Where is the Heart?
There are two worlds, the physical world where the physical heart is located, and the spiritual world where the spiritual heart is located. We can think with the physical brain, or experience consciousness via the "spiritual brain." The spiritual brain is the thing that makes us consciousness. The physical brain and spiritual are interconnected, so a conscious thought can be seen as an event in the brain, and a brain disturbance effect consciousness.
What is Consciousness?
The mechanism of consciousness is not understood. The reason for this is that is not a mechanism, but existence itself experienced. It is what we mean when we say "I that I Am."
What is the Soul?
Since God made the universe, we know that God is conscious. All sentient beings are conscious, but no evidence is found in the physical world. We can assume therefore that our consciousness is God within us. Our job is to continue God's creation in the physical universe by creating art in all forms.
The God within is Hidden for Many of Us
The inner core of our soul is hidden. It is covered by a thick coat of substance that blocks the light of God. This substance can be made thinner through love and spiritual practice.
Our Will Power
Our will power keeps us from being mechanical robots. Using our will power we can seek the God within us, and express love.
God is Our Reference
God is our reference, our guide that gives us clarity of what is good and what is less good. Without this reference, we have nothing, no truth, no love, and no understanding. Everything takes consciousness, and consciousness stems from God. Even the most notorious person, has a small amount of guidance from God. Without guidance we have no direction. We have nothing.
We have will power and we can will ourselves to create in a shallow way based on surface understandings, or a deep way when we trust the God within us.
It is simple matter of knowing how things work. If we do not understand cause and effect, we create suffering without wanting to. We get mad, we create a second problem.
Opening the Heart
When the heart is opened, when caring begins, the heart opens. A loving heart, expresses the God within. A very loving heart, brings the highest joy.
The most powerful love between a man and woman is when all charkas are in tune with each other. They protect, lust, share power, love, teach, intuit, and are fill with God from the highest charka. There is sympathy, empathy and oneness
How to Love
Thus love allows us to have a multiple viewpoints. We see through other's eyes. We treat others individually. The feelings and believes of others are never exact copies of our own. Each person expresses their love differently. There may be universal truths, but each person understands these truths in different measure. The universal truths are told difference languages and nuances.
Love endures. Even when the odds seem overwhelming, the commitment to love remains. As you stand by the one you love, no matter what is going, love grows.
True love means knowing another so well and wanting the best for another that letting go can be one of the greatest forms of love. By letting go, one can allow another to find someone else who is a better love match, which can be more empathic and thus generate an even greater love.
Keeping the Love
True love means knowing how to keep the love going. Since the heart is open with love, one can hurt another by not returning the love. Honesty is the foundation of trust.
Love needs to be controlled. If we were to totally be committed to many people in all ways possible, we quickly run out of resources, not only the physical resources but the emotional resources. We cannot be all things to all people.
With romantic love, there is a commitment that all ones emotional resources are to be shared. Two hearts beat as one. It is important to love everyone in a certain way, but not romantically. Romantic love is based on trust, and without trust, jealousy can quickly erode years of devotion.
Real romantic (eros) love can only exist when hearts communicate. Friendship may be competitive. When people play the game of one-upmanship, it is the mind that is engaged, not the heart.
The heart suffers as things change. People fall out of love, get sick, get old and die. As we lose people, we grieve. Grieving takes time. If we love again too fast, the lost love gets mixed in with the new love and the new love seems stronger that it really is.
Love Can Hurt
When things go wrong in love, the heart suffers and the mind wonders why. The mind is limited to logic, and speculation. Only with wisdom is the heart and the mind in tune with each other. The mind and its logic guides us step by step, but the direction we travel is the path of the heart.
We love people who are not perfect as they are no perfect people. Love has to overlook imperfections. But some people are more perfect than others. Thus when selecting someone to love and marry, one has to keep their eyes open so that the prospective mate can also be seen objectively.
Sometimes love is confused with needs. If a parent has a flaw, and the child later meets someone with the same flaw, it feels good to fix this new person. It can feel like love, but the love is focus on what someone can become, not who they really are. If one focus too much on another's needs without loving themselves, co-dependency results.
Thus in order to truly love another, one has to first truly love ourselves. If we imagine ourselves setting in a chair across the room, can we look at ourselves with love? Who sits there? We are the only person that we have complete control over. We are the only person that will truly stick by us forever. We can never leave.
Once we truly love ourselves we have the ability to love another with strength. Nobody is perfect all the time. By loving ourselves, we are not dependent on others when things are not going well. If our love is in a bad mood, we can stay in love and be the anchor in the situation.
Love can hurt and many wonder if love is worth the risk. Alfred Lord Tennyson "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." The experience of love is so profound, so fundamental to experiencing life, that losing someone is not the important thing unless we make it so.
