Happy Sunday! Here’s your weekly video with some ideas and tips about trusting your intuition. Enjoy!
If you’re reading this, you may be searching for a way to listen to yourself, and your heart. Trusting your heart seems like a simple proclamation, but in our world of separation, it may be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do.
The first question that must be asked is, why trust your heart? What is the point of it? In my upbringing, I was raised to trust my mind. I had no awareness of my heart or inner self until breakdowns forced me to get to know myself from the inside. I learned that trusting your heart is truly the way to a happy life. Your heart holds your inner wisdom and is your connection to God or Source. Your heart is where love arises. Your heart is the purest essence of you.
How can one trust their heart? We are born in touch with ourselves, and yet somehow, we lose that connection as we age. Of course, not all of us do, but some of us do – I definitely did. Here are some steps that helped me.
- In the height of my pain, I felt my heart calling out to me. This happened when I had nowhere else to go and had hit rock bottom in my life. My heart was there, underneath it all, singing its song and reaching out to me.
- I felt like there was something on top of my heart. I began working to feel what was underneath my heart and felt guided to heal myself. This is when I began taking better care of myself and my body and learning about things like Reiki, energy healing, and a personal God that cared about me – things I had earlier scoffed at, but in my quest to heal, felt very called towards.
- I practiced, and still practice, sitting in stillness to connect to my heart. In every direction there are interesting distractions. It is a practice to turn away from them and go within.
- I make choices to listen to my heart when I’m able to. At every decision, we can take the path of the mind, or the quicker, but harder for our ego, path of the heart. The path of the heart may scare your mind, but it leads to joy.
- Upon waking, I connect with my heart each morning, and in doing so I connect to God or Source. The time when you first wake up in the morning is a very peaceful time and one when it’s easier to feel your heart connection. Sit in stillness for a few moments or more and feel your inner light awaken.
Those are some ways in which I remain connected to my heart. Of course, it’s often still a challenge for me, and I have to really pay attention to whether or not I’m connecting to my heart. Sometimes, life gets busy and loud and I too easily forget about the most important thing of all. Thankfully, our hearts are always there for us, and we can connect at any time.
Wishing you a day filled with love and connection!
When undertaking to follow your heart, you may feel called to change the outward circumstances of your life. You might be called to change a relationship or a job, or even where you live. You might feel compelled to change some friendships. It can seem hard to your mind to start showing up in a different way in the world, but if it is what your heart and soul is truly asking you for, making these changes will only result in more joy for you in the end.
Some of the things I’ve felt compelled to change since beginning this journey include my occupation, my orientation to work, my relationships, and where I live. These changes have happened in varying ways over the years. When I get deeper in my heart and my connection to God, even now, it can be scary to my ego. My ego wants everything to stay the same, to seem good, great, successful, and unwavering. Yet my heart is asking for more, for my true self – it yearns for connection, self-expression, and embodying God’s love here on earth.
Making changes in your life based on your heart’s yearnings will lead you to your true self. You can begin to trust yourself by taking small steps towards your heart and making small changes. Ask God and your angels to guide you. You are here to let your true self shine forth.
“To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” – William Shakespeare
Being true to yourself means honoring what is true for you by knowing and acting on your truth. It means being in touch with who you are and living into it, because you are a beautiful creation from God. It means listening to your heart and then taking steps to create what you found there.
In my young life, it was harder for me to honor my truth. I was afraid of what people would think of me if I made changes in my life based on what I felt in my heart. I was timid about it. Writing and sharing my story via this blog has taken some courage, but I am taking baby steps and doing it anyway.
Being true to yourself doesn’t have to be drastic. Where can you show up for yourself in your life? Where are you hiding who you are to make others more comfortable? Your heart comes from God and is sacred, too. When you honor yourself by being true to who you are, you honor God’s creation.
“If I don’t go within, I go without.” – Neale Donald Walsch
I’ve written about this before, but I return to it because it’s so important. Trusting your heart is always a great choice, whether in calm or stressful times. When you aren’t sure which way to go, or what to do, get still and listen to your heart. Your heart can see from above because it is connected to God. You will know your heart’s voice because it arises from that still place. It may be hard to ignore. Your heart’s wishes will arise again and again in your life in your quietest moments.
The voice of my heart became very strong the few years after my experience. I felt a very clear inner calling to make some serious changes in my life. To an outside observer, these choices may have seemed strange. I ended a relationship that was perfectly fine by all surface accounts but was not truly right for me. I went home from the city to stay near my family. I also felt very guided to make certain decisions, like where to study and what not to write a book about. Every time I followed my heart urgings, I was led to greater and greener pastures. When I didn’t honor what my heart was telling me, I created less beautiful realities that sometimes caused me suffering.
Get still and go within. What is it that your heart telling you? Your heart will lead you in the right direction. You can listen to it. Trust yourself. You are a beautiful person created by God. Trust that you are being guided by something greater. Take the first step.
Living in fear means being disconnected from your heart, your source, and your true self. Fear can manifest as anxiety, anger, depression, and insomnia, to name a few. It can make your mind race and make you wilt. Though it may seem difficult in the middle of a fearful moment to see the way out, you don’t have to stay there. There is a pathway out of fear, and I believe it goes through your heart.
After my trauma and childhood, I lived in a constant state of fear. It became second nature for me to live this way. I had difficulty sleeping. I had anxiety. I always felt shut down. Though it manifested as a diagnosis of P.T.S.D., it felt much different than that. It felt like I had a fear blob sitting all around me. I couldn’t do anything.
I tried to cure these symptoms for a long time by using tools that worked from the outside in, like analyzing my triggers, trying grounding techniques, and going to talk therapy. In the end, going right into my heart healed me, which I had felt calling out to me underneath all the fear. Trusting my heart, going within, and having help from tools like Reiki, mind-body movement (such as yoga), prayer, and of course, my experience of God and of love, all led me out of fear. I still have fear from time to time, but never as badly as I did before I started truly healing from the inside out.
If you are feeling stuck in fear, I wish you the courage to hear what your heart is telling you. I believe you can find your way out. I believe that you were born to live in love and not in fear. You were born to feel happy, joyful, and free. God created you. God loves you. God wants you to be happy. Give yourself time, be patient with yourself, and trust your heart.
It takes practice to trust your inner guidance. From the time we were young, we were told to trust the outer world over our own instincts. Being asked to do things we didn’t want to do, being pressured to conform to a world that was often out of line with our own truths, we lost ourselves. Yet that inner guidance is always there. It may be a muscle out of shape, but you can still uncover it and learn to rely on it.
When you get still, you will be able to hear your inner guidance. Practice centering yourself in stillness and bring your awareness to your heart. It will guide you. You may also practice automatic writing. You may also pray. But mostly, you must get still. Then, once you hear your inner guidance –listen to it! What is your first instinct? Go with that. Before any learned thought patterns or reactions come through.
Your inner guidance is your homing mechanism that comes from God. It may seem far from your daily world. It may be asking you to let certain people go. It may be asking you to do something that seems different from what you’re used to, but if it’s your true inner guidance, it will be easy to follow – “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” It will bring you to a place of greater peace. Following your inner guidance leads you to love.