Most Westerners are centered in the head, they think and analyze everything. Those who have a lot of watery element in their make-up tend to be more heart centered. In actual fact there needs to be a balance between the head and the heart, but before that can happen, the heart, the feeling nature, needs to be more consciously developed. An easy way to do this is to ask yourself how you feel about everything. If you touch someone and the touch feels cold or you don’t get a response don’t analyze why this is so, ask yourself how it feels. Did you feel a closing off, a deadness, a wall between you?
If, on the other hand, you touch someone and you feel a soft warmth, a melding, a sharing of the energy, you will know that the person is very resonant with your energies and probably comes from the heart. Another way to develop this sense is to listen to music and get into the feeling of it. How does it make you feel? Does it lift you up? Does it make you feel depressed? Does it jangle on your nerves? Does it make you feel peaceful? Does it bring feelings of joy and happiness?
Listen only to music that provokes positive uplifting feelings and as you immerse yourself in the music, you will find that you become the music—it starts to live through you; you will find that you can ride on the melody—it will put you into an altered state and you will begin to perceive the notes as geometrical shapes that move in and out of you. You can, if you wish use this as a form of moving meditation; it is not meditation—it is merely a technique. Many are deceived into believing that they are heart-oriented people, but believing and actually acting out of compassion and love are two different things. The prayer of St. Francis of Assisi brings this point home quite dramatically:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
So you may well ask, how do I do this? I don’t live in a monastery; I am caught up in the stress of modern day living. The heart is not just a physical organ. It is a powerful centre, an instrument of transformation and has powers that humankind has barely begun to understand. With the head centre, it is connected directly to the Logos of this planet. The Master understood this two thousand years ago, when he took the sufferings of the world into His own heart. But you can do this too; in a state of peaceful meditation, breathe in all the sufferings of the world into your own heart, the heart will immediately transform this into the opposite polarity so that when you breathe out, you will breathe out joy, gratitude, happiness. Once you have learned that your heart is a powerful organ of transformation, and you do this every day, we will be one step closer to bringing peace and happiness back to our beautiful planet.