifest as so-called "chronic" or "serious" illness. In this light, it is interesting to understand that so-called serious illness can be understood to be a signal that we are out of alignment with the Great Universal Intelligence and who we really are, a sign that the energy is not flowing harmoniously in our systems. As anyone who has studied the mind-body connection knows, our bodies tend to manifest and out-picture (reflect) what is going on inside us emotionally. So it makes perfect sense that when we disregard the signals coming from our Inner Compass, it will show up in various bodily symptoms that indicate a lack of alignment with the flow of Life.
This also tells us that no matter what our present physical and emotional condition may be, coming home to ourselves, and going within and listening to our Inner Compass, and aligning with the Great Universal Intelligence can, and will, have a profound healing effect on our physical and mental health and well-being.
Negative emotion is your friend
When we understand that negative emotions are signals from our Inner Compass that we are out of alignment with our True Selves and the Great Universal Intelligence, we can see that negative emotions are actually a good thing. Because negative emotion is a signal from the Inner Compass telling us that we are off the beam and out of alignment with what is best for each of us. So instead of being afraid of negative emotions and feeling bad about feeling negative emotion, it is actually more helpful to remind yourself that your emotions are simply indicators, they are simply the Inner Compass's way of letting you know whether you are thinking and behaving in ways that are in harmony with the Great Universal Intelligence and who you really are – or if you are off course. The stronger the negative emotion, the stronger the indicator that you're off course.
When we understand this mechanism, we can also understand what a fantastic asset the Inner Compass is when it comes to living a happy life. Because your Inner Compass is always guiding us in the direction of true alignment, which translates into joy and happiness.
For more about this wonderful mechanism and how to use it, check out my book “Find and Follow Your Inner Compass – Instant Guidance in an Age of Information Overload”. The book is available on Amazon and most online shops. Or see my Web site for more info: www.beamteam.com
About Barbara Berger
American-born Barbara Berger is the best-selling author of “The Road to Power – Fast Food for the Soul” (published in 30 languages), “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life” (published in 21 languages) and “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind”. Barbara's latest book is "Find and Follow Your Inner Compass – Instant Guidance in an Age of Information Overload". Barbara also works as coach and therapist, helping people around the globe come into alignment with their own true power. For more about Barbara see her Web site: http://www.beamteam.com
** Below are titles & links to the beautiful work from Barbara. She is a long time contributor and my dear friend :) **
https://www.mysticlivingtoday.com– articles by Barbara Berger
The Ultimate Self-Empowerment Tool – Your Inner Compass
The Key to Happiness; Understanding the Way the Mind Works
Who would you be if you didn’t know your age?
The Power of Right Seeing
Review of Barbara Berger’s book Find and Follow Your Inner Compass by Riki Frahmann
Are You Here Now? Are You Happy Now?
Discovering Who You Really Are
Getting in Touch with Your Heart
Follow Your Passion & Accept the Consequences
The Power of the Joyful Giver
You have nothing to deal with but your own thoughts
Peace Is Your Nature
The Power of Contemplating Love
How Can We Serve?
The Importance of Mind Management
Focus on the Real – A Way of Dealing with Worry and Catastrophic Thinking
Nothing External Can Disturb Us
Just Let Everything Be!
The Gift of Crisis
The Power of Asking for Help
What does it mean to be psychologically mature?
The Meaning of Life
The Power of Praise & Blessing
Our Unalienable Rights
Meeting the Family & Keeping Your Peace of Mind
Healthy Boundaries – the Secret of Good Relationships
Wanting What You Have
NOW IS THE TIME TO THINK POSITIVE
A Scientific Prayer to Lift Your Consciousness
Healthy Self Talk about the Body
Time Are Changing Aren’t They?
Are You Following Your Inner Compass?
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