Jesus stands at your heart's door and begs to come in.
Even my love for you pales by comparison. Your ability to tap into your intuition also becomes hampered when you are not able to open your heart.
He is author of the book, Good News For Those Trying Harder. He is talking about having close fellowship with Christ.
Jesus stands at your heart's door and begs to come in. - He goes where there are open and receptive hearts that are hungry.
If happens when you cut off your feelings. It could be that you have been dealing with life mostly from your head. There is a certain disconnection about you that others can sense. Others may even call you cold. You believe it to be mostly true for you do not recall shedding a tear even while watching the most tragic scene in the Titanic movie. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. You have been hurt real bad previously. So your resourceful protects you with a shield around your heart. It is so thick that little love can penetrate through. The shield might have served its purpose ever since you were a child. It has protected you through the years. Because you dislike feeling vulnerable, helpless and weak, your shield comes up at the slightest threat. Yet, not to love is not to offer the self the opportunity to be nourished by it. You cannot claim to be living fully if you do not engage your heart. You would have sold yourself short. The way is in the heart. Your ability to tap into your intuition also becomes hampered when you are not able to open your heart. The following are ways that you can open your heart… Do Things that You Love Things that make you happy are things that put you in the flow experience of love. You are able to build the connection with your heart, where it is not possible to at other times. And so, your guard comes down. You allow yourself to feel. Activities that make you happy give you great joy. Time goes by quickly. Such activities can include painting, flying a kite, dreaming, singing, dancing or scrapbooking. It is also a great idea to be doing work that you love, because you would be spending a great part of your day feeling wonderful. Let Go of the Past Tell yourself that whatever is past is past. You are only hurting yourself in the end if you bottle yourself up in anger, frustration and bitterness. It is hard to move forward in life, with a heart that is heavy. To open your heart, practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is the spiritual ointment that heals your wounds. It releases you into the present, thus t. You are in the now, feeling liberated. Space has just been opened up for you to live life anew. Be Open to Receiving If you have been refusing to accept compliments, gifts and assistance, then make a change to being open to receiving. Perhaps you have been brought up to believe that you should never receive anything from another. Or perhaps, the refusal to accept is part of your cultural habit. Whatever the reason is, your refusal to accept denies you the opportunity to open your heart. You may not have realized the significance but compliments, gifts and assistance are all manifestations of love in its various forms. When you say yes to these, you are also saying. You may not have liked the idea about receiving previously because you have been afraid that you need to give as well. You do not like being indebted. However, this form of thinking is indicative of poverty consciousness. Abundance is meant to be shared, not hoarded. In fact, the more you receive and give, the more you have to give and receive. You end up with more! After all, your heart is probably closed because you are fearful of opening it. More often than not, we prefer to bury our fears. We do not look forward to putting ourselves in pain. However, embracing your fears simply means acknowledging them as they are, so that you can have the opportunity to release them. When you acknowledge our fears, you are allowing them in your presence. You recognize that you are human and that it is okay to have them. In self-acceptance, you allow love for yourself to enter. This process inevitably leads to healing. Love and acceptance gives you the space for courage. You feel the fear but you are now able to muster enough strength to overcome your challenges. You realize that you have got vast potential. You discover who you are. Help Others without Any Expectations Helping others with or even people who are close unconditionally can fill you up with love. It does not have to be a big act. You can start with something small such as making time to provide assistance, writing a note or taking out the rubbish chute. When you perform the act of service without expectations, you are operating from the level of your heart. You are not expecting a gift or anything in return. You open your heart to provide that service. They come in the form of disappointments, challenges, hurts, traumas and separations and so on. You learn about acceptance, trust, , and kindness. You learn about what it means to love unconditionally, layer-by-layer. When your heart chakra is blocked, your ability to give and receive love is impacted. There are energetic ways that can help you remove the blockages. These ways include using reiki, crystals, yoga, heart chakra meditation, and past life healing. Ultimately, you need to find love for yourself