Thursday, December 12, 2013

Is Your Compass True?

While we were living in Florida, my husband and I took a navigation class for scuba diving. It happened to be a hot day and the lake water was 85 – 90 degrees. It was so warm, we didn’t even need to bother with wrestling into a wet suit! The point of the class was to hone our ability to tell where we were while underwater and in murky water. We were to rely on our compass. We had very specific coordinates that we were to follow in an underwater scavenger hunt.
We realized that even swimming slightly off…just a degree or two…or allowing a slight current to push you off the coordinates made a huge difference at the end of 30 yard swim. This, of course, was compounded when at the end of the 30 yards, we were to turn and follow another set of coordinates. I hate to admit it, but we never did find the last “land mark” we were supposed to find.

However,  as a good metaphysician, I know that sometimes the “mis-creations” actually teach you the lesson faster and more indelibly! 

Not only did we learn the value of plotting and staying the course, as directed by guidance, but we learned that you need to know if your guidance is accurate; is your compass truly pointing North? We experienced this when we determined that my husband’s new compass did not point true North! It was off by 20 degrees. This made a huge difference even in the relatively small and enclosed structure of a lake. We can only imagine how far off course we could become in the ocean where there are not as many “land marks” and the time element is longer.  

This showed us the importance of knowing that we are clearly connected to our own God-Self / Soul  when determining if the guidance we are perceiving is accurate. Once we know that our compass is true, then we need to monitor that we are on track with the coordinates we have been given by guidance and monitor that the highest plan hasn’t changed. Making course corrections as soon as we realize we have swum a little bit too far to the east means the corrections are smaller and get us back on plan faster. And if for some reason, the plan has changed all together…maybe something in the water needs to be avoided…then the faster we tap into the new plan, the faster we will make the necessary adjustments to our position. 

What a great day of scuba diving to learn to use our compass to monitor our position, keep us from getting lost and helping us to reach our destination with ease and time for enjoying the scenery.
What a lovely way to learn to ensure that your compass is true!