Using Meditation to Transform your Heart
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
How does this marvelous human body of ours work? It works through our heart. The heart is an alchemical process that transforms our body, mind and emotions into something that is finer and lighter. How do we get this process to happen? The Inner Smile meditation is one of the great heart practices, showing a rare understanding of the real functions of the heart.
The real nature of every living thing is love and openness. It’s our mental and emotional baggage that separates us from each other. When we let this
go then we are an intrinsic part of the divine perception of everything…and we smile. We smile not through effort but from the sheer joy
of the openness of the heart. The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba wrote, ‘The secret of Aikido is to expel all maliciousness from ones
heart, to attune oneself to the movement of the cosmos, and to unite oneself to the universe’(Secret Teachings Of Aikido - Ueshiba). This is the
natural way of the heart. When we expel maliciousness from the heart, it circulates love, joy and trust, just as it circulates qi and blood. The
secret is allowing our love to come through the clouds of mind and emotion. It’s ridiculous really.
We laugh and smile all day and when we sit and do the inner smile, sometimes it can be difficult. Our mind and our emotional holdings get in the way.
Don’t struggle with this – just relax and think of something that really makes you smile - and then let the thought go, feel your breathing and
just experience this uninterrupted happiness.
A thousand years ago, in his great text The Mathnawi, the Sufi mystic poet Rumi expressed his unique understanding of the path to oneness. It has nothing
to do with your opinions and your philosophies, nothing to do with your struggle to still the mind, nothing to do with your intentions. Only to
do with your heart opening to its real nourishment - the food of love.
Unlike Rumi, for most of us, it’s very difficult to describe the unbridled feeling of freedom and bliss that happens when we open our hearts. Rarely
do we read something that permeates us to the core – that elicits the feelings of love in us. The New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield did this
beautifully in her short story Bliss. Katherine was one of George Gurdjieff’s students in Paris in the 1920’s. ‘Although Bertha Young was thirty
she still had moments like this when she wanted to run instead of walk, to take dancing steps on and off the pavement, to bowl a hoop, to throw
something up in the air and catch it again, or to stand still and laugh at – nothing – at nothing simply. What can you do if you are thirty and,
turning the corner of your own street, you are overcome, suddenly, by a feeling of bliss – absolute bliss! – as though you’d swallowed a bright
piece of that late afternoon sun and it burned in your bosom, sending out a little shower of sparks into every particle, into every finger and
toe?...’ Katherine Mansfield. Bliss And Other Stories.
One of my favourite texts about the heart is Hakim Sanai’s Hadiqua (The Walled Garden of Truth). I once lent a copy of the Hadiqua, to a monk who returned it in abject indignation. He was appalled by Sanai’s critique of the human condition of mind, by being described as a fool, and as a blind man. When Rumi talked about the Sufi mystic poet Hakim Sanai, he said, ‘Sanai says all the things we are too afraid to say.’ The following lines are from Sanai. ‘Listen truly - and don’t be fooled – This is not for fools: All these different shades become one colour in the jar of unity; the rope becomes slender when reduced to a single strand. Your intellect is just a hotch-potch of guesswork and thought, Limping over the face of the earth; wherever they are, he is not; they are contained within his creation. Man and his reason are just the latest ripening plants in his garden. Whatever you assert about his nature, You are bound to be out of your depth, Like a blind man trying to describe the appearance of his own mother. While reason is still tracking down the secret, you end your quest on the open field of love.’ from The Hadiqua – Sanai
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Kevin is the Founder and Director of AcuEnergetics® as well as a Master AcuEnergetics® Practitioner and Teacher of AcuEnergetics®. Kevin has practised and studied meditation and the energetic system since 1974. He has taught since 2000 and his published writings, meditation CD’s and teachings have brought him worldwide recognition as a unique and practical meditation teacher and an expert in the field of energy medicine. He currently teaches in Australia, USA, India, Asia and Europe. For more information about Kevin, visit Kevin's full biography.