You’ve Gotta Have Heart! Anyone surprised at this title? For those who may not know, Rev. Bil Holton has just successfully gone through open heart surgery, for an aortic valve replacement and single bypass. It became very obvious to us these past two weeks how true the statement “You’ve Gotta Have Heart” is, from a literal sense! You’ve gotta have heart, and that heart has gotta be in good working order! And we are so grateful to all the surgeons, healthcare team, and medical ingenuity that has made it possible for Bil to “have heart!”
But there is so much more to that phrase, beyond the literal (just like scripture!). Consider the passage from Mark 11:23, which says: “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”
This passage is powerful, because it is telling us that as we face the challenges of the world of appearance, it is easy to perceive them as insurmountable in our minds (mountains). But when we stand in our Truth and affirm that we are stronger than any issue or challenge we might face (says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’) and say it with conviction and belief, we can walk through it in faith with grace and overcome.
But let’s pay particular attention to six powerful little words – no word exceeds 5 letters, and each word is only one syllable. The six words are: “does not doubt in their heart.” This is the key to manifesting the Truth of who you are! This is the key to abundant living! This is the key to living from a place of total connection with your Christ Self. Do not doubt in your heart!
From a metaphysical perspective, heart is the visible expression of an invisible center of consciousness. It is the center from which the divine substance is poured forth. We like to call it the Domain of the Divine. When we are using our heart centers, we send forth loving energy — light — that affects and impacts everyone and everything around us.
So, how can we live from a “Gotta Have Heart” mentality? Just think HEART, and from that consciousness, notice how it affects how you feel, and how others react and respond to you. When you live from a “Gotta Have Heart” mentality, you:
Let’s pull this acronym apart a little, starting with the verb: RESONATE. One definition of resonate means to have an effect or impact beyond that which is immediately apparent. This is what happens when we live from the Truth of who we are.
Let’s look at the formula for a minute, because it isn’t as simplistic as it sounds! Living from a “Gotta Have Heart” perspective is an intentional way of being … and it requires awareness and connection. It takes practice — but just like any activity improves with practice, so does “Gotta Have Heart” Living. There are three qualifiers to consider in the formula — and each qualifier offers you an adventure activity for the week:
Happily … this means that when you are doing something — ANYTHING — you come from a place of joy. You aren’t acting from an attitude of obligation or a sense of duty; you aren’t feeling like a martyr. You feel that reservoir of joy bubbling up from within you, and your entire being sends that joy out to others.
This week, as you find yourself facing responsibilities or duties that must be done, take a moment before you start. Breathe deeply, go to your heart center, and affirm: I go forth and do this with great joy! It seems like such a simple thing – but what you are doing is setting the intention; making the commitment. Then notice how that affects everything you do, as well as how others respond to you. When you live from a “Gotta Have Heart” attitude, you do what is yours to do Happily.
Enthusiastically — this means you are on the lookout for ways to let your light shine! You bring energy to what you do, and you allow the Divine Power of Zeal to underwrite your actions. I don’t mean you are bouncing off the walls! I mean you send out an energy of authenticity and passion, because you are using the gifts that are uniquely yours. Everything you do is accompanied by this powerful energy, because you only do what you are inspired to do, from your inner wisdom — that still small voice. Remember Charles Fillmore’s quote: I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm, and I spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that need to be done by me.”
This week, take time to truly identify what is yours to do, what are your gifts and how can you share them with the world; then spring forth with faith as you sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm in your actions — and notice how that affects everything you do, as well as how others respond to you. When you live from a “Gotta Have Heart” attitude, you do what is yours to do Enthusiastically.
Affirmatively — this means you consciously keep your mind filled with positive affirmations of Truth, and refuse to give any power to error thinking or the world of appearance.
This week, be aware of your thoughts, because your thoughts lead to your words, and your words impact others more than you can ever know. Look for opportunities to speak affirmative words of faith, of health, of support to others — and notice how that affects everything you do, as well as how others respond to you. When you live from a “Gotta Have Heart” attitude, you do what is yours to do Affirmatively.
When you really focus on doing what you do Happily, Enthusiastically, and Affirmatively, it really does Resonate Truth — a Truth that passes all understanding, and all misunderstanding! A Truth that sends out a light that encompasses everyone in its path — a Truth that creates a ripple effect, and continues long after you are gone. When you live from a “Gotta Have Heart” perspective, you are never the same — and no one with whom you come in contact is ever the same again. Everyone is lifted to a new level of Consciousness. And that’s how you walk the spiritual path on practical, “Gotta Have Heart” Feet!