When you have finished exploring intellect and attending ceremonies, when we are exhausted trying to change people or the unchangeable world around us, then you come to rest in your heart.
With your heart open you connect without conflict.
With your heart open, you are interconnected, no need to compare, you are a part of something bigger, where your individual mind thoughts become transient, then this moment becomes important and you relax in the knowledge that you have a vision and must adapt to what happens next. You’ll admit you have no idea of what could happen next. This is a beautiful reality, the core of confidence, love, beauty and a healthy life. An Open heart.
If you spent your whole life doing nothing other than opening your heart and developing the qualities of the heart, it is no exaggeration to say that this effort alone would bring you to the highest goal of human life. Because it is through the heart that one finds their truth and within the heart that one finds their True Nature.
When we do the 30 day challenge some people struggle with the process because they are with a closed heart trying to understand what can only be assimilated through an open heart. Sometimes we try to understand the world from within the bubble of our pain that caused the troubles of our pain. And this is why it is important to form a new relationship with nature. The person who still walks in nature seeing and smelling things has not found nature.
In nature Self and God are one. You have to know this totally. To separate God and Self is to think God is great and I am small. Then you are locked in to your own smallness, and you cannot see the connection between what is natural, beautiful, and you. Native people knew this connection before people came and needed to put themselves in authority over the native people and to do so, separated them from nature. They made God and self separate.
It is only when you slow down and get to know the human heart that I can teach you to love without condition. It is in your open heart that strength and conviction to stay un-reactive to all the opportunities to judge and be righteous, emanate.
It is in your open heart that compassion and loving-kindness live. So, you might now see how we strive for it because it is in the open heart that one feels at peace with themselves or others without putting them or ourselves on a pedestal.
It is therefore only through an open heart that we can find the way to treat our brothers and sisters, and ultimately, ourselves with non reactive respect. In other words, love.
When your heart is open, it represents the essential nature of a person. And so, it is the ultimate focus of innerwealth and myself, to help you open your heart and then keep it open in hell.
Innerwealth means the development of an open heart; the unfolding of the mind and its process of thinking to become subordinate to your heart. But your mind will not trust your heart if it opens and closes like a toilet door in the wind. The commitment to keeping your heart open, even in hell, prevents the alarm siren to call the ego to step in and react either by putting the self or others, on or off the pedestal.
Innerwealth process opens your heart by first prioritising it. This is of the utmost importance on the path of to find your True Nature. But don’t mind will try to prevent it. In Innerwealth we describe a heartfelt relationship between two people as being the balance of support and challenge. And yet, most people feel that an open heart is experience of not being challenged. But they are talking about their ego and remaining high on a pedestal. They also want me the teacher to remain holly. But that is not what it feels like all looks like to live with an open heart. To live with an open heart the thoughts, reactions, judgements, expectations of the mind must become the variable of life and therefore the human being can become adaptive to circumstances rather than reactive.
The promise we make with the 30 day challenge is that we will find your vision, inspiration and purpose. But many people finish the 30 day challenge with no clear understanding of what their life purpose is. This simply means that they still cannot differentiate between their heart and their mind. The intellect is still under control of the entire system. Their ego is their master. It takes some time to develop the clarity that an open heart contains a purpose greater than the self. The self is the ego. And so many people look at the self and try to find that purpose. It’s like asking a wild hungry black bear in a forest for directions.
Equally there are a significant number of people who are ready to live from an open heart. This heart becomes our home. And we do not put our heart on a pedestal because it automatically grounds us and prevents it. And open heart is the centre around which your life can evolve.
The challenge for many people is shifting the centre around which in life can revolve from their emotions. An Open Heart is not the emotional centre. The heart is often mistaken as a nice fuzzy feeling in the centre of the chest. This is the emotional centre. We are not talking about the concept of emotional righteousness, nor about sensual feelings. An open heart is not a feeling, rather, it is a knowing.
