Creating from the Heart

Sharing their lives with each otherSome time ago I listened to noted futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard speak of the changes we are all noticing in our social systems and the Earth as a birth of something new. She went on to say that humans are the first species to be aware of their own potential for evolution and that through the power of human consciousness we have the capacity to influence our evolution.

She thinks that one of the biggest shift we are making is a focus from living in our ego/mind to living from our essence/heart. From this place we can create a new world based on cooperation and work together to find creative solutions to the problems that we face.

The Institute of Heartmath, www.heartmath.org, a research group with affiliations to Stanford University has been studying the intelligence for the human heart for 20 years. They have discovered that focusing our attention in our heart while feeling the sense of appreciation or love actually reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and creates a sense of calm. When a group of people do this together they establish a field of coherence where everyone’s heart begins to beat at the same rate creating an energy of heart resonance that can then be focused from a distance on people and places in need in order to help create a sense of calm and peace.

Members of Heartmath have started The Global Coherence Initiative, “a science-based, project to unite people in heart-focused care and intention, to facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace”. They have a website at www.glcoherence.org that includes virtual care rooms where people gather from all over the world to send heart energy to people and places in crisis.

In my work with writing and creativity I have long been aware of the importance of connecting to the heart as we work. Both in the context of finding subjects and themes that make our heart sing but also creating from the feeling place of the heart. As Robert Frost said, “No tears for the writer, no tears for the reader.” I always know that if I am moved in my own heart by a piece of writing or any other creative effort that the work will genuinely touch other people. All you have to do is center yourself in your heart as you work and listen to where it leads you. I think our heart gives us access to the heart of creation which inspires and informs our highest expressions of our creative self.

Postscript

And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightening of flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully-grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you’ll park or capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.

– Seamus Heaney

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