04 Jan 2007
Prayer of the Heart
In doing some web research today, I happened to come across an interesting webpage. As I read it, I couldn’t help but think of Swedenborg’s description of influx:
CONCERNING HEAVEN WITH MAN. The communication of heaven with man is wonderful; and, unless one is instructed by the Lord, it can never be known, nor, if known, believed. Influx is rarely of such a kind that it falls into manifest thought; for this [that falls into manifest thought] comes from spirits who are near man – but influx is of the following character. With man are such things as he believes, and by which he is affected from the heart. When the angels who are with him are in such things, and speak together concerning them, then inflows with the man cheerfulness, contentment, and tranquillity of mind; but, when such things are not in the faith and affection of the man, then inflows sadness and disquiet, and similar things; and this influx no otherwise falls into the thought of the man – who may be thinking of quite another matter, at the time. Spiritual Experiences 4644)
As I have read about influx from other sources as well, I understand it as a key pathway by which God makes the divine manifest and can communicate directly with us — if we choose to attend.
In some of my other articles here, I hope you have gotten a sense of how important I believe Connecting with our Heart is — for our own health, our relationships, our society, and for our spiritual well-being, which encompasses all the other domains.
So here is another perspective – this one is from a woman who seems to blend Orthodox Christianity with a yoga method. Although starting from a different place, she has written an article that I find to be a inspiring call to practice Prayer of the Heart. Of course, I link this with the practice of heart coherence I have written about already…. 😉
Here are some excerpts:
“Nikiphoros the Athonite (13th century Hesychast), considered that the journey into the embodied heart-self is especially important for those who do not have a reliable living teacher.
“The body of spiritual knowledge of the devotional self-enquiry, or the meditative psychosomatic prayer, scattered through all the human habitats, can be called a world tradition of the Prayer of the Heart.
“This is the knowledge of the human self, of it’s Oneness with the Divine Self, of the process by which one gets to the gestalt of Oneness, and of the process of personal transformation which results from this Realization.
“God Him/Herself worships through the human heart.”
I felt my own Heart opening just reading it… I hope you enjoy this link!