Ironically, an open heart is often called the inner voice, but it is not a voice at all. Called the soul it is not a physical thing which most people imagine a soul to be. It is simply unconditional knowing. No words can describe it. But when you experience it there is a certainty that does not need validation. You know that you know that you know that you know that you know that you know and this is where purpose comes from.
To open your heart is to find your path. And unlike the mind and ego it is a path that doesn’t waver.
Open your heart and keep it open in hell, is also to hold a certain centre, and be true to yourself and others.
As mentioned above, It all begins with gaining a true sense of your being. It’s a way to think and feel that reflects your true nature, it is natural, and, it creates a certain inner confidence, a strength, and builds a foundation from which your life may evolve.
It can’t be separate practice from daily life because it is life itself.
It doesn’t mean rushing around solving the world’s problems either, because those obstacles are countless and that rushing around is in itself part of the world’s problems.
By listening to your open heart it enables you to focus on what you really love to do and to express yourself without tension or reaction.
With an open heart, that remains open in hell, you gain access to the deepest experience of life. Instead of trying to change people, we become the mirror of the change we would love to see in the world; we must first learn to understand the ego, and the difference between that and an open heart, to really know ourselves to find peace and harmony within.
When we explore the term heart in common language we find that ‘heart’ means the central or innermost part of something such as the ‘heart of the city’, it also means the essential or vital part of something such as “what is the heart of the matter?” A person with a ‘lot of heart’ is someone with determination. To ‘lose heart’ means to be discouraged so we see that the will of a person emanates from their heart. We refer to the heart when we talk about generosity or sincerity as well as consideration, understanding and helpfulness as when we say, “He has a big heart.” or “She is a dear heart.” When a person is cruel or mean or when someone shows no regard for others we say, “His heart is closed or small or cold or that he has no heart at all.”
Many people find the idea of living or encouraging people to live with an open heart intimidating because it unbind them from thought practices that are contained and controlled. An open heart is actually the temple within. And you won’t find your heart in a temple until you find the temple in your heart.
As humans cannot grasp the idea of a heart outside the body, there is a part in this body of flesh dedicated to housing the idea of the heart. This area is most sensitive to feeling and has been called “broken” at times, although no physical break actually occurs.
The surface of our being is mind, while the depth of it is heart. The heart is clarity the mind is personality. It is through the heart that we feel ourselves or know ourselves. Once a person understands their True Nature, the character and the mystery of heart, they understand the language of the whole. So we have choices. Listen to this heart or listen to the mind and its stories or fear and uncertainty.
To keep your heart open in hell, it takes a certain trust. A trust that, when faced with what seems to be an insurmountable challenge, you will survive. It does not necessitate becoming religious or spiritual. An open heart is not lived in temples, or on particular days of worship, nor is it only reverence to a statue or icon; it is lived every single moment of our lives. From what people see of us, and what we think, to our secret thoughts and our secret ideas.
People say put your heart into it; it means to become fully invested. It means to throw the full weight of your humanity behind something.
There are no half hearted success stories. To keep your heart open in hell you must be vigilant. Your heart must remain invested. When your heart goes out of something you automatically sabotage it. And rather than fight to prevent the sabotage you will know when your heart has gone out of something and it is time to move on before damage is done to both yourself and others.
Innerwealth was built to create a change in the world one heart at a time. Principle around which it is built is that, if we can invest ourselves in maintaining the commitment to an open heart we will automatically achieve many of our dreams in life.
In conclusion, as I sit here today on the balcony of my Bondi Beach apartment writing this blog looking out to a beautiful beautiful magnificent ocean and a sky trying to allow the sun to beam down once again I ask you must important question you can ask yourself every single day of your life, “what is in your heart today?” Nothing, ever, is more important than the answer to that question. And if the answer is not your vision inspiration or purpose, you have the tools, sitting on the Innerwealth website, in the books are free, and this podcast to change that. Changing the world one hard at a time. Beginning with you.
That’s the end of this episode.
With love and wisdom, Chris.