Saturday, September 21, 2019

The endlessness of the heart

Emotionally-sensitive, somatically-grounded inner work is unique to each person. We must discover for ourselves the most skillful, effective, and compassionate ways to open and enter the body, psyche, and heart. It is a journey which requires attunement to first-ordered, primary experience.

The way of direct revelation is not the easy way. It is not the path of prefabricated steps, a map given by another, or a series of magical new techniques to learn and “master.” It is chaotic, wild, messy, and alive, written into the cells of your heart by way of a language that only you can understand.

If we will look and listen – with our physical as well as our inner senses – we will discover the guidance that is all around and inside us, stepping into the experiential realization that the path is in fact everywhere.

Wherever you are on your journey, you can ask a guide to bear witness as you move into unknown territory, allowing yourself to be held and to move at a pace that is provocative, but not overwhelming.

Find a therapist, lover, mentor, or friend; a tree, a bird, a mountain, or dog; the sky, the sun, the stars, or the mud. A color, a fragrance, a flower, an image. A God or Goddess, wise inner figure, or being of light.

A lion, a lioness, emerging out of the imaginal and into this world, opening a portal through which you might remember the majesty that you are.

Allow your symptoms to merge into these protectors and enter into dialogue, into pure relationship, separate and connected, practicing intimacy with the inner material, while simultaneously not fusing with it.

It is unlikely we’ll ever fully understand or resolve the mystery of self and other, separation and union, sun and moon. But we can remain in awe at the mystery together, dancing and playing and penetrating inside it, and by it, as we turn into the immensity and the endlessness of the heart. 

Art by Krista Marleena - lion of the dark and of the light

My online community, co-facilitated with Jeff Foster - Befriending Yourself: Meditative, Nondual, and Depth Psychological Perspectives - is currently closed to new members but will re-open later this month. To be on the mailing list to learn about the program, please visit the site here

My most recent book – The Path Is Everywhere: Uncovering the Jewels Hidden Within You – is available in both paperback and Kindle editions. 

My next book, A Healing Space: Befriending Yourself in Difficult Times, will be published by Sounds True in 2020.