Understanding what it means to open our heart and how we need to let go of our efforts in the process.

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How to let our heart be opened to Divine Love - Part 1


Smile to Your Heart Meditations.

The gift of simple a practice for peace, health and spiritual growth

by Irmansyah Effendi

We are meant to be happy. 

If you look at the motivations behind our thoughts and actions – conscious and unconscious – they’re all to get us closer to the feeling, or at least the idea, of happiness. 

Yet, in spite of our worldly successes and social relationships, we sometimes feel lonely, empty, as if something is missing.  Even when we experience happiness, it tends to be more of a brief touch than a lasting embrace.  We seem to slip back to a lower plane, a place of wanting, again and again.

Psychologists economists, poets – and, most importantly, us – have long asked why.  But for all of the scholarship and human insight across the centuries, nobody has found a complete and enduring answer.  Perhaps because it’s been too close to see.

The answer, the truth, is our heart.  Not the physical heart that beats in our chest, but our spiritual heart: the key connection to our True Source, the Source of peace, calmness and joy.  In opening and using our heart, we’re blessed with a lasting peace and happiness that we can feel – actually and really feel – as we go about our daily lives. (Because opening our heart is universal and applies to all religions and faiths, please feel free to replace the term “True Source” with whatever name you use to refer to the Source of Light and Love). 

There are countless sayings recognising the importance of our heart:

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.  Who looks outside, dreams.  Who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Jung

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”                                                                              Aristotle

“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.” Rumi

 “The worst prison would be a closed heart.”             Pope John Paul II

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart.”                   Helen Keller

Sakyamuni Buddha taught: “Calmness is within you; do not look for it outside of you.” Yet you don’t have to be a Buddha to see how those who chase down worldly success in an effort to be happy and peaceful many times end up anything but.  Many wealthy people find it difficult, often impossible, to smile freely or feel any real calmness or peace in their daily life.  If we neglect our heart, we may attain success and material goods, but serenity and happiness will always still be in front of us, just out of reach.

 When we open and use our heart properly, by contrast, we find that contentment and pleasure come hand-in-hand with the wealth: helping us to enjoy everything better, and with real perspective.  We also share our happiness with those around us more freely, and create an environment that encourages and supports this peace and calmness.

By opening and using our heart in our daily lives, moreover, we can feel and enjoy this peace and calmness – so clearly – that our whole heart and our whole self are happy each moment.  Your heart, in fact, already knows how.  It’s only a matter of opening it up and using it.

It is my joy to share with you both information about the heart and also one of many simple and effective exercises to help open and strengthen your heart even more.

The steps are actually quite simple and natural.  Being guided by your feeling as you begin to practice, you will experience the beautiful ease of allowing your heart to lead you.  Everything is happening at such a fast rate during this spiritual awakening age.  In fact, it was only 2 years ago that people started to be able to strengthen their hearts easily without the need for workshops.

By opening and using your heart more, you will become happier, more peaceful and healthier.  You will quite naturally also feel more grateful and through the blessings that touch your heart, become closer to True Source.

… next post… the steps to opening our heart!



Steve Ray is an Open Heart Instructor who has been working in the field for more than 8 years. He previously worked in the environment movement and in environmental education helping young people create stronger connections with nature and the Earth. He is also a Groupwork Facilitator, helping teams of people to connect with each other and communicate with more heart and compassion.
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