4 errors we tend to commit when we try to move from the mind to the heart

erez's picture

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(1) We try to move our attention to the heart as an object while the observing center remains in the mind.

Instead, you, the subject, the center, needs to move, not the target of your observation. Simply dislocate from "being" in the head (where we usually tend to associate our location of presence with) to "being" in the area of the chest.

(2) We try to apply force.

We try to be in the heart in a forceful and cumbrous way, the same exact way we operate the mind.

The heart is very gentle. You must play with it with extra gentleness and ease as you play with a ant in your palm. It's not the awkward elephant mind who only understands power. Be soft.

The heart has a different, more sublime, quality. Don't expect the presence there to bear the same feeling as of the presence in the mind. It's not just a shift downwards, it is a shift to a different dimension.

(3) We try to bring with us to the heart the "why" and the "if-then-else" of the mind.

Leave behind in the mind the obsessive thinking. In the heart you can allow yourself to be free, free of any urge to understand and to control, expressed in logic and in a compulsion to always try to explain why.

For the heart, anything conceptual, logical, analytical is not more than a useless and pointless noise.

(4) Reasons, motives, objectives, expectations

Don't expect certain things to happen when you move to the heart. Abandon all reasons and motives for doing the move, even the objective to be more loving.

These are expectations and motives of the mind, but you have abandoned it for now, haven't you?

nancy pro's picture

From the heart to God

When you are in the heart, you suddenly see your hands stretching out to the sky, hugging the whole of the universe, and a smile is appearing on your face.

From being in the heart the distance is very short to being everywhere and being united with God.

nancy pro | Thu, 06/25/2009 - 18:34
zoya's picture

A gateway to the beyond

When you switch to the heart strange things start to happen around you and in the world as if the world and you are one.

When you switch to the heart, everything seems distant, including your body and the inputs of the senses as if you are not in the body.

I suspect the heart is a gateway to the beyond. What do you think?

zoya | Fri, 06/26/2009 - 00:22
suzi's picture

Experiencing oneness

When you switch to the heart and stay there for a while, you get at some point these precious flitting glimpses of being everything, not just the body, the mind, the heart. The whole universe. You suddenly feel that in every breath, you are whatever this breath touches and beyond.

It is a remarkable and easy method to taste the feeling of oneness, something you will never be able to experience when centered in the mind. There, the best you can reach is a learned concept of non duality.

suzi | Wed, 07/01/2009 - 06:08
Quantum's picture

I can feel the trees in my heart

Not in the sense that the trees are located in my heart. No.

I can feel the trees in my heart/chakra energy center in the same sense that I can hear the dog next door with my ears.

Rather than sound vibrations striking my physical eardrum, I can, rather, "feel", the trees in my chest/chakra energy center. I sense them. Feel them.

Quantum | Fri, 05/13/2011 - 04:38
lilian's picture

crucial move

The movement from the mind to the heart is maybe the most crucial one in one's spiritual path, especially in the case of men.

You can understand zillion truths but this understanding is worthless if you are still stuck in the mind. When you move to the heart these understandings transform, in some magical way, into experienced realizations and there is especially one major realization there: that all realizations and understandings are of no importance. :-)

lilian | Fri, 06/26/2009 - 07:32
kulchnaui's picture


I agree.

What this switch does can only be termed as magic because it is completely inconceivable by the logical mind and uncovers the illusion so efficiently.

It is emphasized in the Yoga tradition and was mentioned a few times by Ramana Maharshi.

There is something there which connects you to higher spheres.

kulchnaui | Sun, 06/28/2009 - 16:02
banana's picture

An advice

Before switching to the heart, it is recommended for some time to observe the mind and its associated thinking process.

