We all have an Inner Compass that gives us guidance about what is the best way forward for us. But the big question is how does the Inner Compass give us this guidance? And the answer is that it does it through our emotions. So let’s take a closer look at this.
Everyone knows when something feels good or bad, everyone knows the difference between feeling angry and feeling love, between feeling depressed and feeling joyful... but what most of us don't understand or realize is that these emotions are important indicators because they are giving us vital information about what is going on in our lives.
When you stop and notice what's going on inside you, you will see you are probably experiencing a wide range of emotions, emotions which vary depending on the situation you are in. Whether it's what's going on in your family or what's happening as you interact with your partner or your colleagues at work.
But whether we are aware of this mechanism or not, our emotions are there! All the time. And this means that, whether we know it or not, each one of us has an Inner Compass that is providing us with this information by means of our emotions.
Your Own Live Guidance System in Real Time
When you start to notice, you will see that this Inner Compass is always telling you in each and every moment in time – how you feel about what is going on in your life. Your emotions are giving you this valuable information all of the time. And this internal guidance system is always on, always available, always giving you second by second, minute by minute information and guidance which you can use to make wise choices for yourself in every situation.
But unfortunately most people don't know about the Inner Compass and don't know that our emotions are the key to understanding and using this internal guidance system. Since our emotions are the key to understanding how our Inner Compass works, let's take a look at them.
Understanding Our Emotions
We human beings have many words to describe the different states or emotions that we experience, but we can categorize all our emotions under two basic categories or emotional states – Comfort and Discomfort. All our emotions fit into one of these categories. Here are some examples of how our emotions fit into these 2 categories:
Comfort / Discomfort
Love / Fear
Happiness / Depression
Joy / Anxiety
Ease / Unease
Excitement / Stress
Passion / Anger
Flow / Resistance
Enthusiasm / Irritation
Satisfaction / Grouchy
Peace / Agitation
Fun / Boredom
Harmony / Disharmony
In other words, good-feeling emotions / not good-feeling emotions
Going With or Against the Flow
The good-feeling emotions give a sense of ease and flow while the not-good-feeling emotions give a sense of unease, discomfort and resistance.
And this is what the Inner Compass is telling you. This is the information the Inner Compass is giving you all the time. By means of your emotions, the Inner Compass is giving you a direct and precise read-out as to what you are feeling in every moment. And these feelings are the way in which your Inner Compass tells you whether you are in alignment or not in terms of who you are and what is going on right now. So all you have to notice or ask yourself is this:
* How does it feel?
* How does this situation feel?
* How does this person feel?
* How does this thought feel?
* Am I feeling a sense of comfort/ease/flow or a sense of discomfort/unease/resistance about this person, situation, circumstance – or even about myself?
In this connection, it is important to understand that your Inner Compass is not telling you whether things are so-called “right” or “wrong” or “correct” or “incorrect”. It is only telling you how you really “feel” in terms of whatever is going on in relation to who you really are – and it's telling you about what's happening right this very moment.
Being In Harmony With Who You Really Are
So when you and what you are thinking and doing are in alignment with who you really are and what's best for you, you are in harmony with who you really are. Which translates into a feeling of joy, flow, ease and happiness because you are living in alignment with your true nature, your deeper essence, or your could say with your soul essence. And then, the connection is open between you and the Great Universal Intelligence that is orchestrating the dance of Life. So Life feels good and is good and you are in flow – and things just seem to work out better for you.
I know it sounds very simple – and it is.
The simple truth is we feel better when we are living in alignment with who we really are and are allowing the flow of Life to stream through us – fully and freely – so that each one of us can live out our own unique destiny path.”
©2016 Barbara Berger. All Rights Reserved.
From Barbara Berger's coming book (late 2016) "Find and Follow Your Inner Compass: Instant Guidance in an Age of Information Overload". For more about the new book including extracts, click here.
Article by the Author of:
Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life
by Barbara Berger.
About the Author
Barbara Berger has written over 15 self-empowerment books, including the international bestseller "The Road to Power / Fast Food for the Soul" (published in 30 languages), "Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life" (more than 20 languages) and “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind”. American-born, Barbara now lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition to her books, she offers private coaching sessions to individuals who wish to work intensely with her (in her office in Copenhagen or on Skype and telephone for people who live far away from Copenhagen). For more about Barbara Berger, see her Web site: www.beamteam.com