Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Sermon [Uncovering the Heart]

Hola Everybody...
It’s a little cool here in the north, but life is good...
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Uncovering the Heart

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What counts is to strip the soul naked. Painting or poetry is made as we make love; a total embrace, prudence thrown to the wind, nothing held back.
-- Joan Miro

Uncovering the heart means exposing the very core of the self. For many of us, this is a scary move into unknown territory, though it is a part of our inner selves that we are uncovering. The heart symbolizes feeling and intuition. Though we may be fearful, the true danger is in the death, not the exploration, of the heart.

Sometimes our hearts remember, better than our analytical minds, the times and places of our deepest felt experiences. During times of crisis or personal breakdown, the heart insists on revealing itself to us; we are forced to pay attention. These are times of deep personal pain that most of us would rather avoid, because we fear that the load will be too much to bear -- that it may be possible to feel too much. 

Just as it is possible to close our eyes and not see the world around us, we can also close our hearts. We do so at a great price: we may choose to live in a world of flat surfaces, a clinically dry and angular world seemingly sterile until we peer under its surface.

To undress the heart is to reveal our inner history -- a history forgotten or hidden. We may be paying a price for relegating powerful forces to the shadow world for it is there they hold greater power. One of the aims of depth psychotherapies is to help us rediscover our lost selves gradually and integrate them again into our whole personalities.

The language of the heart may seem illogical. But if we listen to it -- really listen to it without losing our heads -- we just might find the faintly shimmering message in it that what lies ahead is a new and better way of living. It is in this aspect that there is strength in living with a naked heart.
However, there is that fearful vulnerability also. We take a chance when we open to others. We can be hurt. We may ask ourselves if we are risking too much. Who wants to be open and vulnerable?

I have found that in my own life, some of the most rewarding examples of creativity have been those moments when my heart was uncovered, when I was able to emerge and address those unique yet universal experiences that bind us together in the human condition. 

I have learned that the uncovered heart contains both vulnerability and strength. Its strength perhaps lies precisely in that ability to open itself to itself with an exquisite grace that invites the hearts of others to do so too.

My name is Eddie and I'm in recovery from civilization...


  1. Hola Eddie...this morning I listened to a powerful message about a reason, a season or a lifetime and how we should embrace it...much like what you've written..I'm in the process of letting go of that protective shield that has kept me from opening my heart..I feel it's time to allow someone in...feels nice. Enjoy the rest of your weekend ; )

  2. I believe that too often the problems people have in relationships, in marriages is because they do not go into these things with their whole heart. They attempt to keep a piece of their heart for themselves. But love requires the whole heart. Love requires that, like in hokey-pokey, you put your whole self in. To reveal this theretofore hidden piece of yourself is to take the relationship to the next level.

    Freud once wrote that love is the first greatest instance of insanity, of being out of one's mind. Because in love you give yourself up wholly to the next person; you are not yourself except through the other.

  3. Thanks for the feedback guys. I think that much of our pain is due to the fact that we often substitute neurosis for suffering. The thing is we avoid our feelings at the risk of losing our humanity.

    Imagine a heart that never knew pain? It's through embracing ALL of our experiences -- een thouse we don't like, or aren't too pretty -- that we find wholeness.


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