Open your Heart
We are meant to be happy.
That has always been something we strive for in this life. In fact, if we look at the motivations behind our thoughts and actions-conscious and unconscious - they are all to get us closer to the feeling, or at least the idea, of happiness. Some of us have long asked why we cannot hold on to happiness. For all of the scholarship and human insights across the centuries, nobody has found a complete and enduring answer. Perhaps because it has been too close to see..
The answer, the key, is our heart.
We have been told throughout our lives to 'follow your heart.' This has been written in countless holy texts as well, across virtually all religions, since the very beginning. This is because our heart - even without us realizing it - feels the Love that comes from True Source, who loves us completely, and always wants the very best for us.
In opening and using our heart, we are blessed with lasting peace and happiness that we can feel - actually and really feel - in our daily lives. Our daily life is actually a manifestation of how strongly we are connected to our Creator, the True Source. Thus, an open heart is also the real key to our spiritual advancement in getting closer to True Source, the Source of Eternal Peace and True Joy.
Why is our heart the main connection to True Source? Why is our heart the center of beautiful feelings? Why is our heart, not our brain or other parts of us, the key?
Our heart is the key because our true self is within our heart. Our true self that is within our heart will continue to live on even after this lifetime has been completed. While our physical body is only a temporary 'shell' - flesh and blood that will one day turn into dust - our relationship with True Source is eternal. We need True Source and True Source's Love not only when we are alive on this earth, but forever and always.
As we are still in our physical body, our heart (not the physical heart but the spiritual heart - the center of our feeling) is where and how we remain connected to True Source.
With this connection, our heart communicates with True Source and receives True Source's Blessings. In receiving True Source's Blessings, we can feel so many beautiful things within our heart, including the feeling of lightness, calmness, peace, happiness, and joy beyond all things we have ever felt from our worldly experiences.
Being calm and joyful at every moment of our life may sound fantastic, even impossible. Now recognize that it is your brain making this judgment, imposing this false limitation. In this regard, you may have quite a bit of work to do in getting out of your own way. Our brain is so strong - we have spent so much of our life within our head - that it can overtake our heart at the beginning. However, our heart knows that peace, calmness, and happiness await us once we begin opening and using our heart. It is only a matter of opening it up to let True Source's Blessing do the best for us.
How beautiful and exciting it is to consider that all these wonderful feelings are within us at all times. All we need to do is to open and use our heart to be able to feel and enjoy these wonderful Blessings.
May you open your heart to the Creator and use your heart to experience the peace, calmness, and happiness within.
Irmansyah Effendi, M.Sc. (Founder of Padmacahaya Foundation)
Watch and hear about the Heart
For lots of lovely information on how to do heart meditation,
Visit our Open Heart Meditation site
This site has instructions and an audio recording of an open heart meditation to download.
Listening to an audio recording
Do the open heart medication now - listen to this guided meditation online or download it from iTunes
Join a live guided practice in an online chatroom
Join online Open Heart Meditation in a special chatroom. There you can join with others online to do the open heart meditation. Go to: online open heart meditation. (There is information there about schedules and how to join.)
Guide yourself by reading the open heart meditation here
Follow instructions to prepare yourself, and then read the open heart meditation yourself. Click here
Read Smile to you Heart Meditations!
You can also buy a book about Smiling to your Heart Meditations. It's available in various bookstores, or you can buy it online at Amazon.com
Here is a review by one of our alumni: Review of Smiling to your Heart Meditation by Irmansyah Effendi
Start an Open heart workshop in your area
The open heart workshops will help you to feel your heart better, through simple gradually developed exercises that take you deeper and deeper into your heart.
Contact us if you'd like information about hosting a workshop in your area.