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Heart awakening is not soft and fluffy. It requires courage.
The root of the word courage comes from the Latin word ‘cor’ meaning “to enter the heart.” This is not the courage of the action hero/ine but the courage of the one who is willing to be vulnerable and empowered in the service of Love.
As modern mystic and spiritual teacher Andrew Harvey says in Radiant Heart – The Radical Teachings of Jesus and the Christian Mystics heart awakening is not just about following your bliss (Joseph Campbell) but embracing your heartbreak. This is heartbreak at the suffering in the world that manifests in so many ways.
Many of the teachings of the New Age movement invite you to believe that heart awakening is about peace, compassion, Light, and forgiveness. It is about contacting your angels, or spirit guides.
What you will not be told is that it requires you to alchemize the shadow side of your personality. (Lower three chakra alignment).
You must go into the dark in order to bring forth your light. ― Debbie Ford, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance and Dreams
Authentic Heart awakening is difficult. It is the journey along The Road of Trials (Yellow Brick Road) into integrity and realizing the Wizard in Us. (Jean Houston)
There are challenges around the process of heart chakra awakening. It is best that you be at least aware of such challenges.
Rumi points to these challenges when he says that your work is only to remove the blocks. This is the truth of the matter. No one blocks the communion with the Divine other than you. This is not a judgment. It is a recognition.
Some genuine challenges of heart chakra awakening which are part of the practice of processing blocks include:-
These are all practices that are part of the daily challenge of communion. This is communion as a feeling experience and not as a ritual. Remember, an essential aspect of the spiritual journey is “If you don’t feel it you can’t heal it.”
They have taught us in different ways that the Divine is separate from us and that we have to earn his/her favors. We become beggars after Love.
This is ignorance.
You are never apart from the Divine Love and nor will you ever be apart from Divine Love. The major issue is that you FEEL apart from Divine Love. You have been taught that this is a fact by people who have had no experience of higher heart chakra awakening.
Awakening the heart chakra begins when you turn within and are prepared to enter the unknown. From this place of unknowing and through the open heart in surrender to Love, Creation graces you with the KNOWING of Love.
This is your birth right.