There is a place within where we are whole and holy. Where we can abide in the peace of the Presence of God. Jesus described it variously as “your closet . . . the kingdom of heaven . . . the Father within . . . the secret place of the Most High. . . the kingdom of God.” In Glenda Green’s book Love Without End, Jesus speaks of it as our “Sacred Heart.” I’ve heard it called our “heart of hearts” as it lies at the very core of our being. It is here where we commune with our Beloved. It is the place I go to and come from while sharing attunement and invite the one with whom I am sharing to go to as well. I am reminded of a line from a poem my spiritual mentor penned:
“Here earth’s pains are healed and cruel chaos of mind’s spawning is called again to order and to beauty.”
But who is our Beloved? And where is our Beloved? Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan writes poetically in The Mysticism of Sound:
Our Beloved is that which is our source and our goal; and what we see of our Beloved before our physical eyes is the beauty which is before us; and that part of our Beloved not manifest to our eyes is that inner form of beauty of which our Beloved speaks to us. . . .If only we would listen to the voice of all the beauty that attracts us in any form, we would find that in every aspect it tells us that behind all manifestation is the perfect Spirit, the spirit of wisdom.
Jesus speaks of the Sacred Heart as being our “higher intelligence” when Glenda inquires about the role of the heart with the mind. In my last post we ended with a consideration of infinity. Jesus reminded Glenda many times during his four-month-long sitting for his portrait, ” contemplate infinity every day, inwardly as well as outwardly.” When she asked him how one contemplated infinity inwardly, he replied:
Infinity is not a subject limited to vast spaces — or even to immeasurably small ones. Infinity is not about quantity at all. It’s actually about quality. Let me tell you about your heart.
The heart of which I speak is not the physical organ, although the physical organ is an appropriate symbol for the true heart, because the physical organ nourishes your body with life blood every moment. The heart of which I speak is the central focus point of your very soul. It is the lens through which your soul integrates all of your Earthly emotions and all of your divine awareness into a focused point of infinite integrity. This point is on the threshold of your physical existence, at a point slightly below and behind your physical heart. Locate it.
When she did locate her heart, which didn’t require any thought, Glenda says it was as if her whole framework just vibrated and pulsed with energy. She felt a sense of life within, an empowerment simply by focusing on the mere existence of this point within. Jesus continued:
This is the source of power your Creator has established within you, not your mind. Your mind is merely a servant, and it behaves well if it is given positive impulses: it behaves very poorly if it is given negative impulses. The heart generates all of the Earthly emotions as well as the blissful emotions of the higher realms. But it is so much more than just emotion. It is infinite awareness and the basis of all higher consciousness you will ever assimilate. It is from this power, within the center of your being, that the entire script of your life is written. Live in your heart — not in your mind — to fulfill the script of your life or to rewrite it. Your mind is powerless to bring that about. But every desire of your heart will be fulfilled. . . .
. . . The heart is your connecting link to God and the universe, which integrates your own unique center of experience, awareness, and character with that which is beyond your comprehension. . . . The heart is magnetic, silent, and still. The feeling of being there is like one of resting in a peaceful Heavenly lake, or floating in a vacuous space. As a magnetic center, the heart is the great generator of all your life energy, and whenever you empower your heart you raise your energy level physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Within the heart you will also find clarity, resolve, steadfastness, intent, stillness, respect, justice, kindness and perceptions of greatness.
Jesus then had Glenda draw a circle inside a triangle with rays of light extending outwardly from its circumference to add a focal point and to suggest an outreach into infinity. He then explained:
If I were going to tell you where the heart fits within the pattern of existence, this would be a visual way of illustrating it for you. The heart is essentially the center point of stillness and peace from which one views infinity. As a being views infinity, he is activating all levels of potential within and around himself. The love that he is, the one spirit, and the adamantine particles [see a previous post on these particle] assemble their patterns of existence under the heart’s guidance. A person’s soul is the integrated oneness of love, spirit, adamantine particles, experience, deeds, hopes, and dreams which comprise his life. The heart is the soul’s gateway, both into life and beyond into eternity. The heart is the timeless and indestructible source of all higher knowledge. It is the one point within each person where the inner and outer forces are the same. Within the heart, the will of God and your own may be brought into harmony. . . .
. . . In the depth of your being is your own sacred center. It is the still, quiet chamber deep within where you are one with the Father. Through this connection is your own indigenous power. Therefore, you cannot underestimate the value of this knowledge to your life. Priceless to your life is knowledge of the heart itself. This is a place you must go alone, for it is your sacred ground. The very act of being there is the essence of prayer. When I told my disciples to go into a closet to pray, I was being quite literal in two regards. Any quiet secluded place will do. The main thing is to select a place which is appropriate to the sacred chamber you are about to enter within your being. . . .”
We will continue this theme in the next installment, “Entering Your Sacred Heart.” Until then,
Be loving and be loved,