The Courage to Follow Your Heart

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” — Steve Jobs

Wise guy, Steve Jobs.

Following your heart means living your passion fully, creating the things that bring you joy and enrich your life, going where your heart leads, unhindered by other people’s opinions and your own fears.

The heart knows no restrictions or limitations; it will, therefore, often take you down unconventional roads into uncharted territory.

To even know what your heart wants, you need to be in tune with your inner voice. More often than not, the voice of the head drowns out the voice of the heart. The ego is after money, success, stability, and security — comfort zone. It has no interest in soul expansion.

Those awakened ones who do hear their inner voice are going to realize sooner or later that following their heart means taking a bold step. Quitting a job, separating from someone you love because you know you need to move on, stepping onto the ascension path…

Inevitably though, the moment you’re thinking about expansion, mind will start to bombard you with doubts and fears. You must be bonkers! You can’t make this work! Where would you even take the money from? Why did you have to come up with this stupid idea in the first place? You don’t really want to do this.

Ask yourself: What would I do if I had no obligations, no responsibilities towards anyone else but myself, and could do whatever I wanted to do?

If you’re honest with yourself, you will know where you need to be and what you need to action to make your dream a reality.

People around you might also try talking you out of your stupid idea, and they all have their very own reasons for doing so. It doesn’t really matter what your heart’s desire is—building an eco village in the Amazon, going on a walkabout for a year, or leaving your wealthy family because you want to be a Tibetan monk—your loved ones will find ample reasons why you should stay right where you are.

So, not only do you have to conquer your own doubts and fears about diving into something completely new, you also have to be strong enough not to allow others to deviate you from your chosen path.

Starting your new life full of trepidation will create many an obstacle on your way to pull you off course. The less you allow negative thoughts to cloud your mind, the clearer and more direct your path will become. Only when you are in the heart space will you be able to make the right choices and take the right action.

It takes courage to follow your heart, to leave behind what you need to let go of and to fully embrace the unknown. And you need trust — tons of trust. In your own ability to manifest your dream and trust that you are going to be helped every step on the way.

Ultimately, following your heart means heeding your soul’s calling for real freedom and true expansion — ascension.

For the longest time I truly thought that I had been following my heart more or less all throughout the life I lived before I stepped onto the ascension path. I had convinced myself that what family and society in general expected of me back then—go forth and procreate—was my heart’s desire, too. It wasn’t really.

I realized that I was not being honest with myself. There were many things I refrained from doing because of responsibilities — many times when I wished I were somewhere else,  had more excitement in my life, were not bound by marital agreements, dared to do crazy stuff like trekking all over the world or become a singer… but I was too afraid to step out of the box.

Then ascended life came onto my path, and with that an invitation to ascension initiation.

Oh boy, was I resistant!

I knew I had to follow my heart — it was kind of screaming at me to leave everything behind and grab this invitation with a thousand hands, but… there are so many things I need to do first. Give me some time. I don’t know how to do this. What if I’m not good enough?

What if…

For months. Months of internal struggle, of trying to drown out the annoying voice in the head and finding the courage to jump into the unknown.

Sometimes it’s a seemingly small thing that tips the scales.

In my case it was a song by Mattafix, Living Darfur…

One line… You may never know, if you lay low (lay low).

Needless to say, the heart won.

I love you. Namaste.

Jasmine Martin

5 thoughts on “The Courage to Follow Your Heart”

  1. Thank you for this beautiful post Jasmine. Yes, it takes a lot of courage to follow the heart. Following the heart we reach a new chapter of life where the people and things that were familiar totally disappear, a small thought arises and asks you if you were crazy to take this journey, but your heart, the strongest companion pulls you though and makes you walk in unfamiliar territory, blindfolded yet holding the hand of the Divine. We all are in this journey blindfolded but held firm by the Divine, and the only luggage we carry now with us are “trust” and “patience”. Blessings and love to you my sweet soul sister Jasmine. Much gratitude to you and every one of our many awakened, courageous, kindred spirits for their Presence in this beautiful journey of the soul! <3 <3 <3

    1. Dear Premlatha, thank you for your beautiful comment.
      Many blessings to you. It is such an honor to have you here with us on this grand journey of soul expansion <3
      Much love to you <3 <3 <3

  2. An inspiring essay that perfectly describes part of the beginning of being. The song is now stuck in my head and I hope it stays for a while. Thank you!!!


    1. Hi George, thank you for your kind words.
      Yes, that song can get stuck in your head — and it’s good too! It gave me the courage to follow my heart. And that is where it forever shall be.
      We shall rise!
      Namaste, Jasmine

  3. There was resistance but you are here now! And I’m happy for that! These junctures on our journey feel like sacred choice points. They are definitely times when we can no longer straddle the fence! Thank you Jasmine for sharing so from the heart! Love <3

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