When we talk about coming from an open heart, how can we do that and stay there?
First, visualize your heart opening like a flower that is announcing itself to the world and giving a blessing of its beauty and Love to every person that encounters it. This is what you give to the world and everyone who comes into contact with you when you come from an open heart.
Coming from an open heart means that you acknowledge and express the Unity and divinity that runs through ALL. It is based on respect, non judgment, and compassion. It does not mean that you are not hurt at times by others, but these are manna, are opportunities for you to stay heart centered, to grow from these so that your flower can unfold even further, increasing the blessing that you can provide the world and the next person you encounter.
It takes a warrior to live from an open heart when you are hurt, when you want to judge and attack back, to go back into your protective shell which you falsely believe keeps you safe. We are only safe in Him, and you can only know Him by living from an open heart. When the hurt arises, you cannot allow it to turn into a trail of false judgment and recrimination thoughts that justify your closing of your heart. you must immediately go to forgiveness. Only through forgiveness can you heal that person, the world, and most importantly, yourself, because as you forgive others, you forgive yourself.
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