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Head vs. Heart

There are a lot of unsuccessful smart people. Ever wonder why?

I mean we’re talking about people who are educated to the max. A long string of letters after their names. And to make this puzzle more interesting, there are lots of uneducated people at the pinnacle of success.

Here’s my take on this. Education is marvelous – if you can handle it. You can develop your mind, but if you don’t master it, you will become its slave.

What does it mean to be enslaved by your mind? It means that you live totally in your head. You only trust your reason. You are very suspicious about feeling and intuition. You believe that your emotions should not guide your decisions (that’s funny because your emotions dictate every choice you make). And your intellectual self-image will never acknowledge something as ‘hokey’ as intuition. Poor smart you.

For the record, I’m educated. I have B.A. and M.A. after my name. I received my master’s degree with honors in English literature. I wrote an original thesis “The Influence of Nietzsche in D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love.” It received a grade of double excellence.

I’m not writing this to impress you, simply to impress upon you that I love education. I’m also very aware of its traps.

You see, I’ve done a lot of work to break the shackles of my mind. My journey of personal growth directs me closer to my heart and intuition. The more I trust them, the more creative, compassionate, optimistic, and wealthy I become.

My journey has no end, and that’s a good thing. Like Bob Dylan sang, “He not busy being born is busy dying.”

At this stage of my growth, I’m learning more about the power of intention. That’s also the name of a book by Wayne Dyer that I highly recommend.

What is intention? It depends on who’s asking the question. To an actor, which I am, it means the thing that I am passionately fighting for in a scene. To the goal setting achiever, which I am, it means the specifically defined outcome I am striving for. That’s not unlike an actor’s intention.

Dr. Dyer challenges us to embrace a deeper meaning of intention. He opens the first chapter of his book with this compelling quote from Carlos Castaneda.

In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shamans call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.”

Imagine what you can accomplish and become when you acknowledge and allow your connection to pure intent!


One Response to “Head vs. Heart”

  1. Tim says:

    Hey Louis,
    I love this blog post. I’m a big fan of Dr. Wayne Dyer. Not many people believe in the law of attraction or the power of intention. Thanks for refocusing me on what matters in life. I now have to go back and re-read his books.