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The Power of a Loving Heart

February 12, 2010

The Power of a Loving Heart

What better day than Valentine’s Day to think about and express your love with those close to your heart. Since Valentine’s Day traditionally marks this special time for lovers and those loved alike, thankfully, we can bathe in and share love’s wondrous life-affirming powers each and every day of our lives. Although this article was published on Valentine’s Day, secret is, Cupid may indeed have a piece of our Psyche, but that arrow can penetrate into a softened heart any day of the year. So, be alert! Although love is deeply personal, it’s beautiful, mysterious power to transform is nothing short of a miracle.

Ask anyone who has truly fallen in love to convey their loving experience and they will arrive at a point where words cannot fully reveal loves subtle magic. However, they never fall short ascribing words to the unrelenting waves of emotion that engulfed their person when the all consuming light of love took hold within their hearts.

Who among us cannot recall our first love? Oh how could we ever forget that feeling? The magic of a first love and a first kiss cannot be compared to any other human experience. Many of us found ourselves so enamored by rapture to not notice a lingering ignorance believing it cannot ever end. Although it may have been from our sincere desire never wanting love to escape our grasps. So we desperately tried holding onto that which flows like water through our hands. At some point, the magnitude of reality struck the softest place within our hearts. Yet love if allowed, continually draws us with our hearts, above and beyond to realms and worlds of pleasure unknown, forever.

“Young love is from the earth, and late love is from heaven.” – Turkish Proverb

Love will Find All

Love is felt and expressed physically yet the infinite, emotional source of love is a little more quietly hidden within our being. The most reserved closely guarded hearts are simply no match to love’s far reaching power. Many of those whose heart was once closed tightly behind a seemingly unpenetratable fortress have been forever been changed upon receiving love’s embrace. Yes, love will make your soul crawl out from its hiding place. For that alone, we all shall be grateful; no other power known can endure such a test of time. Love therefore, is beyond time.

This infinite power incapable of being restrained is one and the same as the heartbeat of the universe. Able to create a desire within to be loved and to share love’s experience, while seemingly capable of breaking the human vessel which resonates joy with every beat. Love in many ways is like a beautiful song, lifting our soul to new heights of ecstasy while reminding us we cannot bind its power- for that will only bring tears of sorrow.

For those seeking love may find it fleeting at times, but eternally we exist ever seeking to be immersed within the sanctuary of unconditional love. A secret key to unlocking the door to love’s call, is to first love yourself just as you are. This is not to say, be selfish, rather selfless. Allow yourself to accept your whole being unconditionally- humility is capable to release all that could have been.

For one cannot truly love another while sacrificing the very love they profess of another by withholding it from themselves. Love cannot ever have any limitations; only by a false, self imposed belief can that ever exist. For all are truly capable to love and worthy of another’s love regardless of thoughts to the contrary. Our highest capacity of human love is merely a reflection of eternal light through the prism of unconditional love. Upon glimpsing, feeling and experiencing the touch of unconditional love, we realize this is the essence of who we truly are. While void of fully understanding how and why this is so, we intuitively know unconditional love flows through us and continues an endless journey unbounded by the human mind.

“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.” – Ivan Panin

The Heart of the Matter

The infinite, unbridled power of love and more specifically, unconditional love has a partner within every human being, our hearts. Not merely a mechanical pump sustaining a constant flow of life-giving blood throughout our bodies, its true function is no longer shrouded in complete mystery. The heart is the center which radiates the power of love to a level in which our brains and those of others instantly reacts to, flooding us with love induced chemicals. Oh yes, love a first sight is true and really it’s our heart that is capable of visionary love.

To contemplate love’s true power and the way in which our emotions play together by associating the wonderful feelings love brings, we soon realize a source beyond space and time is at work. How can such an organ like the heart be the gateway to us receiving and giving universal, unconditional love? The answer may surprise you. I have written before (De-stress Kit for the Changing Times) about the research being done at the Institute of HeartMath. Their research to date has revealed that our heart creates and radiates the most powerful electromagnetic field of any organ within our bodies. Many would assume the brain holds that title. No, surprisingly enough it does not.

