If you’re a patient of mine, if you’ve been reading my blog, if you’re a student of the Get Out Of Your Own Way e-course, or if you read The Daily Flame, you’ve probably heard me frequently referencing your “Inner Pilot Light.” But someone who doesn’t know me well asked me flat out the other day, “Lissa, what’s an Inner Pilot Light?” And I realized I’d never really written a post about something that has become part of my everyday vernacular. So if you’ve ever been curious and you’d like to know more about this vital part of every single one of us, this post is for you.
Your Inner Pilot Light is that ever-radiant, always-sparkly, 100% authentic, totally effervescent spark that lies at the core of you. Call it your essential self, your divine spark, your Christ consciousness, your Buddha nature, your higher self, your soul, your wise self, your intuition, or your inner healer. The minute sperm met egg, this part of you ignited, and it’s been glowing away ever since.
This part of you always knows which choice to choose, how to heal yourself when you’re sick, and whether to trust someone or not. Your Inner Pilot Light knows exactly what you like, loves boundlessly but selectively, discriminates between what is and isn’t authentic to your inner nature, and has the 411 on how to connect straight to Source. Your Inner Pilot Light guides the path, lights the way, navigates the journey, and asks only that you trust the process.
Your Inner Pilot Light is the essence of who you really are. It’s that part that wants to wear purple peasant skirts, dance to Lady Gaga, ignore the phone when it’s judgmental ol’ Aunt Gertrude, laugh in the middle of church, and burp loudly at the Junior League luncheon. Your Inner Pilot Light isn’t always well behaved, because this is the part of you who hasn’t been socialized to be any certain way. Your Inner Pilot Light is a bit of a wild stallion, hard to tame, but easy to ignore if you’re not ready to face the truth about yourself.
You may worry that your Inner Pilot Light will get you in trouble. After all, if you listen to your Inner Pilot Light, you might wind up doing something crazy, like leaving that soul-sucking job you despise or ditching your unfaithful husband or moving to Hawaii or becoming a full time artist. Your Inner Pilot Light might instruct you to dance on bartops, play the accordion, write a tell-all memoir, or liquidate your retirement account so you can renovate a villa in the south of France.
You may worry that your Inner Pilot Light can’t be trusted. But this is where you’re misguided, my love.
The truth is that your Inner Pilot Light knows all the secrets, not just to who you really are, but to how to help you live a happy, healthy, whole life full of mojo. Your Inner Pilot Light (can we just call it your IPL? My fingers are getting tired!) knows what you’re called to do on this earth. Your IPL will recognize your soulmate when the two of you meet. Your IPL knows when you’re in the wrong job, and can feel it when you’ve found the right one. Your IPL can even heal what ails you. Your IPL can see beyond the masks other people wear so you can witness the IPL of someone else, and therein lies true intimacy.
When you tap into the healing wisdom of your IPL, your health will improve, you’ll find the compassion and love that can heal or release toxic relationships, your business will thrive, your creativity will explode, and you’ll feel more connected to The Universe than ever before.
Your IPL is the foundation upon which the rest of you must build in order to live a whole, vital life. In order to be wholly healthy, all the facets of what makes you whole - your work/ life purpose, relationships, creativity, spirituality, sexuality, environment, finances, mental health, and physical health - must all be tapped into your IPL. Otherwise, things get out of balance, and you wind up living a disconnected, inauthentic life that’s not in touch with who you really are at your core.
Your IPL never ever burns out, even at the darkest times of your life, but it can grow dim, and when it does, you may forget it’s even there. You may feel out of touch with this essential part of who you are. You may doubt your IPL still shines - but it does.
I know there are times in your life when the light seems very, very far away. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, you’ve been unfaithful, you’ve committed a crime, your heart got broken, you lost your job, your child cut you off, or you’re having a crisis of faith. Times like this can make you question whether your IPL even still exists. But I can promise you that light is never extinguished. It always lies within you, waiting for you to fan the flames so the core beauty within you can light the path.
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And just tap in. Remember, you already have all that you need to have all that you want. The light shines with you. Spirit is there to guide you. Your inner healer is there to tend your wounds and mend your heart. Always have faith, my love.
Walking with you, IPL to IPL,
Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.com, Pink Medicine Revolutionary, motivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.
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