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The Law of Openness denotes that to fully take advantage of the gifts the universe has to offer us we have to be “open” – in a state of receptivity.
Grace, light, energy, and unconditional love are continuously being beamed to us from the higher realms, and to the Planet as a whole.
To access these gifts, we must ensure we keep the floodgates to the universe open. Living in faith, with open hearts, and expressing love and its qualities out into the world keeps us in a receptive mode. This is honoring the Law of Openness.
Jesus said, “come to me like children” – childlike. With awe. With trust. With hearts open – able to receive and give love.
The expression “the heart is the seat of the soul” means that it is through our hearts that we tap into our divinity – our higher selves. To access the qualities inherent in our divinity we have to be in our heart space – not in our mind.
(This article/blog post is based on concepts in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science. About book found here).
Living Heart-centered vs Living Mind-centered
When we live heart-centered and with open hearts, we are living at our highest, purest form. The communication lines to the universe are open: love, grace, wisdom, guidance, and information flows freely back and forth. Insights come to us.
Our questions are answered. Our concerns addressed. The messages we receive guide us toward our ultimate happiness, life purpose, and our highest good.
When we live from a mind-centered place, we are existing at a lower, denser level. Although living heart-centered offers us more than living mind-centered as we have access to universal flow and the power it holds, the mind is louder than the heart.
When we are mind-centered, our hearts desires and any messages we might receive are drowned out. Messages are not heard. The communication lines to the universe either contain static or are blocked completely.
Any insights or messages that do get through may be blurred or misunderstood. And as our focus is mainly on mind-centered matters and not on those that feed the heart or soul, the only guidance we hear or pay attention to is geared towards our mind-centered concerns.
From an open heart-centered place we can accept unconditional love and freely offer love and its qualities like kindness, understanding, compassion, fairness, and acceptance to others. We live life from a place of me-and-you.
From a mind-centered place we are less open to others. We react to people and situations at the level of the mind – not from the heart or the soul. We see life and others through barriers – through the mind’s veil of worry, fear, limitations, defensiveness, judgement, control, prejudice, suspiciousness, etc. We erect protective devices.*
From a mind-centered place we cannot fully accept or offer love as our barriers put conditions on love. We live life from a place of me-versus-you.
Advantages of Being Open-hearted
Some of the benefits of operating from an open-hearted place and allowing universal love and guidance to flow through us are:
- we are confident and self-assured – while still remaining humble;
- we have faith that our needs will be met and that things will work out – worry does not cloud our awareness or block our connection;
- we are flexible – we do not get upset when unforeseen things happen. We adjust when necessary;
- we can accept whatever is going on at the moment – regarding ourselves, others, and the world around us, while working to change what is necessary in a calm, confident manner;
- we are mindful of our reactions – we are less inclined to harsh, defensive, aggressive, or overly-passive reactions, or of projecting any kind of negativity onto others or situations;
- we live harmoniously – our attitudes and behaviors create harmony – not conflict, as we avoid getting involved in gossip, drama, or needless debates or confrontations;
- we live spherically – open to all that is around us. A wide variety of opportunities are open to us that we would not be aware of if we were closed off.
Seeing through a Clear Lens / Clearing the Lens
The path to peaceful living requires that we perceive and react to life through a clear lens.
Connected to universal love our true Self sees through a clear lens. It sees our sameness and the light and love within all of us. It reacts to life from the place of me-and-you.
The barriers we put up from mind-centered living override how our true Self perceives life and causes us to react from our created Self.
This created Self sees life though the murky distorted lens of our separateness, focusing on our imperfections and differences. It reacts to life from the place of me-versus-you.
To ensure we are connected to our true Self and reacting to life and others through a clear lens – through a me-and-you perspective – we must be open to:
- recognizing and unblocking what is keeping our lens murky;
- gaining control of our mind and its ideas of separation: thoughts, attitudes, or actions based on our imperfections and differences;
- examining our reactionary states;
- acknowledging any greed, judgment, prejudice, or need for control that comes from a mind-centered focus;
- becoming mindful;
- personal transformation.
*Protective Devices and Mechanisms: Methods we use like control, aggression, defensiveness, interrupting, changing the subject, or any other emotional device can help us avoid dealing what is really in front of us. These mechanisms aim to uphold, protect, and defend false, limiting beliefs, biases, or insecurities we hold.
Rosemary McCarthy© May 2018, updated October 2018
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