The DeeperHeart 6/16/2017
-George Norwood

 

What Do I Mean by DeeperHeart?

There is a physical heart in the chest, but there is a deeper heart within us that defines us as human beings.

Some people are not aware that we have a deeper heart and think there is only a physical world.  These people tend to think in scientific terms and believe in evolution.  In their mind, people are closely related to monkeys and other primates. However, other people do not believe in evolution, but feel that humans are spiritual beings and not descended from primates.

I think they are both right.   Let me explain.

If we assume that there is a physical world and a spiritual world, we can say our body is part of the physical world and related to primates.  We can also say there is spiritual world where consciousness is expressed.

Somehow the brain in the physical world interfaces the consciousness in the spiritual world.  One theory is that quantum tunnels exist that connect the brain to consciousness. 

By consciousness I mean what we experience.  Some call this our soul, or our true self.

What is Consciousness?

This author has brought many scientific books on the subject of consciousness.  We lose it when we sleep.  We lose it when there is a blow to the head.  Some chemicals put us to sleep.  When we dream we seem to travel to another reality.  But what is consciousness?

Consciousness is so fundamental, it is a requirement for every thought and every action. More so, just to experience life without thought, say in meditation, we need to be conscious.  Without it, we are asleep, in a coma or dead. 

Consciousness and Creativeness

Our universe is so vast and beautiful. Through the study of physics, we find simple equations that point to an intelligent creator. This creator many call "God".

For sake of this discussion we need to limit the definition of "God" to that force that has created the universe and all its laws.

Consciousness and God

When God created the universe, God must had planned out how the universe was to properly setup.  For example, all the physical equations were sorted out.  God must be an excellent mathematician!

Consciousness also was figured out before it developed in human beings.  With consciousness allowed us to know God. 

To know God means that we are a part of God.  Just as God is aware, we also are aware. Just as God is creative, we are creative.

God is like a vast ocean, and each of us are like ocean drops.  Each drop represents one person's consciousness and creativity.

Connecting with God

Since each of us is part of God how do we fall away from God.  This is because we are swept away from the ocean of God.  We feel no longer connected.  When we are estranged from God, we are blocked from the influence of God. 

When we can close to God, we are close to love.  We are close to the truth.

Connecting with Each Other

People tend to have their own ideas especially about matters of religion and the spirit.

Being close to God means we are love one another.  God is the source of love and thus the closer we are to God, the more we love.  God is also creative and thus the closer we are to God, the more we help others.  A very loving and helping heart brings the highest joy.

Being close to God means that we are close to Goodness.   The Golden Rule (Treat others the way we would like to be treated.) makes us think about how others feel and how our actions affect others.

Romantic Love

Romantic love occurs when brain chemicals make produce passion, elation and exhilaration when you are with your true love.  Romantic love is emotional and not based on mere reality.  The faults in the person you love are easily overlooked, and conflicts never seem to surface.  In the beginning of many relationships, love is truly blind.

If one is happy all the time, sooner or later the person will crash.  We can be slightly happy all the time, but too much happiness will rebound and one will eventually swing the other direction.  The happy juices are not in infinite supply.

When disillusionment sets in one starts to be less patient and then critical of the other. The dreams and desires seem to fade away.

Mature Love

With mature love you feel connected.  There are few arguments and if an argument occurs there is a sense of conclusion that is based on a learning experience.  Often there is insight into the problem and a feeling of deeper understand occurs.

With mature love you feel trust.  You are not jealous. You feel good about the future.

With mature love you think in terms of us You understand and respect your significant other.  You can talk freely. You truly miss each other when your not together.

Keeping the Love

True love means knowing how to keep the love going.  Since the heart is open with love, one can hurt another by not returning the love.  Honesty is the foundation of trust.

Love needs to be controlled.  If we were to totally be committed to many people in all ways possible, we quickly run out of resources, not only the physical resources but the emotional resources.  We cannot be all things to all people.  

