His hair was long, combed and he spoke words of wisdom of which he said came from his heart. He had been in treatment for alcoholism for over six months and he was the guru of the group. He had learned how to listen to the inner child, the parent, and his true self yet something was wrong. I couldn’t put my finger on it but something just seemed out of place. He did seem genuine. He had lost his wife and child in a terrible car accident and he received burns over a large portion of his body. He was searching for truth and his teachers had guided him along the path of self-actualization. There was just one big, no two big problems. First, he was getting high on the meds his doctor had prescribed and second he had a warrant out for him on a felony hit run charge. I guess he was listening to his heart but his heart, was influenced by the drugs he was taking. We didn’t know any thing about his secret until he was arrested. Apparently, the guy was listening to his heart tell him to hide from the police. I am not judging the man just telling a story of how one man, who listened from the heart, and his heart lead him down the wrong path.
What is listening to the heart anyway? When we refer to the heart what part of the body is it? I thought the heart was a muscle. Seriously, when we say we are listening to our heart what does it mean? Modern religion, as well as psychology, tells us it is the inner most part of us, the soul that connects with the spiritual world. However, opinions vary on this subject. I guess it depends on which school of thought you come from.
For me, I have to be very careful which, voice from the soul, take precedence. I mean I have to listen close at times. I have a couple running around in my head. I have the side that wants what I want when I want it. This is side of me can be a real pain. If I listen to this side of my heart, more than is necessary, there is going to be big trouble. This side is self-absorbed, self-center and will do what ever it takes to fulfill my desires. It doesn’t matter who I hurt as long as I get what I want. I wonder what part of the heart that comes from. I don’t know. But I know that part of me exist and I call it my flesh. In addition, the bible calls it the flesh. And, if I listen to its voice I normally get in big trouble.
Then there is another side of me I call the regenerated heart. You see, I believe that my heart is desperately wicked and in need of a spiritual change. I needed something bigger than self to help me change. I needed a total reconstruction of my cognitive process, a psychic change; and only God had the power to accomplish this task in my life. It was a fact, no amount of will power was going to change me, no amount of counseling was going to change me, and no amount of drugs was going to change my heart. I had to change but change was impossible without help. One day I ask Jesus, oh no he used the J word. Well, this is how it happened and it worked. If it hadn’t worked, I promised I would not be sitting here writing. Anyway, I did call on this Jesus and He worked for me and is still working today.
Do I listen to my heart today? Yes, I do but I also have a guidebook that gives me insight into which voice is guiding me on the path. The bible is good at pointing me towards right and wrong. I still choose the wrong things on occasion but for the most part my heart, with the bible and God’s help guides me down a safe path. Therefore, I guess for me to listen to the heart in order to find the right path is not as complicated as it was at one point in my life.
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