Living with Intention | A Conversation with Neel van Lierop of Inner Compass

ROSE & IVY Journal Living with Intention A Conversation with Neel van Lierop of Inner Compass

While many of us try to begin a new year with goals and resolutions, what about swiping all of that to the wayside for living a new year with intention? We put so much pressure on ourselves to ‘start doing this’ and to ‘stop doing that’. Why not reframe 2019 and live in a more grounded way? One way to do that is by incorporating Inner Compass, a beautiful compilation of 49 cards that are meant to awaken self-discovery through wisdom and personal growth . We talked to the founder, Neel van Lierop to find out more. - Alison Engstrom

Why did you decide to create an innercompass cards? 

For over a decade, I was searching for something greater than myself to help me through difficult times and decisions.  While searching internally, I conducted my own r research externally, exploring different types of yoga, meditation, diet, immersing myself in nature and ceremony. It was after my first plant medicine experience, that I began downloading little nuggets of this wisdom. Two months after,  while working with a set of esoteric angel cards, I had an epiphany.  These cards were helping me integrate change and positivity.  It was like the moment the rain begins to pour over the desert in California, the knowing rushed over me - I suddenly knew that I was going to use the concept of cards to inspire others. In that moment, I received a vision of a beautifully designed box placed on the top of a pile of books on a coffee table.

each of the cards is so beautiful. What is the artistic inspiration behind them?

Inner Compass has always been rooted in community – we started the company via Kickstarter.  We live in an expansive world and with modern technology, everyone is connected.  My vision and inspiration behind the cards came from this type of interconnectedness and we all are genetic extensions of those who came before us.  By activating philosophy, science, psychology and the natural world, and fusing it with  spiritual wisdoms of Mayan, Taoism, Buddhism, and the I Ching, I created the 49 cards. By arranging and categorizing these sources along a specific algorithm, one card contains many levels of depth and interconnectedness helping to guide each being on their life’s journey.

How can one incorporate this deck into their daily routine for the new year?

Some people like to use the deck every morning for a specific card to guide their day. Others might pick a card periodically, to shed light on an urgent issue or a question they might have.  If you are having a particularly tough time already this year, the cards can be a source of comfort and direction toward a new perspective.  Sometimes we want someone to tell us we are headed in the right direction – the cards make you that person.   There are so many ways to incorporate the cards into your daily, weekly, monthly routine and each way is determined by the individual.  Whatever the motive, after shuffling the deck with your focus and intention, just blindly pick one or more cards. Your intuition will guide you to find new patterns of meaning. It is impossible to choose the wrong card: the right one will always present itself! Anyone can integrate this into their routine in an easy, effortless, insightful, exciting and fun way – life should be joyful and never be taken too seriously!

Photography & Interview by Monica Picca