Renowned mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell has been famously quoted as saying, “Follow your bliss.”
He was once asked by his co-author of The Power of Myth, Bill Moyers, “Do you ever have the sense of being helped by hidden hands?”
Campbell replied, “All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
I’m sure this has happened to you too. Not a day goes by when I’m not pinching myself at the weird phone call I get or the random conversation that brings about an opportunity or a piece of knowledge that proves to be an important step in following my own bliss.
Follow your bliss and watch the miracles unfold.
This is an excerpt from my book, “Invisible Genius: The Intuition Secrets of the World’s Greatest Leaders and How to Profit from Them”. In it I delve deeper into ‘life purpose’ and how to identify and live it. You can download two free chapters of the book by clicking here.
The Universe is so amusing. It seems that for every lesson there’s another lesson that seemingly states the opposite.
1. The more we learn, the more we realise that we don’t know.
2. We have free will yet at the same time, both Christians and mathematicians say that life is preordained.
3. The most powerful way to succeed is through failure.
4. The key to being a great leader is to create leaders.
5. Less is more.
6. Strength and power are created through service not through domination.
7. The key to wisdom is not in knowing what you know but knowing what you don’t know.
8. The more love you show for people, the more enemies you’ll attract.
9. “Do what you love and the money will flow” yet “Don’t make your hobby your day job.”
10. “Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not” vs “meet people where they are and take them where you want them to go.”
11. To take control of our lives we need to let go of control.
12. To be powerful we need to be vulnerable.
13. The only way to stop being ripped off by others is to learn to trust.
14. If we yearn to attain something we’ll never get it but if we stop yearning we’ll get it.
15. The drive for perfection means we will never attain it.
Can you think of any others? Feel free to share them in the comments section.
(continued from part one)
Sometimes when people give they compromise their own values in the process.
Not only are they not getting the return they were expecting, they’re also moving further and further away from living a life based on their highest values.
Many people continue like that for years, in unhappy marriages, in unhappy friendships, in unhappy work situations.
And because these people are often so compassionate they often justify their decision to be around someone by saying, “But he has a good side to him,” or “She is not always like that” or “But I’m getting this or that benefit out of it.”
When we are in service to others we are in service to ourselves. Everything serves us, whether we think it does at the time or not.
Whether it’s by providing us with a learning that we need to get from the exercise.
Whether it’s feeling great about helping someone else.
Or whether it’s the ripple effect that occurs as a result of that – something that ends up benefiting us in magical, unexpected ways.
Sometimes though, we don’t see it that way.
And sometimes, our egos get involved and we give with strings attached.
Isn’t it interesting …
Social Media is proving to be a massive awakening tool and a massive destruction tool as well. With the mass spreading of inspirational postcards and quotes, Facebook especially is helping contribute to a raising of consciousness across the planet. At the same time though, social media also enables bullies to put their bullying efforts on steroids and many teens have suicided as a result of that.
According to the Universal Law of Balance, everything has a perceived positive and a perceived negative side. One simply cannot exist without the other. Everything is dual. Everything has its pair of opposites. And every perceived negative has an equally powerful benefit.
Here’s a great example of that…
Isn’t it just magical when this happens …
… when someone is speaking to you about something they clearly love and suddenly their posture changes.
Their eyes light up and glisten. They become 100% alive and animated. So often we spend our lives doing things we “have to do” to pay the bills. Either that or we do it because that’s all we know, or maybe too because we’re afraid of change. And in doing that, we end up walking around half-dead.
Instead, doesn’t it make sense to live your life doing what you love so you can be truly alive. And if you’re truly alive you’re happy, everyone around you is happy and you’ll live much longer too.
You’ve probably heard story after story of people who, once they retire, quickly lose their will to live because everything that meant something to them was centered around work. They had no outside interests. Makes you think, doesn’t it! Life is too short to spend it doing things that you don’t absolutely love doing.
Go for it. Begin it today.
What’s more, people can instantly tell when you are passionate about something. Your passion is contagious. And when you’re passionate, you attract others who are keen to invest in your success.