Is Your Heart Pure Enough To Witness Spirit?

You are not going to follow a path that doesn’t feel natural for very long, nor will it bring the growth you need, however well intentioned you are. There is a center in the body where love and spirit are joined, and that center is the heart. It is your heart that aches or swells with love, that feels compassion and trust, that seems empty or full.

Within the heart is a subtler center that experiences spirit, but spirit is not felt as an emotion or physical sensation. How, then, can you contact it?

According to spiritual masters, spirit is experienced first as the absence of what is not spirit. In India this is described as Netti, netti, which means, “Not this, not that.” Spirit is not caused; it is not bound by time and space; it is not a sensation that can be seen, touched, heard, tasted, or smelled.

This may seem like a baffling way to define something, but imagine that you had never seen the color white, that the whole world consisted of red, green, blue, and all the other hues. Then one day a master came to you with a black shirt and said, “If you wash this enough times, you will see that it is white.” If you ask to see white before you wash the shirt, what you ask is impossible. Black is the sum of all colors, and only if you wash them all away will white appear.

In the same way your present life is one of sensations, not just colors but all the stimulus that comes through the senses. Some of these sensations may be very pleasurable, but none of them is adequate to tell you what spirit is. Spirit lies beneath the layers of sensations. To experience it you must go to the heart and meditate upon it until everything that obscures spirit is cleansed.

Adapted from The Path to Love, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1997).

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Uma Chernoff
Judith Shafer3 years ago

Thank you so much Dot. Sublime.

Dot A.
Dot A.3 years ago

no words,
not even a sound
nor a whisper in the still of midnight

not the stars - not the moon
not the space of which the stars are placed

but all - known by the heart
of the universe

knowing love

more beautifully
than 'anything'


Siobhan James
Siobhan James3 years ago

Deep meditation helps you to attune your thoughts. This results in healing your heart of life's heartaches

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thank you.

Norma Johnson
Norma Johnson4 years ago


Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Danny Madzhurova
Danny M.4 years ago

Thank you!

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

Thank you Deepak - it's simply one of the most important reasons to meditate... I love your guidance in that it is neccessary to :
"go to the heart and meditate upon it until everything that obscures spirit is cleansed."

Diane Wayne
Past Member 4 years ago

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Max Overton
Max Overton4 years ago

There is nothing discrete about the colours... they all merge one into another along the visible spectrum. They do not have sounds or smells associated with them - those are other senses.