What is the heart? Is it an “organ”? Is it a “space”?
I asked the question of Archangel Michael recently and he had this to say:
Steve: What exactly is the heart?
Archangel Michael: It is the motor of your being. Not just the physical motor, but the motor that keeps you infinitely connected to the divine, to Source, to the One. So it is the way in which the fuel of love comes in and allows you to experience what truly is almost beyond human words and expressions. …
When you are in the love, you are literally all-knowing. You have experienced this. …
So being and experiencing love is truly accessing the heart, the mind, the existence of One. It is the place of complete union. …
Steve: The heart doesn’t exist on the physical, obviously. What dimension does the heart exist on or is it multidimensional?
AAM: It is multidimensional but, if you want to find a home for it, it would be in the seventh. (1)
For us, a full and permanent heart opening is what constitutes Ascension. Vedantists call that level of enlightenment “Sahaja [Natural] Samadhi.” Sri Ramana discusses it here:
“The yogis say that the current rising up to sahasrara [Seventh Chakra] ends there. That experience is not complete. For jnana [enlightened wisdom], they must come to the Heart.” (2)
“Heart is the seat of Jnanam as well as of the granthi (knot of ignorance). It is represented in the physical body by a hole smaller than the smallest pin-point [i.e., the hridayam or heart aperture], which is always shut. When the mind drops down in Kevalya Nirvikalpa [samadhi], [the hridayam] opens but shuts again after it. When Sahaja is attained it opens for good.” (3)
This full and permanent heart opening is moksha or liberation from the Third/Fourth Dimension and Ascension to the Fifth.
Sri Ramana says that the heart is “represented” by the hridayam. At Xenia, I went through the hridayam and into the heart. I didn’t ask AAM where the hridayam itself was located, but again I’d be hard-pressed to consider it a physical phenomenon either.
The Divine Mother confirms our assertions about Sahaja and reveals that the chakra system is impermanent:
Steve: I’m trying to understand what level of enlightenment Ascension corresponds to. And I think it’s beyond the normal seventh-chakra enlightenment. I think it is what is called — and I’ll make this clear to readers — Sahaja Samadhi. Am I correct?
Divine Mother: Yes, it is beyond what you think of with your seven chakras. … We have emerged from the Third-Dimensional realm, which is that reference point for the chakra system, into the new. So yes, you are correct, in this question and in this statement.
At Xenia Retreat Center, I dove deeply into my heart, in meditation, to find out what the origin was of the feeling of dismay I was experiencing. I thought I’d get to the original incident and experience it through to completion. Instead I went way past the level of the vasanas and kept on going.
I finally reached what resembled a tunnel and at the end of it was the Light of the Self. And in the presence of the Self I felt innocent and pure.
I had penetrated through the hridayam, the heart aperture, into the open heart and down, down, down to “the seat of the soul.” So I can vouch for the fact that the seat of the soul is in the heart. That no longer sounds like a far-fetched notion to me, but something I’ve experienced and realized.
That having been said, I confessed to AA Michael that I could find no words for love or for the heart:
Steve: The heart is another one of those things that is very difficult to define or understand or communicate.
Archangel Michael: But you will keep trying.
Steve: I know – I’ll write a thousand words – and keep trying.
AAM: Because it is the essential work. It is the essential message for humans to truly come to understand who they are. (5)
So impossible as it is to describe what the heart is, I (and we) keep trying. It’s not as difficult to assert that the heart is indeed the seat of the soul. That at least can be experienced.
It’s the realization of the Self or Soul, hidden in the depths of the heart, that will set us free from the wheel of birth and death associated with the Third Dimension.
(1) Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, Dec . 5, 2018. Thanks to Dana for our transcript.
(2) Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi. Three Volumes in One. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanashram, 2010, 65-6.
(3) Ramana Maharshi in S.S. Cohen, Guru Ramana. Memories and Notes. 6th edition. Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam, 1993, 96.
(4) “The Divine Mother: Come to Me as I Come to You – Part 1/2,” Oct. 17, 2012, at https://goldenageofgaia.com/2012/10/the-divine-mother-come-to-me-as-i-come-to-you-part-12/ Da Free John discovered that the chakra system was temporary:
“For several nights I was awakened again and again with sharp lateral pains in my head.
They felt like deep incisions in my skull and brain, as if I were undergoing an operation. During the day following the last of these experiences I realized a marvellous relief. I saw that what appeared as the Sahasrar, the terminal [Seventh] chakra and primary lotus in the head, had been severed.
“The Sahasrar had fallen off like a blossom. The Shakti [kundalini, Mother’s energy], which previously had appeared as a polarized energy that moved up and down through the various chakras or centers producing various effects, now was released [throughout] the chakra form.
“There was no more polarized force. Indeed, there was no form whatsoever, no up or down, no chakras. The chakra system had been revealed as unnecessary, an arbitrary rule or setting for the play of energy. The form beneath all of the bodies, gross or subtle, had revealed itself to be as unnecessary and conditional as the bodies themselves.” (Da Free John, The Knee of Listening. Original Edition. Clearlake, CA; Dawn Horse Press, 1984; c1973. , Original Edition, 116-9.)
(5) Archangel Michael in a personal reading with Steve Beckow through Linda Dillon, ibid.