Heart Thoughts ...
mystical relationship of lover and Beloved is one of humankind's greatest
secrets. It embraces the whole of creation and yet takes place within the Heart Mind.
love affair of the soul with God is a passion that transforms the whole human
being and reveals the hidden face of the world. The mystical journey is an
unfolding of this love affair, a giving of oneself to God through love. There
is nothing other than God, and God's oneness is stamped within the Heart Center.
mystical journey takes the wayfarer from duality back to oneness, from
separation to an experience of being merged into ITS oneness.
journey is only possible because of a substance within the Heart Mind. Without this
substance there would be no journey and no spiritual awareness.
is a quality of Divine love that is hidden from the world because it does not
belong to the world.
mystery of Divine love, the relationship of lover and Beloved, takes
place within the innermost chamber of the Heart Mind, what the Sufis call the Heart
of hearts. It is the substance that is both the pilgrim and the path. This substance is the essence of His/Her love for us.
the work of the path is a process of preparation, an inner purification to
enable the heart of the lover to contain this DIVINE LOVE.
disciple is ready, then Love is given from Heart to heart. This substance
of Divine Love is infused into the heart of the lover, and activated by Divine Love.
substance within the Heart Center is the organ of Divine consciousness, a
consciousness of the oneness of God. A mystic is one who is able to bear this
prepares us, but God's gift is always an act of Grace, given with love by Love.
And it brings with it the responsibilities of the Heart space, to live according to
the ways of love and not the ways of the mind or the ego. Love
demands that we sacrifice our self.
Truth has taken hold of a heart, She empties it of all but Herself. In order
for Her secret to be infused into our heart, we have to give our heart to God.
Then our heart is held between the two fingers of God, and She turns it as She wills.
mystic is someone who is born to do this work, who was intoxicated by wine
before the creation of the vine.
are born we are branded by love; we come into the world to be of service to
To be a
lover of God is to be drawn into the mystery of Love, into the unfolding
essential Unity that is hidden within the heart.
that is given as a gift is born into consciousness with the tears of
separation, with the longing that breaks open the heart.
awakes us with the call of the reed that is torn from the reed bed, the anguish
of the soul that comes to know that it is separate from its Beloved. But in
this desert of desolation when despair seems our only company, something is
born, something infinitely precious and tender beyond our understanding.
senses the intimacy of its Beloved, that He is as close as the tears that run
between the eye and the eye-lid. We begin to experience a love affair that is
as intoxicating as it is painful, as wondrous as it is terrifying. These are
the secrets of the mystic, of one who has been taken by LOVE. For each lover, this love affair is
unique and often too intimate to be told.
what we have always wanted, what gives our life its real meaning. Whether in
the sweetness of Her touch or the intense pain of being without our Beloved, we
are caught in the grip of a love that consumes our whole being.
some chosen to live this life of love-longing? Because it is His will, because
in the tapestry of His creation He has made some human beings to live the life
of His lover.
branded by God and can belong to no other.
No other relationship will
fulfill them, no human lover can take hold of their heart.
fall in love with a human partner, but something is always missing. In a human
relationship, an essential note is not being played. However much outer life
seems to offer, only one thing really matters: the heart's love affair with
polished by our problems, by the difficulties of our life and the pain of our
love for our Beloved.
of the lover is to be attentive to love, to stay with the inner connection of
the heart despite all of life's difficulties, despite the distractions that
We try to
keep this tender, empty space, try to carry it into our daily work. It is not
easy. We cry, we pray, we fight to remain looking towards our Beloved. We
strive to keep our heart clear. We work upon our self diligently, with
perseverance and patience.
practices of the path, meditation, we aspire to remember Her with each
and every breath. We live the fullness of our outer life, family and work, and
at the same time struggle to keep our inner attention focused on the
one thing that really matters, that absorbs our inner attention, is the awareness
of our love for God and God's Divine Grace flowing down to meet us, whoever we may be.
As we practice in class at Spiritual Wake Up
Buddha Image from Eve Hogan's Sacred Garden, for more information on Eve