The Path of the Heart II - the ways to meditation
Desire and Aspiration

The Path of the Heart is a journey, and as is the case with any journey, certain preparation is necessary. If one is not prepared, there is always a risk of having to return before one has arrived at one’s destination.

When love comes to its fullness, then one looks at the friend with affection, on the enemy with forgiveness, on the stranger with sympathy.
Hazrat Inayat Khan – Sufi Master
It is a path to freedom, and to start on this path one must begin to free oneself, there should be few attachments to pull one back, few desires or base pleasures to lure or hinder the seeker. It is the journey of life, as long as the distance from life to death, from the earthly to the divine.

Therefore the seeker will, in the travelling, gradually illumine one's current darkness, slowly transform present tension, anxieties and fears to peace, confidence and self-awareness. It is a journey of the opening heart and the letting go of all that binds it.

For our journey a vehicle is necessary. This vehicle has four wheels and they need to be perfectly balanced. The wheels of our vehicle are our body, ego, mind and heart. The centre of our vehicle is rhythm for it gives our vehicle balance. The balance of head and heart, knowledge and wisdom, activity and repose. Our rhythm is created by the intuitive flow of divine energy to each of our wheels.

The object of the journey is simple. It is merely to enter the heart, to discover and explore our real nature. To be inundated, illumined by the kingdom of heaven within each of us. Inevitably, this discovery places us at the doorstep to the hearts of all. It makes us aware that all hearts are connected by love, and that this divine love is the real nature of us. The highest nature in us all.

By a path, we do not mean one that is in an opposite direction to the worldly life, but one that is made fuller by the experiences of the heart. Often, outwardly a seeker’s life will change little, but inwardly every moment gains significance, every instant an opportunity or a lesson.
To see a World in a grain of sand, And a Heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And Eternity in an hour. - William Blake
The Path of the Heart is a life directed toward perfection, the perfection of love, harmony and peace inside the individual and ultimately, manifested in the world.

It is not that other people's path are less than perfect or that we are higher or lower than anyone it is just that by choosing a path of the heart, we are choosing to be conscious.

We are choosing a life of heart consciousness, not heart accidents and that is a critical difference. When love is the most important focus of your life and your heart your path, then everything becomes balanced and centred and authentic.

The easiest way to see this is to be scientific and try it as an experiment with yourself. But as you intuitively already know, this is not a path that you can return from, a path that you will decide it was better before. No one ever returns. Some might get lost for a while or even disillusioned but the Path of the Heart is the only path there is.


Guided Meditation - Music and Meditation
Please read this information on preparing for your meditation
Music and meditation are inextricably linked. For many seekers music is the entrance to their meditation lifestyle and inescapably intertwined in the way they now regularly approach their higher self.

Music may be considered the language of the soul. It is probably the easiest meditation technique to use for beginners. There is a simple principle when readying oneself to meditate with music.

A wide variety of music is available to us, but the most important characteristic of music for meditation, is that it is music of the heart. Music is created and performed from differing elements of our human psyche. some music is very emotional, or dry and intellectual or even aggressive and physical.

Since the goal of our meditation lifestyle, the ‘Path of the Heart’, is to release our lower nature and expand into our divine nature, our heart, we should search out uplifting music for our meditations.

This spiritual music should ideally be composed and performed whilst meditating. So to begin our exercise play some music that will continue playing for at least 15 minutes. You can find free downloads on http://download.meditation.org.au or purchase a CD from our shop.