Journey of the Heart – Day 13

We are on Round 2 of our Journey! For those of you new to this, there are 10 Guiding Thoughts, which we repeat in four rounds, for a total of 40 days. With this round, instead of hearing the guiding thoughts in the first person, the subject of the Guiding Thought will be “you”. For example, instead of saying, “My heart knows how to love”, we will be saying, “Your heart knows how to love.”  (For further explanation see Journey of the Heart – Day 11)


Spend about 15-20 minutes with the guiding thought, and then let your heart speak through words, pictures, colors, shapes, whatever feels right. I’ve supplied a link below to an audio of me doing the guiding thought–use it if you like to create, while listening to it play on a loop (that’s what I do). Scroll to the bottom for my sharing…

Day 13 Guiding Thought

Follow the guidance of your heart and experience life anew!

Express love, and experience love everywhere.

Find new ways to love.

Recognize new depths and nuances of love.

Be patient. Be kind. Be wise and respond to life with love, as love.

Click here to access the audio file.

You can download this and play it in a loop while you allow your heart to speak to you 🙂   I suggest Windows Media Player (I have not tested other players).

Journey of the Heart - Day 13 Susan Billmaier for susanwithpearls
Journey of the Heart – Day 13
Susan Billmaier for susanwithpearls


As I’ve mentioned before, I do not plan these pictures. I let the Guiding Thought speak to me and just color/draw/play with whatever comes out. Most often, I ask myself (my heart), “What color should I choose?” or “What shall I draw where?”

Today I had a lot of trouble getting started. I felt the words, “Find new ways to love. Recognize new depths and nuances of love.” But I had no idea what to draw/color. It took many minutes before I started. I kept wishing I were more of an artist—someone who actually knows the techniques for drawing different things. I felt some embarrassment that my pictures are so simple. But at the same time, I like the innocence and child-like nature of my art. I am just free…

I wanted to represent something of depth—and I think that is what the hearts on the right are, this chain-link of hearts that goes off in two directions, in a way that you cannot see its end or beginning. And I wanted to represent something nuanced, which would be all of the different “decorations” in the hearts. The leaves represent growth, and the outlines of the hearts represent expansion. Again, I didn’t plan any of this… the understanding of what I was doing came to me as I was doing it.

The big heart on the left is my Heart Sun. I don’t really know what that means…again, it came to me as I was doing it. The blue and purple rays from the heart sun reminded me of a jester’s hat, so I put some little “balls” at the ends of two of them, to really make it resemble a jester’s hat. Apparently, my Heart Sun has a sense of humor. The Heart Sun had to do with the expression and experience of Love. That is what I was focused on as I drew/colored it.

What matters with these daily drawings is that I’m spending time with my heart, really giving it a place, a voice, and serious consideration. My heart has not had attention quite like this before…and it’s responding! I got news today that some plans I wanted to make for the future just completely fell through. At another point in my life, I might have felt failure, rejection, defeated…but today…I felt oddly optimistic. The quote from Thomas Edison ran through my head– when he had “failed” at producing the light bulb after hundreds of attempts, his response was (something like), “This is a success! Now I know of one more that is not the answer, and I can move on to finding the answer!” That is how I felt, but in terms of my heart, it was more along the lines of, “Now you are free to do what I will lead you to!”