Heart over Mind, Mind over Matter

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh. findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

Emotional Ocean. The emotions arise from thoughts. The thoughts are the parents of all the emotions. But the emotions, as they grow in force, proceed to overrun and drown those very thoughts. The emotional body conceals the truth about its origins and plays a powerful role in perpetuating the karma associated with this concealment. We like to elevate our emotions because of their force and color, but in relation to truth they are as an ocean whose natural tendency is to bury the civilization that was its very origin. Emotions, like water, become darker as one dives deeper below the surface. The darker we plummet, the more forgetful we become; and to react emotionally is to be, first of all, forgetful. But even though we have forgotten, and even thought we do not seek to uncover what was once concealed (because we forget it even existed), new thoughts articulate these emotions, and these new thoughts allow us to experience a sort of understanding, not of truth, but of survival. Our understanding qua survival then becomes the root of our entire existence on earth, the animal instinct, the lie that must be saved at all costs. This false understanding is what teaches us how to swim in the deep waters of our emotional generational flood. When God destroyed humanity due to their forgetfulness, he drowned them in his tears. Was it out of love?

Questions for Conversation. We might learn more about each other and ourselves if we learn to speak in questions rather than in answers.

What is surviving? We have elevated the mind to near god-status. It doesn’t matter whether or not you consider yourself intellectual or not, if you live in the twenty-first century, you live in your mind, the manifestations of mind, the viciousness, the coldness, the harsh winter of calculation. Even the most emotional and sensitive of us filter those emotions and sensations through the mind. That is how we observe: We dissect, analyze, label, correlate. We do everything we can to understand. In other words, we do everything we can in order to survive. But what exactly is trying to survive?

Thesis/Antithesis. Emotionalism seems more real to those who suspect that mind does not always have their best interests at heart. They would be correct, but emotionalism is also a clever trick, mostly because emotionalism is devised by mind as a reaction against itself, in order to control all such reactions and avoid being seen.

Open the Heart. The only way to get the better of the mind is to use it to break the heart. For there is nothing the mind wants to prevent more than the release of the power of the heart; for within the heart is the truth, the truth about mind and emotions, the truth about your soul, the truth about who you are and what you are here for.

The Art of Cutlery. Knives are used in many capacities: art, medicine, cooking, crafts. In the tarot, the mind is represented by the suit of swords which in turn represents the alchemical element, air. The suit of swords is the most decisive of all the forms of the suits and is usually considered as the most terrible of the suits. Knives are meant to cut away (Latin, decidere) what is no longer needed as dictated by the purpose of the wielder of the knife. In alchemical terms, the knives prune the extremes of the fiery and watery suits, so as to create balance, harmony, health, and beauty. We must ask ourselves, are we good with knives? Are we careful with what our mind is doing? Are we using our mind or is our mind using us? For while mind is a necessary tool for balance in life, it can be quite dangerous when used by those who do not understand it’s power of manifestation, that it is a tool for creation by means of destruction.

Dividing Mind, Broken Heart. The mind by nature always divides. It divides itself from the heart. It divides its ego from others. It believes love is a choice and an alliance, a for and an against. The mind, if left to its own devices, makes war upon all of creation for the sake of its own preservation inside the ego. Only when the heart is able to witness this, when the heart breaks at the sight of it, will the soul be free of the suffering, pain, and misery caused by a relentless and unbridled mind, drunk on its own power.

One Hit Wonders. We are emotionally happy and exuberant when we believe to have made a good choice in life or when something good “happens” to us. But emotionalism, being the ocean that it is, always responds to high tides with the low. It may take time, but all emotionally motivated situations will show up to be erroneous or irrelevant decisions in relation to our entire life. Yet, some people will be so determined to hang on to the memories and expectations of those good feelings that they will spend the rest of their lives learning how to fool themselves into believing that they can’t smell the dead carcasses that they abandoned upon the shore.

Puppet on a String. The human world and civilization is currently designed to have you live from your emotional body. When you are living from your emotional body, you are not in control of your own Will. In that state of things life appears to be up and down, out of your control: you feel as if you are a victim or a spectator; a blessed being graced with luck or a being cursed beyond all redemption. Either way, someone else is actually determining your life for you, and they are doing so without your permission by means of a higher, more powerful and clever mind.

Ask and Ye Shall Receive. Most of us do not cultivate the power of our own Will for the same reason that we don’t want to look at the mess in the closet or beneath the bed. We don’t want to face the chaos we have permitted ourselves and others – by means of ourselves – to make. We just don’t want to own our life because it means having to do a lot of work to fix it and it also means facing the pain of our own ignorance and cruelty, as well as the ignorance and cruelty that we have allowed from others. But the truth is that there is freedom and beauty in your messes. There is love and forgiveness for your ignorance and your cruelty. But you cannot have that beauty, freedom, love and forgiveness if you do not get down upon your knees and ask for it. Look in the mirror, deep within the mirror; for there are stars and gods and devils in mirrors. Ask for light and ye shall receive the power to create light. For only with the light will you be able to see through the darkness of the ocean. And in that darkness you will illuminate the magic, the magnificent tragedy that is humanity, the missteps, the misunderstandings, the profound struggles, the redemption, the grace.For with that magic, you will gain the holy grail, the wonder, the divine love and joy of opening your heart to all of the world, at all times, and to all places, everywhere.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”

John: 16:33

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