God, the Heart and the Mind
God and the human mind
The ability to think is important for our existence. The human mind is nothing else but a survival tool. Unfortunately we have became too reliant on our minds to provide answers for our existential questions, not realizing that the human mind cannot hold the truth.
The human mind is not equipped to comprehend God. Our mind is specifically designed to be pragmatic, to doubt, to test, to debate, to compare and contrast ideas, concepts and various forms of truth.
Also, the human mind is dualistic, can accommodate many conflicting ideas at the same time, and prove that each and individual idea is true and legitimate.
General consideration on the heart
The truth lives in the heart not in the mind. If you look for the truth, look no further than your own heart
Contrary to what most people believe, the human destiny it is not ruled by the mind, but by the heart
Be it light or dark, good or bad, everything in the heart manifests. If emptiness is in the heart, the emptiness will take form and create an empty existence. If love is in the heart, that love will manifest in the family life and in other relationships. If God is in the heart, God will fill that person’s life.
Separation happens only in the mind not in the heart. Unlike the mind, which can separate itself from from thoughts and ideas, the heart cannot separate itself from emotions. There is no separation in the heart. There is no debate in the heart either. Everything in the heart is real; everything in the heart is true. If anger is in the heart, anger is real. anger is true. If God is in the heart, God is real.
Like the mind, the human heart is an organ of duality. The duality of the heart comes from the fact that our hearts can work with light as well as with the dark; with love as well as with anger, fear, hate and so on. The only distinction here is that no two emotions can live simultaneously in one’s heart. The heart can only be inhabited by one emotion at a time. The human heart shifts continuously from love to anger and from anger to love, from happiness to sorrow and so forth.
The shift between emotions happens very quickly, faster than most people can sense the change. For example, the reactions of an angry person seem almost immediate. Yet, in that fraction of a second, the anger in one’s heart caused a long chain of reactions, starting with chemical responses in the body, changes in behaviour and body posture, all culminating with aggression against the object/person that triggered the reaction. If conscious at all, the angry person will only become aware his/her state after the anger has passed and the harsh words have been spoken. People never blame anger or fear for their behaviours. They blame themselves, the people and the objects around them; they blame the destiny, but never blame the real culprit: the anger/fear that took control of their hearts, their minds, their bodies and ultimately took control of their fate.
Wrapping all up, when it comes to our relationship with God, the heart bears more relevance, as it is the place of the union between God and us, the place where God and the human being become One. Without the involvement of the heart, without love, the union between God and us would not be possible.
Here are the most important truths relating to God and your heart:
- if God is in your heart, there cannot be anything else in your heart but God,. It is either God or something else, be it anger, fear, sexual desire, greed, gossip, nastiness, addiction etc. God and these other emotions do not mix and cannot live simultaneously in ones’s heart. The presence of such emotions is a clear indication of the absence of God in one’s heart.
- if God is in your heart, God is real to you and the relationship between you and God is a personal relationship. God, like everything else in the heart is personal and requires personal involvement. On the other hand, if God is not in the heart, the mind will debate the existence of God. Now, if the mind perceives the existence of God to be an advantage, the mind will manufacture a God to suit its need to elevate itself above the others. If the existence of God is not perceived as an advantage but a disadvantage, the mind will then be inclined to think that God is an illusion, a concept made up by the humans who invented religion. The mind will then separate itself from God and think: if God does not exist, why even bother? So, the mind will drop the subject on God and pursue other, more profitable ideas.
- if God is in your heart, as there is no separation between you and your own heart, there will be no separation between God and you. God will take charge of your physical body; will determine your psychology and your behaviours.
God and the relationship between the heart and the mind
For the union with God to be possible, both the mind and the heart need to be prepared, but most all the mind.
God enters the heart through the mind
Through love, faith and aspiration, the mind of the believer lifts itself up to God. Then Christ joins the elevated mind of the believer and together with the mind enters the heart and makes the human heart a dueling place for God. And, so the three become one: Christ, the mind and the heart. From what have been said we can conclude that the union with God not only requires an elevated mind, but also a Christ compatible mind, in other words a moral mind.
Although the heart seems to bear more relevance in our relationship with God, if we have a closer look at the dynamics between the heart and the mind we can see that both are equally important. The heart and the mind:
- Complete each other and cannot work properly one without the other. Both, the mind and the heart have qualities that make them powerful, but also unbalanced. The mind has discernment; the power to choose between good and bad, light and dark, but without a loving heart, can be cruel and arrogant. Without the heart to tone it down, the mind is over confident and forceful and believes that it knows everything; can master anything. The heart on the other hand has the power to manifest but lacks will, stability and structure.
