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WHY OUR HEART?
Why is our heart the center of happy and beautiful feelings? & nbsp; Why is our heart, not our brain or other parts of us, the key?
Our heart is the key because our spirit, or our true self, is within our heart. The Creator, True Source, is a Spirit, and therefore our true self is also a spirit – a spark of True Source. Our heart is the special facility provided so that there is always a beautiful connection between True Source and beloved children of True Source.
Our brain is also a wonderful facility given by True Source so that we can learn through experience, as our lessons here on Earth to help us to remember about and choose True Source. But of course it is about the special tool, the heart, which has been provided for us to truly improve our connection.
In the same way we must use our eyes to see and our hands to touch – not just intending to or thinking about seeing or touching – our heart must actually be used to strengthen our connection to True Source. Yet because our relationship is obviously not a physical matter but a spiritual one, it’s clear that we wouldn’t use a physical organ to grow closer to True Source. Again, this is what the heart, the key to our connection, is for. And while the spiritual heart is non-physical, it isn’t difficult at all to use; you will see this after opening your heart for sometime.
In fact, when our brain chooses True Source, but we also properly use the special facility that has been given to us – our heart – to connect to True Source, True Source’s Love can help our spirit directly with everything that is needed. This is part of the beautiful gift of the human body.
OUR HEART IS THE CENTER OF PEACE, CALMNESS, AND TRUE LOVE
When we open our heart, we recognize and realize the presence of True Source’s Blessings. We can feel – really and actually - so many beautiful things within our heart, including lightness, calmness, peace, happiness, and joy beyond all things we have ever felt from our worldly experiences.
Moments when we are enjoying the feeling from our heart are moments we are actually using our heart, letting True Source’s Blessing work better on our whole heart and our whole self. Every moment we spend within the Blessing within our heart brings us closer to True Source – to the eternal beauty and joy that our heart already knows, and that our brain has been seeking.
OUR HEART KNOWS THE TRUTH
For ages it has been said we should follow our heart, that our heart knows the truth. Why? This is because our true self, the spark of True source, within our heart has its own consciousness, and it knows the real truth – what is best for us and for others.
As soon as we use our heart properly, we can realize truths from our own heart, which are better than “truths” from our limited brain. Oftentimes, these aren’t truths at all, but what we later find are mistakes based on limited or false information, misjudgments, or poor reasoning.
OTHER SPECIAL THINGS ABOUT OUR HEART
While the brain is easily influenced by its surroundings, our heart cannot be manipulated by anyone else. The truths from our heart are just that: truths untouched and untouchable by circumstance, persuasion, ego, or any other outside force.
Rather, we and True Source are the only ones who can affect our heart; no other being has the power to make our heart dirty except ourselves. Thus, when we feel hurt, angry, sad, or experience any other negative emotion, we must remind ourselves that it isn’t really our colleagues, friends, family, or adverse life events causing these emotions within us. It’s actually us following the negativity, allowing it to make our heart dirty.
In cleansing and opening our heart, however, it’s not enough to rely on our own effort. Just as we’re vulnerable to outside forces, we also lack the internal strength to rid ourselves completely of this negative energy. The best way- the most beautiful and joyful way – to cleanse and open our heart, instead, is to ask True Source for blessings. We will practice this later in the book.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart ~Buddha
There are countless sayings recognizing the importance of our heart.“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Jung“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” Albert Einstein “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle “The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.” Rumi “The worst prison would be a closed heart.” Pope John Paul II
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius
“One learns through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect.” Mark Twain
“Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.” Ralph Walso Emerson
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine De Saint-Expuery
“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” Buddha
“The best and most beautiful things in the worls cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
“In prayer, it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” Mahatma Gandhi
“There is a light that shines beyond all things on Earth, beyond us all, beyond the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our heart. Chandogya Upanishad 3.13.7
In reading these quotes, we recognize a core essence of truth. There’s a knowing and familiarity, despite perhaps never having studied or followed these figures or their stories. That’s your heart speaking.
The heart, in its depth, is the center of peace and calmness. When we open and use our heart, we experience genuine lightness and tranquility throughout our whole self.
Sakyamuni Buddha taught: “Calmness is within you; do not look for it outside of you.” Yes you don’t have to be a Buddha to see how those who chase down worldly success in an effort to be happy and peaceful many times end up anything but. A number of wealthy people find it difficult, often impossible, to smile freely or feel any calmness or peace in their daily life. If we neglect our heart, we may attain success and material goods, but serenity and happiness will always still be in front of us, just out of reach.
