Heart is the New Mind
(and it’s about giving and receiving Love)
The next stage of conscious evolution will see the heart come into its own as the true centre of the human being (like the sun in its solar system) giving intellect and mind a ‘run for their money’. Neuroscience is showing us the heart is a second brain. But it goes beyond – already many around the globe are discovering that the perception, understanding and communication moving in, through and out of the heart go far deeper, higher and wider than the mere thinking mind.
Image: 9-petalled, multi-layered unfolding Heart-Sun-Lotus
This is allied to an overall ‘coming down’ into body and out of the head and unnecessary suffering incurred through its neurotic, anxiety-producing patterns of thinking, worrying and over-analysis. The latter is a signature of ego-driven thoughts and desires. It can also be derived from and exacerbated by past trauma – both ‘shock’ and ‘developmental’. The good news is that our heart, when endowed with a full toolbox of techniques, skills and applications, can be a competent psychotherapist as well as a deeply compassionate physician, and there are ways to train oneself to employ these faculties.
There’s a science and an art, to the training the heart.
The wisdom of the heart knows how to provide safety, an empathic inner ear and an authentic response in the present moment, to the frequency and need of the one who has been traumatized (usually one’s younger self). We ALL have experienced trauma. This Maitri Method is available and adaptable to everyone desiring freedom from conditioning & limiting belief patterns. This approach can be practiced successfully with oneself and also coheres well if one is working with a somatic, mindfulfulness-oriented psychotherapist.
This is also a part of the re-emergence of the feminine principle, also coming into its own, and the beginning of a more balanced civilization with male and female as equal partners, like the two wings of a bird. The heart can serve as a clearing house between the head/air (yang) and the body/earth (yin). Being in and operating through the heart with maitri ensures balance and equanimity.
In the culture of spiritual awakening which is expanding throughout humanity at this time of testing and change, vocational divisions of previous times – priest, psychologist, shaman, guru, healer, leader, coach, therapist, etc. – are merging into a path through the purification & opening of the Human Heart and its expression through community and relationship.
As we approach Spring Equinox and a new Solar Cycle, the fiery energy of this ‘season’ may infuse us (heart, mind & body) with fresh vision, courage and momentum towards perceiving & manifesting what the Universe wants to flow through us, not just for our individual healing & happiness, but more importantly, for the collective ONE that is Humankind along with our precious Planet.
“It is only in the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – from The Little Prince
“My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.” – Baha’u’llah
Maitri, a Buddhist term, is the foundation of ‘the four virtues’ : • compassion • sympathetic joy • equanimity & • loving kindness. The transformative potential of somatic maitri meditation practices along with Hakomi-oriented, body-centered, mindful self-enquiry, the Korason Method (KM) for Authentic Voice & Dialogue and Agni Yoga, is vast. Perhaps the 5th wheel of this creative vehicle might be something that is hard to define, yet perhaps the essential feature of the human soul – faith.
Living from the consciousness of the heart goes beyond sentiment, feelings and devotional attitude (bhakti yoga) and of course exponentially beyond the physical, ‘medical’ heart. This science and art requires great passion, commitment and some discipline, but with practice, it becomes easier, authentic and natural. As heart gathers its grounding roots through the body and wings through the mind, the quality of pure intuition gradually makes its presence known.
Coming from this place of deep compassion and wisdom, an authentic dialogue engages the inner Sage, Spiritual Warrior and Wounded Child. When, contact statements, nourishing words, ‘taking over’, the practice of loving presence and other Hakomi experiments in mindfulness, are activated within this inner dialogue with the maitri-infused heart as steward – “magic happens! As a team, the parts, facilitated by the heart, invite information from the unconscious to bubble up into the conscious mind. There it can be studied, known and, when the time is right, enfolded into the heart. Then …let the healing and integration proceed!
The Mindful Circle Online (MCO), an ongoing training on Zoom is offered biweekly. Through experiential learning and somatic meditation practices, within the containers of the Hakomi & Korason Methods and Agni Yoga, participants learn to embody, at a gentle pace, principles and techniques contributing to well-being at every “essence” – physical, emotional, mental & spiritual, through (the fifth) quint-essence – the wisdom, compassion, courage and perceptual prowess of the human heart.
The cohesion of these complimentary modalities creates a joyful and powerful path toward freedom, health, mastery and awareness of life purpose. If you feel curious or drawn to participate, you are welcome to experience the first session free. – Hugh
Currently the MCO takes place alternate Thursday evenings 7:30-9:00 p.m. and Sundays at noon ET (Toronto). Find the time that suits your location, googling for the local time in your zone.
For more info. on what’s included, click on the links in this article,
and to Register: MCO