Thursday, May 26, 2011

Changing Your Life Direction: Course Corrections (book excerpt)

Changing Your Life Direction:
Course Corrections


"Our essence has an interesting way of creating realignment
with its purpose and one way that it does that is through course
corrections. For example, we may be planning on entering a four-year
advanced study of electronics but learn at the last moment that
the school we were going to attend has been overbooked and we
are now off the roster. If we hold to the opinion that this school was
the only school that would work, or the best school, then we are
scripting the outcome through surety of our choice. But how do we
really ever know that our choice is the absolute best or “right” one?
We can’t. Only in retrospect can we see that our long and winding
path through life took many turns but was always moving forward
even when we felt it had stopped. There are times, however, when
a major course correction is needed from a soul essence point of
view and that no matter how hard it tries to get our attention, we
just aren’t listening.

Laurie was a professional photographer. From roughly the age
of ten she had been taking snapshots and putting them into books,
carefully noting the who, what, and where by each picture. As she
grew older, her love of the camera developed into her work when she
got the job of her dreams as the head reporter and photojournalist
for a local newspaper. After ten years, however, she had, in her mind,
learned all she could and was ready to move on, but by then she
had two young sons and a husband who had just lost his job, so
she stayed at the newspaper, becoming more and more depressed
and literally unable to get out of bed some days.

From an essence perspective, Laurie was ready to move toward
a new line of work through which she would find more creative
self-expression. After several months of incapacitating lethargy,
she found her way to a talented therapist who was able to guide
her toward the real reasons she was hesitant to change jobs and it
wasn’t what she thought at all; it had more to do with her fear of new
situations. What I hadn’t mentioned before is that at the age of twelve,
Laurie’s father had died. He had been her cheerleading team and
emotional support, and when he died she became determined to
make him proud and what better way than to become a professional
photographer? What had started as a childhood hobby, albeit an
enjoyable one, was now a near obsession to follow the path her father
had encouraged. Plus, with an unemployed husband and children who
depended on her, how could she be so selfish as to take risks with a
new career? Well, Laurie did figure it out. She is now sixty-two, and
has thoroughly enjoyed teaching art to children for the past twenty
years. She navigated through a course correction with the help of
a good advisor, her therapist, and the support of her husband who did,
after all his misgivings, suggest she follow her new dream.”

c. 2011 Victoria Marina-Tompkins All Rights Reserved


  1. oh this ever the day to read about course corrections having been laid off from what I considered to be the best job I've had in a long time. LOVED it, the oncology drugs were working on and worked with the best folks around including my CMO and the Sr. Dir of Development. Thanks Victoria and The Universe!

  2. This was very helpful to read Victoria. I realize that my ego surely gets in the way of my being able to quietly listen to what my essence is trying to tell me. The drama of the physical plane can be very loud so it helps to be reminded with profound morsels from the M's through you of what really matters. Truth is the highest good and LOVE is the highest truth. I am doing my best to learn my own truth and you my friend help by giving me the tools!!
    Thanks!!! Diane Smith