Friday, 6 February 2015
Activating the Integral Heart: 4 Keys to Unlocking the Hidden Powers of Your Heart Intelligence
PUBLISHED ON: 09:20 BY: Shift Hub IN:
If so, you’re not alone. In fact, the call to ignite the full capacity of our hearts to love radically, intelligently and unconditionally lies at the center of the entire human potential movement.
That’s because Love is what we most appreciate, are most attracted to and aspire to become. It’s the signal of real spiritual mastery. Life is a school that is teaching each of us what it means to really and truly live as Love.
And yet love usually rises and falls, comes and goes. It becomes a general intention and a vague ideal, even if it is at the center of life’s curriculum. It becomes abstract... unless we are initiated into a profound practice, an actual “yoga” of building consistent heart intelligence.
Spiritual pioneers from Jesus to Ramana Maharshi emphasized the sacred, alchemical capacities that include and transcend the biology of the heart – making it a hidden portal to radical awakening that can then infuse and transform everything that we do.
To pass through this portal requires authentic humility, patience, wisdom and skill. It requires developing a new capacity for what some mystics call “feeling intelligence.”
It involves knowing all of the dimensions of Love in all the areas of our lives...from the blissfully sublime to the heart-breaking.
The integral heart is the access point for the awakening of our divine humanity. It is the gateway to conscious evolution – functioning as the actual integrator of body, mind, spirit ... and the larger field of global and cosmic intelligence.
To awaken our heart's intelligence, though, is a radical matter... needing us to go far deeper than mere sentimentality or sweet emotional feelings. It integrates the knowledge of the mind, rather than giving preference to feeling over mental clarity. It also means being very honest with ourselves.
In our public culture, people rarely speak courageously about the universal, existential experience of loneliness. Much of society is devoted to avoiding difficult feelings. So it’s no wonder that we rarely talk honestly about loneliness... or about dying and our fear of death... or about the profound matter of learning to love. This tends to keep our capacity to contact the heart’s innate illuminating knowingness at a superficial level.
As you learn how to activate the “integral heart,” you mobilize a new form of intelligence in your life – one that gives you access to more clarity and more empathy at the same time. You begin to feel Truth in a whole-bodied, visceral way. You learn to navigate complex situations with more clarity and greater sensitivity. You begin to feel an ecstatic current of divine presence pouring through your body and mind in a way that makes you magnetic to what you most want to create in your life and what “It” wants to create with you.
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