HEART

As A.H. Almaas points out, at the beginning of our inner work, we experience our heart as emotions and feelings. At deeper levels, we experience our heart as the essential heart with love, compassion, joy, and all of the qualities of essence. 

Another perspective is revealed through modern neuroscience that suggests Research has shown that the human heart, in addition to its other functions, actually possesses the equivalent of its own brain, what they call the heart brain, which interacts and communicates with the head brain.

This heart brain communicates with the brain which in turn communicates with the heart. Between them they continually exchange information. Messages the heart sends affects brain activity. These changes come about because the heart,can send information  neurologically, biochemically, biophysically and energetically.

Although the heart and brain are automatically in constant communication, each of us also has in our capacity to consciously and intentionally direct our hearts to communicate in beneficial ways with our bodies.

The following quotes emphasize the need to include the heart's knowing with our intellectual understanding. 

 

QUOTES

 

The light which shines in the eye is really the light of the heart. The light which fills the heart is the light of God.

~ Rumi

 

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. 

~ Carl Jung 

 

The scholarly ones are furthest away from the real object of desire The more profound their minds maybe, the further they are .... This is the work of the HEART. Not the work of the head. 

~ Shams-i-Tabrizi 

 

Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centered.

~ Osho

 

The enlightened one lives only in the Heart. When he/she moves about and deals with people and things, he/she knows that what is seen is not separate from the one supreme reality, the Brahman, the Self, what is Real.

~ Ramana Maharshi

 

Mind offers you a life with death at the end of it. But the Heart offers you life without end. You choose. If you choose Heart, then you become Heart. When you become Heart, mind will also become Heart. But you must make the first move. 

~ Mooji 

 

The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. 

~ Ram Dass 

 

I looked in temples, churches and mosques, but I found the Divine in my heart.

~ Rumi

 

The source of energy within us, is our spiritual heart, not the physical heart, the spiritual heart. The spiritual heart is not a chakra. It has absolutely nothing to do with chakras. The spiritual heart is on the right side of your chest, two digits from the center. This is the source of universal power.When you meditate and you are not practicing self-inquiry, you can meditate on the heart center, you should meditate on the heart center. When you're doing the I-am meditation, meditate on the heart center. Feel the I-am coming and going from the heart center. When you inhale and you say, I to yourself, feel it going into the heart center. When you say, "am," feel it going out of the heart center. When you practice visualization, if you want to visualize Jesus, or Buddha, or Krishna, or somebody that you respect, see that person in your heart center.

The heart center is very powerful, for it is absolute reality itself. It is the absolute choiceless pure awareness that we always talk about. This is where the heart center is.Let everything return to the heart center. Don't hold back. When you think about surrendering, you surrender to the heart center. Surrender everything. Let go of everything.Let it all fall back into the heart center.This will give you freedom. This will give you joy. This will give you unalloyed happiness. The day will come when you understand that you are not the body, you are not the doer, you are not the mind. You are consciousness, all-pervading, omniscient, omnipotent, and you will find total freedom.

~ Robert Adams

 

Do not listen to the voice of the mind. Listen to the voice of the heart. Mind wavers; heart does not falter. Mind fears; heart is not daunted. Mind is the house of doubts, reasonings and theories; heart, when purified, becomes the dwelling of Beloved God. So get your heart rid of low desires, temptations and selfishness, and God will manifest in you as your own Self.

~ Meher Baba

 

Open our hearts that we may hear thy voice which constantly comes from within.

Ya Allah, Ya Allah, Ya Ya Allah

~ Sufi chant

 

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Lift the veil that obscures the heart, and there you will find what you are looking for.

~ Kabir

 

When the mind is empty the spiritual heart opens on its own

~ Stuart Schwartz

 

On this path let the heart be your guide for the body is hesitant and full of fear.

~ Rumi

 

If you could look inside the heart of any and every single human being, you would fall in love with them completely.

If you see the inside as it really is and not as your mind projects it to be, you would be so purely in love with the whole thing.

~ Mooji

 

I saw God when the heart was opened, and every veil that hinders soul’s eyes torn away, and one was I with Creator and with creature, and knew that Lover, Loving and Beloved were identical.

~ Samuel Lewis (sufi sam)

 

I use an expression, "Let the mind ask the question, let the heart give the answer.'' And the mind and the heart merge as one. You come to know that they were always undivided. There never WAS a mind. It was always the Heart. Just a little dance here or there and you know the Heart is everything. It is Everything.

~ Byron Katie

 

There is a notion that we left paradise a long time ago. But this secret garden was the Heart, always here, just waiting for our return.

