The Heart of Our Spirituality
By Henry Reed
Knowledge of our oneness with God, of our co-creative opportunities
and responsibilities, comes in many ways. Edgar Cayce consistently
spoke of the highest form of consciousness, as well as its destined
goal, as the knowledge that we are simultaneous both individuals
and one with God.
In one statement he gave a clue about how to achieve this realization:
"...the purpose of the heart is to know yourself to be
yourself and yet one with God..." (281-37, A-18). As we've
conducted quite a bit of research on how to enter a state of
heart awareness in order to achieve this spiritual knowledge,
I'd like to share some of our findings.
Entering into heart awareness can be as simple as focusing
on the heart. Research at the HeartMath Institute in California,
for example, has shown that heart awareness can be magnified
by first thinking of something that makes you feel appreciative
or grateful. Their research has demonstrated measurable effects
upon the heart of such feeling imagery.
Similar to how meditation produces "alpha" waves
in the braina sign of greater inner harmonyfeelings
of appreciation create more coherent or harmonious "heartwaves".
Their research also shows that this appreciation-induced heart
coherence has a calming and harmonizing effect upon the brain.
Functionally, the person is able to achieve insights about troubling
personal situations while in this state of mind. When activated,
heart awareness has implications for how we experience reality.
In our research, described fully in the A.R.E. Press book,
The Intuitive Heart, we have used the breath to initiate a feeling
of gratitude. We ask a person to focus attention on the natural
flow of breath, exerting no intentional force to direct the
breathing, but relaxing into the spontaneous breath with this
affirmation: "Not me breathing me, but Spirit breathes
me and I trust the inspirations."
When a person experiences the breath as coming freely as a
gift, it feels good, and can evoke a feeling of gratefulness.
The surrendering of control over the breath and the acceptance
of natural breathing introduces a loosening of personal boundaries.
The gratefulness for the breath awakens the heart, as the heart
seems to respond to gratitude the way a flower responds to the
sun, softening, warming, opening, expanding, blossoming with
Soon the person experiences love as if pouring through the
heart, the heart being a channel of love. It is easy to relax
into this experience, as if melting into love. The personal
sense of boundary dissolves as if the person were blending with
love, as if love were all there is. The person remains aware
of self yet also experiences being at one with love, all there
Lest this sound purely poetic, consider what happens in the
Intuitive Heart training when two people experience
one another while in this state of consciousness. After awakening
heart awareness by accepting the natural breath, each person
imagines that their heart can "reach out" and touch
the other person's heart.
As the two people imagine having a "heart connection,"
they then observe the flow of their experience, without directing
it further, to notice what happens during such an encounter.
There are definite effects, described in detail at:
but here are some basics:
People report that they can easily imagine having a heart
connection with another person. It begins by an intentional
imagining, such as visualizing the two hearts joining, embracing
the other person with one's own heart, bringing that person
into one's own heart, or experiencing the person as within
one's heart. Even though stimulated by the imagination,
the connection feels "real" to people and they respond
to it as if it were real.
According to reports from participants in the training, it
feels as if the two people are "close," or are "joined"
in some manner. They experience the presence of a love that
combines the two of them in its reality. Edgar Cayce noted that
when we perceive each other through our senses, we appear separate
from each other. When we perceive each other via the subconscious
mind, as in the imagination or heart awareness, we experience
ourselves as one.
This simple fact is quite important, as it points out just
how psychologically "real" is the alternate reality
of what students of Carl Jung call "the imaginal realm,"
or what Edgar Cayce might term "the imaginative forces."
These unseen forces are called unseen as they cannot be seen
with the eyes, yet they are perceptible through the heart awareness
of feeling and imagination.
Perhaps you recognize the often-quoted statement from the author
of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "It is
only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential
is invisible to the eye." Here is a reference to the heart-centered
imagination as an interpreter of subtle, perceptible feelings.
There is a paradoxical duality, like yin and yang, to Cayce's
formulation of the highest consciousnessto know yourself
to be yourself and yet one with the whole. I am me and I am
one with you. People in our heart awareness training seem to
have both experiences rolled up into one. It is interesting
in this regard: Cayce describes God the creator as of two aspects.
One is impersonal, like electricity.
The other is personal. God is a thing, God is a being. What
is the personal aspect? Usually the answer is love. Love is
that energy personalized. We commonly talk of vibration. Vibration
is the essence of energy. Vibration is the continual back and
forth between two incompatible states of being, yin and yang.
If love is an energy, then what is the back and forth of the
Our Intuitive Heart training reveals the meaning of this oscillation
to be the two perceptions: "I am me and you are you"
alternating with "You and I are one." Many folks in
our training experience, in fact, a creation of energy in the
space between the two partners, as if that yin-yang experience
is generating an energy flow arising in the space between. The
boundaries between the two people fluctuate, appearing and disappearing,
the oscillation expressing the love energy being channeled in
When I am in a heart connection with another person, we feel
as one, yet we each experience this oneness in our own individual
manner. In various exercises from the Intuitive Heart training,
we begin to appreciate how heart awareness allows us to experience
harmony, achieve resonant communication, even have healing moments
with the other person. Yet, these experiences come in a manner
different than the kind of knowing with which we are familiar.
Our conscious mind, created through interaction with sense
perceptions of the outer world, supports an ego that has its
sense of separateness reinforced by sense perceptions. It experiences
itself as separate from what it surveys with the senses. "I"
am seeing "that" and "that" that "I"
see is separate from "me." Heart awareness, experienced
through the imagination, perceives the unseen, non-sensory realm.
Yet its form of perception is different, in that the perceiver
and the perceived are not experienced as separate. Instead,
the perception is experienced as arising from the perceiver.
Instead of receiving knowledge that I can point to, as if coming
from outside me and into my awareness, my experience is itself
the knowledge. The knowledge is implicit, rather than explicit,
in my experience. That is, suppose I make a heart connection
with you. While my ego (separation consciousness) may be entertaining
images of you, separate from me, at a more subtle level I find
myself involved, for example, in humming a lullaby and smelling
flowers. In our discussion, it turns out that one of your loveliest
memories is being outside as a child, amidst a garden of flowers,
as beautiful music is playing.
Further discussion reveals that we both have a special connection
to the same hymn. Our eyes smile across the space in between
us, our hearts are as one. Without the opportunity to discuss
afterwards our experiences of the heart meditation, I would
never realize that I was resonating with you, that our hearts
were in communication, because no "facts" about you
were experienced separate from my own personal reverie. Instead,
the reflection of our communion was implicit in my reverie.
It is another of the reasons to support Edgar Cayce's
advocacy of small group work as the best context for developing
spiritual intuition, because of the feedback we can provide
one another. Group discussion, with the possibility for collaborating
on the task of discovering together our individuality in oneness,
provides something that solitary meditation cannot. It is a
wonderful shared experience of oneness, yet manifested in personal
and individual experiences. When I find you within my own heart,
I understand you by using the vocabulary of my own experience,
resonating with your experience of yourself by visiting some
of my own experience of myself. Heart awareness provides the
opportunity to inhabit the spiritual reality of our inter-connectedness
At the upcoming A.R.E. Conference: The Edgar Cayce Legacy:
Be Your Won Psychic, there will be substantial training
in heart awareness.
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Home-based training in the Intuitive Heart method of developing
heart awareness is available through the Edgar Cayce Institute.
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