23 Jul 2007
Swedenborg writes about two basic attitudes in learning, which he calls the negative attitude and the affirmative attitude.
When I was first reading and learning about what Swedenborg had to say about our spiritual regeneration, I took these attitudes at face value. Of course, it made sense that a spiritual teacher would prefer that I learn about what he had to say by accepting it first and seeing how what I already know confirms it rather than by being cynical and demanding proof. A bit self-serving, perhaps, and certainly not what I had been trained to do in my scientific training, but understandable. 😉
Recently, an article from the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology had me connecting Swedenborg’s basic attitudes to what I know about heart coherence and positive psychology. This gave it a much broader application to me and I thought I’d share that perspective with you. Read the rest of this entry »
29 Jan 2007
Someone sent me this story today. I have seen it before and perhaps you have as well, but I thought it was worth sharing as another way to think about heart coherence. …
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a
battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son,
The battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil ?It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment
Inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Practicing heart coherence is one method for “feeding” the Good wolf.
As I have discussed in previous posts, I believe balancing ourselves in a coherent heart state opens us to influx and to a greater awareness of the Good.
Another bit of inspiration I got was from Michael Gladish’s article in the January 2007 New Church Canadian about Good and Truth, but you’ll have to stay tuned for that one. 😉
13 Jan 2007
I’ve been reading an inspiring little book called Seeking the Sacred: Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World. I was attracted to the book because it has essays by Romeo Dallaire and Stephen Lewis — 2 people I respect for their efforts to fight to make a difference to make the world a better place.
One of the essays in the book is by Martin Rutte (you may recognize his name as the co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul). In it, he talks about a project he started called Project Heaven on Earth. I was impressed by his thoughts about what we can do to create our own Heaven on earth — and so much of what he says fits in with our recent conversations about positive heart coherence and influencing others around us just by being in a positive place ourselves. So let me share a few quotes from his essay (emphases added): Read the rest of this entry »
04 Jan 2007
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: Read the rest of this entry »
28 Dec 2006
I’ve focused in the last couple posts on heart coherence — what it is and why it’s important to each of us.
In this article, I would like to link the physical electromagnetic energy of the heart with Swedenborg’s notion of the spiritual sphere of an individual.
Let’s start with reviewing “what is heart coherence?” and then move onto some links to Swedenborg….
24 Nov 2006
This is my second entry “stealing” from my own professional blog. I mentioned in my last post that I would do some borrowing to share the idea of heart coherence and why I believe it’s so important. Once we’ve covered this, I want to directly relate the idea of heart coherence to Swedenborg’s ideas, so stay tuned! And please do ask questions and make comments about these notions, especially if they’re not clear to you.
Having said that, here is the article — it was posted on my Neurofeedback blog orginally as The Heart of Neurofeedback….
19 Oct 2006
It’s been so long since I’ve written here, I wanted to get re-started even though time is at a premium these days!
So I’m borrowing from myself…this is a post from my other blog, Neurofeedback on the Brain. It introduces the idea of how important the heart is to our spiritual growth. Rather than delay posting here any longer, I’ll share this as an introduction and then another post from my Neurofeedback blog on how heart coherence actually works. Then maybe I’ll be back in the swing of things and able to get back directly to Swedenborg!
So, here goes…
How to Evolve:
1. Start with a healthy amount of Heart.
2. Add one effective and efficient Brain.
3. Mix thoroughly.
4. Let sit.
5. Check occasionally (especially in cases of environmental disturbances); add a pinch more Heart at least every 24 hours to maintain healthy growth.
And that’s it! Easy, eh?
What’s that? You’re not an experienced Evolution cook?
No problem…we’ll take it one step at a time!
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18 Oct 2005
“Mind and heart are only different aspects of us.”
– Gary Zukav, The Dancing Wu Li Masters
In posts to come, I’ll be expanding more on the science and practice of learning to really Listen to our Heart.
When I came across this quote today, it seemed a good fit with what I wrote about in my post on Thinking About Spiritual Growth and I thought I would share it with you.