YOUR HEART KNOWS
By Laura V. Hyde
“If you find out what you love to do and give your whole life to doing
it, then there is no contradiction. In that state your being is your
— J. Krishnamurti
World-renowned singer/actress/director Barbra Streisand once shared how an aspiring actor asked her if he should continue working at becoming a great actor. Her response was matter of fact and to the point, “If you even have to ask that question, then the answer is ‘No.’” Barbra continued to elaborate “When we are alive with passion, it is not a matter of ‘Should I?’ as much as, ‘I have this burning desire to express myself and so I must.’”
When your heart is ablaze with passion, the question, “What should I do?” has no place in your vocabulary. Your heart, taking its cue from the depth of your soul, knows not of uncertainty. It knows what makes you happy and longs to express it. Feeling the love inside, it yearns to share what gives you unspeakable joy. Sound too good to be true? Perhaps you think I am a dreamer, like the unforgettable lyrics in John Lennon’s song Imagine speak of. If your definition of a dreamer is someone who is an optimistic visionary, then yes, I am a prolific dreamer. But the dream I have is being shared by countless people who are learning to march to the beat of their own heart’s drummer without confusion, struggle or sacrifice.
As healing occurs in every area of your life, you will continue to realize you are a divine being who has much to offer. This means struggling to merely get by is not going to cut it. Nor is remaining stuck in a job or career that doesn’t allow you to employ the qualities of vision, creativity, and spiritual awareness. A Course in Miracles reminds us, “Grandeur is of God, and only of Him. Therefore, it is in you . . . To accept yourself as God created you cannot be arrogance, because it is a denial of arrogance. To accept your littleness is arrogant, because it means that you believe your evaluation of yourself is truer than God’s”. Thus, the only thing that can ever prevent you from following your heart is you. God desires for you to be happy and fulfilled in every part of your life. He wills for you to throw away any crutches of littleness and instead, to walk in joy from the realization that you are a divine creation. And that is not arrogant but humble.
The content — the quality of energy, or love you are meant to express — is the basis of your life, and the form — the manner in which you express it, stems from the content. Both are integral aspects of fulfilling your life’s purpose, the content being the “what” and the form the “how”. It’s analogous to the sky. Behind the clouds, the sky is forever blue, always bright and shining from the sun’s dazzling rays. It never changes. That’s content. But on certain days, we often see clouds and experience different kinds of precipitation regardless of the blueness behind the clouds. That’s form.
Before I started writing, I had a burning desire to connect with people on a heart level. Thus, I began purifying my intention to be of service and heartfelt healing. That was, and still is, my “content”. Next, I asked Spirit to show me how I could accomplish this in a way that brought me aliveness. I wanted to use the strengths and gifts I was born with, as well as my life experiences. And voila! What followed were strong stirrings to write, so I did. These literary creations soon turned in-to articles that reached countless people, enabling me to connect openly and lovingly.
The expressions “Follow Your Heart” and “Let Go and Let God” are synonymous. You don’t need to concern yourself with the form since God will reveal the way. God communicates through your heart and will talk directly to you via inspiring thoughts and feelings, experiences of unconditional love and support from others. These signals are golden flags waving to you in the form of someone exclaiming, “You are really good at (fill in the blank). Have you ever thought of doing that for a living, or even just for fun?” Or, “I wish I could do (fill in the blank) as well as you do.” Or, “You know, when you did (fill in the blank) it motivated/inspired/helped me.”
We were all born with unique gifts. When we clear fear from our heart’s pathway, we feel not just moved, but compelled to express these inherent strengths. The preferred medium of motivation may appear as something sparkly and artistic like music, poetry, or painting, or it could turn into something more matter-of-fact like consulting, promoting, or publishing. It may involve a production-oriented function like managing numbers, running a business or constructing a facility, or it might surface as a nurturing function such as teaching or care-giving.
Discovering what you love to do doesn’t necessarily require some-one’s input. You can access it by becoming more cognizant of what moves you and recognizing when you’re happy. It’s a gradual unfolding, a lifetime process that will continue to take unique shape. Following your heart is essential to experiencing joy since joy is your birthright. You deserve to have joy in your life as much as you deserve to eat. It’s not an accouterment, or a trophy you earn if you have been “good” or “successful”. Rather, it’s God’s gift to you, an inheritance you are worthy of receiving because of who you are.
The rewards are phenomenal when you practice following your heart (and after having been taught that we’re supposed to struggle and sacrifice, it does take some “practice”). All kinds of tributes will be bestowed upon you, most importantly, quantum amounts of love. For example, I feel very blessed for it is not unusual for me to receive messages of appreciation. In fact, before I sat down to write today, a dear soul called to tell me she was reading and enjoying a previous book I wrote and just wanted to say “Thanks” and “I love you.” (Now, if you have a difficult time receiving that kind of exalted energy, you may not want to follow your heart and realize your dreams. But if you are ready to say “Yes” to love, then be prepared to open your arms and embrace the abundance you deserve).
Before you can follow your heart, you must set your intention, ask for higher guidance, then follow its inclinations. When I hear people say, “I’ve been asking for what I should do and I’m not hearing anything,” or, “I would love to do this or that, but I won’t make any money,” I recognize it as fear. Excuses are always fear-based. Saying “I can’t,” or “It won’t work,” or “I’ve tried and it’s not happening,” are akin to declaring, “I’m not yet ready or willing!” If you seriously want to fulfill your life’s purpose, you must ask yourself if you are willing to have dared to live or are settling for having lived in dread? “Dread” and “dared” may have the same letters but they have the exact opposite meaning. The choice is yours.
You are an unlimited being filled with love, compassion, light and innocence and nothing will ever change that inherent truth, nothing. What you focus on grows. So right now, dare to follow your heart and energetically feel the essence from being a powerful role model of happiness, abundance and peace.
Laura V. Hyde is Co-founder of Infinite Wisdom, an organization dedicated to the highest human capacity, and a national author and speaker. As a regular contributor for publications across the U.S. and Canada, she writes about human awareness and spiritual growth. Laura is the author of the widely-acclaimed book “Gifts of the Soul” and is the creator and teacher of various programs, including the popular Self-Mastery Program. For more information, please call (888) PEACE-93 or visit www.community.mlive.com/cc/Infinitewisdom
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