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UNION OF THE HEART AND MIND
(or the Death of the Ego)
Before examining the topic of the Union of Heart and Mind more closely, I've included a brief dialogue from ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE: SURREAL ADVENTURES. The is the yet unpublished Book of the five part series.
After this discussion taken from an excerpt in Chapter Nine, I have highlighted certain concepts about the heart and mind and the problems of the ego's emergence when the mind separates itself from the heart. Many of these perspectives are derived from A COURSE OF MIRACLES and A COURSE OF LOVE.
From Chapter 9: A Crazy Little Thing called Love
‘But what if I don’t wish to be authentic?' I said. 'You know… unless it suits me.'
‘Then don’t be authentic,’ Mo said with some irritation, ‘that’s your choice; be whatever you wish to be, you have the freedom to be even less than you are. All we’re trying to get you to understand is that there’s more to life then what you’ve experienced in your past.’
‘How do you know what I’ve experienced in my past? I said
‘Trust us James, we’re not trying to take anything away from you, but rather take what you have and make it into something far better than you could ever imagine. But if you want to hold on to your old limitations, that’s your choice. Be an underachiever if you think that’s what you are.’
‘Oh my god,’ I thought, ‘Mo’s up to his old body slams again. I really didn’t want to take any more of these. He could be brutal... albeit effective.
‘I agree,’ Eli said, ‘it is your choice. But as you indicated a while ago, you already sensed this from your times together with Sister Máire; it’s just that you still had no clue what genuine love meant way back then, even after that brief tryst with her in your university dormitory room.'
'Right… when I got her into trouble with Rome. Her sister superiors really did have her on a short leash. I still feel badly about that for her… and for myself, I snickered. ‘I still haven't figured out how she was able to cast that spell on me like no other woman.
It’s not always easy for the mind to understand something it has never encountered before. Not that you can’t understand, you can… but not with your mind… which is why you still need to discover the limitations of your mind's scope. Whenever the mind isolates itself from the heart to go its own way, which seems to be most of the time, it finds it's not as smart as it thought. In fact, when the ego illusion takes over and refuses to listen to the heart, the mind becomes insane.'
'Insane? I think you might be slightly overstating things, Eli.'
'Not really. For one thing, the insane mind doesn't recognize its insane. That’s when it is most insane, and why it’s so important to remember, in the words of Pascal, “the heart has its reasons that reason does not know." Perhaps he should have said “cannot know.”
‘Remember, when you rely on only your mind, you think you know, but you don’t... not really. Without experiencing your heart's wisdom, you will likely draw inaccurate and distorted conclusions based on your mind's belief patterns.
'The mind and heart really need to work together or you will remain confused like the rest of your colleagues who don't seem to know much about the implicit mysteries of the heart. As it states in that book we gave you last week: "Philosophy applies thought to mystery and that is why philosophy becomes such a muddle of words." (A Course of Love)
‘I haven’t looked at it yet, but that’s rather amusing how it describes philosophy as a muddle of words. Though I'm a professional philosopher, I’d say that’s a rather astute observation - probably the same conclusion Ludwig Wittgenstein came to when he took a U turn from the reductionist edifice he created to mysticism.
‘Indeed it is a profound insight, Mo said, the heart is obviously much more than a bio-mechanical device. As we’ve said before, think of it metaphorically as a divine receptacle, the conduit through which life flows. All life remains connected to the divine. It’s the divine centre of who you are and has no spatial location since it’s beyond the space/time continuum of this world.’
‘That’s why old delusions dissolve like morning mists in the sun’s warm rays when you feel genuine love. The heart is the door to all life, affecting every fibre of your body… whether spiritual or physical.
‘As the Jewish proverb states: “Guard your heart more than any treasure, for it is the source of all life.” I hope you remember this when you return. It will be more important then than ever for you to be aware that the source of all life is accessed from the divine portal of your heart and not your mind alone. This is the divine effluence of God's Spirit that animates earth and all the multiverses that forever coalesce in dimensions far beyond realms of space and time.’
