This article was written by Wendy Glaubitz and was featured in The Journal of the INEH
When I was younger, I wrote a letter to Sai Baba, asking him to help me to open my heart. I never received a reply, but I didn’t really expect one. Just writing to him made me feel better because I knew that there was perhaps something Sai Baba understood about the heart that I had not yet discovered. I have been pondering on the ‘heart’ ever since. Here are some of the thoughts that have come my way.
As the heart opens, it reveals the mysteries of the universe. It seems to be a doorway to more expanded life begins with the beating of the heart of the unborn child, signalling to the mother that her child is alive and growing within her. Later the child learns love through family and friends. Eventually, the growing human begins to explore the higher dynamics of heart that lead to love for humanity and all life. In this paper, we will explore the path of the opening heart, how it is fuelled by the downpouring of life energy from the monad and then how it opens as consciousness grows and flowers during ones sojourn on the planet.o edit
The Heart Center & Life
When referring to the ‘heart’, we are really talking about the heart center. As we know, this center is found between the shoulder blades along the central energetic channel going up and down the body. The center consists of an intense point of light that is the manifestation of the monad at this level of frequency. Radiating outward from the point of light, there are twelve energetic emanations which we call petals. The heart center between the shoulder blades is unique from the other four centers on the body in that a thread of energy coming directly from the monad via the soul and head center is attached at this energetic center and even at the etheric level in the right atrium of the heart organ. Through this thread, the pulse of the universe is stepped down to become the beating of our physical heart. This stream of energy coming from the monad is called the ‘sutratma’. When it arrives at the causal body, it divides into two threads. One thread, named the ‘consciousness thread’, continues into the head center and anchors in the etheric brain near the pineal gland. The other thread enters the head center and extends down to the heart center and heart organ. Via this thread, called the ‘life thread’ or ‘vitality thread’, the monad sends down the energy of Life – a Ray One energy – which is the reason why we can be alive. If this thread becomes detached from the heart center, we the deathing process is for the life thread to detach from the body.
This life energy flows from the monad through the jewel in the soul lotus (causal body) and then through the head center and on to the heart center between the shoulder individual nadis to the monadic points of light which are receive the life energy of the monad. The life energy is centers, minors, and points. In addition, the life energy which then carries the life energy to all the cells in the body. Interestingly enough, DK tells us that the healer’s work is found in releasing energetic blockages so that this life energy may circulate freely through the whole human the consciousness aspect but to support the increased healer does not work with the consciousness aspect. He works entirely with the life aspect.” (EH 628) When there is more life energy in the system, consciousness will automatically increase.
After hearing this, you may be struck by the fact that life energy is a Ray One energy. And most of us do not think of the heart as a Ray One organ, expressing the energy of ‘Will and Power’, but more as a Ray Two organ with its we may have to look to more cosmic reasons. Our solar system is a Ray Two solar system. This means that the energy coming through the heart of our sun is Cosmic Ray Two. Therefore, it follows that all rays of energy within our system are sub- rays of this great Ray. Ray ‘will to love’ through our whole being. What a thought!
When addressing the heart center between the shoulder blades, we always need to keep foremost in our thoughts the fact of this attachment of the life thread to the heart and that it is an extension of the sutratma. In this way, the heart center is directly connected to the head center and to the soul lotus (causal body). And of course, it is also directly connected to the monad, the origin of the sutratma. Intrinsic to the heart center is a multidimensional aspect. We might even think of it as a gateway or bridge to higher aspects of ‘Heart’.
From the Heart of the Sun
In Esoteric Healing corresponds to the ‘heart of the Sun’ (the inner point of life in all manifested forms) and therefore to the spiritual source of light and love.” (EH 156) He goes on to say that the heart center is brought into full activity after the second initiation. At this point, the emotional nature has been brought under control of the soul and the main quality of desire of the emotional body has been transmuted into love. Then the heart center’s true function emerges – to be the organ for soul into the heart center of all aspirants, disciples and initiates.” (EH 156-7) As we know, the Hierarchy is the Heart Center of the Planetary Logos – Shambhalla being the Head Center and Humanity being the Throat Center. When we build the bridge to the spiritual triangle, we are who dwell at the level of the Hierarchy on the Buddhic plane. So our true home is at the level of Hierarchy, the Planetary Heart Center. When we have made this link, the energy of love is made available to humanity through us and brings two results:
1. The heart center’s direct connection to the soul via the life thread.
‘heart centre in the head center’ and the solar lotus (causal body).
