On this path, let your heart be your guide. For the body is resistant and full of fear.

What ultimately does it mean when we say, follow your heart?

Does it mean it is appropriate for us to discard rational perspective and yield entirely to emotional whim?

Or perhaps, in the course of following one’s heart, one discovers that the traditional boundaries of fear may be more elastic than we might, at first, be willing to estimate?

The opportunity to pursue something that is speaking to you from deep within, is as tempting as anything could be in life. If you are feeling some form of divine inspiration pushing you to a goal, then is it appropriate to discard all fear and give it everything you’ve got?

I do not believe there is a black-and-white answer to this quandary, there is only the answer that is appropriate to each individual when these questions are being contemplated.

I can speak from personal experience and say that I have spent most of my life following my heart, sometimes to gigantic success and other times to dismal failure. There is no cut and dry formula that I have been able to ascertain.

The best that I have been able to draw from my own personal experiences is that I must be willing to face that dismal failure and if it proves to be so, the best that I might be able to do at that moment is to learn from the failure and lean forward into the success that that this failure is propelling me into.  This has been expressed as, when one door closes another one opens.

Sizzle is jampacked full of many of the failures of my past, all aggregating into something greater. None of those failures were fun when they presented themselves, and some were downright painful. But the ability to recognize that sometimes a failure is just a point in time and not final as Churchill would say, allows us to grow from the lesson and continue to follow our hearts.

I certainly do not profess that I am right. I’m just a guy on a timeline, reporting things that I see and things that I observe and the cumulative knowledge that has come to me along the way for sole purpose of sharing with anyone who has need or desire for this kind of knowledge. 

This quotation above is from Rumi who is one of the most beautifully poetic souls of all time. I think that one of his other aphorisms has been one of the biggest driving forces of my life and is the reason why I am resolute in following my heart, knowing that there is more power within me that I might imagine. That aphorism is:  You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.

Once you can envision that the entire holographic universe is contained in every cell of your body, the power that you are able to wield grows exponentially. And that gives you the strength to follow your heart, even when your brain is terrified at the prospect of failure.

I hope your Monday is off to a beautiful beginning!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!