The institute found the heart’s electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain! This field, measured in the form of an electrocardiogram (ECG), can be detected anywhere on the surface of the body. Furthermore, the magnetic field produced by the heart is more than 5,000 times greater in strength than the field generated by the brain, and can be detected a number of feet away from the body, in all directions, using SQUID-based magnetometers (see image below). They also found that the cardiac field is modulated by different emotional states and performed several studies to investigate the possibility that the electromagnetic field generated by the heart may transmit information that can be received by others. This scientific finding aligns with the fact that falling in love at first sight (and in proximity of) with someone is entirely possible.

Wonderful to know our hearts are always communicating information between each other and that this exchange is directly influenced by our emotions. We all have experienced being around someone we love and quickly notice regardless of outward appearance or assurances to the contrary, that something is amiss. The heart never misleads and we must all practice first and foremost, to be honest with ourselves. This is practicing self-love. We are more capable of being honest with others even those we love, when we love ourselves enough to “say what we need to say”.

Funny, I sometimes must say whatever it is to myself, and allow the emotions to then guide the way. Yes, I’m a guy! Well, ok truth be told, I was not always so wise to listen first to my emotions. Like I say: welcome to planet Earth!

Again, emotions (energy-in-motion) play a vital if not the key role in our well-being as they affect our entire physiological makeup.  HeartMath studies have already revealed there are pronounced beneficial changes in the patterns of activity in the autonomic nervous, immune and hormonal systems in addition to the brain and heart when we experience emotions such as appreciation, love, care and compassion. Well ask anyone who is in love how they feel! And just to think, we get so many more great byproducts when we express and allow ourselves to be immersed in love.

Research also shows that our heart plays an important role in the generation and perception of emotion. So, the more we love, the greater ability we have to even perceive emotions. Emotions and love are not separate in the purest sense. To any who believe love is purely in our heads, most likely is not in harmony with their emotions. It makes sense how we feel crazy sometimes when we are deeply in love, because emotions help to release mind stimulating chemicals. Either way, love is proven to be good for our entire well-being. For more information, please visit The Institute of HeartMath.

“The heart’s electromagnetic field–by far the most powerful rhythmic field produced by the human body–not only envelops every cell of the body but also extends out in all directions into the space around us. The cardiac field can be measured several feet away from the body by sensitive devices. Research conducted at IHM suggests that the heart’s field is an important carrier of information”. Institute HeartMath

Love has no Bounds

It matters not to love if you dare to hide from its trans-formative powers because nothing known in the universe can hinder it’s all consuming reach. One day, some way, you will encounter the all-seeking, unconditional love. From the instant appearance of love within a parent’s heart overwhelmed beholding their newborn child or an un-worldly touch and loving words from a loved one, to the unconditional love emanating from a beloved animal we remain forever changed.

This same profound power of love is and will continue to transform this world one heart at a time. Together upon allowing love into our very souls and further sharing this unlimited power to even those who may otherwise seem unworthy of such a gift, we will expedite bringing about the new Heaven and Earth. But first we must be willing to allow love to conquer the deepest, hidden recesses of our souls.

Love is blind to the boundaries our minds attempt to create striving in vain to withhold love from all Earth’s inhabitants. Think not of this as some far off Utopian dream. Just as in the early days of a new friendship leading to love when your heart was full of promise, unburdened emotions are set free to empower you into days full of purpose, it is this love that can conquer all. In such a state of being, appreciation for life was a limitless reservoir you drank from. Life was great, your mind clear and focused everything seemed perfect. We can not only envision such an idyllic place we can collectively recreate such a world because we all know it is real.

So, let’s each promise ourselves to radiate through our hearts, this all encompassing power of unconditional love everywhere we find ourselves. Cupid has an eternal mandate from the angels to spread awareness of our wonderful gift of love, and our only responsibility is to allow love to take hold of our very being, letting it flow outward into the world.

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”Confucius, 551-479 BC

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