Following Guidance Through the Heart

What does it mean to truly receive guidance from a source that you touch deep within yourself?

I recently gave a talk on Seven Simple Steps to Emotional Intelligence in Norwich, England. The third step I presented was “Doing What You Are Told.” I dreamstime_xl_830713got their attention!

There were frowns on faces when I got to that slide in the presentation. They got happier when I explained that the ultimate practice of “Doing What You Are Told” was to follow the guidance you receive from inside yourself.

There are so many voices in the human soul—at least in this human soul. I can tell you that if I acted on every urge or emotion that occurs to me, I’d be in big trouble.

How about you? Do you have the same dizzying array of impulses? And if so, how do you sort through them and find the right one—the one you want to take seriously?

There are powerful messages available through the heart. But it is an art to truly understand what they are saying. And it is an art to find the intelligent guidance that is available there for your life.

Here are 3 steps to follow the hidden guidance in your own heart:

1. Treat your heart like an FM radio. You have to tune in to it to know what it is saying. At first, you may be receiving a lot of static. Tune it in. dreamstime_s_6667027Listen deeply to what your heart is saying.

Your heart may be upset or disturbed. What it is saying may not seem to make sense at first. But it is trying to tell you something.

Ask your heart what it is feeling. Ask what it wants. And ask more than once until you have a clear answer that has the ring of truth.

This practice will help you understand what is going on for your heart. It will help you sort through what is personal and may need your attention, and what is a message that is crucial to your life direction.

2. Tune in to your highest love. What is it that evokes your highest passion? Your life commitment? What is really important to you? Know where that resides in your own heart. There is a special place in your heart where the passion for your highest love lives. Go there often. Know it well. Feel those feelings related to your highest values and your highest goals.
What is the wisdom that is coming from that place? How does what you are feeling relate to your highest love? In touch? Out of touch? Feeling lost? Feeling the urge to connect more deeply with that deeper part of yourself and act on it in your life?

3. Consider practical action. It is not your heart’s job to figure out all the practicalities around what you need to do in your life. That is left to you to think about.
The guidance you receive through the heart is real and important. It is not to be ignored. Your mind has the job of being a servant to that guidance, determining where, when and how. Without considering practical action, your highest love won’t be able to live in the world.

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8 Responses to Following Guidance Through the Heart

  1. “There are powerful messages available through the heart. ….it is an art to find the intelligent guidance that is available there for your life.”

    I so agree with you! It is my daily practice!

  2. Yes there are strong messages in my heart and I follow those impulses, even when its not easy to act upon.
    Later I find out why I did certain things and discover it was the right thing to do …..and if not people around me will certainly let me know, and I can correct what went wrong.
    Yes, the tuning of my heart is a constant daily happening.

  3. Fine tuning of the heart comes in fine tuning of listening to the love that speaks over and over again until actions speak louder than words in the doing , The doing, in practical experience, gives the heart release into freedom to live in the highest love . Thank you, David, for this consideration.

  4. Thank you, David. Perhaps a rule of thumb could be to first ask myself “How do I feel in my heart?” And then “What do I think?”. Far too often we try to ‘think’ things through with a mind filled with cluttered thoughts and programmed beliefs. The heart in itself is pure and connected with the Divine and has to clear its way through mind confusion. Stillness and cantering is a good starting point.

  5. What a beautiful analogy, using a tuner to ask your brain to tune in your heart. So wonderful to be inspired by your posting.
    One With You,
    Michel

  6. Thank you David, for bringing my attention again to trusting what my Heart is telling me. More and more, I am finding my Heart is my true North!. Love, Moira.

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