The imagery and consecrated
feeling of going within the veil
and entering the Holy of Holies
within the heart, is touching and
meaningful to me because of
Still, I've realized that the metaphor
could carry some issues of it's
patriarchal and hierarchical
historical origins, for some people.
The 'Heart Opening'
meditation takes another step
towards universality, while retaining
all the potency and beauty
of the earlier versions.
An invocation/prayer within this meditation includes:
Let my mind be made still, to ever dwell in Thy presence.
May it yield in the knowing, that 'it is, what it is.'
To prevent mis-interpretation, this is meant to calm the agitated mind, which allows the heart to open. The ego mind, which constricts the heart with anxiety, commenting, fear, judgment, guilt, regret and so on, lets go (and lies down metaphorically), in the field of consciousness. It is what it is. Nothing to fear, judge, or comment on.
The mind of the will, however, does not have to lie down, and can keep going strong. The meditator bow before the prayer is said, and yields, giving a choice of 'not my will, but Thine be done'.
Here, 'Thine' is the greater Self, the deep of consciousness, the Lord I am. The body does the doing while the ego-mind rests in Being.
The Slang Dictionary says the phrase 'it is what it is' means,
'Deal with it. It is what it is characterizes a frustrating or challenging situation that a person believes cannot be changed and must just be accepted.'
Acceptance may be part of it, but as applied in the meditation that does not equate to inaction. I can accept that it is what it is, even in the midst of making changes. I have effectively used the phrase when my ego-mind started wanting something too strongly, and then witnessed the situation easing and my purpose fulfilling itself, without my stress.
The Slang Dictionary continues, 'For those expecting an actual solution rather than the non-solution of 'it is what it is,' the phrase can be especially annoying. In fact, some people really dislike the term for its unhelpful vagueness…'
'Often times, according to critics of 'it is what it is,' the phrase is used as an excuse by people who think the real solution is too difficult or time-consuming…'
However, when applied as intended in 'Heart Opening', the phrase calms the mind, so that actions can be more elegant, effective and effortless.
'Heart Opening', by Emanate Presence.
This meditation is designed to be learnable, so it can be practiced at the pace, and in the way, of the meditator.
When you are ready, move into a comfortable position, with your eyes open or closed. Calm your mind, relax your body, and connect to yourself as pure, radiant, consciousness.
Visualize, with feeling, the Present Moment Sphere encompassing your body. Breathe Present Moment Light deeply into the sphere around your heart.
Exhale Iight energies, down your body, through the Bubbling Wells, through the center of the earth; then outward, encompassing the planet with a cloud of light.
Breathe Present Moment Light, back through the earth, then up both legs, and deeply into the sphere around your heart.
Exhale the Light from your heart sphere, out through your body, radiating the energies into your Present Moment Sphere.
Inhale Present Moment Light into your pineal gland, feeling it open the Eye of Ra, and focus on the energies of unconditional love, the Christos. Exhale from the Eye of Ra, radiating the Christos energies out, feeling the light penetrating the brain. Inhale deeply, pulling Christos energies through the Eye of Ra, down your energy column and into the sphere around your heart.
Enter that space, and bow within as you exhale. Breathe smoothly, and regularly. Feel deeply these words, and speak them, if you choose.
O, deep of consciousness.
I am, that I am.
It is, what it is.
Let my mind, remain still.
Let my heart, remain open.
Let my spirit, remain free!
Free to express, the source of all love.
Free to express, the source of all life.
With all my being, so let it be.
Place both hands on the area of your heart; and breathe the music of the spheres, deeply into the inner sphere, expanding it into your energy column; from the perineum, to the pineal gland.
Breathe the music of the spheres out slowly to your Present Moment Sphere.
You may breathe smoothly and regularly, relax your hands, and smile with appreciation. Continue to breathe light energies between the sphere around your heart, and your Present Moment Sphere, for as long as you choose.
This meditation, is completed. May your days be blessed.