"Follow your Bliss" revisited.

I read something from +Derek Sivers's book "Anything You Want" (http://goo.gl/qKvX1) at my local café this lunchtime, that reminded me of the meaning of Joseph Campbell's plea to "Follow your Bliss". Here's the passage...

"No “yes.” Either “HELL YEAH!” or “no"......
When deciding whether to do something, if you feel anything less than “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!”— then say “no.” When you say “no” to most things, you leave room in your life to throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say “HELL YEAH!” Every event you get invited to. Every request to start a new project. If you're not saying “HELL YEAH!” about it, say “no.” We're all busy. We've all taken on too much. Saying yes to less is the way out."

This feeling of "Hell Yeah" is the Bliss that Joseph Campbell talks about.

Notice that J.C. didn't say, "Go find your bliss" or, _"Do something that give you bliss". Neither did he say, "Pursue a vocation that gives you bliss". He didn't even say, "Follow your path of bliss".

He simply said, "Follow your Bliss".

It is so hard for our 'little me' minds to accept -- because to do so would mean relinquishing control, something it would agree to -- that 'Follow you Bliss' is not a path, or a vocation, or destination of an kind... it is a Compass!

There is no path: The path is what we see if we happen to look back over our shoulder whilst following our bliss... but we are not going to see that path in front of us. And neither is there a set vocation or creative expression: When we follow you bliss, the things that light our fire are likely to morph into other things, just as quickly as we learn what they have to teach us, and are ready for a new breakthrough.

The feeling of "Hell Yeah", or 'Bliss', is our Compass Needle. And we are free to follow that feeling whenever we choose... trusting that it knows its own perfect way... because that feeling is always present. It's just that we've pretty damn good at suppressing it.

But we don't have to do that anymore. :)
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