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Finding Your Purpose & Compass of Conscience

From: Jay
Sent on: Friday, March 7, 2014 11:48 AM

Wisdom from Monk David Steindl-Rast, Finding Your Life's Purpose & the Compass of Conscience.
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This week, I am inspired by wisdom of a modern-day saint, brother David Steindl-Rast who spoke at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference I'd mentioned. I've listened to the popular video on Gratitude dozens of times and never knew it was his soothing voice doing the narration. Listen to this short and amazing talk on life where he beautifully describes gratitude as something that is of great value and has no cost attached. What are you grateful for today?

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While in India last November, a friend asked me to share some thoughts on finding one's purpose in life. So I did and here's a video that was recently posted.

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Also, here are some profound thoughts on the human conscience by Mike George where he described how one can choose to harness or subdue it's awesome power.

Peace & blessings,

The Compass of Conscience!

Our mind and intellect are both faculties and resources that no one really teaches us how to use.  These faculties are then 'fed' by the energy of the heart, the original dwelling place of what we all seek in life, peace, love and contentment.  This week we go to the heart of our heart to explore the pivotal resource known as conscience.  It is here that we find our personal source of truth.  Not a truth in the dualistic 'what is right and wrong' sense, but truth in the absolute sense.  What some call a truth in a spiritual sense, what others call truth in an eternal sense.  For them truth has a simple a clear definition which is 'that which never changes'.
Our conscience is like a gyro-compass which, regardless of the turmoil or chaos that surrounds it, has the ability to show the way, to point the traffic of our thoughts and actions in the right direction.  It is very difficult, if not impossible, to steer a ship across the oceans without an accurate gyro-compass.  One degree off course across thousands of miles will ensure the ship will miss its destination by hundreds of miles.   Each wave will throw the ship off course a little more and, without a good compass 'course corrections' will be impossible.  Similarly, a human being who is not connected to their conscience will be easily led astray, act without a clear sense of the right thing to do, perhaps without realizing it, and live a disoriented life.  Our conscience is our inner guide, like a gyro-compass it will always give us a true sense of what we need to think, feel and do and a clear signal when we don't.  We all have a conscience but for many it is either suppressed, ignored or denied, depending on the past 'influences' which have been allowed to shape our thoughts and behavior.
The habitual smoker occasionally hears a quiet voice that tells them that smoking cigarettes is not good for their physical health, that it is not an action that is designed to sustain harmony and well being for their body.  But having learned to smoke by watching others, having developed the smoking habit, the self ignores and may even kill the voice of conscience that says this is not the right action.  After some time, if the voice of conscience is repeatedly ignored, it will become quieter and quieter, gradually fading into an imperceptible whisper.  In some instances we develop the habit of drowning out the conscience as it 'speaks against' certain habits that have become pleasures and possibly unhealthy addictions.   But even then, in the words of Henry Mencken, "Conscience doesn't always keep you from doing wrong, but it does keep you from enjoying it".
Our conscience is essentially that aspect of our consciousness, our self, which innately knows what is true.  It is the heart of the heart of our being.  It is not a place or a thing, more a vibration.  Think of a tuning fork.  No matter what position in which you hold the fork, once the note is sounded it will continue to sound at that tone.
Our conscience is similar but obviously quite invisible, quite internal, quite inaudible to physical ears, but very audible to the 'inner ear' of our consciousness, our self.  Our conscience sounds a note; it emits a vibration, which is the true, original vibration of our being, of the self.  It is a note that never changes tone, can never stop sounding, never stop emitting.  However we may lose our ability to hear it, feel it, sense it and be guided by it
The process from belief to perception to thought to decision to action is just one long movement of energy.  Subtract the physical aspects i.e. what you see, which is behavior, and you are left with what you cannot see but is just as real i.e. belief, perception, thought, decision.  While breaking up this expression of our energy in terms of concepts like beliefs and thoughts etc it is really just one long vibration of energy, one long transmission from inside out.  If that vibration does not originate from the heart, if it is of a different vibration from the 'note' of our conscience, we will feel a jarring effect in our consciousness.  Our conscience will 'bite'. We will sense discomfort internally, and may even 'think' that something is not quite right.

© Mike George 2014
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