Oblivious To My Own Assumption

I just spent 44 minutes on the phone with a potential client discussing his book project.  Somewhere in there, I said something that sounded like this “It looks like you’re listening to your heart.”  And he came back with “What do you mean?  My heart is just a muscle.”


But he’s right.  It is.

It took me a minute to explain what – exactly – I meant and while I was at it, he tried to figure it out himself and asked if I was talking about emotions and the part of the brain that controls them.  I had to shoot that one down because that isn’t what I meant – at all.

“Listen to your heart.”

“Okay!  Wait a second – what am I listening for?”

I can’t believe it’s never occurred to me that I’d need to explain it.  No one’s ever asked.

I just assumed people knew what I meant.  And I didn’t even know I was assuming.  


Human Beings are – in my opinion – here on the planet as spiritual beings having a human experience.   Not the other way around. We – each one of us – has a spark of God within us.  And this spark connects all living things.  So – when I say listen to your heart – I mean listen to the divine within.  That spark has a voice and it knows how to communicate with each one of us according to our ability to listen.


It is a quiet – strange and small, forceful nudging thing.  It doesn’t judge and it has no will though, so it isn’t forceful that way.  And it doesn’t remotely resemble ego.  It’s full of love, compassion, humility and integrity.  When I try to describe my experience of it – those are the words that work best.

After I explained it just that way, he said he understood me 100%.

What a curious way to be put on the spot.  I haven’t had a pop quiz in quite some time, but I think I passed!


via Daily Prompt: Spike

A thorn comes to mind – a specific thorn used by the Shepherd in the book Hinds’ Feet on High Places.  The story follows young, crippled Much Afraid.  She lives in the Valley of Humiliation surrounded by the Shephard’s workers and her Fearling relatives.  Her heart’s desire is to follow the Shepherd up to the High Places and to escape her awful family, but her feet are lame and she has much fear and trembling in her heart.

One day, she expresses to the Shepherd her wish to go to the High Places.  He says that he will take her, but that it will be a long journey.  He tells her that she must trust him completely – no matter what the journey looks like and no matter where it takes her.  He promises her several things – two guides (Sorrow and Suffering), to make her feet like hinds feet, and to change her name once she gets there.  And then he asks her if she is willing.  She considers the consequences and understands that – according to what he’s just said – it could take her a lifetime to reach the high places.  But she loves him and she does trust him.  So she says yes.

She bears her heart to him and allows him to plant the seed of love into it.  The seed is the shape of a thorn and it’s quite painful going in but only for an instant.    He explains that by the time she reaches the High Places, the seed/thorn will be ready to bloom.

seed of love

The book is the story of her adventure and it’s just brilliant!

Habakkuk 3:19, “The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.”