SPEAK: Love By the Spirit – Living with an Open Heart Approach

SPEAK! … By the Spirit™ with
Erica A. Hawthorne

Living with an Open Heart Approach

© 2011 Erica A. Hawthorne

February 18, 2011

“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”

“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.”

-the boy to the alchemist, in The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

Lego Man by Nathan Sawaya

When I discovered a picture of one of Nathan Sawaya’s Lego™ art designs, I was floored.   I had to go to the site to make sure this was not just a great photoshopped piece of work.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that was a real piece of creative work, done by hand.   It’s such a wonderful image to reflect on this month as we talk about Love and living with an open heart approach to life.

Something is shifting in the Universe (though something always is), something in the way in which we relate to one another, something about how we approach ideas and concepts.  More and more, examples are emerging of people stepping off of the “Ferris wheel of life” and opting for some other undefined path.

People are finding the faith to follow their hearts, they are starting their own businesses, changing their approach to how they manage their time and daily lives to spend more quality time with friends, family and their children.  Communities are rising up, overcoming their fears and breaking the silence with their voices with sit-ins and peaceful, but world-changing protests.

We are breaking open places within us that have lain dormant or fearfully tucked away in self-imposed expectations and societal-adopted sanctions.

It feels scary, intimidating, daunting…and it feels great! It’s liberating! It’s exciting…and it’s necessary.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity”.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

Usually when we talk about opening our hearts, we do so in regards to loving others.  But there is also the open heart approach that involves listening to your heart in order to discover your Purpose, or what I like to call your “Divine Operating System”;  the place where you are able to live your most authentic self and in this state approach all aspects of your life with positivity and success.  It’s the place where your natural talents and skills are ever-present, ever-useful and you are able to consistently live in this place and is apparent in daily life such as your job and your relationships.

Living with an Open Heart Approach involves:

  • Listening and watching the signs that are present in your life. What is your environment or the people around you showing you about living with an open heart?  Feel the twinge in your gut moving you towards a certain place.  Listen to what heart says about that job. That relationship?  Sit still and observe your day-to-day world for ideas and guidance.
  • Living in a way that is open to the discovery of the greatness in yourself… some call this “following your bliss”.  This involves not judging your ideas or killing them before giving yourself the opportunity to try them or explore them.
  • Taking small, but direct and fearless steps in the direction of the things that bring us joy and nurture us. This may begin inwardly with our self-talk, encouraging ourselves. Or it may be more hands-on and action-based like taking a entrepreneurship class, going back to school, etc.
  • Participating in support groups, reading books, going to counseling, taking a class…anything that helps us do the emotional and spiritual work of being open to discovering and living our Purpose…
  • Expressing our creativity/most authentic self…whether we are scientists or bankers, photographers or writers…not just doing, but living our creativity for no other reason than because it is in us, and it must come out.  It could also mean not adding pressure for your creativity to be presented or received in a certain way at a certain time, and to simply allowing yourself the opportunity to express it.

Living the Open Heart Approach means that if there is no joy or fulfillment, that you go in search of it, find it, and embrace it. It is not being afraid of hard work, or exposing the root of our fears, nor does it expect the road to be always easy.  It is of course a journey and a process, but the life lived with a heart that is speaking its utmost desire, in partnership with a Spirit that wants to bring it to fruition, is the recipe for living life to its fullest…and a most precious act of self-love.


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