Every week, I get lots of suggestions from well-meaning folks for books they think I might be interested in, videos to watch, articles, and so forth that seem related to the work that I do.
Since I work with imagery and metaphor, I get a plethora of suggestions for books and articles about imagery, metaphor, dreamwork, archetypes, and the like.
My field is adult learning, I’m well aware that the way we learn in this culture is by reading and studying. I also know that the way the mind learns is by association, i.e. “this is like that.”
Unfortunately, I over-used that part of my thinking brain when I spent 7 years getting a PhD at the University of Chicago. (When I graduated, the sight of words on a page made me nauseous. I’ve recovered my ability to read, but only what I hafta… if you know what I mean.)
What I’m into now is heart learning, and our heart learns in a much different way.
The heart learns and knows by following an inner call.
My work was developed from an inner call. Eleven years ago I had a powerful mystical experience, and it has been my guide ever since. I knew at a deep level that it was conveying to me my life’s work.
Anyone in this world who is doing anything truly authentic is letting his or her heart lead. They are following heart knowing… “See-Feeling” an internal vision that is typically hard to explain or put into words.
By the way, this is why metaphor is the language our heart uses to navigate its way in the world. Metaphoric imagery allows us to “see-feel” vague inner feelings, nebulous nudges, fuzzy forms, obscure pieces that don’t seem to fit, and fleeting glimpses of “Something else.”
Heart knowing is hard to explain or put into words…but through metaphor, we can See-Feel it.