Let us look now at the relation of the ‘heart center between the shoulder blades’ to the ‘heart center in the head’ and to the solar lotus.
DK goes on to say the following immensely meaningful statement:
the human heart, and its transforming, magnetic and radiatory power is essential for the reconstruction of the world and for the establishment of the new world order. Upon the unfoldment of the heart center, and on an intelligent relation of mankind to the Hierarchy, with the consequent response of man to the energy of love, all disciples are asked at this time to ponder and (EH 157)
Thinking in the Heart
the mental faculties have been adequately developed and have reached a fairly high stage of unfoldment. Feeling in the heart is often confused with thinking. The ability to think in the heart is the result of the process of transmuting desire into love during the task of elevating the forces of the solar plexus into the heart center. Heart thinking is also one of the indications that the higher aspect of the heart center, the twelve-petalled lotus found at the very centre of the thousand-petalled lotus (the head center) has reached a point of real activity. Thinking as a result of correct feeling is then substituted for personal sensitivity.” (EH 157)
This ability to ‘think in the heart’ is gained through one’s efforts to transmute the desire of the emotional body over many incarnations. And it results in the creation of what Assagioli has called the development of the ‘I” consciousness – the ability to observe oneself as applied in the process of bringing the personality into integration and ultimately into fusion with the Soul. As personality integration, and we see here that the urge to move into this process began with the opening of the heart center located between the shoulder blades.
In the book Light of the Soul, Alice Bailey (under the heart development precedes head development. The emotional nature and the senses unfold prior to the mind, as can be seen if we study humanity as a whole. The heart center opens before the head center. Love must ever be developed before power can be safely used. Therefore, the light of love must be functioning before the light of life can be consciously employed.” (LOS 293-297)
However, there is a unique relationship between the heart center between the shoulder blades, the heart centre in the head center, and the causal body in that might be stated here that the awakening of the heart center leads a man to consciousness of the source of the heart center within the head. This in turn leads a man to the twelve-petalled lotus, the egoic centre on the higher levels of the mental plane. The path from the in the body of the building of the antakarana on the mental plane.” (LOS 295)
Building a Bridge
How is the path from the heart center between the shoulder blades to the heart center in the head center be transferred to the heart center between the shoulder blades. In undeveloped man, this heart center is said to be a closed lotus turned downwards. With the lifting up of the energies of the solar plexus, the heart center begins to turn upwards and its petals unfold. At the center of the heart center is the light of love. And when that center turns upwards, the radiance of this light illumines the path to the 12 central petals in the head center and then to the causal body of the soul. Bailey writes (LOS 294) that this reversal of the heart center is produced in the following way:
transfers the activity of all the life below the solar plexus and including the solar plexus, into the three centers above the diaphragm, the head, heart, and throat. This is done through life, love and service, not through breathing exercise and sitting for development.
As meditation and access to the head center deepens, we initiate the needed stimulation and unfolding of the eventually the ‘Light in the Cave’. This light is formed near the pineal gland and is actually an extension from the heart center in the head down into the third ventricle of the brain. It is also the place where the consciousness thread is attached. Thus we can get a the heart center between the shoulders blades leads to the expansion of consciousness. When speaking when he said ‘Let your light shine’.” (LOS 296) This light is also connected with the development of higher intuition --the primary faculty of the Buddhic Plane and a higher quality of ‘Heart’.
As the heart center between the shoulder blades open, its resonance with the head center and the solar lotus initiates similar openings at these higher centers. Our personalities then come gradually into closer relationship with the soul, leading ultimately to fusion with the soul. As we tread this path, we eventually ‘realize’ our true nature as souls dwelling within the spiritual triad. We then connect directly to the Hierarchy, the Heart Center of the Planetary Logos Humanity and the other kingdoms on earth. Our heart centers then become agents of the Soul, not only our souls, but also the Soul of Humanity and the Soul of the Planetary Logos.
