Thoughts on the Heart
For those of us who are members of the human race, the heart is the centre of it all. It is the power that keeps us alive, our intuitive compass, the conduit for meaningful relationships, and the place of inner knowing that gives our lives purpose. It is also the portal to the soul.
The heart is a powerhouse. It beats 100,000 times a day and sends 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels in order to keep us nourished and alive. It has a 24/7, lifelong purpose to pump energy and nourishment into the body, and to pump out the used up elements that no longer serve us. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like now might be a good time to place your hands on your chest and send your heart some gratitude.
It’s beating everyday, around the clock, just for you baby.
Inside the portal of our heart, there is a still point. If you have the time, breath with this awareness for a moment and see how deep you can go. Sometimes, when I am imagining human energetic anatomy, I see the heart as the intersection of a cross, where the horizontal and vertical axis of who we are meet. It is the place within us that connects our vertical alignment to source and the earth (up and down) with the horizontal, outward expression of things that we do (left to right). This intersection gives us each unique purpose and meaning to the actions we make with our arms and hands. Without the heart, our purpose here on earth cannot be accessed or expressed.
It is curious no? That so much of us live life so focused in our minds, choosing reason over emotion and inner knowing, when it is actually the heart that is in charge of it all. A space I love called The Heart Math Institute has taken the time to prove that the electromagnetic field of the heart is 60 times greater in amplitude than that of the brain, and 100 times stronger.
Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade my mind for anything. What this makes me think however, is that so many of us are missing out on the power, magic, and well spring of opportunity that the heart offers. It doesn’t cost us anything extra and serves us everyday. I think it’s all about better understanding the proportions of our own architecture, which ironically takes the mind to do. Maybe it is just about allowing our minds to become the servant of our hearts. I mean if the heart is that much stronger, and is always on our side, doesn’t it seem like the smart thing to do?
Some of you might try it and say, “well when I go into my heart, there is pain, and I don’t like the way it feels, so I just avoid it.” That is a great thought! Because, it means you are connecting! Maybe you just need to understand your anatomy more clearly. Underneath the pain there is always the purity of your heart and the true tone of who you are. Always! It’s just a matter of cleaning up what you’ve swept under the rug. And if you’ve spent your life living in the mind, that’s the first thing that you are going to have to do before you get there. Doing this process - is the way of the warrior, and I will tell you the truth. It is not easy work, but it does make you better. If you are someone who has had trauma that is affecting your present moment life, it is a way to get to the root and make real transformation.
To live life to the fullest, with ease, we must continue with the flow of life. This means giving in order to receive, or vice versa - that’s just the way it is. For example, every time we eat a good meal, talk to a loved one, read a book, or walk down the street, we are inputting energy. We are doing this all the time. Then in turn we might support a friend, share the knowledge we’ve learned, or head to the bathroom after a big meal. This is life’s external expression of the hearts internal input/output system.
But how many of us truly do that in a fluid and pure way? If we hold in secrets, refrain from telling others how we really feel, deny and push down our inner passions in order to cope with the world, we are beginning to compromise our hearts natural rhythm. Where does it go when we do this? It gets stored in the body, and if we do this for long enough it may eventually rise up as that pain in the neck, or arthritis in the knee.
We have to empty what we take in, which is usually contrary to the way in which we may have been taught, because it means letting it out. If we are hurt emotionally, we need to express it in a healthy and self-aware way. Shoving down the difficult things over and over doesn’t get us very far. Literally. It stays with us in the body, and then we begin to play the game of constantly trying to get away from it. It then effects us in subtle ways as it bubbles up from the subconscious, and to take it even further - it can even get passed down as lineage trauma.
What is the solution? We learn to let it out. We can learn true compassion and let the love in our hearts transmute. Tune in next week to learn about what it feels like to transmute from the heart space and receive tools and resources to support living with compassion and unconditional love.
Namaste my friends :)