The Cost of Armoring Your Heart

Once you have awakened and experienced higher level consciousness there is a strong desire not to return to the life you left behind.  Not only is it unappealing but you fear being overwhelmed by immense suffering.  Your heart breaks when you witness the graphic and painful details of the Earth’s suffering.  It’s depth and vastness quickly becomes unbearable so you close your heart and move to your mind so you can ignore or evade the pain of feeling helpless and powerless.  Armoring your heart this way is called denial.  Ram Dass said you pay a tremendous price if you attempt to deny suffering.  You remove yourself from present moment awareness, erect a barrier between your heart and mind and slow down your spiritual development.  Your prime objective is to remain in a state of awareness and find peace in every situation as difficult as it may be.  Ram Dass said, although it didn’t appear so at the time, his suffering turned out to be grace in disguise.  Eckhart Tolle said, “The secret of awakening is to unconditionally accept the present moment as it is…  There are three ways in which you can align your life with the creative power of the universe…acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm.  If you are not in the state of either acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm you are creating suffering for yourself and others.”  There is no enjoyment or enthusiasm in witnessing suffering but through grace you can accept it if you confront it and combat it.  First, start with your home, neighborhood and community where your impact can be felt.  Then second, rather than feeling overwhelmed by your inadequacy and powerlessness, support a national or international organization that is making a difference. Do what you can as time, money and opportunity allows to fight suffering in the manner closest to your heart.  You only have control over how you respond so practice acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude and compassion to yourself and others.  Instead of armoring your heart, Davidji said, “Step into your power and own your impact.”

Life Coach – Dr. Dean R. McCormick