within yourself. You meet yourself at the very center of your spiritual heart. But first, you will need to open it, if it is closed. Get a copy of the collection here! Share Your Thoughts What has worked for you with opening your heart? This is so beautiful, Evelyn. It makes me sad that pain exists as it does, and when someone chooses to numb their heart, they are choosing to numb life. You offer such wonderful, do-able tips. You made a great point that true joy outlasts any temporary pain. I believe it happens when one is able to align the self at the soul-level. If more of us can express our love and appreciation, we will be able to experience suffering in this world. I know that for many years my heart was closed off and sometimes it starts to do so again even after much progress. I find that focusing on others, being grateful and tuning into spiritual things helps me the most. Also spending time with my kids, they open my heart in a very special way! At times, it does feel safer to just cut it off in order to think from the head. But I see these moments as temporary. Spending time with kids is certainly an excellent idea. I enjoy feeling the love I have for them. It took decades for the walls around my heart to finally come down. After wanting love and happiness for so long, I finally learned how to open myself and be vulnerable without it tearing me apart. I hope that by telling more pieces of my own story, I can help others to find the light. Thank you for bringing this area to light! It must feel horrible being the odd one out. Still, I am happy to know that you have managed to break down the walls around your heart. I wish you much success in transforming lives!! I do try to do these things on a daily basis. Love comes in so many forms. Thanks so much for a beautiful post. I had no idea how I could let myself feel again. The world loves us when we choose to love the world. It is imperative that we feel, and really take life in. That is where all the magic happens — the magic, the miracles, the courage, the faith, the personal empowerment. You meet yourself at the very center of your spiritual heart. But first, you will need to open it, if it is closed. I certainly wrote with a few people in mind who fitted the profile of having tremendous difficulties with opening their hearts. The quote that you shared is a beautiful one. Yes, when we leave the thinking out, our hearts start to feel. The Heart is fragile at times yet our most valuable resource when it is open to receiving and giving love. I know what it is like to have a closed heart. It feels safe yet the ability to feel emotions like love and joy are gone. Feeling is what life is all about. I am so happy! It has been a long and painful journey but, and with huge, huge thanks to my loving husband without whom the journey would not have begun, it has been worth every tear and every dark day. I know now that I am capable of giving and receiving love. I have been very sad because of my hard heart but have been afraid to show my soft side for fear of attracting men as I used to when I was sweet and loving. I have the feeling that beauty that emanates from an open heart just attracts people who want it for themselves and who will destroy it, much the same as we want to pick the flower only to kill it because of our desire to have the beauty for ourselves. I feel that my open heart has been naive and vulnerable to the evil in people, especially men. The problem however is that I do appear aloof and cold to others and even snobby because of the lifeless look that has grown in my eyes. I know that I smile but my eyes are pretty much lifeless, showing that there is a lack compassion or love in my heart. Your blog has helped me to understand that I must open up my heart of I want to get my life back, because I am miserable inside. I go throughout he paces, I do things I enjoy but there is no lasting joy. I am ok when doing things I enjoy but it does not last. I am continually looking for the next experience, the next trip away the next concert, never satisfied. I know that if I can open my heart, my life will be worth living again and fill to the brim with love and joy and gratitude. My head will protect me when needed because I have learnt but my heart just wants to be free to be itself! I have lost the real me and for years I have not known how to find me again which I have been longing to do as I am so sad and miss myself. I used to be a nice, loving person and loved to give and receive but now I am closed and have drawn the drawbridge around my heart and filled the moat with crocodiles so that none may enter. Thankyou for your words. They have made me cry more tears than I have for a long time in the realisation that I have denied myself the life I deserve. I have been living with my head, denying my heart and am paying the price…loneliness, hate and poverty of spirit. I have lost some along the way due to my hard heart and am sorry for that. I hope I can now work toward healing and will revisit your words to assist. I am sending out this Valentine to all of you, or anyone who may visit this interesting little site. I love you all. Yes every cotton pickin one of you precious and wonderful people. I had thought I was trash in a way, AND born with a sin nature. 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