Sometimes it can seem very hard to open our heart to life, to open our sense of trust in a willingness to let life touch us and allow ourselves to reach beyond safe boundaries. Yet learning to open our heart is an enormous part of spiritual growth and psychological maturity.
To remain behind the walls of fearful or immature defensiveness is to completely limit our potential for intimacy, success, and expanding happiness.
The heart opens the instant we are willing for it to be open. Just a little willingness, given to the Divine within us, and miracles begin to unfold. Look at the following words from author and spiritual teacher, Paul Ferrini, and see if you can identify where you are in the process.
The heart opens when we accept ourselves with all of our contradictions, all our liabilities, all our struggles. The heart opens when we accept another person with all their trials and tribulations. The heart opens when we offer love simply, as we would to a hurt child. And it opens when the hurt child within reaches out for the love that is offered to her.
There is nothing mysterious about what opens the heart. Acceptance does.
There is nothing mysterious about what closes the heart. Judgment does.
To open you heart, you must be willing to be present with whatever is happening here and now. You just need “to be.”
Be with yourself. Be with others. Be with God. It is enough.
Louise became a student of the Course In Miracles in the late 1980's. She started facilitating classes, retreats and discussion groups on Course teachings almost immediately, as a way to immerse herself and others in the life-changing principles of this beautiful and practical spiritual path. From there, her work blossomed into serving as a minister, life coach, retreat facilitator, author and presenter. Louise engages her students in deep spiritual dialogue that supports complete miracle-mindedness.