One of the dilemmas of following your heart is learning to trust things of deep interest. It is a dilemma because you are confronted with the choice of following a well-trodden path, one that offers security, acceptance, and assurance that if you fall there is a system to catch you. In following the path of heart it doesn’t seem like there’s a system there to catch you. Maybe it is time to challenge this assumption.
In this conversation with Dr. Joan of The Answer Collaborative, I ask her why some people can follow their self-interest and it leads, not only to a life that feels “right” to you as an individual but to the greater Good. I was exploring this question of “is it really okay to follow my heart?“
I wanted to know if there is a philosophical way to be creatively responsible.
Here is what she says about this dilemma and the choices required.
“It is the breadth of grasp that creates good choices (and good is an ambivalent term) that are effective and they are good because they contribute to the Greater Good. The problem with our grasp is that it is always going to be narrow because we are one point in a giant system. But there is also sense that the Greater Good is trying to come through us.
We are not separate from that system and realizing this is one of the most important leaps that we make.
So to experience joy in my work is a strong indicator that I am living out the greater pleasure of the cosmos coming together at this moment for its own advance, its own creative step into an unknown future and creating the known that is the next, now. So I don’t have to grasp it rationally, even though it is good to be a rational person (we don’t want to be chaotic or destructive to others). We can trust the intuitions that come up. When something doesn’t feel right, stop.”
Listen to this conversation.
Joan and I are continuing this conversation and presenting in many forms including live calls and an upcoming course called “Learning to Work with Authentic Joy at the Edge of Your New Life.”
Our shared commitment to living, modeling, and teaching this work is in good faith that you will join us and that together we will make it easier for others.
Trust in your own process and follow its emergence from within you. You don’t have to be “practical” the way everyone else has been in the past but you also don’t have to do this alone. You can have an assurance that your process will work because it is based on a sound philosophy. You are not making it up. This is desire pulling toward your goal is real. Follow your heart.
Tami Smith is the founder of The Dawning Point and creator of "Where Do You Shine" assessment which has helped self-explorers, soul seekers, and visionaries strengthen their confidence, focus, and purpose.