The Multidimensional Heart-based Consciousness

Our true self in Divine unity is a heart-based consciousness. This dimension of our being is nondual, nonlocal, and beyond time and space. Our true self of the heart is assisted by the mind to express our consciousness within the world. When unencumbered by the fear-based conditioning, this is the human level of being, that uses intention to create from the goodness, peace, and joy of the self in Divine unity.

In the physical world of time and space, we also live from a dimension of consciousness that experiences parts of reality through our sensory system and reason. While this level of awareness is intrinsic to our earthly journey, by itself it is a very narrow band of consciousness. The conditioning and programming of our fear-based consciousness and culture restricts our consciousness to an ego identity to sensory and rational mind levels of awareness.

As we heal and transform to the heart-based consciousness of the true self, the impediments restricting us to an identity with a narrow band of consciousness are released. However, transforming to a unitary consciousness does not necessarily shift the totality of consciousness outside the physical sensory and rational band.

In our multidimensional being, sensory and reasoning consciousness exists simultaneously with the infinite and eternal heart-based consciousness. The transcendent consciousness of the true self is beyond time and space, but it is also immanently present within time and space. Within this consciousness, sense and reason can be experienced, but they are no longer identified with the self. The consciousness of the true self is now understood to be infinite, peaceful, creative, joyful, and nondual. Now, the narrow band of sense and reason is not misidentified as the whole of conscious awareness.

Because of the experience of the multidimensional nature of our heart-based consciousness, we can have a clear awareness of current reality in sense and reason and not be indentified with it. This multidimensional nature of our consciousness is at the heart of our ability of creative intention. We can live from the pure consciousness of our intentions beyond time and space (in the now of already present) while we have a clear awareness of appearances without identifying with them.

A Synthesis of Mystical Transformation and Creative Intention

In my work of developing a new vision of mystical transformation and spiritual creativity, I unite two significant worldviews or ways of transforming. The first is the depth understanding of the mystical traditions, the second is the metaphysics of the heart and mind’s creative intention.

In the depth of the mystical traditions, we transcend the ego consciousness toward the true self in Divine unity by healing our fear based conditioning, intergenerational transmissions, childhood wounds, and traumas. In order to heal and transform, we are primarily developing and practicing an observing or witnessing consciousness of the heart and mind. Through meditation, we open to the Divine presence, and the peace, energy, and goodness of the true self. This way of healing our unconscious conditioning through contemplative oriented practice enables a vertical growth to a higher consciousness. This is the mystic self of a unified nondual consciousness and being.

Along the mystical path of healing and transforming, the goal of the journey is enlightenment to our true self in Divine unity. This is our infinite and eternal being and consciousness in the physical dimension as well as the transcendent spiritual dimensions. This pathway of the mystical and esoteric tradition expresses the depths and heights of the work of transforming consciousness. Much of this work is the diligent focus on meditation, psychology, allowing the unconscious to become conscious, and detaching from negative thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.

In the depth aspect of the mystical tradition, our emphasis is on healing our negative conditioning that is expressed in thoughts, emotions, and actions. As we are opening to the heart-based consciousness of the true self, we are healing the impediments that prevent the awareness of freedom, peace, cooperation, love, and creativity.

However, to incorporate our creative intention, we must shift to a height orientation that places the emphasis on the goodness of results and not on the problem. Here, we have the modern tradition of the New Thought movement and a science of consciousness and subtle energies. The emphasis is on the infinite creativity of our true self in Divine unity. The intention of human creativity lives from the consciousness of the new and allows action to bring the good desire into physical reality. Along the path of creative intention, our goal is to be creators through the Divine action of health, happiness, prosperity, and abundance.

At first, these two major traditions may appear paradoxical. The mystical tradition often focuses on healing the negative conditioning as we transform to a higher mystical consciousness, while the creative tradition deemphasizes the problem and focuses on the goodness of our desire, true self, and creativity. The paradox arises because we understand that we must focus on healing our fear-based ego impediments in order to creatively intend, but we cannot creatively intend if we are fixated on the negativity of our problems.

In the new vision of mystical transformation and spiritual creativity, we are synthesizing both traditions into a new unified way. In this vision of transforming and creating, we focus on the solution in a way that we are aware of the negative problems of deeply unconscious fear conditioning without focusing on the problem.

