“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Jesus, Luke 11:9)
I will start this post with words by Martin Exeter that are part of an excerpt I used in my previous post:
The Garden is so close that we cannot in fact get out of it, and yet we don’t know it is there. We don’t know it is there because there is this veil, or I suppose it might be called a transformer, in between, which steps down the Garden Radiation to something that human beings can stand in their murky state.
That transformer is the impure heart of humanity, filled with the residue of past failures to repent, turn around and see that the Kingdom is truly at hand. That heart is the very portal to the Garden, the entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven within. How can one enter through this door, or even find one’s way to the door, what with all the stuff in the heart obscuring the way in? Well, the answer is simple: Seek. How does one open the door? Knock. How is one allowed to enter? Ask. When the door opens, what one finds is that one has always been in the Garden, as Martin said, but didn’t know it for all the dense and cloudy heart substance that obscured one’s perception of the Garden. As he put it, the impure heart steps down the Garden Radiation so that fallen man can live in his murky state. The heart needs to be made pure so the radiation can shine through the heart into the world. How does one purify one’s heart? By allowing the purifying waters of the truth of love to flow through it.
Using your imagination for a moment, imagine a glass full of dirty water. Now place that glass of dirty water in the sink and run a steady stream of water into the glass so that it overflows. The dirty water begins to be replaced by the clear water from the faucet. Eventually there is more clear water than dirty water in the glass so that clear water begins to spill out over the rim of the glass. Magically, the glass is soon full of pure water. The heart is purified by letting the pure river of Life flow through it. By giving expression to love and all its qualities: patience, gratitude, compassion, kindness, generosity, forbearance, acceptance, forgiveness. This is the only way the heart is purified.
There’s a passage in the Old Testament that speaks to this:
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you a window of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10)
This speaks to the First Great Commandment: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all of thy heart, and with all of they mind, and with all of thy strength.” Nothing withheld, “all the tithe.” And the blessing will pour out from the house of the Lord — blessing to you and blessing as you. You receive blessings and you are the blessing poured out by the Lord of host to his world, your world. The implication here is that the windows of heaven are opened from within by the Lord of hosts. Likewise, the door to the kingdom of heaven within is opened from within by the lord of the house incarnate to pour out blessings through the heart by how I express love, through the mind by what I think and say, and through the body by what I do in service to others and to my world.
IT’S ABOUT RESONANCE WITH THE TONE
What we resonate with when someone speaks is the tone of a person’s voice while we do our best to hear what they are saying. Sometimes the tone drowns out the words spoken. What is the tone of gratitude compared to the tone of resentment, for example? It’s sweet and uplifting, isn’t it? No matter how justified a resentful attitude may be, the sound of it is draining and depressing. This is because the tone of resentment is not resonant with the tone of love and therefore disconnects one from the integrating and uplifting power the permeates the Universe. Gratitude, on the other hand, connects one with the integrating power of love that permeates the Universe. It also dissipates the lower vibrational patterns in the heart, such as fear, shame and resentment, thereby cleansing the heart of dissonant and dissipating feelings and attitudes. I will bring back an excerpt of Martin Exeter’s quoted in a previous post where he speaks to this cleansing:
“What is it that makes possible the cleansing of the heart? It isn’t anything that the mental apparatus of human beings can do. There is a means by which the heart may be purified. Fundamentally that means comes by reason of the sounding of the tone. This requires that the tone be sounded within the range of the substance of human minds and hearts. This process was described as the angels being sent forth with a great sound of a trumpet. If the impurities of heart can just be shuffled to one side sufficiently for the moment, there is the experience of that tone and love for the tone, the sound of the trumpet, and love for the source from which that tone proceeds. When that is greater than anything else, the human heart may be purified, purified by whatever this tone is.“
Resonance is a somewhat tenuous feeling-guide. Just because something someone says “feels right” doesn’t necessarily make it true and resonant with the truth of love, nor with one’s authentic Self. It may just be striking a resonant chord in one’s heart or mind — a sympathetic feeling or a pet belief — rather then a chord of truth and love at the core of one’s being. Or it may just be filling a void in one’s heart, or enlightening an area of darkened understanding in one’s mind. The saying “That strikes a chord in me” can be honestly questioned and critically considered for its depth of resonance. If it triggers an emotional reaction or knee-jerk response, it is likely a shallow chord. When it causes one to pause and listen deeply, bringing a sense of accord and deep stillness with no impulse to react verbally, then it is very likely a chord in the fabric of one’s being.
