By Steve Clayton
Picking up where we left off last month, compassion for ourselves and for others is vitally important. Learning to overlook and forgive faults rather than judging them is important for our mental and emotional health. True Love, (God’s Love if this makes you feel better) does not judge. True Love is unconditional. I have heard it said that the only time we are loved like this is when we are born and are held in our Mother’s arms for the first time. After that the ego kicks in, the stress of life pushes through the door, and that brief moment of unconditional Love and acceptance is lost before we can consciously remember it. Honestly, I am not trying to be depressing on this beautiful fall day. Here in New Brunswick the sun is shining, the day is pleasantly warm, and the sky is clear. One could believe it is the end of April rather than the end of October. This day is a gift! Another gift that is present today, and every day, is the gift of the human heart. The heart is so much more than just an organ that pumps blood through our bodies. The heart is our direct connection to the Divine; it is literally God’s temple in the human body. This is an amazing gift to have within us for it opens, or is the gateway to, a much greater realm of existence.
There are many who believe it is the mind and intellect that will led us into a bigger and brighter future but we only have to look at the state of the world to see this is not the case. How often have we heard it said that there is enough money and resources in the world to properly feed, clothe, house and educate every single person alive today? Yet the majority of people live below the poverty line scratching out a meager existence with scant hope for a better future because our economic systems are powered by a fear of lack. When this is coupled with political machines that lack the backbone to do the right thing, that are more concerned with staying in power rather than leading, we have the resulting mess we find the world in today. The line from a song that says what the world needs now is love sweet love has never been truer. Each and every one of us has the capacity for love within us; we just have to remember or be reminded on how to access that love. A simple way to begin remembering is through compassion. Compassion allows us to forgive ourselves or others for simply being human; it is through forgiveness that we allow love to come into ourselves and our lives in greater and greater quantities. Compassion is a key that opens the door to our High Heart Chakra. The High Heart, or 8th Chakra, is the highest and last Chakra in the physical realm; above that our higher Chakras are found in the spiritual realm. The High Heart is the bridge to that higher realm and thereby connecting us with our souls.
Before some of you scoff at the notion of having a soul I strongly suggest you try making contact with your own soul before you hastily dismiss it. Go within your heart, feel the love that is there and have compassion for yourself. Remember that you are a Child of Love and Light and allow that Love to overflow within you. Feel the peace, serenity and acceptance that come with it and allow those feelings to guide you upwards through your heart and into your soul. Nothing I can say can truly prepare you for what you will discover but I can tell you that the discovery will forever change the way you look at yourself and at the world around you. When you look through eyes that are guided by the love in your heart you will see the love and beauty in everyone and everything around you. You will see and receive the true gift of life. You can do this through the simple and elegant act of compassion.