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The Coherence of the Heart
Did you know that the heart produces hormones? That more powerful than that of the brain? That there is more other way around ? That by focussing to the heart and following a simple exercise, we can help ourselves to better cope with stress?
Those of you who attended the open day at the 2003 INEH Teacher conference held at Lodge Hill, Pulborough,will have heard Wendy Glaubitz speak. She alerted us to the research being undertaken by the HeartMath Institute in California, and in particular to a book by Joseph Chilton Pearce called, The Biology of Transcendence. He talks about the intelligence of the was fascinated by what Wendy told us, purchased and read that book, explored further, shared and discussed the information with various friends and colleagues. clients, my students, and myself and I recently took a short course given by the HeartMath Institute in England.
‘HeartMath’ (the mathematics of the heart) was founded in 1991 based on research done by Doc Childre on the heart-brain connections – physically, psychologically and metaphorically. He talks about the intelligence of the heart too. In particular they have focussed on the heart rate variability and the fact that this is something that the individual can learn to control and which will, in turn, have a positive effect on his autonomic nervous system, certain aspects of his hormone output, his immune system, and his ability to cope with stress.
So what is heart rate variability? It is the variation in the interval between each heartbeat. If, for example, you have a pulse of sixty beats per minute, the interval between each beat will not be exactly the same (i.e. one beat per second) but maybe the intervals will be: 1 second, 0·59 second, 0·57 second, 1·01 second, and so on. This variability is important, in fact essential, and is connected to the balance between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic aspects of the autonomic nervous system. This variability can be rather haphazard and create what is known as an ‘incoherent pattern’, or it can be smooth and create a ‘coherent pattern’ (a sine wave) or ‘heart coherence’. When the heart rate variability is in coherence then health, enables a boost to the immune system, calms the autonomic nervous system, and enables the brain to cope better with the various stressors to which all of us are prone.
The HeartMath institute have developed simple exercises to enable heart coherence which they have then taught to thousands of men and women in business and industry in USA with some astonishing results. A short daily exercise has produced less sickness, less absenteeism, a lower turnover of staff, and increased productivity in the companies where the HeartMath was taught and practiced. What is the exercise? The individual is asked to sit and focus to his/her heart. Then to breathe slowly, gently and evenly and as if they could breathe through the heart. Finally, to bring in a positive emotion and to focus to the feeling of that, whilst continuing to breathe through the heart. Then to continue to do this for a few minutes. The exercise should be repeated daily and whenever the individual feels stressed. This is the basic exercise.
HeartMath have developed technology to measure when heart coherence is achieved – a hand held device or a computer programme - which are an aid to achieving the coherence, but not essential. There are also variations on the basic exercise and several very helpful books to enable the transformation of stress, anxiety, depression and anger.
The positive emotion is achieved by focussing to emotions might be aroused), or a place that you love, or an event or an activity that gladdens your heart – and holding the feeling thus aroused (not the thought). One of my clients recalls the feeling of skiing downhill, another the feeling from the memory of a photograph of playing on the beach with her son when he was small – and so on.
So – you may be saying – surely meditation will bring HeartMath techniques? It well may be that you, as a regular meditator, do not need them – but your clients may. Many people have problems starting to meditate – so they do not even try or give up easily. The heart coherence exercises are easy to learn and to do and the preparation for meditation and I have found them useful for myself. I have slightly raised blood pressure and I noticed that whereas meditation could bring my blood pressure reading down a little, the Heart Coherence exercise brought it down by several more points.
Some people will not even begin to meditate – but they might try an exercise that helps them to cope with stress.
The importance of all this to me is that, although the HeartMath Institute may be a commercial enterprise, it is helping thousands of people to cope better with stress but, above all, to focus to their hearts and thus their heart centres. This will encourage the opening of the heart centre. We are told that humanity as a whole coherence work will facilitate this – and more. Hugh L’Anson Faussett in his book The Fruits of Silence, within the heart, it is no longer the enemy of the real”. That can only be a good thing!
For more information try the website: www.heartmath.org