Fleeting Impulses Of Noise
“Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World and it will one day return there.”—Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
We’ve lost our connection to what is important in our lives.
A lot of this relates to forgetting how to tune in to the voice of the heart.
Connecting with your heart and soul is not only for introverts or empaths. Anyone can learn to discern this powerful connection if they develop the faculty.
What are the benefits of communicating with your heart and soul?
What does a person experience if they become attuned to the wisdom within, instead of paying attention to their thoughts?
In The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life by Jim Tressel, Chris Fabry and John Maxwell, the authors write: “Listening with heart, mind, and soul will move us further along the path toward spiritual excellence.”
It’s no secret, many people are dictated by the incessant thoughts in their mind. By incessant, I mean the endless chatter that occupies one’s mental landscape.
At every turn, the mind is preoccupied with something.
It could be right before you fall asleep, your mind recaps the day’s events. These thoughts are meaningless because they are fleeting impulses of noise that keep you awake.
Can you relate to this?
Similarly, many people believe the narrative their thoughts evoke and why wouldn’t they?
If thoughts are streaming through your mind many of which are repeated, it makes sense to take notice.
You are human afterall and because you experience thoughts that means they must be true?
Let’s take a step back and investigate this further. It was the French philosopher René Descartes who once said: “I think, therefore I am.”
He was referring to thoughts as recognition that you exist. If you experience thoughts, there must be a thinker behind them and hence this is proof you exist.
I would argue even though you experience thoughts it doesn’t mean they are true or you must act upon them.
For example, those who suffer mental illness such as Schizophrenia experience destructive thoughts which they act on sometimes. Whilst it is difficult for them to discern whether the thoughts are true, the disorder influences a person’s ability to think, feel and behave objectively.
The point I wish to emphasise is that not all thoughts are worth contemplating.
Eva Wong emphasises this notion in Cultivating Stillness: A Taoist Manual for Transforming Body and Mind when she says: “All thoughts arise from the mind. If there are no thoughts, then there is no mind. Thoughts emerge from forms. If there are no forms, then no thoughts can arise.”
What is true and constant is the powerful and expansive energy of your soul whereby the heart is the gateway to the soul.
Recognise The Greater Aspect Of Your Life
“The Universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.”—Rumi
If you were to get a glimpse of this connection, you will discover the infinite wisdom that guides your life.
To take another view, you may have discovered your purpose or perhaps the notion of it intrigues you. Not everyone’s purpose is grand and mighty. Yours might be more subtle such as extending love, joy and happiness to those around you.
The purpose of a Buddhist monk will be different to that of a mother of young children or an executive working in a Fortune 500 company.
It doesn’t mean one’s purpose is more meaningful than the other, only that it has an intentional role within the framework of the universe.
Therefore, if you wish to live purposefully, it pays to merge with your soul’s purpose and bring it to life. When you do, the significance of your life will change, to the degree you experience lasting happiness.
I believe in reincarnation owing to my research and personal experience over the years. I affirm we are spiritual beings having a human experience as the French idealist philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once declared.
I have no evidence of the existence of a prelife or afterlife. Having taken part in past life regressions, I believe we undergo death and rebirth throughout eternity to experience particular lessons and to resolve past life karma.
There is more to past lives than I have time to go into in this article. If the topic interests you, Dr. Brian Weiss is an American psychiatrist who is considered a leader on the topic.
I don’t intend to convince you of my beliefs, but use it to emphasise that when we recognise the greater aspect of our lives, we merge with a larger plan.
I’m not sure what the plan is for your life and perhaps you don’t know either and that’s fine. You might be still searching and trying to find your way.
Many people go to their deathbed without having realised the greater plan for their life. They are dragged by the opinions of others and put their purpose on hold for fear of upsetting those close to them.
I hope your life doesn’t unfold this way because there is little joy in being dictated to by the opinions of others.
Author Michael Hyatt writes in Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want: “If you don’t have a plan for your life, someone else does.”
Tune In To The Wisdom Of Your Heart
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”—Steve Jobs
If you wish to impact the world, it commands you to discover the wisdom within your heart and soul.
There is an implicate order within the framework of the universe, even if it doesn’t look like that.
A vast and intricate organising system is at work beyond our senses. When we harness this energy, our lives are aligned with a greater intention.
It doesn’t matter what your purpose is or how insignificant others might tell you it is.
The only person who will know the importance of your purpose is you. It will only be discovered by making mistakes and trialling many things.
The greatest breakthrough you will make is not to marry your childhood sweetheart or graduate with an MBA or raise capital for your start-up.
Whilst these are commendable achievements, the greatest impact you will make is the legacy you leave behind.
In order for your legacy to be known, it must emanate from a deep desire beyond the faculty of the mind.
Author Carson Pue explains in Mentoring Leaders: Wisdom for Developing Character, Calling, and Competency that leaving a legacy is something we must work hard at, for it has a lasting effect well after we’ve moved on: “Leaving a legacy means that something is remembered. But it doesn’t happen by itself. It’s something we have to work at. The legacy we leave behind is the imprint that lasts after we’ve retired or moved on. It is the lasting impact we’ve had on others throughout our careers.”
Those we consider enormously successful have learned to listen to a greater voice within and are guided by this energy, even amidst their struggles and challenges.
As the French mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal once declared: “The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of…We know the truth not only by the reason, but by the heart.”
The heart is the leading edge to the life you are likely to live.
If you get nothing out of this article other than to tune into the wisdom of your heart, you will discover the core of your life’s narrative and the unfolding story that awaits you.
Your heart and soul are the centrifuges for the expansive energy of the universe to cultivate its way through you.
When you align with them, your life’s journey will unfold in miraculous ways because of your commitment to be what the universe intended you to become.