Heal Yourself from the Inside Out
By Anne B. Rice
Fulfillment, creativity and passion come from one source, your heart. Living from your heart every day is the answer. This is easy to say but sounds like another spiritual platitude unless grounded in experience. To be real, it must be felt and embodied.
When I began meditating years ago, I started with a simple "watch your thoughts" approach, always coming back to the breath. I stuck with it for some time, even though for long periods on the cushion I'd forget I was meditating and daydream about people, places, conversations and anything else the old thought generator could conjure up. Eventually I realized it was time to try something else. I wanted something more tangible than the breath to come back to. I wanted to sink my teeth into something real, an internal presence that I could feel morphing my thoughts and emotions into clarity.
After years of searching for this inner experience, I found the teachers and training that lead the excavation into the intelligence of my heart. What I learned during my "unearthing" is that sustained well being can not be found in a tincture bottle or a text book. The heart center holds the secret.
Once uncovered, the heart center produces a strong electromagnetic field that has the capacity to draw synchronicities, manifest a higher reality, and bring spiritual alignment. It heals emotional wounds, clarifies thoughts, strengthens health and mends relationships. The heart holds a timeless, non-linear form of intelligence that lives underneath thought forms and emotional needs. And it provides an elixir that we all long to drink from: Love.
Love is the doorway into the heart's intelligence. Within the feeling texture of love is the highest form of insight and comprehensive truth. It is the development of receptive stillness in this feeling that opens one to hear, see, feel and know this stream of communication beneath the clatter of thoughts. The challenge for the majority of us is to learn to access this state when our mind and emotions are busy putting on a production that steals the show.
Once again, the heart has the answer. It not only provides the insight and communicates its high intelligence whenever we are able to receive it, it offers a place for us to release our burdens when we are out of touch. Surrendering all states of mind and emotion into the embrace of the heart relaxes one into an ongoing flow of release and deeper immersion in Love. As a result, creativity, passion and fulfillment become a way of life.
A simple practice:
When emotions surface, open your heart and embrace them. When needs go unmet, fill up from the wellspring of your heart. When thoughts are cloudy, bow your head to your lucid heart. When you need anything, ask your heart and wait. The answer will always come if you are listening.
Anne Rice, MA, BMP, HP, CH. ACH, ST has a private practice on Maui, leading conscious healing session work and The Ascension Group. She is author of The Healing Power of the Deep Heart: A Guide to Healing Disharmony and Disease.
Anne is committed to a revolution of the heart, passionate about helping others heal through their own deep hearts essence. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or her website: www.schoolofthedeepheart.com.