I’ve read a couple of self-help books and listened to a few CD’s. The self-help gurus all seem to say, “Follow your passion. I’m not sure what that means. Do we follow our passion or do we “fall into our passion” as we get on with life?
That’s a great play on words, and a more accurate description of what happens when someone becomes passionate about something. They cannot “follow” that intense desire to produce something new without first having “fallen into” what it is.
I believe you’re asking if we just point at something and say, “I’m going to be passionate about that.” No, we don’t do that. If we could do that, then life would be helluva lot easier. Yes it seems for some, are gifted musically or athletically or with a super high IQ that they seem to be born with a passion. However most of us are not so fortunate.
Most of us must take Socrates age old advice – “know thyself.” We must take the time to become familiar without ourselves – our authentic self. This means we must have the courage to stop trying to look good or be right all of the time. Those two bad habits have destroyed billions of human lives. And we need to conjure up the courage to stop going along with others just to get along with them. “Bah Bah black sheep, have ye any wool.” You are not here on this planet to have others lead you around and shear your wool.
On the other hand, I do want you to know that getting to know oneself takes effort. We’ve all been hypnotized, since those early years when we began to understand words, to think certain things and act certain ways, depending upon the environment in which we were raised. We’ve all been poked and pried psychologically to the degree that we forgot what it’s like to be inwardly free.
If you are truly willing to put in the effort to become acquainted with yourself; to become acquainted with your likes and dislikes; to examine what you consider important and unimportant, to notice what genuinely turns you on and what’s a turn-off for you – then things begin to click. There is a feeling of inner liberation where you are able to, for the first time in a long time, begin to think for yourself.
When you begin truly thinking for yourself – not allowing the thoughts of others to determine what you conclude about the world or other people or life – then the ideas you conceive become incredibly wealthy; they offer richness, like something that has come down upon you from the stars.
It is amazing how you will know what is right and perfect for you when you come to understand yourself. And then it is easy to be passionate because you allow yourself fresh insights into “you,” and what you are here to accomplish, and what you are here to contribute.
However, Matt, you cannot follow your passion until you stand apart from what the world may insist you do, and just let your innate feelings, your intuition and your natural inner conversations guide you.
Get to know thyself, Matt. And for heaven’s sake, come to love thyself, if you don’t already. You are a rich and majestic child of Infinite Intelligence. So what’s not to love? From that state of consciousness, your mind will most naturally turn your attention toward that which will turn you on. Now you’re lit up, like the celestial spheres! That’s why the they never collide with one another. When you’re lit up – that’s passion, and you can see in the dark. Then, even in those seemingly bleak and dark moments of your life, you can see clearly where you want to go because your passion to get there is never low.
Great inquiry, Matt ……. Rob