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The Universe of the Heart

Published on May 27, 2011

Do we really understand the heart? Are we brave enough to seek out its hidden mysteries, swim in its deep green seas?

The most difficult subject, after all, is the most simple. It is hard for the mind, which loves argument and complexity, to enter the kingdom of heaven, which was Christ’s way of describing the kingdom of the heart. The deepest mysteries and greatest challenges lie ahead for those brave enough to investigate the hidden depths of the heart. The heart lives in the fourth dimension and our three-dimensional minds have little ability to cope with its unpredictable ways.

All hearts are in love with the same truth, the truth of being a being and being true to that being.

When we say heart we are not talking about the chambered, muscular organ in vertebrates that pumps blood. In spiritual terms the heart represents the totality of our being; both the conscious and unconscious self. It has traditionally been thought to be the vital center of one’s being, emotions, and sensibilities and is seen as the repository of one’s deepest and sincerest feelings. The heart is strongly associated with our capacity for sympathy, generosity, compassion, love and affection. When we say someone has heart we mean that they are warm and loving, tender and open.

The true nature of pure heart is a river without end, a flow, a tide, and an endless fountain of love and courage to meet life.

The word heart is also associated with courage, resolution and fortitude. These are all qualities of being that measure our firmness of will or the callousness required to carry out an unpleasant task or responsibility, qualities of heart that contrast with the above, with tenderness and compassion. This side of the heart demonstrates a tougher kind of love, a compassionate ruthlessness, a kind of love that disciplines a child, a kind of love present when a surgeon needs to operate without an anesthetic.

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That kind of love that speaks out and takes a risk and faces the fear of rejection or that kind of love that focuses on truth no matter how unpopular. Here you hear people saying what a brave heart or “lion hearted” a person is. The new age is associated with the more yin or soft side of the heart and the manifestation of love is seen only in niceties, tenderness, and softly spoken words. Many people judge this side of the heart as being something cruel, evil, and dark, never knowing that those energies are hiding behind their own judgments. The heart is not just mushy and sentimental. It is a vast reservoir of intelligence and power. Within the heart is the trinity of love, power, and intelligence, all of which must eventually be balanced to arrive at the place we call pure heart.

We judge, love doesn’t. We judge and we judge and we never stop judging for that is all we know what to do. When we judge we separate from love for it is impossible to be in the heart and to judge at the same time.

There are numerous idioms in our languages that express the deeper realities surrounding the heart. “At heart” means coming from one’s deepest feelings; “from the bottom of my heart” reflects the most sincere of feelings; “in one’s heart of hearts” infers the seat of one’s truest feelings, “heart and soul,” means completely and entirely, “in a half-hearted manner” refers to us giving only part of our attention or awareness to something, and “to wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve” means to show one’s feelings clearly and openly by one’s behavior. Also we have the expression, “with all my heart,” which expresses one’s great willingness or pleasure for doing something, one’s devotion or complete commitment to manifesting something.

The heart represents our basic capacity to care and feel.

In the languages of the world you will find countless references to the feelings of the heart all alluding to some hidden power, to a magnificent energy or force that has the power to change our lives. The true hidden power of the heart is love and this is the core frequency of our natural beings. The heart is something we simply feel; it is not something we think about logically.

The “heart center” (cardiac or chakra center) is the level of consciousness where our entire sense of security is experienced. It is that center with which we identify as our primary sense of self. The flash of pain that comes from rejection or the pains of misunderstandings that arise from poor communications are examples of the heart being hurt. We often refer to this as “having our feelings hurt.” If we cannot communicate those natural feelings of hurt we fall into chains of thoughts and reactions that take us into separation and into pain and suffering. This is the crux of life on earth.

The heart is warm and is a light and power that is both dynamic and moving, full of spark and vitality, brilliant in its activity.

Part of the sadness of life is that people are completely cut off from their heart center. People crave the deep feelings of the heart and hate the emptiness that is left when we close ourselves to its love. People are deluded when they think romance alone will provide the answer, but romance is a mirror of the feelings that flow through us when the heart suddenly opens like a tidal wave. We will begin to understand the heart and why so many of us suffer such heartbreak when we dive deeply into an investigation of the rapids we must negotiate to get to its deeper, stiller waters.

Beings in union love each other, touch each other, need each other, heal each other.

The heart, when open, is tuned to deep feelings of tenderness, warmth and compassion. But it is equally tuned to a sense of power and intelligence to act and to react and to its ability to communicate with others. This is the cornerstone of heart intelligence.

The heart knows how to communicate, how to listen, what to do. It knows itself, feels power, love, and tenderness, pain, suffering, peace and grace. It possesses insight, passion, and inspiration, and finally in the end, complete manifestation.

When the heart is only partially open we can only suffer from the conflicts between the head and the heart, for the partially open heart is subject to the domination of the ego and all of its trips. And when we first enter the universe of the heart and promise to love only one, we naturally fall into the trap of possession. In human terms it is natural to possess when one loves. The word longing and being combine to form the word belonging. We often stake our entire sense of being on these feelings and as such we are completely vulnerable to the feelings of loss. When people are deeply possessive and attached to what is loved the suffering of loss brings a loss of will to live. These powerful feelings run through and through the heart and have a tremendous effect on our entire vibration. And these energies tend to destroy the vibrancy of the heart’s physical tissues if they are intense or persist long enough. It is no accident that women, whose husbands die after 40 or 50 years of marriage, often suffer a heart attack and die themselves within a year. The medical establishment calls this the broken heart syndrome.

It is well known that the heart can bleed like no other part of the body.

