Difference between Heart and Mind
2012 | Courage
is about acting from your heart and spirit—from the center
of your being—the true identity hidden beneath the false self
of the ego. By delving into the heart and spirit of your true identity,
you begin to recognise your innate courage as well as the ego’s
insidious control mechanisms, which capitalise on fear and insecurity.
percentage of your life is filled with regrets?
As you recognise
the fears that the ego uses to justify its self-importance, you
undermine the ego’s power to dominate your life and begin
to manifest your true identity. You discover the personal truth
within your being and recognise courage as the key to spiritual
FEAR PARALYSES THE HEART
What percentage of your life is filled with regrets?
Regrets represent times when you allow fearful insecurities to undermine
the courageous choice. Recognising regrets, you can cultivate courage
and trust where going for it is better than dying without it. This
is the difference between heart and mind.
Learning to stay centered in the present may not banish fear or
blame, but you will diminish the tendencies that keep you stuck
in fear. Fear blocks and paralyses the heart; therefore, fear blocks
courage. Slowing down puts you in touch with reality—your
own issues—releasing you from inner tyranny of fear-based
habits and scripts, uncovering a deep set of self-actuating principles.
In The Gift of Change, Marianne Williamson writes: “We are
lifted from weak to strong; we are lifted from lack to abundance;
we are lifted from pain to peace; we are lifted from fear to love.
None of this happens in an instant, but over time, through the daily
process of living.”
Many contemplative practices can help initiate this transformative
process—sacred reading, chanting, Tai Chi, hiking, a silent
retreat. Any choice that moves you beyond words and thoughts and
into the inner silence of the heart enables the fears created by
the ego to dissipate.
“Within each experience of pain or negativity is the opportunity
to challenge the perception that lies behind it, the fear that lies
behind it, and to choose to learn with wisdom. The fear will not
vanish immediately, but it will disintegrate as you work with courage.
When fear ceases to scare you, it cannot stay,” says Gary
Zukav in The Seat of the Soul. The stillness found in contemplation
provides a maturity to your inner experience thereby accelerating
your spiritual courage.
COURAGE CRADLES YOUR ACTIONS
Fear is a man-made creation—just like slavery, apartheid and
The dualistic concept of fear versus courage keeps you stuck within
the mental limitations of ego. When you claim your courage, you
begin to experience the heart and spirit truth that transcends the
duality of the mind. In recognising transcendent truth, you begin
to see that fear is simply an illusion used by the ego to maintain
its position of control, and this recognition dissolves fear, allowing
love to fill your heart. This is the experience of “dying
As courage consciousness matures in your life, you’ll notice
huge shifts in your perspective about fear. You will find courage
cradles your actions, allowing you to validate the choice of courage
consciousness over attachments that trigger life’s unwanted
Soon, with an inner gaze, you discover that there is courage in
the midst of fear. It is found in the simplicity of being quietly
centered in God’s light, and that takes courage!
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