Doing so assists in the transition as the subject watching the mind is actually the consciousness associated with the heart. You will realize this when doing it and find it then much easier to do a successful switch as you, as the subject, has this way already some foot in the door of the heart.

banana | Sat, 06/27/2009 - 09:27
Phroggy's picture

More advice

There can be no switching. Mind and heart are in no way separate. Mind without heart is sterile and bound. Heart without mind is sentimental and superficial. A depth of both leads to intuitive insight, clarity, wisdom. No depth of either mind or heart is possible while one or the other is left bobbing on the surface. Bring all of yourself to the encounter with Self.

Phroggy | Sat, 06/27/2009 - 19:38
banana's picture

Different ways

As usually you are talking out of a background of an idealistic theory relating to the perspective of absolute reality (typical fallacy of Neo Advaita) which based on my experience proves to yield nothing. I've been there for a too long time. Still, your personal way is of course legitimate as long as you do not hide the central fact that it is based on a theory and not on direct experience or some undeniable truth.

I prefer experience and I try whatever exercise or meditation proposed before I put my opinion about it and even then I will put all awareness possible to make sure my opinion on the specific issue is isolated from theories I may currently be fond of.

If you dare to lay aside your beliefs for one moment and to simply try the switch proposed, you will see that it is possible the same way eating, drinking, feeling, walking, writing and other activities you are doing are possible and will you will witness the fruits of it.

banana | Sat, 06/27/2009 - 20:29
Phroggy's picture


You astound me! How could you possibly know what I do or don't experience, what is 'theory' and what is known to be true, what comes from a book and what comes from clarity? You are absolutely certain about something you could not possibly know.

There is nothing at all theoretical about what I wrote. If you think you can switch from mind to heart, you are deluding yourself, and self delusion is a trick of the mind. Spirituality has taught you to hate the mind, and so you're ripe for every trap ego can devise.

Phroggy | Sun, 06/28/2009 - 06:18
solomon's picture

It's so obvious :-)

It's so obvious :-)

solomon | Sat, 01/02/2010 - 14:47
solo's picture

The cave of the heart according to Ramana Maharshi

The heart center, is a translation of the Sanskrit word "hridayam".

According to Ramana Maharshi, this is where the Self is located. The I-thought rises from this location and, at the end of the process of self-inquiry, sinks back into it, causing self-realization. This idea goes back to the earliest Upanisads, where Brahman is found in the "cave of the heart".

solo | Wed, 07/01/2009 - 07:07
Elijah_NatureBoy's picture

Man's Objective Is Integrate Mind With Heart!

Christianity has the concept of new birth, in the self-reproducing environment we call it metamorphosis, which I've experienced realizing it isn't about not thinking but think and, before acting or speaking, inquire of our heart for conformation.

Our hearts are our all knowing lifeforces and the new birth is the process of reintegrating it with the flesh. It is also called intuition and what the Bible's Adam metaphor wove out of man which the new birth restores and teaches us to reason and intuit all things before acting.

We can only be reborn once we have experienced everything earth has to teach via reincarnation except what we must experience before, during and after being metamorphosed. It's like tadpoles, they swim maybe not knowing they will be metamorphosed until the tail began to shorten and legs grow. So it is with us, especially those of Christianity, we have heard about being born again but few have experienced it. When I was spiritually conceived I thought that was the birth according to the tradition but once I saw the drastic change in me during the last years as a new child I realized the new birth has to follow the metamorphosis similar to frogs.

What does that mean?
If you are are religious, spiritual, atheist, agnostic or anything you are what destiny require of you until your incarnation to become an eternal being. We cannot rush it as proselytizing does nothing but add to the confusion. Going to Gurus and meditation can bring some relief but you are still an incomplete woman meaning woven from man or human meaning incomplete man. Only a select few, the Bible calls Jews who ascends bodily from earth to the next plane, will metamorphose at any one time, everyone calling themselves Jews and don't ascend bodily from earth are deceived.

--Elijah "NatureBoy"-- Presenting SEEDS OF LIFE @

Elijah_NatureBoy | Tue, 05/22/2012 - 02:28