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Stop Hoping and Start Knowing

Connecting with Heartspace is the way to cross the valley between where you are at and where you say you want to be. The fastest way to use Heartspace towards that goal is to stop hoping and start knowing.

Many people find themselves feeling stuck, trapped, isolated, abandoned, forgotten, or incapable. We may not know our names, forget what our faces look like, or leave behind all we shouldn’t have left behind. Without knowledge of self or awareness of others, we simply become more and more rigid to what we expect the world wants us to be. We adopt and adapt others’ perceptions as if they’re our own, and ignore, neglect, or otherwise demean ourselves, imagining that benefits others somehow. This self-betrayal leads to hoping, wishing, and wanting, and the road of denial separating us from the world within and around us.

Author and poet Alice Walker once wrote, “What you hope for, you also fear.” That is the difference between hoping and knowing: In hope we make something different and not ours; in knowing we simply are, we have, and there is no hoping. Your fear of your own connections are what is keeping you from having everything you want, right now. If you take time to connect within yourself to what matters most to you right now, echo that by consciously acknowledging the things that you’re most connect to around you right now, and adjust what you believe needs to change right now, you would quickly discover what you already know: The whole world is yours, right now. That world starts on the inside of you and is mirrored all around you.

If you find yourself standing at the top of a tall cliff, looking out over the lands and waters and wishing you were anywhere but here, take a moment and look within yourself right now. That cliff is tall and those lands are far from here. But the view from here is spectacular, and many people will never get to where you are right now. Take in the view, soak it up. When you’re ready, start the hike. But don’t go until you absolutely know that where you are is exactly where you’re supposed to be, and the very next thing you need to do is where you need to start. Know those things and every step from here forward will be solid.

American teacher Byron Katie has written, “If you knew how important you are, you would fragment into a billion pieces and just be light.” Heartspace reinforces your importance over and over. When you know who you are, you will know Heartspace for all it truly is.

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

By Adam F.C. Fletcher

I'm a speaker, writer, trainer, researcher and advocate who researches, writes and shares about education, youth, and history.

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