Entering the Heart
Perhaps true healing comes from entering the silence and being present to What Is from the place of the heart. But we can’t find our heart center if our consciousness is scattered.
This beautiful meditation, adapted from an exercise suggested by Rudolph Steiner, serves as a method of inner alignment that makes moving to the heart possible. It can easily be done in five or ten minutes. And the benefits of entering the heart are greater alignment, more vivid perception, and deeper calm.
Close your eyes and feel your consciousness centered in the region of your forehead, a spot right behind the surface. When you are present to this region, inwardly say the words, “I am.” Then, move your consciousness from this region down to the region of the throat, to a spot right behind the surface, and inwardly say the words, “It thinks.” Then, move your consciousness back to the place on your forehead; again, move your consciousness down through the region of the throat to the region of your heart, to the interior of the heart, and say the words, “She feels.” Then move your consciousness back again to the region of your forehead. Then slowly move your consciousness through the region of the throat and then through the region of your heart, and into the region of the solar plexus and inwardly say the words, “He wills.” Stay still for a few moments and then open your eyes.
It is not important to think abut what the words mean, but rather to enter into their action, for they are power words.
When this exercise is carried out each day, the body gradually changes. It becomes more sensitive. You know when you are out of alignment. You feel scattered, not only in a mental, but also in a bodily way. And, when you are in alignment, the world is perceived differently. Perception is more vivid. You perceive more of the subtlety of the things of the world, and it becomes apparent, though not logical, that things have an interior animation.
Adapted from Facing the World with Soul, by Robert Sardello (Lindisfarne Books, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Robert Sardello. Reprinted by permission of Lindisfarne Books.
Adapted from Facing the World with Soul, by Robert Sardello (Lindisfarne Books, 2004).