Do something for yourself, please. I’m going to ask you a question. Then, with that in mind, take a deep breathe, maybe three. Focus on your breath and any answer or answers that pop into your mind after reading the question, hold onto those. You may want to have a way to record responses.
Question: Thinking back over your life, what things, persons, events, writings, trips, or just anything have created a response in you which super-excited you, thrilled you, provoked you, or evoked a strong reaction from you, i.e., what of these sorts of things have resonated within your soul? (Now, I’m not talking about a really good ice cream cone, unless it was so special at such a special time and place that it made you think about eternity! Well, maybe that is a bit extreme, but ice cream could do that for me!).
Okay, got something? How do you feel about it now? Be as specific as possible.
If this is still something that moves you, draws you, creates a strong resonance with you, then your heart is probably seeking to communicate to you through that memory. Go ahead. Now, it’s your turn to ask a question. Ask your Heart if this is a message and what more does Heart want to say to you. Listen. Listen closely. Anything?
For a couple of years, I worked in the pilot plant of a large chemical producer as a chemical engineering lab technician. The pilot plant is the intermediary between the people in the lab with the test tubes and the 3,000 gallon production reactors. Not everything works the same in scale-ups in stainless steel vessels as it does in glass test tubes and beakers. Our work was to scale up the formulas, charge the appropriate compounds to the reactors, run reactions starting from 1 gallon reactors up to 300 gallon ones, and keep samples and assays of the reaction. I’ve thought about it occasionally as an apt metaphor for my writing and life — not perfect but apt.
In my life, those things that really resonated with me are the chemical compounds my heart has used to charge to the reactor of my soul. The reactions occurring in my soul were a way Heart used to bring me to hear the voice, to awaken to and know core Self, and to co-create my life Purpose. Over the years, those resonating experiences swirled around in my soul until I came to the point of hearing my Heart: “Take a sample, Mike. It’s time.”
My heart was always seeking my conscious attention, while subconsciously compounding the mix that would yield who and what I am. The mix was always there; I just needed to stop and take the sample of core Self. Now, it’s an ever-increasing yield.
Once those chemical reactions occur, they aren’t undone, except at great cost. Some of them cannot be reversed. Point? I cannot, will not, no matter who or what attempts to force me to, take a different path, especially my own Ego. When I came to this, I knew all my Heart spoke to me of and directed me to was my truth.
The compound which is me, now, has realized some personal truths I must share because this is my Heart, my purpose. I help others discover — Heart, core Self, Purpose. However, I don’t claim to have a corner on truth. Different terminologies and approaches exist. I have come to know the terms as my personal truth, but that seems to have resonated with a number of people. I hope so, sincerely, because nothing produces such love, peace, joy, fulfillment, or significance as coming to know who one is and what life purpose is, no matter what terms are used to describe it.
And that is why I’m working, have worked on my novel, The Fellowship of the Heart. I believe it can at the very least create one of those resonating experiences for many, if not help them to discover some depths of their souls they have never consciously processed.
If you’ve read this far, look back or think back to your answers to my original question. Whatever your answers were, know that your heart is using those to call out to you, to help you know yourself and fill any emptiness, answer any distress, or guide you to creating a life purpose.
Stay in touch with Heart! Heart always produces some of the most useful formulas for a successful, fulfilling life.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!