Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about
~~Jalal ad-Din Rumi
Can you imagine it?
Can you imagine a world where we’ve stepped beyond the need to classify things as “right” or “wrong” and instead live so completely from the heart that we are in total synchronization with the universe’s plan for our lives, even if the life we live goes completely against social conventions?
What couldn’t we do?
What couldn’t we be?
How much of the misery and despair around us results from people trying to be something they are not? How much of it stems from living up to our societies expectations of what we are supposed to be? How much of it results from people giving in to the pressure of friends and family to be “responsible” and “practical” to put aside their dreams in order to “grow up?”
I have asked this question before and gotten answers that, taken together, amount to this:
“But people have responsibilities. We have obligations. We have jobs and families that are depending on us. Our communities, our societies expect us to behave in a certain way. To just run off in pursuit of a dream; something that may or may not pan out; to pursue our own happiness regardless of the cost; that’s not being responsible, that is taking a risk, and not just with our own happiness, but with the happiness of others.”
Well, here are some questions for those who would hold this to be true:
Do you not also have a responsibility for your own happiness?
Do you really think that you can ever be truly happy as long as you know that you are not living up to your potential?
Do you really think that those who love you would not applaud you for doing what feels right and becoming the person you were truly meant to be?
Do you really think that it’s better to put away your dreams and be responsible, but to always know down deep in your heart that there is more to you than what you have settled for?
How much has the human race lost because someone with a dream responsibly put that dream aside in order to live up to their own or someone else’s expectations?
And finally (yet most importantly), what does your heart tell you that you should be doing? What do you find your innermost soul yearning for? Are you content or do you find yourself seeking for something else; something more?
It is only in the deepest part of your heart that you will find the answers to these questions, and only there that you can find the strength to answer them honestly and then take whatever steps are necessary to bring your life into alignment with your soul purpose.
It is not an easy thing to do. And no, it does not mean that you have to leave your family or give up your job or shirk your responsibilities. This is something that goes far deeper than that. Of course if you are honest with yourself; if you truly want to bring your life into alignment with your soul purpose; if you commit yourself to living from your heart then things are going to change.
When you can finally be honest with yourself and admit that you are not living from your heart; that your life is not in alignment with your soul purpose; when you finally commit to living authentically and are open to what your heart is telling you, things will change. It can’t be helped. But you won’t have to force them.