Different Types of Love
Spiritual love is taught by bhakti yoga, Sufism, and mystical Christianity. Here we feel idealized love, from God. This is what enlightenment really is. Spiritual love inspires us to be lovers, even when we are not in romantic love. Since consciousness itself is part of God, we are one with God no matter what we might believe. Consciousness is not a material thing. So being one with God is very natural and I think for me at least essential for my mental health, and what I really mean my soul's health.
There are different types of love. We have eros love which is romantic and often sexual. We also have agape love which is unconditional and spiritual. To increase agape love one does sadhana which are certain practices which include chanting, meditation, and devotion.
More information:: http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-Love-from-the-Counterfeits-of-the-Heart
If we let go, and let God pour His love into our hearts, the music plays.
From God's point of view, there is only one truth; all else is a lie. There is only one God, one love, one source of goodness. When we believe in conflicting truths, when we break ourselves into different personalities. With multiplicity, we divide ourselves into little pieces. We need a government of the mind, with our spiritual self at the helm.
Unto the pure all things are pure. Titus, i. 15
Our mind needs to be like a crystal, symmetrical, balanced and ordered. With purity our heart senses this crystal-ness.
Our purity must be like that of the crystal. -Swami Ramdas
The Soul and the Brain
The soul and the brain reflect each other. If we feel a certain way, the brain is in a certain mode related to the feeling. It is a loop, with the soul feeding information to the brain and the brain feeding information to the soul.
The soul evidenced by our consciousness, that part of us that knows we are alive and experiencing life, is interfaced with the brain. The interface is on many levels and is dependent on which mode we might in.
Chakras or Energy Centers
Our soul-brain might be seen as operating in seven modes:
The Seven Chakras
In some Indian religions chakras are considered as energy points in the subtle body. These areas could be related to certain physical areas of the body as shown in the drawing below:
Upper and Lower Consciousness
Consciousness can be experienced in different ways. Traditionally consciousness is divided into upper and lower consciousness. Upper consciousness consists of the higher chakras.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel, or vortex, and it refers to each of the seven energy centers within the body. The chakras are not physical things, but serve as a method for description of different types of consciousness.
It might be pointed out that medically speaking, some chakras are associated with nerve clusters. For example the enteric nervous system is responsible for regulating digestion. It is located near the solar plexus.
The seven chakras include:
1. ROOT (muladhara)
Physical Location: Anal Region
2. SACRAL (svadhisthana)
Physical Location: ovaries or testicles, bladder
3. SOLAR PLEXUS (manipura)
Physical Location: digestive tract
4. HEART (anahata)
Physical Location: heart
5. THROAT (visuddha)
Physical Manifestations: mouth, neck, shoulders
6. THIRD EYE (ajna)
Physical Location: between the eyes, pituitary gland
7. CROWN (sahasrara)
Physical Location: top of head
Hierarchy of the Brain and Charkas
The brain cells need some type of organization if they are to work with each other. The Charkas might be involved with different levels of brain government.
Use of the Crown Charka
When we go into spiritual mode, we can connect to the underlying power of the universe, namely God. In this mode we can feel universal love, send love to the world and most important we can talk with God.
Communicating with God
According to Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God book, we all can talk with God. For me God is extremely intelligent, and defines love and kindness.
The Heart Cave
Many people have a heart cave, that resonates with our beliefs and purpose. For some, certain words are so powerful and deep that they dwell in our heart caves. Depending on one's faith, words like Jesus, Bible, God's Love and Krisna produce resonance. Our heart cave can be imagined as a spiritual room that resonates when we experience spiritual love, our truth, our music and our words. Entering a church were there has been spiritual experiences, some deep souls feel the spiritual vibrations.
As Souls Meet
As souls meet, as their eyes greet each other, there is a moment where there is oneness, where there is a blending of hearts.
This is the moment where across the room, eyes become wider and glisten. There is an alignment now, a circle of purity and love radiates in unknown but deeply felt ways.
In this space it is as if one is part of another. The soul touches soul. Eyes glisten, a tear falls, and the heart rejoices.
God can communicate with us through groups of souls. Esther Hicks channels inspiration from a group of non-physical beings she calls Abraham.
Through God we can heal ourselves and others and this power is especially powerful in psychosomatic illness. Many of our physical illnesses start by ignoring physical reality, and lower consciousness.
The Center for Spiritual Living (formally the Church of Religious Science) teaches this form of healing. However, its not all in the mind. God also gives healing through orthodox doctors. Yearly exams can find problems that do not have symptoms we notice, but can later do great harm.
The Unitarian-Universalist Church gives you room to explore on your own. They have no dogma at all. But the encourage you to be the best you can be in many ways.
Updated March 22, 2016 and November 26, 2013
Copyright © 2013 -2016 George Norwood