Wisdom of the Heart

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Wisdom of the Heart

#1 Postby malochim » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:14 pm


While discussing the beatitude "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God". An interesting question arose. I was hoping that we could draw out more on this topic. What was asked was how to deal with the fear of losing loved ones. And how to coop with the grief and pain that comes along with losing someone close.

Another topic that was brought up was that we can not afford to delve on negative thoughts and emotions, that we ought to focus on the positive aspects and nurture them. Yet the shattering of the heart is such a pivotal event in the souls ascent. How do we reconcile going through and beyond the grief and sorrow and yet not grasp at it.

”Only love has meaning, it raises the smallest action into infinity.” , Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

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Heart & Mourning

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:19 am

Grace and peace to you in Messiah Yeshua!

There is another Beatitude that directly speaks of the experience of sorrow or grief:

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

First, is must be said that when a loved one or friend dies grief is an expression of our love – we are loving that person as we integrate the loss of them from our lives; and likewise, the sorrow we are experience is inseparable from the joy knowing them has brought to us. If we know that we are in an expression of love as we grieve, and that the sorrow is part of the joy, so we may embrace our grief, our sorrow, and we can pray, asking that God take up our grief, and bring comfort. As we grieve, so also, as we know, many others will share in our grief, and many others will be grieving for those they have lost as well, and so in our grief we may take up giving and receiving, taking the grief of others into our own, and praying that they might be comforted, and know the subtle peace and joy within and behind their grief; hence, know their love and its goodness.

There is something more in grief, though, for we have a powerful connection with the soul of the departed, and as such we can take up very powerful prayers and spiritual works for the dead, and these are prayers for which there is a great need, not only for the one we love, but for all who have died and are in the afterlife. Thus, joined with giving and receiving for others in grief, uplifting our grief and drawing some blessing from it in this way, so also we will take up special prayers and meditations for our loved one or friend, and as we do we will pray for other souls among the dead, seeking to uplift them in Christ and God, and seeking to bless and comfort them, offering spiritual assistance in their time of transition, all as the Holy Spirit inspires. As we know, many different practices are taught in our tradition for this purpose, and so we will make use of them, and here we must say that we do not wish to get so caught up in our grief that we forget to pray for the dead – this is a common mistake in many modern societies that do not know or understand the need of the dead for spiritual assistance, nor teach a way to uplift grief.

When we embrace grief in this way, it is a very different experience, and our grief is transformed into a vehicle of blessing, for ourselves, for others and for the dead, and we will find a certain subtle peace and joy within and behind our grief, and will be comforted, as we pray that others have peace and comfort, both the living and the dead.

Joined with this we must also remember our faith, and our gnosis, and remember that death is not what it seems, it is not an end, but a new beginning, and the soul of the one we have loved will go on; they are in God’s hands, as are we.

Once we have embraced our grief in this way, so also we may draw strength and inspiration to deepen the ongoing relationships in our lives, and perhaps consider the priorities in our lives, and look to see what changes might be good; hence, letting our grief become awareness of how precious life is, and how brief, and so inspire us to live well and pay more attention to what really matters.

In this way our grief will lead to something good, and however painful grief might be, blessings will come from it.

There is not only grief when someone dies, but also during any significant change or transition in our lives, and at times, even in those that seem very positive; as much as being proactive with the grief of someone dying, so we wish to work with any grief that arises in a similar way, embracing and uplifting it, moving the energy of grief in a conscious and productive way.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

On a certain level this Beatitude may relate to grief, if and when we hold on to it in an unhealthy way, and are unwilling to let go and move on when it is time; and so may relate with many things that forms a klippah, or husk, surrounding our heart. There is something more than this, however, for while grief, feelings of rejection and betrayal, old emotional wounds, feelings of self-negativity, and doubt, and not being good enough, all form this klippah, so all of these are expressions of self-grasping, or self-cherishing, and attachment and aversion, or desire and fear; a pure heart implies a release, or purification, of self-grasping, attachment and aversion, and it implies forgiveness, and the generation love and compassion – an open and spacious heart in which there is room for everyone and everything, along with the Spirit of God.

There is a need for forgiveness, and for the generation of love and compassion, a true opening of our heart to others, and to God; and when we let go of self-grasping, attachment and aversion, whether in the appearance of a friend, stranger or enemy, we will see the good, we will see Christ, and likewise, whether in apparently auspicious or inauspicious circumstances, we will receive all that transpires as from God, as a manifestation of God’s will, and so know to draw out what is good and true. Thus, in everyone and everything, we will see the presence and power of the Living God at work, and we will experience closeness to God.

It is also true that with an open heart we will receive influxes of the Holy Light from above, and the Holy Spirit, and we will experience higher, more expanded states of consciousness, an opening of consciousness to new dimensions, and may acquire knowledge of God through direct spiritual and mystical experiences, “seeing God,” as it were; but all of this depends upon an ongoing self-purification or self-negation, a transparency of the heart, a loving heart.

A “pure heart” also implies an innocent heart, or clear conscience, and naturally it is good to live in such a way as to have a clear conscience, forgiving others and receiving our forgiveness in Christ.

The heart is often used in scriptures to indicate our interior life, and the various thoughts, emotions and feelings we entertain, as when Adonai Yeshua teaches us that whatever we have thought or imagined in our heart has, in effect, been done. Thus, a teaching on a “pure heart” implies paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and emotions, and imaginations, and laboring to hold in our hearts and minds what is good and true, and what accords with the indwelling Christ. When we depart this body and world, our afterlife experience will largely be determined by our interior life; if our interior life is filled with thoughts of Christ and God, and the love of others and God, so we will “see God” when we die, drawing near and perhaps experience a conscious communion with Christ and God, as we have in life.

These are some thoughts I was inclined to share about grief and the purity of the heart.

O Adonai, we praise and bless Your Name, and we pray, please heal our hearts and fill our hearts with Your Love, and let Your Shekinah rest upon us. Amen.

God Bless you!
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