Inner Compass

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience. -Leo Tolstoy

Each of us has an inner compass. Its voice calls us to our highest good. Sometimes it requires that we altar a longstanding but stifling situation. It is difficult to face the severing or alteration of a relationship, even when we know such change is for the highest good. Faced with a divorce or separation, faced with the need to terminate a longstanding friendship, I must remind myself that sometimes the most loving involvement is a non-involvement. It is tempting, always, to try to go back, to hold onto what once was, rather than face what that relationship has now become.

I resolve with a loving heart to accept appropriate endings. I do not grasp at straws when the reality is difficult but clear. Instead, I release the past, bless it, and turn with resolution toward the future. I listen to the dictates of my conscience, knowing that its voice calls me home.

Today I place my humble heart in universal care, asking for healing and direction.

Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron

Hailed by the New York Times as “The Queen of Change,” JULIA CAMERON is credited with starting a movement in 1992 that has brought creativity into the mainstream conversation— in the arts, in business, and in everyday life. She is the best-selling author of more than forty books, fiction and nonfiction; a poet, songwriter, filmmaker and playwright. Commonly referred to as “The Godmother” or “High Priestess” of creativity, her tools are based in practice, not theory, and she considers herself “the floor sample of her own toolkit.” The Artist's Way has been translated into forty languages and sold over five million copies to date.

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