Take a moment to take a big long deep clearing breath and receive a big whoosh of positive intent for your well-being and success.
No time to read my whole article this month? Here are the two main take aways:
"No worries, your Heart's got your back!"
"What your Heart once chose is never lost!"
We all have different gifts and strengths. In my life, one of my most precious gifts has been my ability to “follow my heart.” My commitment to living my whole life – including my business – from that place of inspiration and integrity has brought me a holistic success that fulfills me on all levels.
Albert Einstein once said: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
What did he mean by that?
It’s pretty simple: we have more than one mind. We have a rational mind, and another, ‘higher’ mind that has the ability to successfully direct the ship of our life even through its most treacherous passages. That mind shows us the way. The rational mind executes ideas, but it should not be put at the helm of our lives. Our other mind should; let’s call that intuitive mind the Heart.
Even science tells us – this is fascinating to me! – that the human heart’s electro-magnetic field is thousands of times stronger than the field of the brain.
While the brain is great at accomplishing tasks, the Heart holds a deeper knowing that we can use to guide us on our life path.
Did you know that the human heart has neurons?
Your Heart can illuminate the highest path for your personal life and your business. It can also take into account the impact of its vision on the next seven generations, as the Native Americans have traditionally thought about the impact of their creations on generations to come. Your Heart will take care of you. There is no need to let your mind waste energy worrying! If you don’t believe me, let the following stories from my life provide some inspiration.
Last week, I was invited to speak at the University of San Francisco. The topic was: "Your Personal Brand and The Path of a Purpose-Driven Entrepreneur."
The audience was a group of young entrepreneurs and some of the brightest minds in the world today. They had just graduated from an elite school for entrepreneurs in France, and were here on an immersion program. Some of them had already created a couple of companies!
To me, what was cool about this speaking opportunity was that it didn’t result from any mental strategy to expand my work, but from having met “Power Networker” Lisa Norton while following my heart to a vacation in Maui 5 years ago. During that trip I was also invited to teach a workshop on conscious relationships. Had I followed my mind instead of my heart, I wouldn’t have gone on this trip because I had so much business to take care of back home!
Here’s another one. Years ago, I spent months at the computer overflowing with inspiration that compelled me to write an oracle – a tool that would provide spiritual guidance on demand. During this time the words just kept flowing through me with no conscious effort on my part. Christi would ask: “What are you doing? Why are you doing this?” and I’d answer, “I don’t know, I just have to.” However, after the oracle was complete, it sat unused on my computer for years. I often felt sad that this invaluable spiritual guidance system was just sitting on my computer, of no use to anyone. Then one day, one of my life coaching clients said: “Francois… there is this new thing called “apps” for iPhones, and I’m starting a business creating them. Do you have an idea for one?” Right away I remembered my Oracle. “Yes,” I said, “as a matter of fact I do!” I realized then that my Oracle project hadn’t ‘failed’, it was just waiting for Divine timing, because the technology for it hadn’t been available yet! A year later, the My Oracle app was unveiled and to this day, I still bump into people who tell me they use it regularly. I even met a person in Brazil last month who had my app and loves it! So once again, I trusted my heart even though my mind thought I was wasting my time, and years later, My Oracle saw the light of day. It now helps thousands of people and provides me with a passive source of income.
If you own an iPhone or iPod/iPad you can find My Oracle here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-oracle/id322560183?mt=8&;uo=6
Now, if these examples from my life still don’t inspire you to follow your heart, perhaps this most recent one will. This example shows how following my heart in the face of deep doubt from others had a positive impact on my future in ways I could never have imagined. The story begins with my brother, who wrote a novel inspired by my extraordinary experiences living with the headshrinkers in the Amazon for six months in 1996. His book is called: “Kana et Mashu”; Mashu is the name given to me by the Indians. I had graduated from business school eight months earlier, and all my fellow students had found positions in the corporate world, but I felt compelled to,“follow my heart” in a different direction. My desire to travel the world didn’t make sense to many of my friends and family at the time: “Your diploma will lose its value!” some would say, or “How is this travelling going to serve you in the long run?”. I understood their concern, but at the same time I just knew that my Heart was telling a different story that included living in the jungle thousands of miles away from my home in France. Now this all took place many years ago, but just last week, my brother’s book was published in France! He put the link to my website at the end, so those who are interested in learning how to co-create successful lives and businesses can contact me. I had no idea back in the 1990’s that by following my heart against all reasonable advice and embarking on a seven-year journey around the world, I was co-creating amazing possibilities for my future.
If you read French, you may want to check out my brother’s website about the book: http://www.kanaetmashu.com/le-roman. It is also in the process of being translated into English.
Our Heart holds the knowing we need to follow our highest and best path. It has an expanded vision that works outside of time and yields sustainable, holistic results in our lives. It shows us not only the way to be fully alive and ‘on purpose,’ but how to take care of all our needs on a practical level. While the mind excels at dissecting, analyzing, and achieving specific tasks, the Heart unifies, harmonizes and strengthens through courage.
Most of us have forgotten how to listen to our heart, so we experience doubt and confusion when we wish to do so. Our rational minds assure us that they can ‘figure out’ our lives, and not knowing where else to turn, we let them. Even when we do hear, see or know our Heart’s guidance, too often we lack the support we need to move forward and bring our vision to fruition. So we are left dreaming about the day things will change, but they never do. We feel trapped by some invisible force that keeps us stuck and confused. This invisible force is the power of our unconscious mind. Since it is unconscious, we can’t see it to change it, and that is why we can’t do this alone. We need skilled allies that can keep us focused and on track. This is the reason why more and more people, from housewives to executives, have begun to hire life and business coaches in recent years.
Each of us has a great contribution to make, one that doesn’t just make us happy, but that lights up the whole world.
Howard Thurman said: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Take a big long deep breath into your heart space right now…
Feel its power…
Sense its intelligence…
What is it telling you?
What is it showing you?
If you would like non-judgmental support and a skilled ally to help you let go of unconscious blocks and move toward your dreams or business goals, I have one spot opening in June. Contact me to schedule a short introductory session to talk about what you want to create and how coaching with me can help.