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Day 5 – The Heart of Oneness

Aug 29, 2011

The gods/goddesses reside in my heart. I knock and they answer.
Trust in my heart. That’s what I learn, that’s what I need. The walls should not be there. I should love and be loved. I should allow it to be free.

This is day 5 and my heart is healing and becoming whole.

The Heart of Oneness

“Love is the essence of all creeds; the true mystic welcomes it whatever guise it may assume. . . . I follow the religion of Love, whichever way his camels take.”

Ibn al-‘Arab?

“Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world. . . . Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created in years or even generations.”

Kahlil Gibran

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Exercise

Today our hearts stir, knowing that they are the true seat of Oneness. For it’s only with an awakened, illuminated, and revealed heart that we can embody Oneness and have the courage to fully penetrate the darkness of separation in ourselves and the world.

Begin by engaging the breath of Oneness, allowing your heart to become open, soft, and supple as the barriers surrounding it dissolve. Your heart is your most precious asset and most powerful intelligence—a Divine instrument of love and an expression of peace.

Today’s practice focuses on breaking down the armor around your heart. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus says: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Knock on the door of your heart and allow it to fully open!

Gently bring your attention to your breath. Allow your breath to caress your heart, massaging it with the breath of Oneness. In Aramaic, “Knock and be opened” translates as Qush Wa Ephphetha (“koosh wa ef-fa-tah”). Qush, “knock,” creates the space for the opening of your heart with your sincere intensity. Ephphetha, “be opened,” emphasizes the process of nature that happens easily and effortlessly.

Knock on the door of your heart, and allow yourself to be opened. Let this be your mantra as you surrender to the process of disarming and dissolving the barriers to your heart.

Begin breathing and chanting: Qush Wa Ephphetha. Knock and be opened. Find your pace, your rhythm. Listen and feel your heart center as you as chant these sacred words of devotion. Use either the Aramaic or English translation, or both, depending on what feels right for you:

Qush Wa Ephphetha. Knock and be opened.

Qush Wa Ephphetha. Knock and be opened.

Qush Wa Ephphetha. Knock and be opened.

Continue chanting, breathing, knocking, and opening; feel the resonance deep within and know that your heart is opening. Feel the dam breaking, as love bursts forth to the places where your heart has been walled up in fear. Feel the power and the presence of love grow within you. Observe as your fears and limiting beliefs crumble and are carried away. Love is flowing, infiltrating your old hiding places so that you can finally experience true love.

Let yourself be opened fully! Recite this prayer and withhold nothing; fully and completely surrender into the arms of God, the mystery of Life, the fires of sacred love that burn within you.

Dear God,

I am knocking from the inside,

My heart is opening from the inside.

I wish to be made new.

Resurrected in my wholeness.

Holy Spirit, Maranatha (our Lord cometh).

Come, do your sacred work within me,

within my life,

within my relationships now.

I ask for your grace and for your delicacy as you

breathe new life into my heart.

Qush Wa Ephphetha. Knock and be opened.

Amen.

Affirmation

I AM knocking on the door of my heart, opening to the unimaginable presence and power of Divine Love that lives within me.

Em

I'm Me!

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