Create the Life You Imagine ~ April 2019
Entering the Heart Center
“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”
~ John O’Donohue
As you anchor your energy in your heart center you create the opening that is needed to rise above the small self thinking of the lower triangle and to begin the process of transformation and healing that is required to move forward on your journey toward your true Self. Entering the heart center is like finding an escape hatch out of the lower triangle and climbing up to a higher level of consciousness where you can get some new perspective. Over the past several months we have been working from this higher level of awareness to focus our attention on the thinking habits of our lower triangle, to understand the strengths and vulnerabilities of our first three power centers, and to clear away the patterns of the past that keep us spinning on that revolving wheel of distraction, disruption, disturbance and disfunction that can be created by the small “Me” self.
Until we open the passageway to the fourth chakra and anchor our awareness in the heart center, the small “Me” self thinking of our lower triangle is our default program. And as we have learned, when it is trapped in the lower triangle, the small self creates and stores up personality patterns formed from the experiences of our past like rocks and boulders that take up space and energy in our lower triangle. As long as the small self is in charge of your energy system, it steals all the life energy to run the old patterns over and over and over again. The spinning small self keeps all of your energy planted squarely inside the lower triangle, and the rocks and boulders of old patterns keep you cut off from accessing your upper triangle powers and your higher, more life-affirming possibilities.
Imagine that the lower triangle energy trapped in small “Me” self thinking is like driving around and around and around on a roundabout and never getting off and thus never getting anywhere. Have you ever had this feeling about life? That feeling is your clue to change your perspective. In this small “Me” self thinking mode, you are burning up all your time and life energy just spinning around that circle. If you are going to make progress on your journey of growth and transformation, you need to take the exit ramp off of that life-draining roundabout. That exit ramp leads you to your heart center and your heart center opens the channel to your Soul.
Our authentic desire to stop the revolving, roundabout drama of the small self and to live in greater integrity with our true Self is what opens the passageway to our heart center. From the heart center we are able to change the flow of our energy. From the heart center we can bring awareness to our patterns, our power centers and our possibilities, and we can begin to make choices that support our growth and well-being. From the heart center we can use the healing path of compassion-forgiveness-inspiration-gratitude-joy that we practiced last week to transform the patterns of disappointment and struggle from our past and to break free from the blockages that consume our life energy. If we open the passageway to our heart center and use its power to rise above our histories and to get some new perspective, we can override our old programs, our old conditioning and our old stories, and free ourselves from the patterns that bind us to the small “Me” self.
If you are going to open up the channel to access your true Self—your Soul Self—you must take that exit ramp into your heart center and remove the obstacles your small self has built that are blocking the flow of energy from your higher Self. Once you clear the lower triangle of the old energy patterns, you create space for the presence of your Soul Self to flow into your lower triangle. The opening of this space in your lower triangle invites your heart center to open the channel to your Soul Self and you effortlessly enter into the flow of this higher state of presence in your life. This is the power of transformation that happens through the heart center—it clears the lower triangle so that it is transformed into a powerful vehicle to express the full potential of who you really are—and then opens the channel for the Soul Self to flow in as the driver. Entering into this flow is the real beginning of our own unfolding as we surrender the struggles of the small self and allow the Mystery of we really are to move through us.
Wishing you the blessings and light of the Soul, as you create the life you imagine.
Taking the Exit Ramp
When my mom would hear one of her children spinning around in small “Me” self thinking, she would often ask, “Who is driving your bus?” Just that question alone can bring us into awareness that we are either letting our small self drive the bus, or our Soul Self drive the bus. If we are caught in the roundabout with our small self at the wheel, we need to cultivate enough awareness to take the exit ramp to our heart center and get a new driver. When we let our Soul Self take the driver’s seat in our life, our lower triangle is transformed and our life changes.
Anything that brings you to your heart center is an exit ramp into this higher awareness. Your practice this week is to identify and use your exit ramps. Anything that stops the small self spinning in reactions to the past or anxieties about the future, and that brings you into a more peaceful state of present moment awareness is an exit ramp. Here are some exit ramps to consider:
time just breathing in prayer or meditation
time spent sitting, walking, hiking or playing in nature
time studying spiritual books or texts
time exercising, running or practicing yoga to deepen your breathing and ground your energy in your body
time listening to music that inspires you
time reading or writing poetry
time spent in free play with your children or your friends
time laughing with your significant other
time doing work that opens your sense of meaning and purpose
time enjoying a cup of coffee or tea and listening deeply to a friend in need
time in creative or artistic expression
time in quiet retreat or reflection
Anything that allows you to gather up all of your energy and all of your parts in the present moment is an exit ramp into your heart center. From this center, you balance the lower triangle and open the flow of your Soul Self in the present moment. Your perspective, stories, choices, experiences and possibilities shift dramatically when they are activated from this center.
This week identify at least three exit ramps that you know work for you. Notice that all of my suggestions start with the word “time.” One of the greatest lies our small self tells us is that we don’t have time to do the things that we really need. But when you enter the heart center and ground yourself in the energy of present moment awareness, you literally expand time. Any time spent in your heart center or upper triangle will make everything you do in your lower triangle ordinary world flow with a greater sense of joy and ease. In addition, you gain back all the time you used to lose spinning around on the roundabout. So give yourself the gift of time and presence and take that exit ramp to open the channel that runs through your heart center. The more often you take that exit ramp, the more you stabilize your awareness in the presence energy of your higher operating system. Continue your practice as we prepare to release the power centers of our Soul Self into the flow of our daily life.
When we enter the heart center and clear our lower triangle, the spirit energy of our Soul falls effortlessly into our heart and through our lower triangle. To inspire you this week, click below to find Kate's Let the Spirit Fall Like Rain to remind you to enter your heart and let love flow, by going to the Products Page on my website and just scroll down to the Transcendence CD and click the track. Both of Kate's CD's are available for purchase on that page.