I’ve discovered a point of consciousness inside me that is forever content, blissful, trusting and at peace. This is what I understand to be heart energy. I can access it at any moment; it’s only difficult to find when my rational mind is working overtime. In my experience, this energy seems to have two locations – in the area of the heart chakra, as expected, and also in the area of the third eye chakra. Perhaps these two energy centres are very intimately connected, so if one is energised it naturally stimulates the other? This point of consciousness brings calm in any situation if I can access it. It causes my body to stand erect – straightening my spine; and at the same time, it relaxes my muscles. It makes me take a deep breath and smile. As well as absorbing this heart energy, I can also radiate it outwards to others through the power of my intention, and for this reason, it enables me to remain open to people I interact with, irrespective of whether the relationship is good or bad. It is, I believe, a quality of being which is spoken of – albeit in different ways – by many religious and spiritual traditions. Tapping heart energy and then holding your intention to radiate it out of your third eye chakra is referred to by some energetic practices of Eastern origin as smiling through your third eye.
When I practise smiling from my third eye, I find the tension drains out of my face, my breathing becomes deeper, a physical smile draws itself on my lips and I feel content and accepting. It’s really an incredible technique; very simple, yet extremely powerful. Being in touch with heart energy can enable us to speak from a higher level of mental consciousness – less subject to the chimeras of the monkey mind – and to listen with empathy. It requires, and in turn stimulates, non-selfishness. As such, tapping heart energy is a source of healing, comfort and acceptance. It’s, in a way, a higher expression of unconditional parental love because by tuning into heart energy we allow ourselves to be embraced by the arms of the divine love that innately resides within us – or rather is us.
Excerpt from “She Who Is Unto Herself”