By Constance Kellough, who will be presenting Innerbody Meditation at Hollyhock on July 12-16, 2017.
There are many different meditation practices originating from various spiritual and secular traditions. Most, however, stress the importance of quieting the compulsive thinking mind, which wanders on average 50 times in 5 minutes. This on-going thinking (which is often unsettling, non- productive and not related to what we are experiencing in the present moment) usually emanates from some level of egoic fear and pulls us into the past or into the future.
So instead, we may crave to experience blessed stillness. Why? Because stillness is our natural state; it’s our essential self.
Stillness rises on its own when there is no thought. Eckhart Tolle has said, “Stillness is the language God speaks.”
So how does stillness relate to love? It has been said, “Be still and know that I am God.” Because God is love, one could also say, “Be still and know that I am love.”
When two people are authentically themselves in a state of stillness (some call it “presence”) with one another, they are in a state of love.
This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day. If seen correctly, this could be one of the most important days of the year. What is more important than to express the energy of love to your special beloved and others? A rose, a bouquet, a box of chocolates are tangible things we give to demonstrate our inner state. We smile just at the shape of a heart.
Did you know that the heart is the first organ to develop in a human fetus? The heart is conjoined with the lungs and the workings of both together transport oxygen through blood to all parts of the body, which is necessary for physical life. Our body is also electromagnetic, which is the reason we need to intake water as a conductor. The physical heart is surrounded by an electromagnetic field.
Although the heart and brain work synergisticly sending signals back and forth to each other, the heart sends more signals to the brain than the brain does to the heart.
The heart is many times more electric than the brain and many times stronger magnetically. That is why when we come from love, we attract love into our lives. The heart has its own nervous system, its own “brain.” It plays a significant role in accessing our higher knowing or what we may call intuition or instant awareness.
When we come from a state of love, the electromagnetic energy around the heart extends positive affects to individuals and things around us: people, animals, even machinery. Imagine the state of pure love Jesus came from to have such a healing and transformational effect on those around him when he walked the earth, and is still continuing to do so. This applies to all spiritual masters.
The physical heart has two sides that work together as one. We can see this as a metaphor for the energetic/spiritual level, as the heart joins us to others and leads to a consciousness of oneness with our fellow human beings.
These days, the thinking mind has become more and more polarized, meaning that it lives by comparison of opposites rather than from seeing everything as connected and in harmony. This is because of egoic stress. The ego, the false self, sees itself as separate from others and therefore having to defend itself against others, compare itself to others, and be stronger than others. We can see that continuing only in this vein will lead to devolution; whereas to come from the intelligence of our hearts will lead to evolution.
I muse that sometime in the future, we will no longer say, “Happy Valentines Day,” but “Happy Heart Day.” Isn’t the giving of heart energy one of the ways we create our happiness? And why restrict such a day to expressing gratitude and love only to our romantic partner? Why not let it be a time to extend our love and silent blessing to everyone we encounter that day? Imagine how healing it would be for our world if this were practiced on a wide scale!
Join Constance at Hollyhock for Innerbody Meditation on July 12-16, 2017.
Constance Kellough is a long-time student of Eckhart Tolle and Innerbody Meditation and is the publisher of Tolle’s books The Power of Now and A New Earth. Through 20 years of Innerbody Meditation, Constance Kellough has experienced the many benefits of this spiritual practice.Register Now!