Jesus focuses on healing and transformation with an understanding that our ordinary consciousness is not free–i.e., “You must be born from above” and “you will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (John 3:7, 8:32). He describes certain aspects of the discipline in healing the wounded self by a persistent effort to deny the ego’s misguided ways to fill a false sense of lack,i.e., “let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

Within the current reality of the negative fear conditioning, Jesus emphasizes the shift in consciousness to the creative light. He says, “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).

He teaches that a transforming life in creative intention will express the goodness of the true self in Divine unity–i.e., “will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these” (John 14:12).

A unified life of mystical transformation and creative intention is the way of healing and expressing our true self of love and creativity. Jesus sums up this message in saying, “I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

Beyond the Darkness and into the Light

Our fear-based conditioning develops our ego consciousness. This is our identification with our relative mind’s memories, defenses, negative thoughts and feelings. It operates like a computer software program always scanning present situations for past results or projecting fears into the future. This level of our mind and body consciousness proceeds from a sense of lack and separation from wholeness. As long as we maintain any level of the fear consciousness, we inhibit our full capacity to intend, love, and create. The ego conditioning always carries a degree of the darkness.

Our true self is our heart-based consciousness of good desire, love, light, joy, and peace. Being in the heart is living in the now. When we are within the heart, the fear-based mind programs of past situations or the constant evaluation of fears projected forward cease their activity. The heart is the center of intention where we create from good thought and feeling of what just “is.”

As we pursue the journey of transformation, we gain increasing moments where we enter the heart and the ordinary mind does not interfere. However, it is still a battle of shifting strengths between the intensity of light that we can hold in our hearts and the powerful fears that have been conditioned within the mind. Can these fear-based mind programs be entirely uninstalled like software? And if “yes,” what is the process of change and transformation that accomplishes this whole new consciousness and way of being?

In the prologue of the Gospel of John, he says that “the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5). This is our new being in Christ where our consciousness is always in the light of the Divine energy within the heart. This infinite nondual energy is then expressed throughout all our dimensions of heart, mind, and body. In this consciousness, the darkness is no more-“he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

For us in our present journey, the dispelling of the darkness is a process, not an instantaneous shift. As our intentional consciousness becomes the norm, we will not have the long persistent effort of transformation. But at present, transformation usually takes place over time through a continual strengthening of the capacity to be in the present moment of Divine light regardless of the current sensory obstacles and past experience.

It can be viewed as the paradoxical dilemma of what comes first, the chicken or the egg. We need to open to a greater intensity of Divine light and energy in order to overcome the darkness, but our ego mind programs act as a drag to letting the light in. Thus, the journey is like a continual process of lessening the darkness and increasing the light. Here, we practice prayer, meditation, self-observation, and making conscious the unconscious fear conditioning.

The process of transformation is experienced as a resolving polarity. We must gain greater awareness of our fears, thoughts, emotions, and actions that emanate from the ego consciousness. As the unconscious fears, negative beliefs, and negative emotions are brought into awareness, we must also hold our developing heart-based consciousness. We are strenghthening the heart consciousness to open to greater intensities of light and love. When in the heart, “perfect love casts out fear” (cf. 1 John 4:1).

As we are learning to live in the heart, we begin to alternate, or oscillate between the heart consciousness of love and the ego consciousness of fear until the increasing light dissolves the polarity. In his work of Somatic Experiencing, Peter Levine describes alternating between a trauma vortex and a healing vortex. This is another way of communicating the light and darkness polarity. The journey requires persistent practice because the fear-based consciousness restricts our openess to generate enough light to completely cease the operation of the ego consciousness. As we become more aware, we oscillate between the ego conditioning and the heart consciousness at faster and faster speeds until we simultaneously hold the core of fear in the fullness of Divine light.

For thousands of years of history and what we understand of our prehistory, humans have had a consciousness of fear along with the creativity of love. This has been our experience in this dimension of the physical universe under the duality of the knowledge of good and evil. David Sereda in his book Singularity talks about overcoming the inertia that exists within consciousness, our bodies, and physical matter. In the light of Divine love, there is no resistance of time and space. Therefore, there is no fear, conflict, or separation within the unity of the heart.

When our undefended fears are brought to full awareness with the full consciousness of the strength of the Divine light in our heart, the darkness disappears. Step by step the many aspects of the fear-based ego consciousness are brought to awareness in our increasing light of the heart. The intention of our transformation is to realize the complete cessation of the fear consciousness to become the true self in Divine unity that is infinte love and creativity. Jesus says, “no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above” (John 3:3).