Since the most basic characteristic of our heart is its capacity to feel, this also means its most basic capacity can be seen in its capacity to suffer. Thus it can be said that when we avoid suffering we avoid the heart. To avoid suffering is to avoid life yet this is what we do. The way to avoid many types of heartbreak or emotional kinds of suffering is to open wider to love. The more we love the less we suffer if that love is spread among many souls.

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  • tony kuli

    In the Heart lies the reflection of God Almighty!

    Here is an excerpt of a Talk given by my Yoga Teacher….who sadly has departed from this Hell we have created on this Heaven called Earth….

    SHRI MATAJI NIRMALA DEVI

    In the Puranas, the modern times we are now living in are called Kali Yuga, the Age
    of Confusion and Conflict. Yugas are periods of time, thousands of years long, that
    recur in a cyclic or spiral progression. Dwapara Yuga is the second age, when
    people begin to lose some of the great qualities they had in the first or Golden Age,
    and Kali Yuga (modern times) marks the lowest point of moral and spiritual
    development in each cycle. It is followed by Krita Yuga, the age of transformation or
    actualisation of spiritual experience, which leads finally to Satya Yuga, the Age of
    Truth or Reality, in which the Golden Age returns and all man’s faculties begin to
    manifest themselves in their full glory once again. Thus according to the Puranas
    humanity has great hope of enjoying Satya Yuga which will give peace,harmony and
    Divine love.

    If we tally the description of Kali Yuga in the Puranas with very obvious observations
    of the present state of our society, it seems to me that the worst period of Kali Yuga
    started during the first quarter of this century. It is almost unbelievable how culture
    and thought have completely changed in such a short time, particularly in the West.
    In Kali Yuga, all traditional values are more and more undermined and destroyed and
    there is great moral confusion. There is also a restless seeking for new forms and
    new kinds of order. According to the Puranas, when the lowest point is reached, the
    people will have lost contact with their inner sense of dharma (innate sense of
    righteousness which is sustained). There will be confusion between right and wrong.
    Children will no longer respect their parents. Men will think and act like women and
    women will become like men. The lowest grades of human beings will take over
    positions of power and authority, and the higher, spiritual type of human being will be
    neglected and despised.

    About twenty years ago, marking the very first stirring of a new Satya Yuga, the
    transitional age called Krita Yuga started manifesting itself. Krita Yuga is a unique
    period of spiritual ascent as the All-Pervading Divine Power called the
    Paramchaitanya in Sanskrit has become active at the level of ordinary human
    existence. It is predicted that this Divine activity will bring about the long awaited
    Satya Yuga, the era of growth and spiritual ascent.All the signs show that it is the Era
    of Truth which is now advancing and we can see very clearly. For example, how quite
    ordinary people are becoming aware of Absolute Truth and Reality through Sahaja Yoga.
    Sahaja Yoga is the spontaneous union of the individual consciousness with the All-Pervading
    Divine Power through the awakening of the residual Power of Kundalini which lies dormant
    within all human beings in the triangular bone at the base of the spine called the sacrum —
    the sacred bone.

    Krita Yuga has another characteristic by which, when this Yuga is manifested, the
    falsehood of all outside religions, all people in power who are unpatriotic and
    dishonest will be automatically exposed. All false prophets and cult leaders will be
    exposed and all organizations that perpetrate falsehood and hatred in the name of
    God will be exposed because in Krita Yuga the Truth is spontaneously brought out.
    All corrupt entrepreneurs and false teachers will also be exposed.

    A second characteristic of Krita Yuga is that whenever there is a falling away from
    Dharma the inner Divine Laws of Righteousness which are innate and which
    regulate both human existence — the whole world structure as well as manifestation
    of the Cosmos — will arise as a result with a corresponding, compensatory effect.
    This is called the Law of Polarity or in Sanskrit karma-phalam which means in
    practical terms that whatever you have done, you will get the fruits of those
    actions— As you sow, so shall ye reap. (ceea ce semeni vei culege)So in this Yuga all
    persons will get their karma phalam. If they have led their lives in
    accordance with the Universal and Eternal Laws of Being they will enjoy an
    existence which is harmonious and fulfilling. But, on the other hand, whatever
    wrongs they have done — that is, whenever they have fallen out of the central path
    of Dharma, either individually or collectively — they will have to pay for that in this life
    time.

    In Krita Yuga there may be much to suffer. This is very unfortunate but it is simply the
    effect of our own actions which we have to face. Of course suffering can be avoided
    if people achieve their ascent; what in Yoga we call “the State of Spirit” or “union with
    the Divine Power.” In Krita Yuga this manifestation of exposure and punishment
    through the law of polarity will take place as long as we do not accept the path of
    spirituality, which is the only true and satisfying path for human beings. The suffering
    that befalls people, both collectively and individually, will be nothing but their own
    karma phalam, the result of their own choices.

    However, despite this aspect, Krita Yuga is also a very blissful era for those who are
    genuinely earnest seekers of Truth. In Krita Yuga there are unique opportunities for
    self-transformation and, with their ascent, these seekers will
    achieve a very high state of spirituality.

  • L.P.

    Dr. Sircus…..This is a beautifully written testimony of YOUR heart.
    I can very much relate to “the pains of misunderstanding that arise from poor communication” as the example of the heart being hurt. I lost a very dear friend because I made a mistake and she wasn’t forgiving and is completely out of my life after 23 years. It has devastated me and my heart still hurts after over 3 month ago.
    Thank you for expounding on such a poetic and *Heart-felt* subject that affects every human (and animal, I believe) on the planet.

    L.P.