Empowerment comes from a strong heart
which holds love, not fear. With a strong heart, we can do
ANYTHING! In this excerpt from her book
Shirley shows us how to work with our
heart to open it gradually so that it becomes accustomed to
holding more and more love. In that way we will see everything
in a new light and be empowered to move forth in a life filled
with Joy and all we could ever desire.
The heart seems to be one of the most vulnerable in the system
because it is the one that has held the most fear, the most
old pain, perhaps, and repressed energy. It is the one that is
most afraid to open to pure unconditional love, which is
indeed where your power lies.
So, in essence, when you open your heart and heal without
fear, you are opening to your own spiritual power. For many
who think that power is held in various vibrational waves, we
would correct this…
The power is in the heart, in the love, in the truth, and
however challenging or difficult it may appear to be at times,
the power is still in the truth of Love.
When you are on your journeys, in confusion, perhaps, afraid
to turn this way, turn that way, it is the confusion in the
heart that keeps you from walking forth in true connected
power. It is that smoke screen, if you will, of the confusion
of the heart - without setting the heart free to clearly love,
to support, to bring the truth of unconditional love - that
keeps you from stepping into truly who you are.
Now we know at this time, this may seem a bit trite or perhaps
not as important as other things that seem to be about you on
the earth plane to care for. However, this is one of the most
important aspects of your journey - to strengthen your heart
into initiation of self-empowerment - because you are indeed
being initiated into your self-empowerment. This is the first
step toward true initiation: the strengthening the heart,
allowing the heart to feel, waking the heart up.
For many, the heart has been in a place of just existing, but
not truly loving, being a bit numb, if you will, or
complacent, perhaps a bit stagnant - for without the heart
truly connecting with unconditional love, there is no true
connection to your own passion. There is no true connection to
your own creativity because you are not fully feeling with
emotion the love for yourself and then, of course, for others.
We will just give a few exercises at this time to help
strengthen the heart. The exercise that is required for this
particular time to strengthen the heart is to truly go deeply
into the heart on all levels - feeling, connecting to the
pain, to the joy, to the confusion, to the openness, to the
expansion, to the Light, to the repression, to the feeling of
confused darkness - because as you go into that place and hold
it, and hold the energy of the heart open to it instead of
fleeing from it, you do strengthen the heart.
For many who run from the heart, from a sense of purpose, and
truth, and knowledge, this will only exhaust the body by the
running, running, and running from that which you cannot run
from because, as you know, it is inside your being. You cannot
run from the heart.
You must go into the heart because it is aligned with soul and
purpose. You can share and teach others how you strengthened
your own being, how you strengthened your heart, how you
strengthened your connection to soul-self.
Be proud of your healing, wherever it takes you. Do not be
ashamed. Do not feel fear.
For those of you who find strength in the body or strength in
the mind, remember that the only real strength to keep all of
this going in a balanced way is to come from the strength
within the heart. When your heart is not strong, the mind is
fatigued because it clearly depends on the heart and the
emotional support and the love to keep the mind refreshed and
alive and in motion.
So, for those of you who are working around the heart and
fearing going into the heart, you are really compromising your
real strength on all levels. This is an important
understanding, for in exchanging the frequency shift to the
next level (to vibrate with the next frequency, to move
forward in this time, if you will), you will move further and
more forward with the heart. The mind - the rational mind -
has really no clear sense of purpose here, and the physical
form of the body can only take you to its own limitations. The
heart and the soul, the connections of these two, are what
move you through time.
So, focus your healing and your opening on this area for this
is what will move you through this particular time in freedom.
Strengthening the Heart Exercise
Find a safe, quiet space in which to do this
exercise. When you are fully relaxed, travel into your heart.
To strengthen the heart, allow yourself to go
deeply into the heart on all levels. Connect to everything: the pain,
the joy, the confusion, the darkness, the love, holding the energy of
the heart open to the experience instead of backing away from it.
Tune into it and feel what energy is there. Is the
heart open or constricted? Is it warm or is it cool, or even cold,
When you are ready, think about a person,
situation, or emotion and bring that energy directly into the heart.
If you feel yourself back off, continue to breathe into it. Embrace
it. Hold it. Breathe out.
Then bring it in again, allowing yourself to really
"feel" it, holding it a little longer, a little deeper, each time.
Stretch a little further.
Keep opening the heart, stretching it, holding it
open, until that energy begins to feel a natural part of your being.
What causes your heart to contract? What
person(s) or situation(s) does your heart back away from?
How does it feel to open your heart fully to
ANOTHER EXERCISE: Do this with someone
with whom you are trying to experience more openness, more love, more
Sit across from each other and place your right
hand over each other's heart. Breathe, letting the heart open.
Continue to let the energy open and hold it. Open
and hold. Let the energy cycle, opening each other's heart.
Hold that energy as long as you can.
1. How did doing this exercise with another person
change how you feel about him or her?
2. What fears, if any, did you experience? (fear of joy, intimacy,
3. My fears: _________________________________________________
4. My partner's fears: _________________________________________________
About The Author
Shirley Knapp, U.S.A.
Shirley Knapp is an internationally recognized spiritual teacher and
author of "Sustaining Joy" who leads groups in personal growth. She has
been in a holistic private practice, teaching and embracing individuals
and groups since 1986. Shirley’s mission is to heal, love and serve the
world by transforming ourselves and helping others transform in joy.
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