Today is the last day of part 1 of the Heart Solutions challenge and midnight tonight begins part 2.
Thought I’d explain a bit about the background of this idea of moving into heart. The central focus of Gay Luce’s Nine Gates Mystery School is the idea that we are like flutes with many notes. Each chakra has its own special note or vibration. Most of us play only one or two notes instead of using them all. A great deal of time is spent learning what the energy of each of nine chakras (the usual seven plus feet and transpersonal, which is above the crown) feels like, what situations call for that energy, how to move into that energy, etc. Each master teacher is brought in for two days on a particular chakra and teaches practices that build energy there.
To be honest, I don’t use it as much as I could, but I try to remind myself that I can choose to shift to a new space. I use the ability to ground myself by bringing attention to my feet and imagining it reaching down in the earth a lot. But probably my favorite space to invoke is heart.
There are so many times that it is useful to be able to move into that vibration. If I’m in a room with people who are arguing or anxious I can move myself into heart and the longer I hold that space, the more the tensions in the room soften. If I find myself feeling nervous or out of sorts I can consciously bring myself into heart; I don’t think it’s possible to hold yourself in heart space and to be anxious or angry at the same time.
Thanks to the training at Nine Gates, I can move into that space with my attention. I also often breathe in and out of whatever chakra I want to be in. In the case of heart, I find the lovingkindness chant opens my heart powerfully so I often say the chant when I want to hold myself at heart level.
Between midnight November 9, 2014 and midnight November 16, 2014, for five days:
- Sit or lie comfortably with a straight back and close your eyes
- Think of a problem or an issue in the world about which you have strong feelings (crime, terrorism, environment… you pick)
- Say the lovingkindness chant* for the world for 10 minutes
- Take a few deep, even breaths, each inhalation and exhalation taking the same amount of time (i.e. count 10 on inhale, count 10 on exhale)
- Begin imagining that you’re inhaling into your heart and exhaling from your heart
- Place one hand on your heart to focus more energy there; you can put it down when you feel you’ve moved into heart space but keep some attention on staying in heart
- Ask to see what steps you could take to help create a world without this problem or whether you’re meant to do anything at all–make sure you stay in heart space
- From heart space what do you understand about this problem/issue? About the best way to create a world that no longer has that problem/issue?
- When you feel complete, open your eyes
- As you move through normal life, focus when you think of it on heart space and your vision of a world that doesn’t contain this problem
- Note any shifts in how you feel about this problem as the five days progress and as you continue to envision a new path
I would love to do a post about this challenge that contains thoughts from some of you. If you’d like, write 300 words or less about your experience with the exercise and send it to me (yogaleigh at earthlink dot net) by midnight Nov. 16 , I’ll compile however many there are into a post.
* You can say it as a prayer: “May (who/what-ever) be filled with lovingkindness, may he be well, may he be peaceful and at ease, may he be happy.”
or as an affirmation: “_______ is filled with lovingkindness, she is well, she is peaceful and at ease, she is happy.”