The Inner Compass
February 28, 2021

A friend sent me an old compass. It arrived in the post, tightly swathed in bubble-wrap and safely sellotaped in a box.

1950s brass compass

It was an unexpected surprise. This was a package that I hadn’t ordered, it wasn’t my birthday and yet here it was.

When I unwrapped this 1950s brass and glass compass I cooed in wonder. It was heavy in my hand – a real solid presence.

At first, I looked at it confused. The arrow was stuck. It wasn’t swinging around to point out north. Maybe it was so old that it had broken.

My husband and I unclasped the lid and looked at the shiny brass casing. We ran our fingers over its edges and that was then we noticed a metal button embedded in the side. We slid the button which released the mechanism, and the compass came alive. The gold arrow wobbled, gently swinging backward and forward and eventually settled on north.

Despite living in a fast and high-tech world, you can’t beat a compass. It doesn’t need updating, it doesn’t need electricity and it won’t run out of battery.

There was something solemn, and beautiful about watching this pre-digital piece of machinery, do what it was designed to do, even after all these years.

I fell in love with this compass. I wondered at the people who might have used it and the journeys it might have been on. Had it been taken abroad? Had it led its owners to safety on various expeditions? There must be many stories that would forever remain its secret.

The compass was an insightful gift. Our social enterprise is called ‘Inner Compass Guide’ and we often use the metaphor of the compass in our wellbeing work.

Listening is at the heart of what we share. We help people listen to their own deeper intelligence – their internal compass. This inner compass is not pointing us north, instead it is pointing us back home, it is pointing us towards love and connection.

If you find yourself lost in the noise of overwhelm and busy thinking you can feel alone and seemingly separated from others. But help at hand. Your inner compass is always there, always ready to point you in the right direction. When we realise we have an in-built navigation system that is constant and ever present, then it makes sense to tune in to our compass again.

Many of us have forgotten how to use our inner compass – which is why listening is so important. Listening enables people to reconnect.

There is something simple and beautiful about listening to people and helping them to unlock the mechanism on their inner compass. There is something powerful about helping others to discover that their inner compass is with them throughout life. It’s good to know, that however lost you might feel, you are always able to find your way back home.

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  1. Peter Hirst

    I used to tell people that a compass is of no use if you don’t know where you are. The inner compass is an updated version as it doesn’t matter where you are.

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