So much has been lost,
but being eternal, it is never lost forever, only veiled!
The Secret of Secrets —
the hidden space within the human heart that all of creation emerges from — was
in ancient times almost completely an oral tradition kept secret by the priests
and shamans of the tribe or culture. Seldom was anything written down,
primarily because it cannot be learned or experienced from the written word.
Only through direct experience can it truly be known.
Nevertheless, this month
[August 2003] I am publishing a new book about this very subject. It’s called
Living in the Heart.
What I have found is that
although the direct experience is paramount to knowing the Secret of Secrets,
talking or reading about the Sacred Space of the Heart can prepare the mind for
In order to help
accomplish this change, I have created a CD that will be included in the book.
It will lead you into the heart space in a similar manner that was used in
ancient times, thousands of years ago. At least, this is my hope and prayer.
What Is this
Secret of Secrets?
First of all, on a
mundane level, it is a physical space within the body that is found, depending
on the tradition, either inside the heart or very close to it. Some traditions
say it is behind the heart, some say it is off to one side, and others say it
is in front of the heart. But most believe it is located inside the physical
heart, and that’s what I believe.
One aspect is clear. It
is not the heart chakra.
The Secret of Secrets has
been referred to, in the Jewish tradition, as the Secret Chamber of the Heart.
The Upanishads, the Hindu sacred texts, refer to it as the Tiny Place Within the
Heart. It also is sometimes referred to as the Sacred Space of the Heart, which
is the designation I use in my new book.
In truth, there is very
little found that has ever been written about this most important part of human
It is apparent that in
ancient times, this place within the heart was known and entered into in their
ceremonies, for this is still being done today in a few “lost” tribes in remote
areas of the world.
In modern times, the
HeartMath Institute is the forerunner of research into this ancient knowledge,
and at the same time they are finding new information that probably even the
Ancient Ones didn’t know.
From my perspective and
the view of many indigenous tribes, this Sacred Space within the Heart holds
the only possibility of there ever being peace on Earth. All political actions
on the Earth are being taken from Duality Consciousness — the result of the
Fall — and this form of consciousness is based on ego.
As long as ego runs the
course of events in the world, we will never know peace. Ego judges all events
as either good or bad from its own viewpoint, and ego always thinks of itself
first. As long as ego is safe and comfortable, ego doesn’t usually care what
happens to that which seems external to itself.
Within the Heart
The heart is so
different! It perceives the world as an image, not something “real,” and it see
everything at once. The heart knows only unity and Oneness, and creates from
that way of seeing. It will never do anything that will be harmful to anyone or
anything, for it knows that there is not “two.”
All that exists is within
the heart. In fact, even if it does not exist, it is still within the heart.
People in the past,
myself included, often believed that love is the word for what is connected to
the heart space. We celebrate Valentine’s Day with images of a heart
representing our connection with love and our lover.
But from the Sacred Space
of the Heart, there are various kinds of love, and the love that we experience
between two people is seldom coming from the heart. This kind of love is
actually coming from the emotional body and is controlled by the right brain.
These emotional feelings
are polarized, just as the brain is, and have an opposite expression — for
example, love can become hate.
How often have you kissed
someone you love dearly and then ten minutes later, in a moment of heat (heart
without an “r”), said, “I hate you!” This is a conditional love. It changes
with the moment.
But in the Sacred Space
of the Heart there is a different kind of emotional body, so to speak, that
does not have a polarized counterpart. This is a LOVE that knows no bounds, has
no conditions, and will exist eternally no matter what.
This LOVE knows only
Oneness and creates only to bring joy to all life everywhere.
Ever since we fell from
our heart to our mind, we have been in hell.
And so I pray that
someday soon we all find this place within our hearts, for in this most holy
place we all join together as One.
Does this sound like New
Age hype, or do you really realize the possibility and power of what many
people are saying today about this hidden world of the heart?
All the world’s religions
and spiritual disciplines allude to this possibility, but most of them have
forgotten how to actually enter this sacred space. These ways, like most of the
old ways, have been lost.
But as I said in the
beginning, this experience can never be truly lost, for it is the source of
humanity and the cosmos itself. It can only be veiled.
As with all natural events
in nature, all things have their timing. The return to the heart by humankind
is only a matter of time.
And remember, the great
achievements of this human world have always began with a single man or woman.
If only one person — perhaps you? — were to enter the heart in LOVE and begin
the holy dreaming process of creating a new world, can you not see that all the
rest of us would someday follow?
A veil is only a veil!
The truth is always eternal. Through a single person, the Secret of Secrets
could be revealed in the ordinary world of everyday life.
You will realize that I
have purposely left out of this article any actual instructions on how to enter
the heart consciousness. This is for the same reason that the ancients never,
or seldom, wrote down their knowledge. The step-by-step instructions won’t get
you there. It’s not something that can be conveyed in the space of an article,
and as you will see in reading this magazine, the best anyone can do is help
I do pray that what I
have done with the new book and CD will be of service. But the truth is that
without an experienced teacher and the oral tradition, it is very difficult to
truly find this Sacred Space.
Even in a living
workshop, we take two days of preparation before we try to enter the Sacred
Space. But in this context, most problems can be overcome, and the direct
experience can usually be achieved.