3.5 How To Orient When It's All On The Line

When we are Thrown into a new and unfamiliar environment, we are suddenly outside of what we know and are comfortable with. This can trigger our survival instincts, making our systems go on high alert. The first thing we do, without even thinking, is to assess whether we are safe by analyzing our surroundings.

In the midst of a crisis or at the pinnacle of a decisive moment, when the familiar ground of routine falls away, the necessity to orient ourselves becomes a crucible test of our inner compass and resilience. Orienting in such high-stress environments requires a steadfast awareness of both our inner Aim and the external landscape. It is a pivotal process that follows Perception and precedes decisive Action.

The Fusion of Aim, Perception and Orientation

Once we have a clear sense of our Purpose and Aim, we must assess our current position and the landscape of our environment. This means understanding our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, as well as identifying the key Resources, Constraints, Forces, and Conditions that may impact our Quest. It requires us to develop a realistic and accurate assessment of our situation, based on facts and evidence, not just our assumptions or beliefs.

The act of Orienting is an advanced synthesis of understanding our Narrative Framework, the Existing Forces and Conditions, and our ultimate Purpose and Aim. It calls for the integration of the insights gained from Conscious Perception with an acute sense of our present location in order to establish a Trajectory toward our ultimate Aim. The process of Orienting, thus, is not merely reactive but is deeply intertwined with a Proactive shaping of our Journey forward towards Destiny.

Principles and Practices for Effective Orientation

1. Grounding in Evidence and Insight

Orientation demands a grounding in data and evidence. Objective analysis and interpretation of the present state provide a map for navigating terrain filled with potential pitfalls and opportunities. It mandates the utilization of empirical research, pattern discernment, and trend analysis to derive a realistic assessment of the "Here" within the journey to "There."

2. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats, and Trends within the Divine Play

Identifying Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats, and Trends aligns us with the Divine Play of our existential Quest. This alignment involves honest self-assessment, recognizing our limitations, and identifying the external factors that may impede or facilitate our journey. A strategic orientation capitalizes on strengths, mitigates weaknesses, and is agile in the face of threats, opportunities, and trends.

3. Realistic Appraisal with Faith and Courage

Orientation necessitates an unflinching acknowledgment of our current Reality. It involves filtering out the irrelevant to focus on the salient factors that are fundamental to our progress. This act is performed with the Courage to face the most daunting elements of our current condition and the Faith that, with Courage and Divine guidance, we shall navigate through them successfully towards The Goal.

4. Unwavering Vision of the Ultimate Destination

The art of Orienting is forever anchored in the Vision of our Ultimate Destination. Keeping the End in Mind continually contextualizes our Current Position relative to Where We Are Going and Why, ensuring coherent and consistent Movement toward the Aim, without veering to the Left or to the Right. Vision serves as a beacon that guides through confusion and maintains motivation through adversity.

5. Searching Out Wisdom and Pursuing Truth

Orientation transcends the immediacy of data, evidence and Perception by invoking the pursuit of Wisdom and Truth. Whereas data, evidence, and perception all involve limited and subjective samplings of Reality, Wisdom and Truth relate to the fullness of what actually is. It is about seeking deeper meanings and understandings, considering diverse perspectives, and opening our Selves to Divine Instruction and Revelation. It means being open to new ideas and approaches, and being willing to learn from our mistakes and failures. It means looking beyond our present perception, and studying the maps and sacred texts passed down to us. Seeking wisdom and truth also involves being honest and transparent with ourselves and others, acknowledging the limitations of our own knowledge and understanding, and being committed to follow Wisdom and Truth wherever they lead. This Higher Wisdom made possible by Humility shapes a more profound orientation that aligns with the higher Truths of existence and keeps us safely on the Path towards The Goal.

6. Flexibility and Adaptability in the Face of Flux

Effective orientation is marked by a flexibility and adaptability that can accommodate changing scenarios. It requires an agile mindset ready to pivot in response to unforeseen circumstances and an ability to make decisions amidst Uncertainty. This quality ensures that one remains unfettered by rigidity and can flow with the currents of Divine Will. By cultivating these qualities, we can navigate high-stakes situations with greater ease and confidence.


To orient effectively when it's all on the line is to harness the essence of our Narrative Framework, the immediacy of our circumstances, and the constancy of our Aim. It is a dynamic and continuous process that refines our course and sharpens our focus. Orienting is the act of understanding Where We Are, and aligning the compass of our soul with the magnetic north of our Divine Purpose. As we navigate through the interplay of inner purpose and external reality, our orientation becomes a living testament to the pursuit of the Divine Aim – the establishment of Goodness, Justice, and Love throughout Creation, On Earth as it is in Heaven.