Heartfulness Meditation and the Path of Infinite Heart were developed by Ruth and Bruce Davis Ph.D. and grew out of their combined journey in modern psychology, Christian and Eastern mystical practices. Heartfulness Meditation is a series of interfaith heart practices that bring us home to our Spiritual Heart and the experience of Infinite Heart Awareness.
The Spiritual Heart, or Supreme Heart as it is referred to in ancient Indian texts, is the home of the soul and the doorway to experiencing ourselves as expansive loving spirit, beyond this body. In meditation we are not excluding the human condition with its struggles and pains. Rather we are including the human heart by loving and nurturing our inner child. As we embrace the hurt child we come back to our original sweetness, gentleness and genuine happiness. A healthy psychology leads to a healthy spirituality.
As we accept the human condition ~ the human heart in all its imperfections ~ we are lead to the door of the Spiritual Heart where completely loved, safe and seen.
The result is a that meditation practice becomes a healing into wholeness practice ~ both human and divine.
Infinite Heart Awareness is the mystical essence of the world religions. It is the practice of letting go of our mental worlds and absorbing the presence of our innermost heart. It is the pure source within us. Here there is a vastness without words. It is felt as sweetness, an intimate love, gentleness, an ocean of peace or sky of light.....awareness infinitely expanding.
This is a direct experience of the Spiritual Heart where we are effortless being. Each person has their own unique experience. Once the silence of the heart is felt, our life changes. We have found our home inside.
From Hindu perspective: Hindu philosophy and Advaita, considers the heart the seat or center of consciousness, a temple, and that by meditating on this center, one becomes united with the higher or divine Self, God inside. It is not the physical heart but the spiritual heart or Supreme Heart. It is the great I Am that the sages refer to. It is referred to as Samadhi Pada or Hrdayam. This is the core of our being, our deepest true nature, the seat of our soul. Bhagavad Gita: Brahman (the Supreme reality, the Absolute) and Atman (Self, soul, spirit) are identical. The internal world is characterised by bliss and the cessation of mental activity. This was the work of the teacher Ramana Maharshi and his teachings of Self-enquiry and non dualism.
From Buddhist perspective: The Kargyupa School of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy speaks about Mahamudra, the Great Seal. This is the experience of bliss and emptiness. "We are of the same luminous essence as everything in nature." Here they are experiencing their Buddha nature, the pure mind in it's natural state; at peace, awakened and divine.
From Christian perspective:
The Christians find their Christ light within themselves. The peace of Christ, the love of Christ, become more then words as our heart center is opened and felt. Christianity shares with all the great world religions a rich path of humility, giving, and receiving God, the pure light, within. Centering prayer, holding one's attention in the heart with focus on the highest qualities, is one form of Christian contemplative meditation.
From the Heart of the Mother: Worship of the Divine as Mother, Mahavidyas, leads us to the supreme heart. Reaching out to Her love she teaches us that Her Love has always been residing within the space of our spiritual heart. This practice is found throughout history in many cultures with devotion to the divine feminine. She teaches that a loving force is behind and within all reality and carries us. Our ultimate home resides inside our heart. There is nowhere to go and all wisdom is present within.
The Great Silence is Her arms wrapped around us and the infinite heart is experienced when resting in Her perfect peace.
Each person can find the stillness & inner peace in their own heart. Many philosophies, teachers & teachings meet at this same point within. They are practicing receiving & absorbing heart essence, the bliss of the supreme heart. Time in silence, while resting our awareness in the heart, gives us a direct experience of the spiritual heart, our expanded nature. Learn more