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.
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.