“I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” Joseph Campbell
In an interview, shortly before his death in 1983, Joseph Campbell said,
“It is miraculous. If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
Campbell, himself influenced by the works of Carl Jung, James Joyce and Sigmund Freud, has shaped the careers of many of the world’s most creative people through his “Follow your bliss” philosophies. People such as Jim (The Doors) Morrison, Alan (the Zen) Watts and George (The Force) Lucas. And as slight digressionary side note, I am utterly convinced that The Force, to which Obi-Wan Kenobi refers to as giving a Jedi his powers in Star Wars – A New Hope, is a nod to Joseph Campbell.
So how do you successfully tap into it and follow your bliss, without overthinking and try to control things? In my experience these are some things you need to do;
- Listen – for the whisper, it can be hard to hear, but it’s that little inner voice gently nudging you through your passion and what makes your heart sing. Doors will be opened for you through your heart’s desire.
- Feelings – Watch for the feelings that have the biggest impact on you. They will spark something that you can’t explain, deep down and radiate through you. It’ll be a magical can’t-put-your-finger-on-it moment and you’ll know it. Your feelings will be guiding you.
- Act – Don’t wait until you’re richer, thinner, healthier, act today on what sets your heart racing. Regardless of what it is, make at least the teeniest tiniest step into your bliss.
- Trust – in yourself and your abilities. Trust in your inner knowing. Don’t worry about what others think, they are on their own journey. Trust implicitly that the best way to your bliss will be shown to you and BELIEVE unequivocally that it’s your destiny.
This is my Bliss-following story
I was made redundant twice in one year and didn’t know how I was going to make my mortgage payments. That whisper nudged me to contact the revenue services to tell the about my situation and a week later there was a rebate paid into my bank account, meaning that I could pay the mortgage and tide me over until I got another job!
Fast forward to the divine new job I now have, which was 100% down to being urged by the unseen force to put myself out there on social media. A couple of people shared my post, which basically said I’m looking for work, and I was suddenly inundated with enquiries about me! I got a job in my field of expertise, doing exactly the hours I’ve wanted to do in forever, within a month!
What I did during this time was to not overthink things, which as we have established, is easier said than done. Meditating helps to quieten the mind and I also visualised. I visualised the universe as one GIANT hand that I could put my troubles/ worries/ concerns/ overthinking into and trust that it would show me the best outcome, and it did! So try it sometime. It really does work, trust me.
Finally, for me being in the flow and following your bliss is and should always be effortless. A place where the beginning meets the end, and everything clicks into place. Following your bliss is the most natural thing to do.
“Follow your bliss…and believe it. Don’t half believe it because that won’t work”. – Thank you, Barry Gibb