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Your Soul's Compass

What is Spiritual Guidance?
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Paperback Book
Hay House
October, 2008
$15.95 CAD
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The world is divided, and we are divided within ourselves. Only truth can reconcile us—the truth of our shared humanity beneath the superficial differences that separate us, the truth of our sublime human potential. But how do we find it? That is what Your Soul’s Compass is about.

Joan Borysenko and Gordon Dveirin interviewed many living sages from various traditions, asking the deepest heart-questions they knew, seeking to understand what spiritual guidance is, what forms it may take, how we can distinguish authentic guidance from less reliable impulses, what cultivates the ability to listen for and recognize guidance, what blocks it, and how it relates to our evolution as human beings and as a species. The result is this lovely book.

A few of the 12 questions they asked the sages were What are the practices for seeking guidance? How does the heart, the mystery of love, factor into what we understand as guidance? What is a human being—and creation at large—evolving toward? What’s the ultimate goal to keep in mind?

No two Sages answered the same way… Some had preferred methods for listening deeply to their lives to discern the wisest direction. Others spoke about using multiple channels to receive guidance. You may have your own methods, or perhaps reading about the experiences we’ve chosen to highlight here will help you recognize more about your own process of making choices and living with purpose and direction.

Among the 27 Sages interviewed, whose counsel informs these pages, are Cynthia Bourgeault, Thomas Keating, Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Hameed Ali, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Ajahn Sona, Mukunda Stiles, Swami Adiswarananda, Kabir Helminski, Nina Zimbelman, and Sally Kempton. The authors have distilled their views into a book that “points us all to the simple truth that direction from an intelligence greater than our own ego is critical for authentic spiritual evolution… Not only do we have to open ourselves to the experience of direct revelation, but even more important, if we want our world in crisis to change, we must have the courage to act on what is revealed to us.” —Andrew Cohen, What is Enlightenment?

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Why am I here? What does a life worth living look like?

What is the higher intelligence trying to express through me?


     In this time of global change and uncertainty, of spiritual indirection, Americans are asking these age-old questions with renewed curiosity. There’s a thirst for meaning and purpose—a dawning realization that happiness isn’t a commodity that can be bought with a gold card. Fulfillment and joy arise naturally from creative and compassionate action-- from the understanding that all life is interconnected and guided by a higher intelligence. Our personal choices make a difference, and when they are spiritually inspired even the smallest action serves a larger whole.
     Sacred texts ranging from the Torah to the New Testament, the Tao Te Ching to the Buddhist scriptures, the Vedantas to the Koran, speak of making life-enhancing choices where a force greater than the individual flows through us and informs our thoughts and actions. In this book we’ll focus on the three classic aspects of living such a spiritually guided life: (1) alignment: maintaining a direct and personal connection to the Source of our Being; (2) discernment: distinguishing the movement of Spirit in our lives from our own wants, fears and social conditioning; and (3) action: making our best, most inspired contribution to the evolution of life.

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