“And therefore, all of those for whom authentic transformation has deeply unseated their souls must, I believe, wrestle with the profound moral obligation to shout from the heart—perhaps quietly and gently, with tears of reluctance; perhaps with fierce fire and angry wisdom; perhaps with slow and careful analysis; perhaps by unshakable public example—but authenticity always and absolutely carries a a demand and duty: you must speak out, to the best of your ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine your headlights into the eyes of the complacent. You must let that radical realization rumble through your veins and rattle those around you.
Alas, if you fail to do so, you are betraying your own authenticity. You are hiding your true estate. You don’t want to upset others because you don’t want to upset your self.”
~ Ken Wilber
How often have you felt the silent pull of your heart and yet... held back from following through? What is the cost of disavowing this very integral part of Self? What would it take to step out, trust and follow the wisest parts of yourself?
This past Monday was Martin Luther King Day. Can you imagine a "United States" without his vision or the fire that came from his heart? It wouldn't be so united. How long would it have taken someone else to step into warrior with a vision of peace, equality and justice?
Not all of us are called into such broad activism and rightly so, this world would be a mess.
For some of us following the heart's passion is simply smiling at a stranger that looks saddened, or volunteering to help at-risk teens. For others it is transforming a dysfunctional department within a struggling organization, into an empowered team with sustainable business protocols.
For me, it is helping one client at a time lean into their heart more fully so they wake up each day with a smile on their heart and a willingness to bring their Highest-Self into the world.
With a smile,
By Laurel Elders, PCC
IICT Founder / Senior Faculty