The spiritual movement, often referred to as the New Age movement, continues to expand and evolve. Nowadays it is becoming much more commonplace to hear statements, words or phrases in mainstream communication that once were the considered to be exclusive to the spiritual domain. For example, ‘live in the moment’, ‘being in the flow’, ‘the universe….’, ‘parallel realities’, ‘karma’, ‘heart consciousness’, etc.
There is no doubt we have to thank the internet and the increasing amount of available written and audio information for this shifting of awareness. However, there are times when this surplus of information can be confusing and also contradictory. It is all too easy to be swayed by words or images because they resonate. Then, before too long, exposure to another set of words or images may totally change perception and therefore set up the likelihood of a new set of beliefs or truths.
With this overload of information it can become difficult to ascertain what actually has a real basis for consideration or what may be erroneous. An example of this is the scientific conflict that currently exists regarding global warming. There are many scientists who have supported the claims that Earth’s climate is warming due to greenhouse emissions. Documentaries such as ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ are certainly convincing that we are facing a warming of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere.
Yet, there are probably as many scientists who disagree with the contention that global warming is a real threat to our survival. In fact, their research has identified global cooling with the possible threat of an ice age as being the greatest threat to our survival. The link below gives as much credence to the possibility of global cooling as other research does to the possibility of global warming.
So, how is it possible to live with heart centered consciousness when intellectually and logically we are continually faced with many questions and issues that require our mental faculties to resolve them?
Hearts Have Their Own Consciousness
The heart has its own functional ‘brain’, which has now been acknowledged as a highly complex system. It communicates information to the brain as well as throughout the body via electromagnetic field interactions. In fact, the electrical component of the heart’s field is about 60 times greater than that produced by the brain – and it permeates every cell, atom and molecule in the body. It does this by pulsing waves of energy that radiate out from the heart and interact with organs and all body systems.
It’s been found that emotional states affect heart functioning. As an example, sustained positive emotions give rise to a distinct code of functioning which increases awareness of and sensitivity to others. It’s also been postulated that the heart field is involved in intuitive processing.
Shifting to Heart Centered Consciousness
As with all things, we say and direct our energies to where we aspire to be. For example, once there is awareness of the importance of living in the moment then we continually make reference to this. Our language reinforces the fact that we live in the moment. However, over time there is a repetition of that energy which builds up so that instead of merely repeating the same phrase/words we actually step into the feeling state of living in the moment.
The point I’m making is that talking about something is different to feeling it. Yet, in order to step into the feeling state there has to be plenty of talking, which then leads up to the shift of experiencing the feeling state. Once fully immersed in that feeling state it’s virtually impossible to revert back to just talking about a conceptual experience. The concept actually becomes an experience!
It is the same with shifting to a state of living with heart centered consciousness. Lots of talk precedes the feeling state. Once in the feeling state of heart there is a huge shift on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically and spiritually. Being in a feeling state and functioning through the heart center ultimately means that there’s no need to constantly engage in thoughts or to even express words. The energy of being in that state takes precedence and anything that does not resonate with this new state of being feels incredibly uncomfortable.
Shifting to heart centered consciousness however cannot occur until a great deal of inner work has transpired. This involves undertaking healing work on all levels in relation to self and others – and most likely will also involve healing energies from other lifetimes. In the sessions I conduct I’m emphatic that the energy memories based in the lower three chakras require a lot of work in this process. When working solely on the shifting to heart centered consciousness without doing the inner work the result will end up being out of balance. The fear and pain triggers in the lower chakra centers will always manifest, resulting in dissonance and possibly even great anguish and pain.
Techniques for Shifting
I’ve shared these before, but because they are so powerful and critical to the process will list them again. If you’re like me, it’s all too easy to overlook or forget them due to life’s issues and pressures.
- Give gratitude daily. This is an ongoing process and though what you express gratitude for may change the act of giving gratitude needs to be as ingrained as the act of breathing. When in a true state of living with heart centered consciousness the expression of gratitude does not require sentences or thoughts. It becomes a feeling state and experience.
- Live in the moment. Find the technique that works for you. Personally I prefer the breathing technique taught by the energy of Edgar Cayce. It works for me and I’ve also had feedback from others as to the high degree of efficacy of breath work in creating the Now moment.
- Express love daily – and constantly. Whether it be to nature, body, health, friends, family etc. Expressions of love – whether they be verbal, physical or mental/emotional – go a long way to creating that feeling state of heart centeredness.
- Apply forgiveness to self and others whenever a situation arises that brings up painful memories. Rather than dwelling on the issue or emotion I’ve learned that mentally affirming ‘I love myself, I forgive myself’ is extremely powerful for shifting the pain energy. This can also include an additional statement, ‘I love….., I forgive….’ when in relation to others.
- Do what you enjoy, what gives you pleasure. The more you do the things that enthuse and inspire you the greater the reduction of inner stress.
- Let go of toxic situations and people. Sometimes it’s not possible to do this so instead I recommend that letting go of the anxiety and stress reduces the level of inner tension. My favorite mantras in this regard are ‘This too shall pass’ and ‘It is what it is’. This in no way diminishes the nature of the issue or situation. Instead it creates an energetic barrier, distancing you from the situation and allowing greater ease within.
- Let go of your story. Most people carry memories of experiences that have been painful or abusive – to some extent. Continually talking about those experiences, remembering them, re-visiting the emotions keeps them truly alive and creates an energy trigger that doesn’t abate. I’m not saying ignore or suppress the emotions/pain. Instead, when they surface I’ve found the statement, ‘I release with love….’ to be highly effective in reducing any stored pain. Sometimes that statement needs to be repeated countless times, along with doing forgiveness work, but ultimately is well worth the energy.
Most likely you also have a technique or two that works for you. I would love to hear about them as the more that we share our experiences the wider our community connection becomes!