With romantic love, there is a commitment that all ones emotional resources are to be shared.  Two hearts beat as one.  It is important to love everyone in a certain way, but not romantically.  Romantic love is based on trust, and without trust, jealousy can quickly erode years of devotion.  

Real romantic (eros) love can only exist when hearts communicate.  Friendship may be competitive.  When people play the game of one-upmanship, it is the mind that is engaged, not the heart.

The heart suffers as things change.  People fall out of love, get sick, get old and die. As we lose people, we grieve.  Grieving takes time.  If we love again too fast, the lost love gets mixed in with the new love and the new love seems stronger that it really is.  

Love Can Hurt

When things go wrong in love, the heart suffers and the mind wonders why.  The mind is limited to logic, and speculation.  Only with wisdom is the heart and the mind in tune with each other.  The mind and its logic guides us step by step, but the direction we travel is the path of the heart.

We love people who are not perfect as they are no perfect people.  Love has to overlook imperfections.  But some people are more perfect than others.  Thus when selecting someone to love and marry, one has to keep their eyes open so that the prospective mate can also be seen objectively.

Sometimes love is confused with needs.  If a parent has a flaw, and the child later meets someone with the same flaw, it feels good to fix this new person.  It can feel like love, but the love is focus on what someone can become, not who they really are.  If one focus too much on another's needs without loving themselves, co-dependency results.

Thus in order to truly love another, one has to first truly love ourselves.  If we imagine ourselves setting in a chair across the room, can we look at ourselves with love?  Who sits there?  We are the only person that we have complete control over.  We are the only person that will truly stick by us forever.  We can never leave.

Once we truly love ourselves we have the ability to love another with strength.  Nobody is perfect all the time.  By loving ourselves, we are not dependent on others when things are not going well.  If our love is in a bad mood, we can stay in love and be the anchor in the situation.

Love can hurt and many wonder if love is worth the risk.  Alfred Lord Tennyson "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."  The experience of love is so profound, so fundamental to experiencing life, that losing someone is not the important thing unless we make it so.

Different Types of Love

Spiritual love is taught by bhakti yoga, Sufism, and mystical Christianity.  Here we feel idealized love, from God.  This is what enlightenment really is.  Spiritual love inspires us to be lovers, even when we are not in romantic love.  Since consciousness itself is part of God, we are one with God no matter what we might believe.  Consciousness is not a material thing.  So being one with God is very natural and I think for me at least essential for my mental health, and what I really mean my soul's health.

There are different types of love.  We have eros love which is romantic and often sexual. We also have agape love which is unconditional and spiritual.  To increase agape love one does sadhana which are certain practices which include chanting, meditation, and devotion.

More information:: http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-Love-from-the-Counterfeits-of-the-Heart

If we let go, and let God pour His love into our hearts, the music plays.

Purity

From God's point of view, there is only one truth; all else is a lie.  There is only one God, one love, one source of goodness.  When we believe in conflicting truths, when we break ourselves into different personalities. With multiplicity, we divide ourselves into little pieces.  We need a government of the mind, with our spiritual self at the helm.

Unto the pure all things are pure.  Titus, i. 15

Our mind needs to be like a crystal, symmetrical, balanced and ordered. With purity our heart senses this crystal-ness.

Our purity must be like that of the crystal. -Swami Ramdas

The Soul and the Brain

The soul and the brain reflect each other.  If we feel a certain way, the brain is in a certain mode related to the feeling.  It is a loop, with the soul feeding information to the brain and the brain feeding information to the soul.

Soul-Brain Connection

The soul evidenced by our consciousness, that part of us that knows we are alive and experiencing life, is interfaced with the brain.  The interface is on many levels and is dependent on which mode we might in.

Chakras or Energy Centers

Our soul-brain might be seen as operating in seven modes:

  • Root -emergency mode

  • Reproductive -sexy mode

  • Power -bossy mode

  • Love -heart mode

  • Learning and teaching mode -thinking mode

  • Visioning -intuitive mode

  • Knowing -spiritual mode

The Seven Chakras

In some Indian religions chakras are considered as energy points in the subtle body.  These areas could be related to certain physical areas of the body as shown in the drawing below:

 

Upper and Lower Consciousness

Consciousness can be experienced in different ways.  Traditionally consciousness is divided into upper and lower consciousness.  Upper consciousness consists of the higher chakras.