‘I realize it might seem difficult at times for you to see past the outward reflections of physicality, Eli said. ‘It took me a while too to see through the dark glass of my old perceptions. And even after my ship sailed across the great ocean onto Elysium’s golden shores, I still had difficulty in understanding how it's Spirit, not matter that gives loving cohesion to the universe. But I know now it is, which is why, when you get right down to it, everything is united in spiritual relationship, beginning with the heart and mind.
Well, when my ship comes in, or goes out, as the case may be, I look forward to finding union in some of these relationships.’
‘I’m sure,’ Mo said, ‘but remember, there’s only one way to find union with Elysium. Yet the way has many passages made by each decision of the heart.’
What was being communicated to James in the above exchange is that the Self is the union of the heart and mind. We must understanding the mind can only be whole when it's joined with the heart, just as the heart can only be whole when it's joined with the mind.
When this union occurs, we become more than just heart and mind, but something more. When oxygen and hydrogen atoms bond, they become a molecule known as water. It’s not a perfect analogy, but this is something like what happens when our mind and heart bond... we become something new. More than just that, we come to know who we are; the divine Self that we were created to be.
Believe it or not, we are nothing less than gods manifesting in human flesh. That may sound extreme, especially when you take a look at the world. And yet, when you think about it, how could we be otherwise when it’s understood that we’re extensions of the Source’s divine essence?
When accused of blasphemy for claiming to be the son of God: Jesus quoted to the Pharisees a verse from the Old Testament: “Is it not written in your Law: 'I have said you are gods'” (John 10:34). The full verse he quoted was from Psalms 82:6 which says: “I have said, you are gods; and all of you are the sons of the most High.” They didn’t know what to do with that… as many theologians still don’t. (But that’s another subject).
Lest this quote be misunderstood, let me be clear that Jesus was not suggesting we are God. How could we be, when we first had to be created? We might say, however, we were conceived as a thought in the Mind of God, making us the children of God.
So why do so few know anything about the divine essence of their birthright?
According to A Course in Miracles (ACIM) and its sequel, A Course of Love, (ACOL) it’s because the mind is confused. And not just a little confused, but a lot confused. For one thing, it often thinks it is the material brain, nothing more than three and half pounds of exceptional flesh that thoughts somehow waft out of. After all that’s what we’ve always been educated to believe.
On its own, the mind represents the outward analytical processes of the material world. That’s fine; we live in what appears to be a material world. But when the mind is disconnected from the heart, it is lost to the higher spiritual reality from which it is derived.
That’s because the heart represents the centre of our being, our portal to the divine Spirit that speaks to us when we listen. We might say the heart is the essence of our being. Yet essence requires form to give it expression, which is why the heart needs the mind to give coherence to what it feels.
Unfortunately, what generally happens after childhood is that we learn to think and listen to only our mind while ignoring the wisdom of our heart. Without the heart, the mind creates an illusory persona as it's pseudo identity. For lack of a better word, we might call this the ego, although not necessarily with the same shade of meaning that Freud might have intended. The word simply means the ‘I’ from the German it is derived.
The ego is the phantom mind that withdraws from the heart then gags it into silence if need be. It believes it is sovereign in a universe of its own creation, interpreting reality according to the distoritons of its fears. Without the engagement of the heart, the mind will not admit to any evidence of the heart. In spite of this, our heart knows who we are with its consociation with the divine Spirit.
To be clear, let me restate what this means. Firstly, the ego is not you. And though it is just a phantom, still it is your worst enemy, inflecting enough damage and confusion to prevent you from knowing the divine Self you are. As ACOL states: “Without dislodging your believe in your ego as yourself you will never realize your true identity.” (p 189)
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Likewise, Rousseau stated: “Trust your heart rather than your head. Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.”
