I recently had a conversation with a good friend about the madness of life. Or rather, that madness that often comes upon life, especially here in the go-go-go do-do-do culture of the United States. You know what I mean--it's when too many things are coming at you at once, sometimes even too many good things, but usually it's a mix of both good and bad (or, at the very least, annoying), and your whole world begins to feel like a barrage of bullets heading straight for your heart. Life yells in your ears, something like this: Handle this now, right here, see? It's critical; and while you're at it, put out that fire over there, solve your relationship problem with your spouse, get on that treadmill, find a way to stop spending so much dang money, pay off the debt, sleep more, get the car repaired, find time for a spiritual life of some sort, play with your kids, for God's sake, you know they're going to be scarred if you don't stop pushing them off, work more or be left behind or worse, laid off, get a plan, you're just spinning your wheels, stop going so fast, but don't let anything drop, you can't let anything drop, ever...that would be failure; you would be a failure...
I could go on, of course, but you've heard the same song. There's no way out of it, right? It's just life, and you have to handle it as best you can.
But what if there is a way out...another way of walking through life that actually worked AND was life-giving to your heart? Impossible?
Think of Neo in the Matrix, in that final scene where he steps fully into his power over the illusory world. What gave Neo the power to stop the bullets?
Heart and Faith. The belief that the Matrix wasn't as real or critical or life-threatening as it claimed to be. The belief that there was a greater reality--a true reality--that could overrule the Matrix and bend it to its will. The belief that all you had to do to wield the authority of that greater reality was to entrust yourself to it.
People give all this lip service to the value of living from your heart; but most of the time they don't mean it, because it doesn't ever translate into any measurable shift in the way they live. Don't kid yourself: You live what you believe. Everybody does. If you want to know what you believe works in life, what you really believe has authority and power, then just look at the way you live. If someone observed your life looking for your top beliefs regarding life and reality, what would they find?
Most people don't live from their heart because deep down they don't really believe it works. But what if does? What if living from the heart was key to breaking free, both in this life and the next? What if you are Neo, and I am Morpheus...and right now, I'm asking you to take the red pill, and see just how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
Follow your heart.