Today, i feel it is the moment, to share with you, the significance of the Heart within the meditation practice. The true Holy Grail, within each and every one of us.
The Heart is widely recognized, across all the major traditions & religions. In Yoga, it is known as Brahmapura, the house of the Supreme Consicousness.
I feel we all intuitively know our Heart is where our spirit radiates from. It is where our feelings arise and where much of our pain is held. For this reason, working with the Heart must be approached with care. The Heart is an omnipresent cave to our emotions and experiences. The Heart lives to feel and expand, which sounds great to experience, to ride those blissful waves, however this need for expansion can also lead to big changes.
Life is continually giving us what we need to grow and the Heart is the center in which we emanate and manifest our vibatory field from. To go a little deeper and give some more clarity. The vibrational frequency of the Heart, projects the reality we individually experience every day, with every new person and reflection we see, to show us where we at consciously.
When we live life with a closed Heart, we are simply not shinning as bright as we can be. Many of us believe we are open hearted and on one level we all are, yet from a personal experience of my Heart energetically opening, i can share with you.. Most of the people on this Earth plane, me included, are living with a closed Heart on a daily living experience. There maybe brief moments of elation and transcendence however very few people are living fully open.
We all hold pain and trauma from past experiences, mostly rooted in childhood experiences. We are living with our handbrake on, emotionally and likely have not realized or forgotten what it a fully open heart feels like. This is ok, we are exactly where we need to be on our healing journeys.
We can relate our confidence and self worth to our emotions and we know how we feel when we do and don’t have confidence, Self worth or even motivation, if we are high in confidence we can breeze through tasks. When we are low in Self Worth, we feel heavy and not good enough.This can indicate to us, what areas we are ignoring, that maybe uncomfortable to look at. Ultimately we are learning to relate to ourselves and the Heart is the essence of who we are. We may think we are such a type of person, with a particular set of view and morals, yet the Heart emits our truth, our vibration, our true hang ups and traumas.
I feel, it is the true work of us, as a civilization, to open our hearts individually and collectively. We must remember, the Same Heart that stores all that pain, is the same one that bursts open, in waves of ecstatic transcendence. Where we go one, We go all.
Within the meditation practice, we can acknowledge the physical presence of the Heart as a place to fix our attention. We can tune in to the rhythm of its beat. We can subtly, feel an energetic center to our being from chest area. Focusing our attention here during meditation is recommended by many of the great yogis, most notably Ramana Maharshi when he said “The Godly atom of the Self can be found in the right chamber of the Heart. It is called Hridaya, the Spiritual Heart. Through meditation, you can learn to find the Self, in the cave of this Heart” Ramana spoke from a direct experience of this.
As we become more connected to and mediating in, our Heart space, we will naturally create an environment, where the Heart can share its innate wisdom with us. It always is. Are we though creating the space and patience in our lives to listen? The fact you are here, is a good indication you are. Allow the Heart to guide you, through your relationship to the outside World. If you feel enthusiasm for something, that’s a sure sign your Heart is aligned. If you feel anxiety, listen to when these feelings arise and look bravely at things you may need to change. We are always receiving feedback from our Heart. When we live in alignment with the Heart, our intuition is heightened. We know what decisions to make in the moment. We know how we feel and are centered within our being. The Heart becomes a tool of knowledge to navigate us along the road of Life.
A Sandford based institute for Heart studies – HeartMath, revealed some incredible findings. Researching the Hearts energetic responses to stimulation, they discovered that the Heart, knew about and responded to, high arousal events, moments before they happened. Which, might not seem like much in passing information, yet this proves, that the intuition of the Heart, is not bound by space or time.
With this.. the environment is set for a revealing of the Heart as the very source of awareness. Ramana Maharshi’s experience reveals that the expression of consciousness we are all experiencing, right now, taking on this transmission, is emanating from each of our Hearts. It is the portal between the unmanifest and the material plane. This entire existence is created by the very essence of your being, without you, non of this would be here.
I share this words with you, not as some one stop shop to enlightenment. Yet as relative information, that can support the deepening and understanding of practicing with such powerful energetic centers and portals of consciousness. Only through experience do we gain true knowledge and it is through practice we create the beneficial conditions for shifts to spontaneously occur. The Heart holds it all. Proceed with love and a willingness to see and feel whatever the Heart knows your ready to experience, with the knowing your safe.
This is a great moment to close the eyes and take some moments to allow the information you’ve heard to sink in. Become aware of your breath. Acknowledge how you are breathing today.
Take a few deep breaths in & out, feeling your body relax deeply, letting go any tension. Directing our attention to the chest area, begin inhaling into the Heart. Exhale through the Heart, continuing like this.
When we inhale and exhale through the Heart, we can imagine we are blowing on an ember of a smoldering fire and as we continue to breath deeply into the Heart space, the ember ignites into flames.
If you feel any strong sensations or vibrations, breath with them. Continue to be the witness of the experience, whilst maintaining attention in the Heart area.
We can ask the question “Who Am I?” by diving into the sensations that arise from the chest.
This inquiry into The Heart, has been written to be part of a tutorial series, that is part of an amazing meditation app called Souse Guru. Created with Martin Bone’s vision and guidance of meditation. I am honoured to be asked to contribute to this beautiful project, to spread this sacred art form we know as meditation.
You can download the app for free via this link which gives you access to the basic content. With monthly donations you gain access to a library of wisdom, including guided meditations, breath work, techniques, practices & podcasts.