~ Pamela Wilson

 

How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened.

~ Hafez

 

Let yourself be made new by your willingness to drop everything you know and float in the unknown sea of the heart.

~ Jeannie Zandi

 

HEART doesnÕt know what doubt is, heart doesnÕt know what BELIEF is- heart simply knows trust. Heart is like a small child; the small child clings to the fatherÕs hand, and wherever the father is going the child is going, neither trusting nor doubting. The child is undivided. Doubt is half, belief is half. A child is still total. Whole. 

~ Osho 

 

The purpose of life is to return to the source. The source is mysterious, glorious, peaceful, joy, which is God in everybody's heart. This is realization. We do not gain it. It is always there in the heart. Only the obstructions (vasanas) have to be removed to reveal it. 

~ Ramana Maharshi 

 

If you agree to let go of the branch you are clinging to without catching hold of another, you fall into the heart. You have to accept dying, letting everything you know slip away, everything you have been taught, everything you possess, including your life or at least everything that you think at this stage is your life. This requires daring. It's a kind of suicide. 

~ Francis Lucille 

 

Every heart assured of safety opens instantly. 

~ Tim Freke 

 

You are your own teacher. Looking for teachers can’t solve your own doubts. Investigate yourself to find the truth - inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important. The heart is the only book worth reading.

~ Ajahn Chah

 

By the opening of the heart, you can understand things. As long as the heart is closed, you cannot understand things. The secret is that, when the ears ... and the eyes ... of the heart are open, all planes of the world are open, all names are open, ... all secrets, all mysteries ... are unfolded. 

~ Hazrat Inayat Khan 

 

Be still. Stop struggling. Enter the holy shrine of your heart, and there find peace and joy. You have always been perfect and you will always be perfect. There's absolutely nothing you have to delete or add. 

~ Robert Adams 

 

Despite all of our limitations, it is simply the truth that freedom and peace, love and joy, wisdom and truth, in their highest capacity, are awaiting within the heart of every being to be remembered, embraced, embodied and celebrated. 

~ Isira 

 

Lift the veil that obscures the heart, and there you will find what you are looking for. 

~ Kabir 

 

There are certain practices that really help us cultivate a loving, trusting heart. Chanting, centering prayer, calling on help from enlightened beings, and just turning our attention to see what's really holding us now and in all moments, opens up a visceral sense of trust. The deeper our heart trusts Ð the more surrender happens - the more receptive we are to grace. 

~ Miranda Macpherson 

 

Do not TRY to open your heart now.

That would be a subtle movement of aggression towards your immediate embodied experience. Never tell a closed heart it must be more open; it will shut more tightly to protect itself, feeling your resistance. 

A heart unfurls only when conditions are right; your demand for openness invites closure.

This is the supreme intelligence of the heart.

Instead, bow to the heart in its current state.

If it's closed, let it be closed; sanctify the closure.

Make it safe; safe even to feel unsafe.

Trust that when the heart is ready, and not a moment before, it will open, like a flower in the warmth of the sun.

There is no rush for the heart.

Trust the opening and the closing too; the expansion and the contraction; this is the heart's way of breathing; safe, unsafe, safe, unsafe; the beautiful fragility of being human; and all held in the most perfect love. 

~ Jeff Foster

 

 The mind can discriminate and know, but it is the heart that ascertains whether it is the truth. . . .What makes you know that something is true is a sense in the heart - not in the mind. The mind can investigate, but cannot give you the sense of truth.

~ A H Almaas

 

Concentrating on the Heart is the same as concentrating on the Self. The Heart is another name for the Self. 

~ Ramana Maharshi

 

Everything that you can ever imagine that you want to be, you already are. You are the imperishable Self that has always been, that you always will be, beyond birth, beyond death, beyond experiences, beyond doubts, beyond opinions, beyond whatever it is your body is going through. Whatever thoughts your mind thinks, you are beyond that. You are the silence, the silence of the heart

~ Robert Adams

 

Always speak from the heart, never from the mind.

Your sincerity and courage will set an example for others too,

And by listening to you they will be inspired to reveal their own heart.

This "heart speaking" is a spiritual practice.

It means you must only tell the truth and live within your own boundaries and dimensions

Without ever bragging about things you won't ever be able to live up to or deliver to others.

Heart speaking will bring you a gift whenever you practice it.

You will always be right.

The heart knows but cannot tell; the mind doesn't know but can tell.

Stretch yourself to speak from the heart and bypass the mind.

You will see miracles boomerang back into your life.

~ Rumi

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