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The Goal of Heart Opening

By Nicholas de Castella

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Introduction The Goal of Heart Opening
  • Who you are, your true nature, is already peaceful, loving, happy and whole.
  • Why don’t we feel this way?
  • Heart opening Practices
  • What is the goal of heart opening?
  • Heart opening has three stages.

Who you are, your true nature, is already peaceful, loving, happy and whole.

A bit fluffy? What does this mean? It means that when we journey inside in meditation and connect with our hearts, what we all discover, at the deepest level, is a vastness and openness that defies words. Qualities that accompany this state include peace, happiness, love and wholeness.

Why don’t we feel this way?
So often we go looking for these things outside ourselves through material acquisitions, relationships or by trying to control the environment around us. We can never lose these qualities, though we can lose touch with them. We can not earn more worthiness and we can not lose worthiness. We are already perfect and whole at the core of your being.

Whilst there are many reasons for ‘forgetting’ our true nature the main one is that we
shut down our hearts when the intensity of feeling was too great for us to integrate at the
time. As a result we decreased feeling and increased thinking. Gradually our connection
to essence faded and we took up residence in our heads. Believing the stories we were
told (and now tell ourselves). Stories like “I’m a failure”, “I’m unworthy”, “I’m unlovable”,
“I’m stupid”. All these stories are fantasies of our minds.
Goodness flows from our core.

Goodness flows from our core.
Oneness, compassion, gratitude, gentleness, generosity and wisdom arise spontaneously when we open our hearts and connect with our true nature.

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