As spiritual beings who have taken form into physical bodies we sometimes lose awareness of our essential nature which is love. The world of form and senses consumes our mind and we believe this is the only reality and who we are. In truth we are love incarnate and have taken form to love and be loved. All life is born out of love and shall return to love. Love is our essential nature and within every heart is the essence of that love. That is why the heart is the symbol for love and why we feel pain in our hearts when love is denied, unrequited, or lost. When we close our hearts in order to protect our selves from the pain of loss, disappointment, or betrayal we cut off the flow of love from expressing itself through our being. Depression, fear, and anger take its place and we can become ill physically, mentally, and spiritually.
From a holistic perspective our body, mind, and spirit are interconnected and one system affects the others. The spiritual aspect is the flame which ignites our souls into being. Healing can be achieved through spiritual awakening and opening our hearts to give and receive love. To heal and open our hearts we envision and allow the flow of love within us to dissolve the armor of fear, anger, and mistrust that cover and block love’s expression. Through dissolving and letting go of the pain and sorrows of the past our love shines forth with clarity and one feels an internal sense of joy and bliss.
When our hearts are open love manifests itself as kindness and a compassionate way of being in the world which is expressed through our thoughts, words, and actions, and we often times become channels for creative and divine inspiration. There are many ways we can manifest love in action. It could be through our interactions with friends, family, and people we meet in our everyday lives. It can be through our work and service in our community and the world, and it can be through creative expression and the arts.
One technique that I’ve used for many years for opening my heart is chanting and prayer. Many religions and spiritual paths have some form of chanting, singing, and prayer which focuses the mind and opens the heart to experience communion with the divine. In the yogic tradition chanting is called kirtan and is a method of bhakti yoga the path of love and devotion. In bhakti yoga we use our emotions to experience and realize our oneness with the divine. Sanskrit chants and prayers are words and syllables that have the power to calm and purify the mind and emotions, and open the heart center within our beings.
I started chanting in 1983 by 1987 I was writing my own spiritual songs and prayers inspired by inner guidance and heart wisdom. I wrote over 40 songs in six years, produced a tape called Open Your Heart: Songs for Self Unfoldment and sang these songs at spiritual events and gatherings until 1994. The title song of my tape speaks to the process of opening your heart and I offer it to you with love.
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