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How To Feel Connected In A Disconnected World

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How To Feel Connected In A Disconnected World

For years, I was walking around on auto-pilot, going to school, going to work, going to the gym, coming home, making dinner, watching movies, hanging with friendsÖ

But something was missing.

Meet Your Inner Pilot Light

For almost two decades, I lost touch with myself and my Divine spark, the part I now call my ďInner Pilot Light.Ē What is your Inner Pilot Light?†I wrote about it in detail here but at its essence, itís that brilliant, radiant, always-ignited, never-extinguished, 100 percent authentic, intuitive part of you that was there before you were born and will live on after you die.

Call it your soul. Call it your spirit. Call it Cap’n Crunch, for all I care. Itís YOU. Not the ego-identified part of you that thinks youíre separate from All That Is.† Not the insecure, self-doubting, stuck-in-your-head-but-absent-from-your-body part of you that listens to Gremlins of fear and gets sidetracked by anxiety and dark moods. The other part. The sparkly part. The genius part. The part with all the answers to all our questions. The part that knows the truth about how you feel and isnít afraid to act on your truth. The part you had in spades until someone hurt you and you accidentally covered up your Inner Pilot Light, thinking you were protecting yourself. The heart of you that loves like thereís no tomorrow and isnít afraid to lose everything.

Your Inner Pilot Light isnít a poser. It doesnít wear masks or pretend to be something untrue. Your Inner Pilot Light is unapologetic about what it likes and doesnít like, although it never passes judgment on those who feel differently.† Your Inner Pilot Light is fearless about wearing purple, getting tattooed, dying your hair pink, letting your freak flag fly, or happily and unapologetically rocking your 2.5 kids, the PTA meetings, and your white picket fence.

Your Inner Pilot Light loves everyone, knows weíre all interconnected in this web of energy that unites us all, and isnít afraid to express this universal affection openly. Your Inner Pilot Light keeps an open heart, even in the face of serial heartbreak. Your Inner Pilot Light might be unpopular at times, because it isnít concerned about pleasing everyone else, but ultimately, itís also the golden ticket to finding true love, inner peace, spiritual connection, inspired, meaningful work, financial abundance, physical and mental health, and the tribe who†really adores you.

Now thatís juicy!

Trauma As A Vehicle For Connection

For me, connecting with my Inner Pilot Light required massive trauma. Within two weeks of having given birth to my daughter, my dog died, my brother wound up in full blown liver failure, and my father passed away from a brain tumor. Then a few months later, my hubby, who was the full time Daddy of our newborn, cut two fingers off his left hand with a table saw.

Talk about getting hit by a two-by-four from The Universe.

Looking back, I realize my Inner Pilot Light had been screaming at me for years, trying to wake me up out of my blind stupor. But I was so comfortably deaf and numb in my unhappy existence that I couldnít hear any of the messages from my essence of truth.

Then my Perfect Storm hit and all hell broke loose.

Clearly, I needed the wake up call in order to get back on my path after veering off course. But you donít have to wait for that kind of trauma to listen to your Inner Pilot Light and feel connected to yourself and All That Is. You can start by just getting quiet and listening to the messages your mind, heart, and body send you about whatís true for you.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at† and also created two online communities -† and† She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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1:44PM PDT on May 23, 2012

Very nice article, thank you

6:34AM PDT on May 22, 2012

thanks for sharing

9:30AM PDT on May 21, 2012

thx. need that occasional pep-talk/inspiration...

6:53AM PDT on May 21, 2012

Mantra: This little light of mine, let shine let shine!

6:37AM PDT on May 21, 2012

This little Light of Mine, I'm gonna let it shine!

4:09AM PDT on May 21, 2012

Humor is the best medicine.

2:08PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Care2, for me, has been the most empowering, proactive way to use my life, my existance and say thankyou for my soul, that I have ever, ever, ever found!!!..everyday, I have almost .."put my best foot forward"..some days, I just needed to rest.....But, Care2, connected me to the BEST realtime information, truth, and some of the most incrediable people on the face of our planet!..Everyday, besides practicing my faith of thanking God and the Universe for my life and all that exists, I come to Care2..and I sign these petitions, that are logical and are saving our Planet and each other, as a Global Community..All of Life is interconnected and so are WE!..and being proactive in your life everyday, is the best!!!

5:53PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Thanks for the article.

9:36PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Also Lissa you are a doctor and you have studied this, this is very encouraging.

9:34PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Thanks Lissa, we are so much more than a body/mind. Good advice. I journal and seek God for answers etc. It is amazing how much peace this brings.

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