Chakra Detail

Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel, or vortex, and it refers to each of the seven energy centers within the body.  The chakras are not physical things, but serve as a method for description of different types of consciousness.    

It might be pointed out that medically speaking, some chakras are associated with nerve clusters.  For example the enteric nervous system is responsible for regulating digestion.  It is located near the solar plexus.

The seven chakras include:

1. ROOT (muladhara)

Physical Location: Anal Region
Psychological Functions: survival, support, individuality
Signs of Imbalance: fear, compulsiveness

2. SACRAL (svadhisthana) 

Physical Location: ovaries or testicles, bladder
Psychological Functions: sexuality, intimacy
Signs of Imbalance: perversion, hedonism

3. SOLAR PLEXUS (manipura)

Physical Location:  digestive tract
Psychological Functions: power, gut reaction, humor, decision making
Signs of Imbalance: digestive problems, ulcers, impulsive

4. HEART (anahata)

Physical Location:  heart
Psychological Functions: love, acceptance, growth
Signs of Imbalance: lack of love, muscular tension, social stress

5. THROAT (visuddha) 

Physical Manifestations: mouth, neck, shoulders
Psychological Functions: knowledge, nutriment, communications, wisdom, creativity
Signs of Imbalance: ignorance, mood swings, hyperactivity

6. THIRD EYE (ajna)

Physical Location: between the eyes, pituitary gland
Psychological Functions: intuition, self-realization, true understanding, prospective
Signs of Imbalance: lack of intuition, poor insight

7. CROWN (sahasrara)

Physical Location: top of head
Psychological Functions: spiritual insight and healing, wisdom, inspiration, reference
Signs of Imbalance: spiritual sadness, distorted spirituality, aimlessness, lack of inspiration.

Hierarchy of the Brain and Charkas

The brain cells need some type of organization if they are to work with each other.  The Charkas might be involved with different levels of brain government. 

Use of the Crown Charka

When we go into spiritual mode, we can connect to the underlying power of the universe, namely God.  In this mode we can feel universal love, send love to the world and most important we can talk with God.

Communicating with God

 

According to Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God book, we all can talk with God.  For me God is extremely intelligent, and defines love and kindness.

The Heart Cave

Many people have a heart cave, that resonates with our beliefs and purpose.  For some, certain words are so powerful and deep that they dwell in our heart caves. Depending on one's faith, words like Jesus, Bible, God's Love and Krishna produce resonance. Our heart cave can be imagined as a spiritual room that resonates when we experience spiritual love, our truth, our music and our words.  Entering a church were there has been spiritual experiences, some deep souls feel the spiritual vibrations. 

As Souls Meet  

As souls meet, as their eyes greet each other, there is a moment where there is oneness, where there is a blending of hearts.

This is the moment where across the room, eyes become wider and glisten. There is an alignment now, a circle of purity and love radiates in unknown but deeply felt ways.

In this space it is as if one is part of another.  The soul touches soul.  Eyes glisten, a tear falls, and the heart rejoices.

God can communicate with us through groups of souls.  Esther Hicks channels inspiration from a group of non-physical beings she calls Abraham.  

Through God we can heal ourselves and others and this power is especially powerful in psychosomatic illness. Many of our physical illnesses start by ignoring physical reality, and lower consciousness.

The Center for Spiritual Living (formally the Church of Religious Science) teaches this form of healing.  However, its not all in the mind. God also gives healing through orthodox doctors.  Yearly exams can find problems that do not have symptoms we notice, but can later do great harm.

The Unitarian-Universalist Church gives you room to explore on your own.  They have no dogma at all.  But the encourage you to be the best you can be in many ways.

Updated June 16, 2017, March 22, 2016, November 26, 2013

Copyright  2013 -2017 George Norwood
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