I believe most of us, if we answered this question honestly, follow our heads. We live in a world that honors the head over the heart…although that is starting to change. In recent times, we are waking up to the voice of the heart that wants to be heard. To hear the heart and live from her rhythm, her beat takes true courage.
Each of us has our own unique rhythm…our unique frequency…unique sound. Imagine if we all started to consciously flow to our own individual heart’s rhythm…each one of us on the planet…do you think we would create a harmony? A harmony that could/would heal our planet and subsequently generations to come. I do.
I find it fascinating. The thing that (I see) stops us from truly following our heart, is the fear of not being accepted by the ‘tribe.’ However, those that choose to listen to as well as follow their heart and don’t look back, ultimately are respected and honored for following their hearts by the tribe. What is it that we are respecting and honoring? I believe it is the individuals courage and ultimately their self belief. It takes self belief to have courage and it takes courage to hear as well as follow the dreams God has put in our hearts.
Now here I go quoting Dr Brene Brown again who says, “Courage comes from the Latin word Coeur, which means heart. Courage means to tell the story of who you really are with your whole heart. It is the courage to be imperfect.”
The courage to be imperfect, to me, means the courage to try and fail. How many of us are willing to fail? Not too many, I guess. We’d rather trade our aliveness, our shot at fulfilling a destiny, leaving a legacy than potentially fail. Fail at what though? Could it be fail at being perfect. Just today I was caught up in my head drama, so decided to go for a walk. As I walked, I realised all the anguish I was experiencing was as a result of every where in myself I saw imperfections and the mere thought that others could see these so called imperfections was too much to bare. I know it is this internal voice and this voice alone that prevents me from even hearing the dreams God has put in my heart.
I often wonder about how we are born free. Free of this voice and it is only through living in the collective mind and society that we find ourselves us in as children, that we develop this voice that says it’s not okay to be imperfect and that if we are not perfect there is something wrong with us. A few of us manage to escape this voice and remain free of it’s shackles. We recognise this in our society as somebody with a strong self belief. I love this quote by Natalie Du Toit, the South African Swimmer who lost her leg and despite this setback went on to swim in the Olympic Games.
“What I have done (and are still busy doing) to overcome my adversity and the lessons I’ve learned along the way, I believe holds true regardless of your age, sex, race, religion, nationality or financial standing. It all comes from self-belief – an exceptionally powerful tool, if we could just learn how to use it correctly every day.”
Is self belief something then that we can be taught? Is it something that we can learn to develop and use correctly everyday? As some one with a dream to play a a part in the current movement to revolutionise education, these are the questions I am asking. I see an epidemic of young adults leaving our education systems with no real sense of self belief and if this is our most powerful tool, why are not being taught to access it and use it? Surely, if we are born with it or at least free of the voice that robs us of it, self belief is our birth right?
With it, our self belief, we have the courage to listen to and follow those dreams God put in our hearts. We have the possibility to heal ourselves and our planet for our children and our children’s children.
I’d like to conclude this post today with one of my favorite quotes by a man called John Taylor Gatto, who won the New York City Teacher of the year award in 1990.
“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important: how to live and how to die.”