- Are stronger when together. A mind that knows how to listen to the heart is more attuned with God, the physical body and the world around. The mind uses its structure and assertiveness to “stabilize” the heart and the heart helps the mind to switch the internal dialogue off and concentrate on the emotions.
- Cannot be separated from each other. The state of the mind always mirrors the state of the heart. A moral mind cannot live peacefully with a promiscuous heart. Also as the mind is the door to the heart, so the heart is the door to the mind. The dark side always enters the heart first and from there makes its way up into the mind.
Tantra and Christ
The union between the heart and the mind it is not only taught in Christianity, but in other spiritual disciplines as well. In Tantra for example by uniting the mind with the heart, the aspirant achieves spiritual perfection.
Unlike Christians, who aspire to become one with Christ and God, Tantra followers aspire to become gods themselves.
While Christians and Tantra aspirants seem to employ similar means like fasting, abstinence, seclusion and ritual, the final result of their struggles is quite different from each other.
Tantra is an out of body experience while the union with Christ is an inside of the body experience, more exactly it is a way of life which allows God to descend into the human heart, live inside of the human body and become part of the everyday life
Here are the main differences between Tantra and Christianity:
- there is no Christ consciousness in Tantra. Without a sense of service, humility or community, Tantra is self serving; a spiritual discipline designed only to serve the individual, not God or the human collective.
- the union between the mind and the heart, in Tantra, happens outside of the physical body. The aim of Tantra is to hoist the heart together with the mind as high as possible, outside of the body, outside of the human physical existence. The Christian practice, on the other hand allows God together with the mind, to descend inside of the heart, inside of the human body. God becomes part of the human life and the human life becomes one with God. The Christian God is a serving God, humble and patient, he does not desire elevation, but on the contrary desires to be small and by doing so He proves indeed that He is the Highest.
- no dark rituals are allowed in Christianity. In the darker version of Tantra the union principle is achieved through sexual intercourse between a male and a female, who symbolically, however brutal and remote, represent the union between the mind (the master/Shiva) and the heart (the servant/Goddess).
Now one can ask the question: How is it possible that two people who follow similar spiritual principles can achieve such opposite outcomes?
The answer is in the quality of mind and not so much in quality of the heart.
The Christian devotee and the Tantra follower may look the same to the unaware, but certainly what is one, it is not in the other. One works with the Christ consciousness while the other works with a different consciousness, which I personally call animistic or natural. The observer, who cannot spot the differences between the two, comes to the conclusion that all spiritual is the same; whatever you choose to believe in!
Not all spiritual is the same
Your system of believes plays an essential role in the quality of your mind and in what your mind can or cannot achieve spiritually
Some spiritual people cultivate love in their hearts but despise the Christians and their morals and find them outdated, out of touch with real spirituality which allows humans to be free and to enjoy all the worldly pleasures; any way they want!
Having a loving heart it is not enough for God. The heart may know God, but without the support of a moral mind, the union with God cannot not be possible. The human heart is unstable and has no will; it gives way to whatever emotion is stronger and more persistent. With a few exceptions, the emotions related with our survival (fear and anger) and reproduction (sexuality) are stronger than our love for God.
Furthermore, a heart that is open to all emotions cannot be an ideal place of residence for God. Like a home that has locks on windows and doors, so the heart needs to lock itself in and not allow the outside world, meaning the undesirable emotions, come in. This can only be achieved with the help and the discipline of the mind. If the mind is weak, or not properly trained to guard the heart, or to observe the Moral Law, despite all good intentions, the mind will fail at her duty as the keeper of the heart.
On the other hand, if the mind is strong enough to elevate itself to God, but does not want to lower itself into the heart, the mind then believes that she, the human mind, is God. This is when the mind disconnects from God and goes on its own.
God only reveals Himself into the human heart. When God together with the mind descends into the heart, the human being recognizes God as the power working through him/her. Only the heart has the ability to recognize the master; be one with the master without believing that she is the master. The heart has been designed to be the servant and it is happiest when it is one with its master. The mind on the other hand wants to be the master and it is too proud to let go of control or to accept another master other than itself.
All the hearts who found their master in Christ display the same attributes: humility, love for God, patience, faithfulness, hope, honesty, but most of all they are free from anger.
When God takes residence into the human heart, the love for the self and the love for God become one. The human being knows that he/she is only a vessel for the consciousness of God, but cannot see any separation between him/herself and God:
I am God and God is me and yet I am nothing more than a servant
The secret of true humility resides in the heart not in the mind
If you perceive God as an external power, separated from you, clearly you do not know God. If you think that you are God, again you do not know anything about God.
Knowing God is having the right balance between the mind and the heart; between who you are as a master (the mind) and who you are as a servant (the heart).