Posted by: Elizabeth Turrentine | January 9, 2014

That “Something” That Guides Us

Patrick Henry, has been often called “the Father of the American Revolution”, because of his “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech during the heated debate at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. In that speech he said, “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided.”

Today I heard an interview of Emma Thompson, winner of two Oscars, one for writer of the best screen play, and one for best actress. The interviewer, Terry Gross, asked how she came up with her ideas for her writing. The reply: “Something just pushes me.”

Something? Yes, it is there. I’m sure we have all felt It at one time or another. An undeniable urge that stayed with us until we followed its bidding toward a good outcome. Then lo, and behold, that act, whatever it was, turned out to be the perfect thing at precisely the right moment.

Coincidence? I think not.

There are many modalities out there which enhance our ability to connect with that Source:

* Meditation

* Various  imagery exercises (being still and imagining a particularly wonderful scenario, soothing color or place)

* Getting in the “zone,” as many athletes and performers often describe

* Prayer

* Any form of focussed attention, when you’re contemplating one thing to the exclusion of everything else.

It takes practice to go into this mode on purpose, but there are times when it just happens.

Pause, and think back to when this occurred for you. Plan for a time each day to have some quiet time by yourself and get in touch with the Something. Call it what you will . . .  The Lamp, The Creator, God.   It is there.

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