When we open and use our heart properly, by contrast, we find that contentment and pleasure come hand-in-hand with the wealth: helping us to enjoy everything better, and with real perspective. We also share our happiness with those around us more freely, and create an environment that encourages and supports this peace and calmness.
By opening and using our heart in our daily lives, moreover, we can feel and enjoy this peace and calmness – so clearly – that our whole heart and our whole self are happy each moment. Your heart, in fact, already knows how. It’s only a matter of opening it up and using it.
Chapter 1 continued Tuesday
INTRODUCTIONWe are meant to be happy.If you look at the motivations behind our thoughts and actions – conscious and unconscious – they’re all to get us closer to the feeling, or at least the idea, of happiness.Yes in spite of our worldly successes and social relationships, we sometimes feel lonely, empty, as if something is missing. Even when we experience happiness, it tends to be more of a brief touch than a lasting embrace. We seem to slip back to a lower plane, a place of wanting, again and again.Psychologists, economists, poets – and, most importantly, you – have long asked why. But, for all of the scholarship and human insight across the centuries, nobody has found a complete and enduring answer. Perhaps because it’s been too close to see…
The answer, the truth, is our heart. Not the physical heart that beats in our chest, but of our spiritual heart: the key connection to True Source, the source of peace, calmness, and joy. In opening and using our heart, we’re blessed with a lasting peace and happiness that we can feel – actually and really feel – as we go about our daily lives. (Because opening our heart is universal and applies to all religions and faiths, please feel free to replace the term “True Source” with whatever name you use to refer to the Source of Light and Love). It is my joy to share with you in this book not only information about the heart but also simple and effective exercises to help open and strengthen your heart even more.
As you read through the exercises, you will notice that the steps are actually quite simple and natural. Being guided by your feeling as you begin to practice, you will experience the beautiful ease of allowing your heart to lead you.
I began presenting Open Heart and Inner Heart workshops years ago, and have been asked why I am writing this book about the heart for the public now. It’s because everything is happening at such a fast rate during this spiritual awakening age. In fact, it was not until just several months ago that without any preparation (i.e., Heart workshops), people were able to open and strengthen their hearts easily. Given this great shift and Blessing this book will be valuable for everyone – including those who have no background whatsoever in heart training or meditation.
May you find everything I share in this book useful. By opening and using your heart more, you will become happier, more peaceful, and healthier. May you also enjoy praying more, be more grateful, and become closer to True Source.
Irmansyah EffendiPerth, Australia, May 2010
This is a new book by Irman. Over the next week I will put on line some sections of the book that have been made available for the public.
We are really blessed to be able to announce that New Zealand now has its very own Reiki Tummo Master. Up until now we have had overseas masters coming to New Zealand to run these workshops.
Now for the first time we have our very own New Zealand Reiki Tummo master - Pauline Weeds.
Pauline will be holding a Level 1 Reiki Tummo workshop on the 5th September.
Just contact Pauline on 820 7069 for further information or look on www.lotuslight.net.nz
There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don't you?
You feel the separation
from the Beloved.
Invite Him to fill you up,
Embrace the fire.
Remind those who tell you otherwise,
comes to you of its own accord,
and the yearning for it
cannot be learned in any school.
Opening our hearts is very different to the usual activities that we do in our daily life. In opening our hearts, we want to rely on the beautiful Blessings from the Divine Source that are always available for us. So, while in our daily activities, we are required to put in a lot of effort, opening the heart is the exact opposite.....just smile, relax and enjoy :) and let the Blessings from the Divine Source open our heart (really!)Through step by step guidance and natural methods (such a relaxing and smiling!), you will be guided by our experienced and patient instructors in our Open Heart Workshops to reap the benefits from an Open Heart for your health, your well-being and your whole life!The next workshop will be held during the last weekend in August in Auckland.
While waiting for this wonderful opportunity why not host an Introductory Evening within your home. Just invite 3 or 4 people and let them and yourself enjoy the wonderful experience of the HEART.
Take a moment and remember how many times a day do we get angry/annoyed/frustrated/sad at situations, ourselves or others in life.....With all of these emotions and thoughts, unfortunately, we unconsciously dirty and close our hearts. Our hearts become heavy with stress/anxiety/pressure and accumulate a lot of blockages that prevent it from opening.However, by opening our hearts, not only will we feel calmer, happier, freer, but our mental, emotional and spiritual health will also improve dramatically at home, at work and everywhere else. You will be able to see that relationships with your children, friends, spouses and colleagues will gradually become more and more positive as you open your heart.As we recognise more and more the real purpose of life, we will see things in a more beautiful light and all aspects of our life will gradually become better, sweeter and happier.