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The Open Heart

Last month, as the Sun moved through the moon-ruled sign of Cancer, we connected to our feelings and embraced our cracks and imperfections.  In August, with the Sun blazing in Bright Royal Leo, the soil is soft and ready for us to open our hearts, take responsibility for ourselves as individuals and connect with our unique creative expression.

Leo rules the Heart centre, which is the place where our core energy resides, focuses, distributes and flows … or doesn’t. It’s the control centre from where we choose to allow or shut off the energy that flows into us, in each moment of each day.

The full moon on 10th August is in Aquarius (ruler of energy and the detached observer), so the theme of this month, as I see it, is that we’re being encouraged to make a conscious choice of becoming the observers of our hearts… to notice when they are opening or closing, expanding or restricting. When we close our hearts in an effort to protect ourselves, we create blocks which have far reaching effects.  It is  simply not an option any more.

I’m reading the most beautiful book called “The Untethered Soul”, by Michael Singer (thank you Diana and Wendy), which I highly recommend. In the book, Michael explains the heart and the journey of the soul in a way that I’m really starting to “get”  at a deeper level.

Although I can’t possibly explain or convey all his wisdom here, I’m going to share my understanding so far, as it relates to the astrology of this month This is how I see it.  There you are merrily moving through your day, taking in gazillions of stimuli, with all your senses and allowing them to pass through you, attaching to nothing. Basically you’re allowing energy to flow into and through you, unrestricted. You’re enjoying the sights, sounds,  smells,  tastes and feelings. You’re in the flow of life, living in the present moment, open and aware.

Then all of a sudden, you see, hear, smell something and bam!… before you can blink, there’s an unsolicited physical sensation or emotional reaction. Depending on the stimulus, you might feel a wave of love or fear or anxiety or panic or sadness (the list goes on) Or you might feel as if you’ve been kicked in the solar plexus, or your heart might start pounding, or your palms might start to get clammy. Or it might be that you’re feeling all warm and fuzzy and loving towards somebody,  until they say something and suddenly… there it is … a contraction and like a tap, you shut down and switch off the flow. You no longer feel love for the person, or for anything else for that matter. We all experience this, but most often we don’t notice, because we’ve programmed ourselves to repress that irksome sensation or feeling and continue on like good little soldiers, not giving it a second thought.

Every time this happens, Life is providing us with an opportunity to grow and learn and expand. Whenever we ignore or repress the trigger, we are actually creating a block in our energy pipeline or re-inforcing one that’s been there since the year dot.

Michael describes it as “encrusting the valve of the spiritual heart, until eventually there is very little energy actually flowing and what is, is circling around the same old thing”  This is how he explains it “ Just like energy waves, the energy that comes into you must keep moving. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be blocked within you There is a way that the energy can both keep moving and stay in one place and that is to circle around itself. We see this in atoms and planetary orbits. Everything is energy and energy will just expand outward if it’s not contained. For there to be manifest creation, energy must get in the dynamic of cycling around itself to create a stable unit. The process of cycling energy is exactly what happens with “Samskara”, or a block, which is a cycle of stored past energy patterns. It is your resistance to experiencing these patterns that causes the energy to keep cycling around itself and is stored in your heart centre. All the blocks you have collected over your life are stored there”

In my experience and in the work I do with Process Art and the energy healing I’m currently studying, I see and feel this happening all the time. We connect with an image or a sensation, we breathe into it, we soften, we allow it to move through us, without attaching to it or going into the melodrama of it and the pipe clears. This is the step-by-step process that Singer suggests – try it… it works!

  1.  NOTICE  the change in your energy and the feeling that you’re getting drawn into a story.
  2.  BREATHE AND RELAX – The moment you feel the change, breathe deeply, drop  your shoulders and soften the area around your heart – this automatically opens the heart centre.
  3.  STAY WITH IT – Commit to staying open. Say to yourself  “I choose to remain open anyway” or “I consciously open to this feeling/discomfort/reaction”  Play with letting go of and falling behind the sense of being bothered – are you willing to release it in order to liberate yourself?
  4.  RELEASE – Let go – just let it go – Decide that no matter what your mind says, you’re choosing not to get involved, hang on to it or make it into a mental story
  5. REPEAT THIS AS MANY TIMES AS NECESSARY until you feel like it’s cleared.

The first few times you do this, you might feel pain in the heart area, because there is likely to be a whole lot of old stuff that needs to be released. The more you do it, the easier it gets. If you’re battling on your own, come and join us for a Wednesday morning Art & Soul class or book a one-on-one session with me and I’ll lead you through it.

My understanding is that consciousness is essentially about keeping our hearts open to everything, resisting and judging nothing… just noticing, becoming the gentle observer to it all. Doing this stops us from going around and around in ever increasing circles and starts to liberate our real power as co-creators and healers of our own lives.

As life continues to present us with some rather hefty challenges this month, and as local and global volatility seems to escalate, this is probably the most important work we can do for ourselves and for our planet.

In life and light