Posted on Sep 15, 2010
In this marvelous month of April, we complete our journey through winter, which honors the way of the Inner Warrior.  The work of our Inner Warrior enables us to take a stand, set limits and boundaries, be responsible and have self-discipline.  Now, as we enter the season of spring, we honor the way of the Inner Healer.
Jeanne Ackterberg, in her book, Woman as Healer, reminds us of the concepts concerning wholistic healing:
  • Healing is a lifelong journey toward wholeness.
  • Healing is remembering what has been forgotten about connection, unity and interdependency among all things living and non-living.
  • Healing is embracing what is most feared.
  • Healing is opening what has been closed, softening what has hardened into obstruction.
  • Healing is entering into the transcendent, timeless moment when one experiences the Divine.
  • Healing is creativity, passion and love.
  • Healing is seeking and expressing self in its fullness, its light and shadow, its male and female.
  • Healing is learning to trust life.
My teacher, Angeles Arrien, a wonderful healer in her own right, uses the concept fo the four-chambered heart to discern areas in our lives that need healing.  Daily we can ask ourselves:  Am I full-hearted?  Am I open-hearted?  Am I clear-hearted?  Am I strong-hearted? Where we aren’t full-hearted in our relationships, jobs, or any area of life, we become half-hearted.  If you are feeling like you “have to,” or “should,” or “ought” to do something or be with someone, then this chamber of your heart is a breeding ground for half-heartedness.  Saying “I’ll try,” or “Maybe I’ll do it when I have time,” putting things off, or arriving late for appointments, are sure signs that you are half-hearted about someone or something.  Where are you exhibiting signs of half-heartedness? Where we aren’t open-hearted, we become closed-hearted.  Defensiveness in the face of other’s opinions, beliefs or comments, resistance to new ideas and other ways of doing things, being self-protective to avoid being hurt and fear of intimacy are the breeding ground for closed-heartedness.  Where are you exhibiting signs of being closed-hearted? Where we aren’t clear-hearted, we become confused and doubting-hearted.  Always asking other’s opinions about what you should do, instead of listening to your own heart, being ambivalent, constantly doubting yourself, and the unwillingness to make decisions are the breeding ground for confusion.  Where are you exhibiting signs of a doubting heart? Where we aren’t strong-hearted, we become weak-hearted.  Lacking strength to stand by what has heart and meaning for us, lack of perseverance, the inability to see things through to completion, and the inability to stand up for ourselves, are sure signs of weak-heartedness.  Where are you exhibiting signs of weak-heartedness? There is an ancient Aztec poem, which speaks of the healing heart beating within us and its power of redemption:  “The mature person: heart firm as a strong, heart strong as the trunk of a tree.  Noble face, wise face; owner of his/her face, owner of his/her heart.  The mature person: noble face, firm heart.” Let us all seek that inner healing during these precious months of Spring to find renewal, transformation and the birthing of new life. In Love and Light