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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Keep An Open Heart

Hatred and Fear

Remember, if you love life, nothing is worth closing over. Nothing, ever, is worth closing your heart over.”
Michael J. Singer (The Untethered Heart)

Walking around with an open heart is not easy. In fact, we're well trained in how to open and close our hearts depending upon the situation. Since we were tribal people, we've known how to identify the enemy and close our hearts and minds to anything of value in him/her. At one time in our evolution, that ability was adaptive. We survived as a species by being the strongest and overcoming our enemies. Today, that behavior, that capacity to close, is no longer adaptive. In fact, it is creating chaos in our world.

Keeping an open heart (I know; sounds like a jewelry commercial, doesn't it?) is a matter of consciousness and intention. When you see someone or something you dislike, something that goes against your grain, instead of closing your heart and taking a defensive posture, give yourself a “no” message. Say to yourself, “I am going to keep my heart open.” We all have tapes—automatic attitudes learned in childhood—that turn on when we are confronted with “otherness,” but we don't have to let them play. We can say “no” to those thought messages and replace them with, “I am determined to keep an open heart.” It feels awkward at first, but with practice it becomes easier.

If you hate your enemies, they have power over you. They have the power to turn your heart toward fear and vindictiveness. If you fear your enemies, they have power over you; they can turn your actions toward violence and destruction. They have the power to make you think and behave as they do. To paraphrase the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., hatred and fear do not conquer hatred and fear—love conquers them. Love heals. There is nothing on earth that is worth handing your heart over to hatred. Strive today to keep it open—no matter what.

                                                      In the Spirit,


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