The Heart of Light
This month the focus turns to one of community, service and cultivating a heart of light. Service often evolves and is generated by a heart that remains hopeful and deeply connected to the world and all of its inhabitants. From the cultivation of that heart centered consciousness the idea of community and ways to engage in communal efforts for the good of all becomes a path of service and the home in which we discover more about ourselves. In practice, both of these states have at their core the requirement of being fully present, thus becoming more observant of opportunities that present themselves daily.
So, how do we interact within whatever we identify as community and walk a path of service? There will always be those “in your face and obvious” ways to help- the walk for Cancer, the soup kitchen at the neighborhood church, the fundraising event, etc.. These are wonderful ways to connect to others, but those more transparent gifts that we overlook are just as important, even more so in some ways than the larger. These small daily actions are the ones that become the building blocks that eventually become the routine that are seamlessly integrated into who we are and will become.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
As you take a walk, bring along a bag to pick trash as you go along the way. If you are work, look for an opportunity for a random act of kindness. Load the copy machine, even if you have not emptied it. Refill the water bottle in the cooler or tidy up the lunchroom. Sometimes something as simple as a smile for a stranger as you walk down a busy city street can brighten someone’s day and costs you nothing. A kind word can go a long way in uplifting someone’s mood. Consider these random acts of “magick”.
Approaching each day in this manner- one of awareness and seeking out where you can make a difference- changes both your energy and subsequently the energy around you. Everything and everyone is the recipient of this change in energy towards a positive and productive stream of compassion and service. Now, that’s a definition of magick and the workings of a witch that are powerful, yet profound in their subtlety!
As we begin to engage more in being fully aware and awake and give more freely of ourselves, we develop a deepening of a heart that is open and receptive to everything that is part and parcel of the community you have chosen. Developing a greater capacity for loving compassion and expanding that into empathy is our natural state of being, but, unfortunately, many feel they must work at this having shut themselves off to emotional experience. The meditation below is one that will strengthen this process.
The Heart of Light: A Contemplative Meditation
To begin… Ready yourself by taking some restorative calming breaths and open to what is to be received. As you sit quietly feel yourself surrounded by a brilliant calming white light. Allow your breath to establish a comfortable rhythm and take in the peace of the space surrounding you. Sit in this Light for several minutes.
Now imagine the white Light turning to a beautiful shade of emerald green. This is the color of the earth upon which we live. This is the color of the heart chakra. This is the space of unconditional love and compassion. This is the color of the plant life that offers oxygen. Feel it surrounding every inch of you.
Feel the energy of this green light filling you. You feel its warmth and your heart chakra responds to the gentle embrace of like meeting like. You imagine in your mind’s eye the opening of your heart chakra like a beautiful flower, ready to receive the outpouring of loving energy and calm.
As you sit in this calm space of Love you see the faces of those who love you and those whom you love. They are radiant and your heart felt love responds to the flow from them. Sit in this space for some time.
When you have received all that you need at this time, take a few deep breaths and visualize breathing in this green energy that still surrounds you. Imagine that as you exhale you are breathing out the return of loving energy. Continue to see this imagery for several minutes.
See yourself interacting as you would on a daily basis; walking down a street, on a bus, at work, with your loved ones. Imagine that any who are in your immediate space will receive this heartfelt love and compassion. That they in turn will breathe in this loving energy and with each of their exhales, again those in their space will receive. A chain of unconditional love and care created and sustained; shared in perfect trust one to the other. Continue with this focus for several minutes.
Take a deep breath and gently open your eyes. Remain sitting quietly for a few additional minutes and then move slowly back into the rest of your routine. There is no need to release any of the meditative experience. You want to allow the energy of the heart chakra to remain with you. It will slowly disperse on its own.
The next time you are in a setting of interaction call up the green energy and in the physical world, breath out this loving energy as you did in your vision state. Exponentially, you will find more love in your heart; a sense of gratitude and ultimately appreciation for your own unique gifts as well as those of others. After you have done this practice for some time, you will need very little preparation to place your self in this place of compassion. It will become your natural state of being.