Heartfulness is the profound feeling of an open heart and following its path to our spiritual nature through simplicity and kindness.
Heartfulness is also the fundamental quality that expresses our humaneness in the way we show loving concern for all living beings and the environment as an integrated experience.
Heartfulness is the feeling of wholeheartedness, of giving ourselves completely without separation or conflict. It‘s the open-hearted feeling of joy when we follow our spiritual paths, and love when we care about others.
How does Heartfulness
differ from mindfulness?
Though the words heart and mind have the same word root in Chinese and are related in Buddhist understanding there are important differences. Originally heart was the center of consciousness and mind was considered as an extension of the heart.
Mindfulness in its popular meaning is a sense of awareness in all we do as a way to eliminate stress. The practice of heartfulness, already implicit in mindfulness becomes a major focus in heartfulness training.
On the Path of No Way the heart is an important center of transformation for all energy movements from lower to higher energy centers (chakras) and a virtual core from which spirit emanates through the body and from which spiritual consciousness radiates.
Heartfulness knows a deeper truth than the mind could ever fathom.
Heartfulness may be studied as an extension of mindfulness that includes more body and feeling aspects or may be explored as an independent area of learning.
Heartfulness emphasizes a felt spirituality of no-mind or empty mind in which spontaneous responses arise out of the moment of pervasive awareness and are focused and stabilized by body experiences.
Many of us have been cut off from our hearts by existing in a world that emphasizes the mind and the rational, pragmatic environment that is stuck in survival mode. While analyzing anything can be useful in a small context, analysis requires we break down the whole to examine it.
Heartfulness suggests we have to see things and processes as part of a living dynamic. We call this perspective "holysis" and describe it as seeing everything from its wholeness where all things are connected and interactive.
We also need a training to help us reconnect with the basic feeling of being humane and helping each other in the best ways we can. Heartfulness is an antidote to the isolated, selfish and greedy tendencies we see throughout the world and concentrated in a small group of power-hungry individuals and organizations but also as a predisposition in many of us as well.
Furthermore, we need practical ways of enhancing heartfulness in daily life especially when difficulties arise or when we become defensive to overcome hurt, or deal with sudden expressions of anger and fear — to find new forms that fit our present day situation.
What happens if we
When we accept the gift of heartfulness we are naturally kind and gentle to ourselves and others yet powerful and constant in our daily lives. When we are heartful the sense of I recedes into the background and the feeling of WE emerges. We don’t forget ourselves but we consciously allow this self-obsession to diminish in importance.
In this state we no longer blame or expect, wish or deny. We live in the precious moment and take responsibility for ourselves. We also do whatever we can to help others on their paths. When we are heartful we move beyond petty details of personal differences and personality criticisms for the heart is the center of transcendence.
What's the connection
to other body areas?
When awareness is no longer a mind project but a full body experience of integral presence the belly or hara in Japanese plays an important role in an integrated spirituality. The combination of the heart energies with hara functions creates what we call "loving presence."
In this consciousness we are fully present to experience the moment completely even to protect ourselves if necessary, and are open to share true love with anyone who is able to accept it. When the hara is open and active we feel and respond to our emotions in a balanced way without denying their existence nor being over reactive to their impulses. Especially so called negative feelings such as sadness, fear or anger are transformed into melting, excitement and power, respectively.
Anyone who wants to become more caring, empathic and more helpful in the world can benefit from a better understanding and practical knowledge of heartfulness. Those familiar with the Path of No Way discover a new depth and an intense synthesis of what they have learned in other programs. Those new to the Path of No Way learn a complete and practical way of being spiritual in daily life without rituals, traditions or rules of conduct.
Mindful people generally enjoy the deeper body experience, the training in protection and the generosity that evolves from the training.
Spiritual practitioners are surprised to find a way of following their inner path while learning to practice “tough love” when necessary.
Body trained professionals learn to extend their physical experience into feelings and a state of spiritual presence.
Medical and psychological professionals learn to be more empathic while helping their patients and clients take responsibility for their lives and especially their health.
Those who meditate appreciate the chance to be part of the solution in the world by becoming actively connected to others.
Coaches and Consultants learn effective techniques to deal with conflicts from the heart and to practice resolution (solving), dissolution (loosen) and devolution (return to a no-conflict position) of problems.
Activists on all levels are happy to find a practical way of encouraging others to get involved.
Many others are simply ready to become an engaged and caring part of their environment, and to make a difference in the world by their commitment to change, and by sharing their peace with others.
"Heartfulness in meeting others means to be fully present in the moment
and to share being human."
"For me heartful living is to see and feel the love in each and every person
and have mercy with yourself."
"Finally, it's all about love, to meet the other as human being beyond own interests, prejudices and inner sensitivities - what can I do for you?"
"A healthy heart contains the good times, the closest relationships, the truest love."
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