There’s a saying in the Scriptures “In all things give thanks.” This is easy to do when things are going our way and when blessings are being bestowed upon us. It isn’t so easy when things are not going our way and when disaster strikes in one form or another; especially when it strikes home personally. “Oh my, why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this?” It’s easy to see it as a disaster rather than as an opportunity for the Sprit of God to move through us in order to bring about change and something good. In the excerpt below Martin Exeter offers a reason for being “deliberately thankful” that is worthy of consideration:
An opportunity is being offered for the easy movement of the spirit of God in our experience. That easy movement will be known when we are thankful, and here is the evidence then of the beauty and the joy that is natural when the spirit of God is being experienced in expression. There is nothing more wonderful than that experience. Whatever blocks the spirit of God may run into, of which we become aware in our own field of experience, in our own worlds—we become aware of these things because obviously there is a lot of resistance in the world to the movement of the spirit of God—the spirit of God is going to move anyway, whether anyone likes it or not. It has been doing this for millennia. It has been doing it always, as far as that is concerned. But within the experience of resistant human beings the spirit of God has been moving, and in that movement it has produced a certain amount of enjoyment for human beings who are not resisting it at the moment; it has produced a good deal of discomfort and a great deal of pain for those who were resisting it. This is true of everybody from time to time presumably. But we are thankful for the movement of the spirit of God, no matter what it produces, because it is the spirit of God for which we are responsible in order to permit the re-creation that is to occur. So regardless of the results that may appear in any particular experience, we know that those results are there because of the movement of the spirit of God and we are thankful for that movement; not for the results necessarily, but we are thankful in a way for those too because here is the evidence of the movement of the spirit of God. It is what should be happening; even if it is painful it is what should be happening.
So we accept naturally the movement that occurs and we have a sense of thankfulness for it. There is no other reason for our being present on earth except to participate in the movement of the spirit of God into expression. We are thankful for that movement, and we are thankful therefore for the results that occur by reason of that movement, even if it may be a disastrous result from the human standpoint, even if it may be a painful result. You may say, “Well if that pain is my pain, how can I be thankful for that? It may be easier with someone else’s suffering over there.” You are thankful that the spirit of God is moving. Do you think that is a possible attitude to assume? We’d better assume it because this is the only way that we can sustain and maintain our connection, establish it to start with, and sustain and maintain our connection with that fine substance through which the spirit of God is moving freely. We are associated then with that free movement and we will find that it keeps moving on further out, producing whatever result will naturally occur by reason of the attitudes and the actions, the behavior, of people all around. If disaster comes, praise the Lord! That’s what should come.
Disaster is coming thick and fast these days. How can one be thankful with all the pain and suffering in the world? I personally feel a great deal of compassion for those suffering and dying — though death puts one “in a better place,” as we sometimes say. One has to rise above it all and adopt the attitude that there is a reason and a purpose for everything that happens under heaven. It is obvious that the lifestyle we humans have chosen and the world we’ve created need to be allowed to pass away to give room for something new and sustainable, even heavenly.
The winds of change blow fiercely over the entire planet, evidence of the Spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters. Wind-driven fires and waters wreak havoc in people’s lives, bringing about change. “Give thanks to the Lord, oh my soul, for his mercy endureth forever.” The Lord of Creation shows great mercy in bringing an end to the murky state of human existence and taking mankind our of its misery. “Behold I create at new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and old earth are passed away.” Praise the Lord and give thanks in and for all of it. Until my next post,
Be love. Be loved.
Comments on: "The Heart: Door to the Garden" (1)
This is a fine meditation Tony, and a superb piece of writing.
It is so satisfying and affirming to see you considering the significance of the Great Heart of the Divine One and how the heart of humanity is being transformed into the quality of That Great Heart so the heart of man and woman provides evidence of the One Universal Heart and Spirit and Body.
I am filled with gratitude as I read your words; and I love you brother. db