Bashar does inter changeably use the terms 'highest joy' AND 'highest excitement'. Ultimately meaning, finding inspiration in something. Inspiration always comes from that greater part of ourselves still in the spirit world, whether you call it the higher self or something different.
I discovered Bashar's teachings about 4 years ago, but never gave him a chance at the time. I've taken a lot of pointers from a lot of different teachers and teachings mainly in the context of healing, since I have had a chronic illness for a number of years and finally found a way to put my illness into remission although recently it's flared up again (chronic fatigue syndrome).
So, the notion of listening to my heart has grown on me over the last year as I've been forced to open up to that message and the ONLY way to listen to your heart is through letting go. I have come to differentiate the difference between fear based beliefs and thoughts which stem from my heart. Largely, my own understanding of the subconscious mind and the survival brain has been a big part of this for me personally. My own illness had caused me to research epi-genetics, neuroplasticity and the power of mind over matter and it all led me to the deliberate creation teachings. Bashar has a fabulous DVD which I purchased over the summer about how our beliefs are formed through the filter of the subconscious mind. I can write you a novel on this stuff. There is a basically an immense purpose for the experience of limiting beliefs, becuase it is THOSE beliefs which initially shape and create our reality. In order to have the experience of actually having a choice and creating something more aligned with your true nature, you would have to first experience the opposite which means.....limitation, powerlessness, etc. So, all of those old thoughts and beliefs of fear, and anxiety and such all stem from the resistance of the human survival mechanism which serves one purpose and that purpose is to protect you from perceived danger.
A powerful phrase that has come to me on my own is:
"Source (who I truly am) never fears.....then why do I fear?"
It's a very powerful question of inquiry because it gets you to question where the thoughts of fear stem from. They all stem from the same mechanism.....survival. Therefore, it's not AS difficult to then differentiate between survival thoughts and thoughts that stem from your true essence. When I learned how dis-ease works in the body through believing things that contradicted my true nature (restrictive, limiting beliefs once again), those are the ones that stem from ego. The ego simply wants to control life out of fear. The ego is nothing more (in my definition of it) than your survival brain trying to again....protect you. It loves you THAT much.
A very helpful video from Bashar (one of my favorites of his) which shows his own understanding that inclusion is the only way in this universe:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yY2Oky4kkc
Ultimately, the only true way home to listening to yourself is through surrender and letting go. There IS no other way. It's taken me a long time to really get this and I mean REALLY get this. I've talked the talk a lot in the past after having some really incredible awakening experiences, but it hasn't been until recently that I have REALLY been putting this practice into play. It's taken a 'dark night of the soul' for me to really 'let go and let god'.