The simple expression “Listen to your heart” holds treasures. By being guided from the heart, we learn how to let our hearts feel the way through the stuck places in our life.
How do we listen to our hearts so that we can follow them? How can we fulfill the deep longings to know who we really are? What are life’s greatest truths and goals?
This is the teaching from the heart. Just connecting with our heart and feeling gradually unfolds Athe answers to these questions for each of us, within ourselves, not from someone else’s ideas.
It took Diana many years to find this link with the heart. For thirty two of those years, she was looking for an inner voice. Calming the pool of her thought, she would wait to hear a voice of guidance in her head. “When the voice came, it was just my voice, any wisdom in it was watered down with me. “ It was not until a gentle friend helped her to understand, if she wanted to hear the voice of Love, from love, the seat of all wisdom, then it must come from the heart. Gentle guidance took her through layers of ideas and sadness to feel a calm place in her heart. After a short time, through the calm began to emanate Light and Love, though not an emotional love. “I realized that a spark of the Divine was in my own heart and as I smiled to that spark, giving it permission, it began to radiate the qualities of the Divine. I felt overwhelming gratitude to the Divine Source that I was able to feel such a thing, the fulfillment of so much human longing.”
With practice and guidance, all those who have taken these steps are able to feel guidance from the heart. “I began to long to act and think more and more from my heart and from Love. This led to healed relationships, mind, and even body. And the Love led to feeling what I was here to do.”
Workshops on opening and enjoying the benefits of the heart, the Open Heart Workshops, are available through Padmacahaya International Institute for Inner Study. There are eight teachers in North America teaching Level 1 and Level 2, each one day classes. Advanced levels are available annually in North America and are taught by the founder, Irmansyah Effendi, or others.
Biography: Diana Stone
Since childhood, my longing has been to understand what really makes people happy in a lasting way, and to see the commonalities between people. I had the good fortune to grow up living in several cultures, primarily in France, the United States and India, and to travel to many other countries.
My first trip to India, straight from a small girls’ boarding school in Maryland, I felt I had landed on another planet. People, squatting on the side of the road, cutting grass with a hand scythe to feed a cow or burn for fuel, were laughing, eyes sparkling as they chatted with their companions. They looked happy, happier than those I had left behind the in US, yet they had so little.
With that first glimpse, I learned to look for joyful eyes, and began a quest to understand the human spirit. This quest led me to seek out the old and content, the wise, the famous, and the simple humble yet joyful person to ask them about their beliefs and the underpinnings of their lives.
I had the second good fortune to be introduced to many people of all levels of society – the very rich, who I played with as a teenager, rulers, and people such as Buckminster Fuller and Reverend Billy Graham. With each I listened for happiness, joy, contentment, and wisdom about life. I did not often find it where I assumed it would be.
Gradually I realized to be stable these qualities had to come from inside of us not from our outer circumstances, and began to study the ways to get them myself. I had spent my college undergraduate years in a cloud of depression, about my own and humanity’s condition. My doctoral program at Union Institute focused on paradigms of thought through the study of native people. After 32 years of practicing and teaching meditation, based primarily in calming the brain and thoughts, I found my way to the heart. I had realized that human purpose must have to do with love, but somehow I ignored that this must have something to do with the heart. When a gentle teacher, Irmansyah Effendi, guided me to be able to feel my heart, I was amazed. Everything that I had been looking for and trying to understand was there.