Guest Author - Deanna Joseph
Once upon a time, at the beginning of time, there was a beautiful bowl of light at the center of the universe. This bowl held the beauty and goodness of the Great Spirit; the All That Is.
One day this bowl, overflowing with love, burst into millions and millions of pieces of light, and each light scattered to the far corners of the universe. Ever since then, each piece of light has been searching and wandering, looking for its way back to the center. And as each light meets another light, and they recognize each other, they are connected.
As each light remembers and returns, the bowl will once again be whole, and again will try to contain the beauty and goodness of God.
We were born from the loving shelter of God into the womb of our mother before we were born into this world. And somewhere in the depths of our consciousness, we remember and long for this loving shelter of belonging.
It is from here that springs our need for belonging; and from here that flows our longing to do something more, reach further, discover, explore, and move out of the habits that hold us prisoner. This is a divine longing, calling us to fulfill the needs of our soul, calling us to pay attention to our inner compass so that we may be guided to fulfill our divine calling.
However, we can get distracted with a hungry longing; that longing that can never be satisfied and continuously pulls us away from those things that matter to us. The hungry longing comes from our ego, and is fear driven. Overindulging in anything (shopping, eating, drinking, sex, computer games) keeps us in a state of autopilot so that we are never free to move out of the places we know to explore and discover.
As human beings we have a need to belong, and when we follow our inner compass, and follow that divine longing, we will always find ourselves in a place of belonging. Think back to the last time you followed your heart, and did something with enthusiasm, even though it meant stepping out of your comfort zone. When you finished, remember the sense of accomplishment you had? This is because you followed your inner compass.
Think of the last time you listened to that hungry longing. You most likely found yourself temporarily distracted and entertained, only to later feel a sense of isolation and failure.
When we turn off our inner compass, we wander the same streets, and do the same things. We donít grow, we donít learn, we donít nurture our soulís longing.
When we follow our inner compass, we find ourselves within a strange landscape, where anything can happen. We may not be guaranteed safety or success. We are not even guaranteed love. But compasses are not for traveling those well worn pathways you travel everyday. The compass takes us into the unknown, where only the adventurer travels, seeking to always return to the light.