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Find your passion. Follow your inner voice.

October 27, 2013

Ain’t it the truth: fear can make us think anything—even that it is our intuition! I recently responded to a blog post about this in Spirituality and Health Magazine, and the writer, Eve Hogan reminded us that following our intuition empowers us to take action—and I’ll add, to get in touch with our passion, whereas fear paralyzes us from taking action—and from expressing our passion. Eve is right. But sometimes taking action means choosing not to act. (Case in point: the other day I really wanted to punch my husband, but I didn’t.) My spiritual teacher says, “It doesn’t matter what we do, as long as we know who’s doing it.” He’s referring to our higher self or lower self, and he means that when we listen to the former our actions will always serve us (even when we doubt it). What a relief, because this way, even if things turn out crummy good will come of it because our intentions were pure.

Listening to our higher self prevents our lives from becoming boring. We’re guided to do what’s right in the moment—whether that’s punch our husband, or water ski or hold off from water-skiing, until we’re are feeling less fearful or tired or it’s a sunny day. It’s the difference between “reacting” and “responding.” We react with fear, but we respond with passion and strength. Got any passions of your own?

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