I just hoped he didn't mistake me for one!
It was about 10:30 pm and I had just returned after an evening dinner with a friend of mine and looking out my third floor balcony, the neem tree whistling in the darkness looked too inviting to pass up.
But as I got down to the tree, there was this darn bat . . . skimming the tree in zig-zag circles.
And as I stood vulnerable in my evening walking shorts, the bat would come swooping down in 10 second loops on a dive-bomb collision course right toward my face!
But just at the last second . . .
Just as it was inches of crashing into me . . . with the most extraordinary timing, that little winged gymnast would do a seemingly impossible aerial acrobatic and switch directions 180 degrees.
It was totally unnerving.
Do I 'really' want to go out for a walk? I asked myself.
Yeek! Do I want that little creature accidentally bopping me on the head???
We all seem to have an innate and instinctive fear of bats. It probably comes from the bad reputation they've been given on television and in the movies. My environmental science education tells me that in truth, the far majority of bats are completely harmless. In fact, they're great to have around as they clear the air of mosquitoes and other pesky creatures.
But, nevertheless, I still was very hesitant.
Could I trust this bat's radar?
Bats are blind, far crying out loud!
Then I rationalized to myself, well gosh, if its internal guidance system is good enough for it to detect and catch tiny lightening-fast mosquitoes even in complete darkness, it certainly shouldn't have a problem avoiding a 180 cm, 85 kg human being strolling at less than 5 km per hour in the road!
And just as I was thinking that, I was struck by a bolt of wisdom.
I remember reading an article recently about the technique to magnify our inner voice that is always present, but which we often can have a difficult time perceiving and utilizing to our maximum advantage.
Unfortunately thanks to our left-brain educational training, we are cultured from childhood to ignore that inner guidance system in favour of more logical thinking.
And yet, I was like everyone else in our society, often find myself going back and forth, trying to "logically figure out" the solution to my concerns! --
"Should I go in this direction, or should I go in that direction to find greater meaning in my life?"
"Should I trust this friend or colleague who is offering me something, or should I be more cautious before moving ahead?"
"Should I let this slide, or should I say something to someone who just did or said something I don't feel quite comfortable with?"
These questions fly continuously through our heads like a swarm of bats.
But if we don't have a way to get a clear answer, we can find our self going back and forth, wondering why we don't seem to be able to get ahead, improve our relationships, or develop a much higher level of self- esteem and abundance.
So the question is . . .
Are you able to clearly hear what your inner voice is saying to you?
Or do you like I am, oftentimes feel confused, unsure whether the signal we receive is coming from our more superficial logical mind . . . and perhaps some external influence or negative past history . . .
Or is it rising up from the deepest, clearest, most pristine part of our self that 100% of the time knows what's most right and appropriate for us in order for us to increasingly experience more joy, love, inner wealth and abundance?
Now here's the REAL question . . .
How is YOUR Internal Radar System?
Is it finely tuned like the radar of the bat I was witnessing at the tree, where we are able to pluck a perfect answer and solution out of obscure darkness the way that bat at night could pluck tiny mosquitoes out of mid-air?
Or do we find ourself over-thinking and torturing yourself everyday trying to make both big and little decisions that affect our life . . . and our loved ones lives . . . just never quite sure if we're making the right decision?
That's to say . . . how certain . . . or uncertain . . . are we of our own Internal Radar?
Our own Inner Guidance System?
And how much would our life improve if we were able to easily "pluck" from all the bewildering possibilities running endlessly through our mind the one clearest, most appropriate, unmistakable signal, answer and solution to each of our great and small relationship, money and personal challenges?
Personally, I've tried to rely on my own Internal Radar System most of my adult life.
It has on most occasions guided me safely and with extraordinary grace through some major life trials, as well as to living a beautiful life where every day I take both little steps and occasional major leaps to both my dreams and my God-given Vision of what that Inner Guidance System has clearly let me know I'm supposed to accomplish in my life.
A lot of hard but joyful work . . .
Taking regular exercise and meditation breaks even when working long hour days.
And having a simple but profound system to obtain crystal clear answers and solutions to any challenge or question I may pose to myself.
What about you . . . my friend?