"What happens when people open their hearts?.......They get better. - Haruki Murakami
The concept of having an Open Heart is simple yet complex. While being open to receiving love is an important component of an Open Heart, it is just as essential to be open to sharing your heart as well. While this seems simple, it is not always easy to accomplish.
In all of our lives, there are times our hearts are tested and many times, even broken. Each of these incidents can cause tiny fractures in our fragile hearts, and can lead to our hearts closing both to loving ourselves as well as being able to share our love with others. Of course, a truly Open Heart always begins with self love, and this can be a difficult concept for many. I am sure you have all heard how imperative it is to be able to love and appreciate yourself so that you are in a position to share your gifts with those around you. I have found this to be profoundly true and sometimes difficult to accomplish. It is easy to surrender to the "noise" that surrounds us in our lives. There is negativity in the world all around us, and it can be easy to be swept up in it without even realizing it. Allowing negativity into our own personal space tends to lead us to negative thoughts in many areas, not the least of which is our view of ourselves. This can be so damaging to our hearts and can ultimately create blocks which stop the flow of positive energy into our lives and our hearts.
I have had times in my life when I have struggled with having an Open Heart because of the vulnerable position I thought it placed me in. What I have discovered through meditation, introspection and my own life's experiences is that it is never having an Open Heart that makes you vulnerable. The giving and receiving of love is only pure and beautiful. However, it is WHO you choose to open your heart to that will determine whether you are attracting positive energy or negative energy into your life. I know that my soul always knows, even in some small way, when I am opening myself to the negativity in another person, and I am learning to trust my inner voice to guide me. This has been a difficult and extremely trying lesson for me.
There had been a time somewhat recently where there was pain in my life that seemed so unbearable at the time, that the only thing I thought I could do to shield myself was to close my heart and pull within. While in that time of deep reflection and re-assessment of myself and the part I played in my own life, I realized that I was a wonderful, loving person. The betrayals and losses suffered in my life were not due to my own deficiencies, they were solely due to my choosing continuously to open my heart people who were not deserving of my complete love and trust. Those people did not seek the same Truth that was so important to me and was so vital to my own peace and happiness. It was an incredible discovery! If I stopped allowing negative people into my heart and stopped sharing my love with those who were not worthy of it, I could be the one to determine my OWN peace and happiness!
After months of self discovery, change and enlightenment, I opened my heart yet again. It was terrifying and beautiful at the same time. I set my intentions on attracting the positive into my life and my heart and I am happy to say that I have done just that. I am in charge of my own destiny, I am manifesting it each and every day and I am embracing myself in the process. My heart is open and I am sharing and receiving love in ways I never dreamed. My Open Heart is enveloping me and those I love and I am so grateful for the abundance I have attracted in my life.
Are you sharing your Open Heart with yourself and others and using it to attract the love and happiness you deserve? Fearlessness always comes from within and is quite often not the easy path. Follow your own soul's voice, allow yourself to be vulnerable and share your heart only with those who are deserving and bring positive, loving energy into your life. Fearless!!
Wishing you lots of love,