Living from our Creativity

The fear-based consciousness of our ordinary dualistic mind lives from the memory of the past. Because we are conditioned in a fear-based consciousness and culture that is the inertia of the knowledge of good and evil, the mind gravitates toward the negative. In this way, when we place our attention on a problem, we are continuing the mind’s focus on the past. Under a dualistic mind, we live from the past and thus fear the future.

The ego personality represents the dualistic mind and all the defenses and adaptations that we use to lessen the anxiety of fear and doubt. However, the ego only uses conflict to overcome conflict. The result is continuing conflict. How do we break outside of the fear-based cycle of conflict and separation? We must shift to a unitary heart-based consciousness. In the unity of the heart, our consciousness is transcendent. Only here do we go beyond past and future and into presence.

As human beings, we create from unity. From a consciousness beyond conflict, we have the freedom to allow change to emanate into our physical reality. Intention, creation and change always begins with the vision of the answer or solution. This vision is not reduced to a thought, feeling, or physical sense. Intention uses these processes, but from a transcendent consciousness that is nonlocal nondual, and centered in the heart.

This is the heart-based consciousness that is beyond time and space, and past and future. In this consciousness, the intention “is.” Therefore, there is no conflict, separation, or doubt. Here, we are living from creation. From the heart, our love and creativity is infinite in the Divine energy. Intention through a transcendent consciousness is a vision of the heart that sees persons healed, loving relationships, successful businesses, etc. Anything that furthers the loving abundance of humanity.

Quantum physics has understood the effect of the observer in the creation of experience and reality within our physical universe. This science says that the observer collapses the wave of infinite possibility into the particles of physical reality when we look. This looking is not seeing with the physical senses or the mind, but a transcendent seeing from the heart. When we look from this dimension, we allow the infinite intelligence of Divine action to collapse the wave into the physical dimension.

As we continue to let go of the ego’s need to control, our attention will be focused on our intentions within the transcendent consciousness of the heart. We will go about our activities in the unity of the present and not in the conflict of attaching to the duality of the past and future. We will allow the translation of the nondual intention to manifest in our physical universe according to the wisdom of its time and place. We will live from our creativity.

Intention–Directed or Nondirected?

Human intention is a blend of directed and nondirected attention and action. It is often difficult to put into practice because our ordinary relative conciousness divides intention as either a human directed effort or a nondirected surrender to Divine action without human input. In addition, the ordinary fear-based consciousness cannot effectively intend because of unconscious negative emotions and thought patterns.

In truth, human intention is both directed and nondirected. In order to fully express our intention, our awareness must be united with our heart dimension in the Spirit. Intention is not of the ego personality, it is of the soul in the Spirit of Divine energy.

At the soul level, we move beyond fear and into a consciousness of love. Here, there is no opposition between directed human attention and Divine action. They both play a synchronous role in the creation that is intention. Human intention from the true self directs human desire and intention in love, and through nonattachment allows the Divine action to create the intention into the experience of reality. Jesus said, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). Thus, intention is both a directed and a nondirected action from the consciousness of the true self in Divine unity.

Intention from the Heart

The center of human intention is within the heart. There, in the Spirit, we are outside of time and space where fear and doubt cannot enter. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you” (Mark 11:23). Jesus is saying that the heart is the center of intention. The heart is the key to human intention because it is only there that we find love and the Spirit.

In this one statement, Jesus conveys the complete context for the consciousness of human intention–there are no limits to what we can intend, we must be beyond fear and doubt, we must be in the heart, we must love, and we must trust in the grace of the Spirit. He continues, “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). Intention is from the heart in the Spirit with the congruence of the mind, emotions, feeling, and body. This state of being is conveyed in the meaning of the words “believe that you have received it.”

The gift of human intention and spiritual creativity is a glorious gift that is the essence of our true humanity. Jesus teaches its broad scope and its simple unified qualities. However, the complexity of human wounds in a fear based culture often inhibit us from living in the heart dimension where intention is activated. Unconscious patterns of thought and emotion can keep us in the negativity of the fear conditioned false self ego personality. Therefore, at this stage in our humanity, intention and healing work together.

While healing and transforming to our true self in the heart dimension (where intention becomes reality) can be a challenging and winding road, it is imperative to know that intention is ultimately our gift as human beings in divine union. It is where we are all journeying to the fullness of the true self of love and creativity.