“Above all else, guard your heart. For out of it
flows all the issues of life.” ~King Solomon
Healing Hearts and Healing
“A cheerful heart is good
medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” ~King Solomon
The heart of the 12-step model of
recovery involves turning the heart from selfishness and self-centeredness
toward a higher power and service toward others. Part of that process involves
a fearless and moral inventory during which the painful images of the past are
cleared away, allowing for the heart to be filled with light and love. Heart-to-heart
sharing of stories results in healing and changed lives. Like the caterpillar
that becomes a butterfly, this deep healing of the heart results in authentic
transformation. Healing begins in the heart. How can anyone recover from
addiction or any other issue without healing the heart?
What Is the Heart?
Have you ever given your heart to
someone or known a person who wears his heart on his sleeve? When someone says,
“I love you with all my heart”, you know he is not just talking about the
physical organ in the chest that pumps life-giving blood throughout the body.
What is the heart? Where is it? How do you find it?
Imagine yourself late for work and
desperately looking around the house for your keys. Then, after looking
everywhere and expressing the gamut of emotions you finally discover they were
in your hand the whole time. Sound familiar?
According to Larry Napier, founder of
the Rediscovery of the Heart Institute, the Hebrew word for heart (Lev) means returning and living from our
spirit-fed garden homeland.
Ancient manuscripts, such as the Book of
Proverbs, describe the heart as a garden out of which flow all the issues of
Remember when you were just a gleam in
your father’s eye? You were a divine spark of love and light yearning to
manifest into the material realm of form of substance. You raced like chariots
of fire against countless other sperm cells until you alone reached the final
destination – the single egg cell inside your mother’s womb and you were
conceived. How did you win against such tremendous odds? Were you destined to
win? Was someone looking out for you? Maybe it was all just a matter of chance.
If so, you were miraculously fortunate and wonderfully made.
Remember when your heart began to beat
in separate rhythm from the oneness of your mother’s womb? Was it during that
first gasping breath of life that cried, “Who am I?” when your heart first
awakened? Or was it sometime in another space and time?
Remember when you transformed from a
single cell to the multi-faceted being you are today, the fractal iterations of
creation expanding like a universe through infinite space and time?
Remember when your heart danced beyond
the sun and we were one?
What if you could remember the future
and change the past?
From a dark void of nothingness to the
ever-changing complexity that you have now become, your heart sees and knows
Imagine the Heart
“What is essential is invisible to the eye. For
it is only with the heart that one can see rightly.”
~ Antoine Saint de Exupery, The Little Prince
We often imagine the heart as a valentine-shaped
organ in the center of our chest. We give valentines and red roses to those we
love as symbols of our heart. What if we were all wrong? What if the heart was
further back and higher up?
Picture Mount Hermon, the tallest
mountain in Israel, glistening snow-capped, the source of life-giving water for
the surrounding land below. The water rushes down into the heart-shaped Sea of
Galilee, full of life, and out the other side to the Jordan River. The river
snakes through the Jordan Valley downward to the lowest place in the world
below sea level, the Dead Sea. Imagine Mount Hermon representing the spiritual
source of life. The Sea of Galilee represents the heart as the spirit flows
into it and the River Jordan is the soul that snakes through the valley into
the Dead Sea – the physical body. The spirit of life fills the heart daily and
flows down into the body through the soul. The Sea of Galilee is full of life
because it has a continual flow of fresh water in and out. The Dead Sea only
receives water in, but does not have an outlet. The water evaporates back into
the sky to form clouds and eventually rain and snow back to the mountain and
How does this relate to the heart? What
if your heart received fresh life flowing into it every day and allowed that
life to flow outward in the form of love and service? What if you imagined the
water as the energy of life that awakens you every morning like the rising sun?
How can you let that life flow through you and outward in love?
Where is Your Heart?
Did Tony Bennett really leave his heart
in San Francisco? Is your home where your heart is? Some would say that the
heart that we have been describing resides in the physical heart of the body.
But what if you had a heart transplant? What about those who have been granted
the miracle of life-saving surgery with the implantation of an artificial
heart? Would you lose all of the images and feelings of your heart with a
physical operation? Obviously not.
But have you ever heard of a successful
brain transplant? What if your deepest heart of hearts existed in your brain?
According to Nobel-prize winning scientist Roger Sperry, the brain is divided
into two hemispheres, each with a different function. The right brain
experiences more in images, feelings, and nonlinear ways, whereas the left
brain experiences in analytical, logical, and linear processes. What if we
discovered that the right brain was the seat of our deepest image-making and
visionary capacities or the place we often call our heart?
On the other hand, what if the heart was
located in a realm beyond time and space known by quantum physicists as
non-local reality? Then even the most skilled neurosurgeon or cardiac
specialist could never really find it.
Imagine your right brain as a great
lion, the king of the jungle, powerful, visionary, and wild. Picture your left
brain as a strong ox that works hard and plows the fields methodically. Both
are essential. But what if your lion was locked in a cage and the ox was in
Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is
greater than knowledge.” He didn’t do well in school and could not even speak
until he was five years old. He discovered his great theory of relativity by
imagining himself riding on a beam of light. Many of his great ideas came to
him as he played the violin. What if he had never been able to release the
inner lion of left-brained ox linear thinking that told him that it could not
be done? Can you see the possibilities?
The Language of the Heart
What was the original language of our
birth? How did we relate to the world and to each other before the words were
formed? Regardless of the country of our origin or the language that we learned
through our culture, what do we all share in common? We all experience images
and feelings in our hearts. When you look into someone’s eyes you can see and
feel the warmth of their affection as they sincerely express the words, “I love
you with all my heart.” Even if they spoke another language, you could see and
feel the depths of compassion in their heart. When you see a child playing you
can experience the joy in their hearts. Our hearts can see and feel without
words. Images and feelings are the language of the heart. How can you show your
love and joy today in ways beyond words?
Awakening the Heart
All of the issues of life flow from the
heart. The heart is the place where all healing begins. The heart is where the
Are you ready to break the ties that
bind you and release the lion within your heart? What if the key was in your
hands the whole time? Look to the light within you and all around you. Now is
the time for the rediscovery of the heart. It is time to awaken your heart and
let your lion free. Look to the light and love that lives within your heart and
longs to be let loose. Imagine the possibilities. What if you awaken from the
dream and realize who you really were meant to be and what you were here to do?