In other words, without the heart’s engagement, the ego-mind remains confused, never knowing who or what it is. How could it? It is nothing but the delusionary self we have created in the absence of knowing our true Self. As such, it becomes our pseudo identity, causing us nothing but trouble; and not just for us, but for everyone it encounters.
So if the ego-self is not who we are, or what we think we are; then the question is who are we? That’s something every human needs to ask, because if we don’t, we'll remain lost to our divine identity.
If we are to become free, we must first recognize the delusion we have created for ourselves. Of course the ego will do anything it can to prevent us from waking up, because it knows the gig is up when we discover who we truly are. The innumerable concerns that take over our life serve it well by keeping our minds distracted. And so after a while, the ego's delusions becomes so entrenched in our psyche, we forget that we were born for much more than what our fears have come to accept.
That’s what happens when the mind refuses to engage with the heart. Obviously, if it not listening, it can’t hear what the heart is saying, and so has no way of hearing the divine call.
From the ancient of days, we have been implored to KNOW THYSELF. These words were inscribed on the walls of the forecourt of the Greek temple in Delphi, also known as the Oracle of Delphi. Prior to that, it was written in Egypt’s Corpus Hermeticum, and then posted above the entrance to each temple and lodge that served as an academic learning centre.
If humanity is to evolve it conscious awareness, it needs nto reacquaint itself with its divinity. The good news is that the heart already knows this, if we would but listen. The ego-mind, however, in its need to survive, refuses to accept the inward understanding of the heart.
Until we get our ego-mind under control with all its chatter about nothing, we won’t hear the inner voice of the divine whispering to us from the heart. This is the purpose of meditation; to ignore the mind’s raucous cacophony and listen silently to what the Spirit has to say from within our heart.
If we do not give proper awareness and focus to the voice of our inward Self, the ego-mind will continue to project its sham reality upon us. But if we become aware of its intrusion, our will has the power and authority to usurp this imposter by directing the mind to reunite with the heart that it may be one with our Self's divine Mind. That's when it's all over for the ego... at least until next time.
How do we do this? There are many spiritual disciplines, but when you get right down to it, it’s a function of God’s grace working in response to our willingness to become whole, or as it is written, “putting on the mind of Christ.” Depending on how much control we relinquished to our ego-mind, it may require us much time and willingness to become tempered in the crucible of life before we can wake up to who we really are.
But if we do not have the desire or will to silence the ego-mind, it will be difficult for us to ever communicate with our true Self, the Christ, the Atman… that which we call the divine Spirit dwelling within.
Every vice known to humanity has its origins in the unhinged ego-mind that has separated itself from the heart’s divine portal, while every known virtue emanates from the fullhearted union of mind and heart.
Our mind is not meant to be split off from the Divine Mind. But when it separates itself from the heart, it becomes a prisoner to its our narrow walls, having alienated itself from its infinite Source. And so, there the ego-mind remains… locked inside its insane kingdom.
Rousseau stated, “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.” As within, so within… if there is no freedom within, there is no freedom without.
Maybe, just maybe, this is the meaning of the fall in the creation myth. What if it wasn’t a mistake but a way for humanity to express its freedom to not be free that we might eventually come to discover what freedom truly means. We are always free to incarcerating ourselves and there’s no better means to do this than divide our heart from our mind.
Perhaps we can only come to recognize the light of freedom by experiencing the darkness of our illusory bondage. As William Blake espoused, we must pass from innocence though the fires of experience that we may one day emerge into our "higher innocence" to achieve awarenes of our divine Self.
In sum, the separated ego mind is a projection of what's opposite to what is real. However, when our heart and mind are united as one, we become known to ourselves. Only then do we experience who we are; divine beings united with all that is through the Source of all that is.
Nelson Mandela stated in well. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” And so they are... when in divine union.
SUMMARY OF THE ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES
The Elysium Passage series involves five novels about a young British philosopher named James Phillips who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.
After experiencing a near fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding about life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed, or could believe.
An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality and our ultimate destiny.
The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.
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VIDEO INTRODUCTION OF SERIES
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