On the topic of what sets your heart alight, this month’s guest article comes from dreamwhisperer and doodler Geoffrey Baines. 

Before you embark on any path ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. (Carlos Casteneda)

I once read, “Do what you love and love what you do.” My path has come to include a lot of pictures.

In 2014, I set out with the intention of blogging every day as long as I could include a new doodle for each post. (I’d never doodled before but I’m hugely indebted to Hugh Macleod whose writing and doodling left me thinking, “I can do that.”) It’s now 2018 and I’m still blogging and doodling every day.

This flows in to and out from the futures-mentoring work I’ve been developing (dreamwhispering), helping people turn their dreams intoFlowers the stories they want to wake up to and live every day. I’m finding the best way of making the invisible visible is to literally draw it out, so I’ve been doodling my notes for quite a few years and am now developing different “canvases” to help people see how and where their talents, dreams and experiences meet.

Some may think this visualising of life is a modern trend but art is really our first language, – we’re just rediscovering this.

Coming out of the blue has been a commission for a colouring book. I’d no idea how I would do it but I said yes – because I feel I really love this path I had stumbled upon.  And if people want to explore their own path with a heart, there’s an online resource to support them.

I’m 58 years old so I would say it’s never too late to begin. Turn up every day and push what you love to do a little further and produce something every day no matter what it looks like.

If you want to find out more about Geoffrey’s dreamwhispering  and doodling, check out geoffreybaines.com and thinsilence.org