Once in a while, when I have a question, I would pick up a book, open it randomly, and read what I get. The book that I chose this afternoon was Sonia Choquette’s The Answer Is Simple… Love Yourself, Live your Spirit! I haven’t quite read it yet, but I really like the title.
It opened up to page 82 of the chapter, “The Heart of the Matter,” and at the top of the page, it said, “I felt sad for her. Her closed heart had driven away an opportunity to experience love.” I couldn’t help thinking then that this would have been a great quote for two of my previous posts. ;D
What really caught my eye was a new section at the bottom of the page called “Have a Clear Heart.” Sonia Choquette wrote that “love is broken down into four basic expressions of true Spirit, corresponding to the four chambers of the heart: the open heart, the clear heart, the wise heart, and the courageous heart.”
According to Sonia, the open heart corresponds to your Divine inner child; whereas, the clear heart corresponds to your Divine inner adult. If we have a clear heart, we could easily walk past drama and self-pity. We could be objective, reasonable, and look at life without bias and not take it too personally.
For example, if you are unhappy about a situation, instead of asking Why is this happening to me?, you should ask Why is this happening? What can I learn from this?
I like the concept, because sometimes we do fall into situations where we are swimming in emotions and can’t see past through the drama to figure out what truly caused it… not until we allow the waves of emotions to pass and we can sit down and think about what had just happened.
Another example Sonia gave was what happens when our heart is clouded with strong emotions and we act on them. This is when we hurt our relationships with others. She advised that “whenever you find yourself caught in the turbulence of a strong emotion, let it flow and know that it will eventually calm down. You’re best able to make sound, self-loving choices when your emotions are quiet.”
I think we all have acted on strong emotions at one point in our lives, maybe more. I feel grateful to have come upon the section on how to have a clear heart. As I move towards life with an open heart, I feel I am now armed with extra knowledge on how to traverse any obstacles (especially emotionally driven ones) by keeping my heart clear.
11/14/13 note: Please follow this link to read about the lesson I learned about having a clear heart.
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