Gateway to the Spirit
"In the middle of the garden, God put the tree that
gives life. And he put there the tree that gives the
knowledge of good and evil ... 'But you must not eat
the fruit from the tree which gives the knowledge
of good and evil. If you ever eat fruit from that
tree, you will die!'" - Genesis 2: 9, and 16-17
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate
and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and
many enter through it. But small is the gate and
narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few
find it. - Matthew 7: 13-14
These two passages from the two Testaments have a unified message. You must choose between two ways of living. One way leads to fulfillment -- the other, disaster.
Symbolically, the tree that gives life is the divine Spirit within man and the tree that provides a knowing of good and evil is the polarized mind of man.
Every human mind or ego-consciousness is critical of and judgmental toward everything and everyone. For it is the very nature of the mind to function in the realm of duality or opposites, such as right and wrong, good and bad. A human being develops, through the central nervous system, its own way of thinking, which is logical and rational within its own domain. Indeed, every other individual mind will do likewise. But each system of logic and rational thought does not ever duplicate completely the logic and rational thinking of another.
Therefore, we often ruffle each other's feathers. Relationships can become somewhat unhealthy when two minds are on different wavelengths. Happiness in the mind is about being right, or doing good. It is not that the human intellect is intentionally dys-functional, but limited to a particular way of perceiving. The physical body receives information or data by way of its five senses, which must then be interpreted by its brain.
There is another way, you know -- a better way. It is the way of the heart, for it is the gateway to the Spirit. The heart does not operate through the mind, nor is it secondary to it. It is located in the center of the upper torso.
The heart should not be understood merely as a repository for feelings. It is an intelligence system capable of synthesizing and integrating a wide range of energies and emotions into a gestalt of wholeness. Heart-intelligence, being holistic in function, is far superior to the mind.
The heart is our direct link to God and the open door through which the Spirit of Love expresses. When allowed to do so, it maintains a level of wellness of which the mind can not even begin to comprehend. In its proper place, the mind becomes the servant to the heart and to the Spirit, which brings true ful-fillment to its beloved.
The Heart-Meditation Experience is the narrow road that leads to the fulness and richness of life.
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
May 1, 2004