The fifth in a series of short musings.
A reader messaged me a few days ago. He told me he likes my work because I write from the heart. That was quite specific, and something I had not considered. I guess I assumed my work was coming from my brain. Perhaps I was wrong. Perhaps we express ourselves from undiscovered place, from secret spaces, or from all places within us and without. Creativity may be more all encompassing than I originally thought, at least for myself.
One thing I can say for sure: this short series, Seven Days of the Heart is most definitely coming from exactly where the title describes. And, it has given me a new perspective on the heart as it relates to our physical body, our mental and emotional bodies, and–most powerfully–the spiritual body. Have no doubt: this work has come from my sacred heart–the one that beats for God and all of humanity.
Today I reflect further on the heart chakra, and the inner hrit. This truly is the sacred heart, the house of the master builder, the gateway to ecstasy. When I wrote Pray Without Ceasing, Essays and Godwinks I asked myself a critically important question: how do I connect the physical organ with the energy of the chakras and the esoteric sacred heart? How do I express intuitive ideas in a practical manner? How do I bridge the world of science with that of mysticism? The chapters in that book guided by the heart chakra are Love, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Hope, and Partnership. Here are a few excerpts.
Love. “..these ideas may also help to teach us that there are always new and previously undiscovered ways in which we can, and do, place painful limits on both the love that we give and the love that we receive. What are those self-imposed limitations? Where are they hiding? Search your soul, and ask for help to reveal the veiled thoughts and feelings from which we suffer restrictions on love. What if each of us could call upon heavenly healing–to unlock and release the wounds from which we have limited the flow of divine unconditional love which is meant to swirl through us, in us, to us, and from us? Where are those secret places, buried deep within us, where love is not welcomed? How do we reach those traumas, learned lies, scars, and deeply injured parts of our psyche in order to overcome the history which so savagely sabotages our beautiful and pure energy of divine love that is meant to carry us all, together, through a joyful life in communion with God? For those answers, we must pray without ceasing.”
Forgiveness. “Alexander Pope (1688-1744), a British poet, reminds us, in his piece An Essay on Criticism, of God’s desire for humans to remain constant and always at the ready to forgive each other for wrongs. In the aforementioned poem, Pope introduces his timeless phrase: ‘to err is human, to forgive divine’. We all make mistakes but still, in our desire to please God, we must reach, we must practice, we must be compassionate to ourselves, and we must forgive.
And, forgiveness is such a critical element of our humanity that it is addressed many times in The Holy Bible. Even the very foundational prayer of the Christian faith, The Our Father, has a distinct section which addresses mutual, and reciprocal, forgiveness. Jesus clearly cries out in The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 6 to “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” This declaration now renders forgiveness a command from God, not an option, and not an action that we may continue to refuse any longer. Why do humans find it so challenging to forgive? Where does pride come into play? Why do we decide to remain wounded, when we can obey God, release others, and free ourselves? Let us pray and meditate upon this until we are liberated. Let your heart fill with love and forgiveness, and allow those sentiments to wash out resentment and anger. Shed the weight of bitterness and fly.
Gratitude. “‘Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.’ Marcus Tullius Cicero
Many good and well-intentioned souls find it difficult to break out of a habit of complaining, or one of focusing on undesirable circumstances, or difficult people. To remedy this condition, we must study the superstars of “giving thanks” in The Bible. Job, King David, Ezra, and Saint Paul all experienced circumstances which ranged from devastating tragedy, to great heights of success and blessings. One thing all of these heroes had in common, was a devotion to the practice of giving thanks to God under all circumstances. These important figures, both from The Old Testament and The New Testament, faced some overwhelming situations and experienced immense suffering, yet they remain ever grateful to God, even for their very lives. This level of appreciation does not always come easy, and it certainly does not happen overnight. How can we, as did these powerful figures, strengthen our capacity to feel grateful for the blessings which have been graciously gifted to us, even amidst fears and perceptions of lack? And why would we want to do so?”
Hope. “One of our greatest teachings about hope can come from the Book of Ezekiel. The story depicts a prophet who rose out of the desperation of Israel, after the occupation and the Babylonian deportations. Ezekiel brought a level of hope, a new hope, which had been unimaginable to a people so lost. But let us examine who Ezekiel really was–including the good, the bad, and the ugly: a priest; a contemporary of the prophet Jeremiah; a survivor of the invasion of Jerusalem by the Babylonians; a politically displaced person; a man who experienced both physical and spiritual exile; an open minded soul devoted to God; a bold character; and a human, with all of the struggles of duality which go along with our lives as embodied creations of God. Ezekiel was just like you, and me.
The holy city of Jerusalem had been overthrown and occupied by the Babylonians, and God charged Ezekiel with the task of restoring the bond between God and His people. Read all of Ezekiel 37, but especially verses 5-8: Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: and I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord . So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above…Ezekiel 37:5-8. Consider the faith and the measure of hope which was required for Ezekiel to understand this holy calling and persevere with his mission.”
Partnership. “…the Third Force is actually the transformed couple. No longer are they two individuals, but one. ‘Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh’. (Genesis 2:24). And the Gospels also repeat this theory: ‘and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh’ (Mark 10:8).
These teachings also support Twin Flame thinking. Those in committed relationships must examine what it true for their union–through prayer, honesty, respect, vulnerability, responsibility, and unconditional love. There are many key partnerships which serve as models for us. Some of these partnerships are of sacred commitment, a traditional marriage between a man and a woman, but what of other, deeply loving, and deeply spiritual partnerships? We began with Jesus and Mary Magdalene, but, as we us explore further, we discover, a host of critically important partnerships throughout biblical history, and beyond, which have been provided to us as relationship and commitment mentors. Let us learn from all of these guides.”
Finally, the mantras for each chapter. When combined, they create a complex and powerful mantra that will feed your heart. The mantra becomes a prayer: the prayer announcing love and hope for yourself and others. This is my Prayer of the Heart:
“My Love is pure. I Forgive. Thank You. Hope heals. I belong.”
With great love,
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