To begin, let’s ponder on this bible verse: “ Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Luke 12:34
This verse alone, whenever recited, leaves you in wonderment and with an apparent glaring blank stare. Physically and internally everything seems to just pause, stop in time, almost like a moment of silence. It creates an unannounced questionable examination of yourself to define what the desires of your heart are.
I’ve approached completion of the book entitled The Alchemist, in which coincidentally touches on this verse several times. Without revealing this phenomenal and magical story, no spoiler alerts here, this book takes you on a pilgrimage of a young boy in search of his treasure. The journey is filled with a whirlwind of events, however, because of the young boy’s burning desire that boiled within him in hopes of locating his treasure; his heart is never to be settled or to experience a sense of peace, until this search is satisfied.
I wonder how many of us at this time live with some sort of burning desire to please our heart in search of what we define to be your “treasure”. Do we even know what gives us any inclination that we are in search of a treasure? The treasure may not consist of material gain, but lean more towards a personal destiny/aspiration/dream, but it must connect to something the heart longs for deeply. The heart has its method of making noise, creating uneasiness of some kind that can be unsettling, if not answered. The heart longs for the desire to be fed. It’s a spiritual connection the heart has with your purpose. The pursuit of your treasure manifests itself with knowing what you’re purposed to do/be.
I had a recent discussion with a woman 63 years of age. She attended one of our workshops and was afflicted with the question, “What else am I left to do?” She also went on to state, “I’m old, my children have their kids, and now I have my grand-kids, but I’m left with what? I am annoyed when persons advise me to go dancing, find a hobby, or even play bingo, I know my last days are 10-15yrs around the corner.” She vented. While listening to her concern, I noticed that not once did she mention or identified her purpose, a treasure, or what gives her a desire to continue living. She claimed that she isn’t depressed, just suffering from severe arthritis, but regardless she never spoke of purpose until the idea was presented to her. She was in a daze, wrote down notes, then stated, “I never thought about my purpose. I lived day to day cheating myself without listening to my heart and ignoring its desires.”
It’s not selfish or egotistical to pay attention to your heart. “When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day the sun rises.”- The Alchemist.
And at some point you may feel misguided and confused about you inner desires for your life. Sometimes you will scale back on the pursuit because it has left you hurt and jaded—there’s no glamour in faith.
“My heart is a traitor, “the boy said to the alchemist, when they had paused to rest the horses. “It doesn’t want me to go on.”
The Alchemist answered, “That makes sense. Naturally its afraid of that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”
“Well then why should I listen to my heart?” the boy asked.
“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you , it will always be there inside of you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.” replied the Alchemist. –The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho