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Dr. Larry Dossey Dr. Larry Dossey speaker. author. spiritual internist.

Dr. Larry Dossey is a former internist and the author of eleven books on the role of consciousness and spirituality in health. He lectures around the world. [www.dosseydossey.com]

I have a compass inside me. It’s a built-in indicator of the directions in my life. When I’m going in the right direction, it provides me with a sense of correctness, and when I drift off course it gives me an internal nudge to correct my path by reevaluating my behaviors, thoughts, and actions. My compass is smart; it can’t be fooled, even when I’ve tried to ignore it from time to time.

It’s not an actual compass, of course. Compass is my metaphor for an innate sense, a kind of inner guide. But compass is a potent metaphor for me, because I’ve often relied on actual compasses to find my way in the wilderness. I’ve come to love compasses. I own six of them. Three of my favorites are on my desk as I write these words and another is on my key chain. Two more are in with my backpacking and camping gear.

Compasses have helped me understand a few of the ways life works. Imagine you’re sailing a boat from San Francisco to Honolulu, a straight-line distance of 2,387 miles. It’s impossible to follow a compass setting exactly and sail a direct course; nearly all the time you’ll be a bit off, right or left. It’s the overall direction that determines whether you wind up at your destination. Your journey will be a continual matter of course-correction because precision is not attainable. Sailing is always like that. So is life.

What is your compass? Does it point you generally in the right direction? Do bells and whistles go off when you drift too far off course? Are you able to live with less than perfection, forgiving yourself when you drift astray and not demanding total precision on your life’s journey? Are you able to forgive others when they drift off course? Do you employ rituals in your life that help you stay sensitive to your main direction? I do. Periodic solitude and immersion in wilderness help provide that sensitivity for me. Without some degree of continual exposure to nature I don’t do well.

Find your compass, chart your course, permit yourself and others the freedom to drift a bit, and create personal rituals that help you stay sensitive to your main direction.

I’ll see you on the journey.

– Larry Dossey

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