A Bridge to the Heart
Marie Teresa McDaid
A bridge provides connection and passage from one point to another, and spans over obstacles that are difficult to pass. In my hometown, we have a beautiful Peace Bridge that spans from the east to the west bank. The purpose of this bridge was to connect and improve relations between two communities of different religious backgrounds after many years of conflict. When it was completed, some people found it difficult to face the reality of change around amnesty. They found it hard to adapt to a new way of being after unchanged thinking for generations. However, as more people took a leap of faith and crossed the bridge, they gave hope and confidence for others to follow, which brought movement towards change, unity and peace.
“What is being worked out in one sphere is repeated in millions of spheres.
What you see with the planets, the same will it be with this earth, with men, and with all.”
– Swami Vivekananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Sometimes it takes years of living with discontentment before we find something that can help us move forward and live a more balanced existence. In the fast pace of life today, we have become more absorbed in the material world; distracted in many ways, we hope these things will bring us ultimate happiness. The mind dominates our lives and gradually we drift and lose connection with our inner heart, where our Beloved resides. Our thoughts, words and actions become detrimental to ourselves and everything around us, their effects lingering and accumulating around the subtle heart, polluting its beauty. The weight of these burdens eventually overwhelms the system as we struggle from day to day with inner torments. After years of wandering around these empty places, we become weary travelers who sit at the door of our heart seeking refuge within. As we peer into the inner caverns, we plead for help. To get over this impasse, we may need to take a leap of faith, with the support and guidance of something we trust.
– Babuji, Complete Works vol. 5, p. 163.
I was at this stage that I found that ‘something’, which was Heartfulness. Heartfulness helps me bridge the gap from the door of my heart to its inviting inner chambers, where the Beloved awaits to welcome me home. It walks with and sometimes carries me safely across the bridge, unconditionally accepting and loving me as one of His creation. The practice cleanses and purifies those aspects of me I have become entangled in, gently releasing the knots of inner struggle and fine tuning my system like a musical instrument. It helps me transform the obstacles I have created, as well as the other aspects of my existence. I feel my entire system is synchronizing with the wider world and universe beyond the façade of the material one.
Most beautifully, it has reconnected me to those forgotten places within my heart that teach me something new every day. As the transmission of pure, unconditional love nourishes our hearts, a natural state of love starts to manifest within and without. We build and extend our bridge towards the inner heart using our will and the practice; bound by love, together we work towards the goal of our inner transformation and to reach the shores of our divine home. This is a daily work in progress that requires interest and regularity, for the rewards are great. There are many more crossings to make before we get to the destination. As we are all moving toward the same place, may we build and share bridges of love from heart to heart amongst ourselves and in our communities, worldwide.