The opening of the heart does not make you vulnerable. This is an illusion of the ego. The ego creates this myth. Truth is, in the closedness of the ego there is suffering. In that shutdown living, you are not thriving. It doesn’t matter where you are.
The ego exists in a state of separation, isolation. And because it does, it needs fear to protect itself. It wants to control. It is constantly feeling unworthy of love and so it is living in constant doubt about life and itself. It is always seeking validation as a result.
Because of this most people are living in a shutdown way, with the lower two chakras imbalanced and not enough access to the heart center. They are longing to experience that deep love, but the moment that sensation arises, fear comes. So the mind gets confused and thinks it’s because the heart is opening. It is not because of this.
It is because the awareness is expanding and now you are aware of the fear you have been living through.
It is very important for us to not equate the two. People think, if my heart is open, I will be more prone to being hurt, to being shaken up. Yet all they long for is to live with an open heart. So we have to let go of that illusion.
The openness of the heart does not make you vulnerable. It makes you extremely powerful.
When we are talking about the opening of the heart, we are not talking about some hippie idea. We are not talking about just singing songs and loving everybody. We are talking about an integrated being where we are working with our navel center, we are meditating, stabilizing ourselves, correcting the intellect. Then it’s a natural state for your heart to be open. In that, you are not vulnerable. You are a presence, a force to be reckoned with. You have to have your personal culture which means consistent contribution from your end.
As you apply your consistent contribution, you realize that living from the open place of the heart is not a weakness. It’s a strength.
We are not talking about being sentimental. We are talking about being intelligent and intelligence is your greatest ally. Awakening is your greatest ally. You’ll become stronger, not weaker.
It is natural for doubt or fear to arise, but it has nothing to do with you opening your heart. It’s the modus operandi of the ego, fear of your own true nature. That fear is there and it can be around your own expansion, around intimacy, around work. It can be about anything. It’s not about one particular thing. It can be placed anywhere and targeting anything whatsoever. That fear is the fundamental identity of the ego self, of that isolated self. The ego lives in fear.
But you are not the ego. You are not the thoughts in your head. You are not the conditioning that you have picked up along the way. You are so much more than that.
So strengthen your heart center, move through the fear, and live the life that is calling to you.
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