The Oxford Dictionary defines change as the following.
Verb – Make or become different:
Noun – An act or process through which something becomes different:
I love the word ‘change’ and as an Enneagram 4, I more than love the word ‘different’!
Change is inevitable; day changes to night, Spring changes to Summer, we grow older each and every second, change is an integral part of the human journey.
‘THE ONLY THING THAT IS CONSTANT IS CHANGE’ – Heraclitus
Change can occur in many forms.
For example a welcome change that you have planned to do – landing your dream job, buying your first home, moving in with a partner, getting married, having children. These are all blissful positive changes.
Or change can come as an unwelcome change, something you have not planned….illness of a loved one, a loss of any kind or an unplanned event.
The predecessor to planned change will almost always be pain or pleasure. This internal compass when consulted, guides us towards what the Universe knows is best for us.
If you are in a painful situation, this pain will not cease until you make the required change to release the pain.
This is your instinct telling you to change direction. If your instinct were the captain of a ship he would be shouting…..CHANGE DIRECTION, SAIL THE OTHER WAY, TURN AROUND NOW!!!!
Life does not come with a Sat Nav or a Lonely Planet Guidebook and so the best way to know if you are on purpose is to listen to your gut/instinct/inner guidance, you may not like what this wise entity has to say but the message will continue to be relayed until you take notice and LISTEN!!!!
Not listening to this inner guidance can have an almost unimaginable effect on your physical and mental health, that dull ache that won’t go away of knowing that something, somewhere is fundamentally wrong will without a doubt deteriorate your health at a speedy rate.
I think we underestimate the power that our emotions have on our physical health.
A few years ago my body was giving me signs that I required urgent and drastic change and my head (as the head does) was ignoring them and telling me ‘don’t worry, this will pass’ and ‘it’s not as bad as you think’ and ‘it will be fine’. It wasn’t fine and I ended up in ill health, brought on purely (in my humble opinion) by the stress of being in a situation that wasn’t right for me.
Recently I received these same signs that urgent and drastic change was required to stay on the right path, to continue to follow my dharma and purpose. This time I didn’t wait until my emotions created ill health, I placed my trust in The Universe, planned life altering change and kept moving forward until that ‘dull ache’ was replaced by feelings of joy and bliss as I regained my direction with the help of my internal compass.
Are you on path to your purpose/dharma? Are you listening to your internal compass?