Field of the Heart
Going beyond the physical, emotional & personal
When most people think about the heart they tend to think solely of the space inside of their chest where their physical heart resides. Some people that are more aware of the subtle energetics may even refer to the space around their chest as their heart, including the heart chakra in their definition. While these are aspects or components of the heart, they are not the heart in its entirety.
There is also frequently an association made between the heart and one’s ability to feel emotions, so many refer to or think of the heart as the emotional center. While its true that an opening of or into the heart can allow us to experience more feelings and emotions, the heart is not the seat of the emotional body. The emotional body is more connected into this physical form through our belly rather than what we tend to call the heart.
I find that the heart really is not emotional, physical, or even personal in nature. That doesn’t mean that the heart does not impact or influence the emotional, physical and personal aspects of us, but the heart is not contained or defined by them. The heart is also not just our heart chakra, meaning a subtle energetic structure. The heart instead is a unified field of all pervasive awareness. Unified in knowing that it is just one. It is not just in one part or one location; it is in all locations and all parts. It goes beyond ideas of you and me and knows inherently the nature of inseparability and oneness.
Often times when we touch or open up into this heart field our mind will jump in and try to figure it out by labeling or creating ideas about it. Yet when we can simply allow the mind to rest and be still then we don’t create ripples within that pristine field of love and it remains undisturbed. When undisturbed we experience the purity of this field of love without insisting on trying to dumb it down into a concept and make it something that our minds can understand. This also allows us to be pure transmitters of the information and energy that this field contains.
Experiencing yourself as Source
The “New Normal”
When our awareness expands to include the heart field, magic and mystery arrive as our lived experience. We begin to know yet don’t know how we know what we know. We write, speak and move and the impulse for all of our thoughts, words and movements is not our mind or thoughts. There is a guiding source that writes, speaks and moves these bodies and all things that have appearance or form without the filtering of mind. This source is pure intelligence, it is the true self or the true you. Ask yourself, “where does all information, love and movement arise?” This will draw your awareness inwards, in to yourself, so that you can directly experience yourself as the source rather than as the forms and appearances.
You may be curious as to why you don’t always or perhaps ever experience life in this way, meaning as source rather than appearances of source. It is because you, like most all of us, were taught to focus on appearances and not on essence. With the repetition of focus on appearances you fused your awareness with the appearance of you and are now lost in the projection of yourself rather than being rested in your actual self. When you touch in, taste or rest into the field of heart you make contact with yourself again. For many this experience feels so foreign to them that they doubt, question, analyze and try to make rational their own selves to the appearance of themselves. They feel like something is happening to them, like they are being moved by something other than them, when in truth they are simply allowing themselves to be moved by their true self rather than by programmed and learned responses. For others that perhaps have less conditioning or are less fused with the appearance of themselves, when they touch in, taste or rest into the field of the heart they remember and feel a sense of being home. It is an instant recognition and remembrance. They do not doubt or question themselves as much and there is more trust, allowing and knowing of the goodness that they are. When we don’t know our inherent goodness and that love is our natural state, then we will fear or push it away when it arrives. Pushing away can occur through rationalization, deflection, emotional hijacking, stories about heightened sensations and the like.
Many people are talking about the “new normal” these days, what that is, what our world looks like with various measures of physical (appearance) distancing and self/other protection. I like to dream that the new normal is where more and more people are rested in the field of the heart, know themselves as the source of love and are less fused with the physical appearance of themselves. Imagine how powerful and resourceful we are when all are rested in the complete unification and inseparability that actually is. When we stop waging war on and fighting oneness. It’s true, we are all in this together, including every single appearance and aspect of creation that’s been created. We can’t exclude or try to eliminate some aspects and expect to experience harmony. We couldn’t be separate even if we tried really, really hard and we have been trying really, really hard for billions of years unsuccessfully so. Separation is and has always been an illusion of appearances. You have never been an appearance. You have always been the source of all appearances. That source is the field of the heart. You are the source of love. May that knowing become your new normal.
Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado