Awakening the Heart: 21 Ways to Follow Love's Message Paperback – 3 Aug 2017
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In his new book ‘Healing the Heart Chakra’ author Tony Cuckson answers a fundamental question in relation to this by showing us what it is to observe the heart.
One of the most profound and overlooked lessons in relation to the heart is how it sometimes follows the mind, yet leads at the same time.
The conclusions in this book show that what this means is that there is an active practice that can strengthen and become instinctive to us over time. If we can recognise these moments then the heart can offer a loving and beneficial lesson or solution to whatever it is that challenges us in our daily lives.
This book has an almost holographic nature in that it brings us into our most intimate selves and, if we choose to look honestly, we can see how we truly are, before expanding outwards and showing how this attitude affects our lives and those around us. By using this technique the author shows the connectedness of all things and how the healing or work done on a personal level becomes the catalyst for moving love outwards and into a more universal expression.
By using examples of art, poetry, the way of nature and personal experience the author reveals that there are always decisions of the heart available to us, if we can learn to observe them. The intelligence of the heart is powerful, yet subtle and elusive if we are deliberately choosing to avoid its wisdom.
Sometimes in life we don’t actually want to know what the heart is telling us and the author gives many examples of this seeming contradiction. The most powerful, though, is the example of what we manifest by ignoring the heart and maintaining a sense of separateness. Over and over we are shown how every human being desires and belongs to love. It is our natural state.
In ancient Egypt Thoth was associated with the Ibis bird because it represented the heart. Thoth was also associated with the moon as he was the one who brought wisdom to the world by reflecting the light of Ra, who was represented by the sun.
In a way, this book might also be represented this way as it does not offer to do the work for us; it instead presents the wisdom of someone who can point the way.
The way, though, is a path we have to travel personally in order to change.
What this means is that in order to open the heart we have to open ourselves.
It is not enough to read this book and say “There, now I’ve worked on my heart.”
This book is somebody else’s heart-work from which we can gain insight.
Throughout this book I kept visualising a mountain ahead of me at which the author was pointing. The mountain seemed to represent a destination or was possibly symbolic of the acceptance that the way of the heart takes dedication and is sometimes difficult to travel through. However, it is also a natural state and one that allows us to raise ourselves and see the world and ourselves in a new way.
Petrarch was an Italian scholar and poet whose whole philosophy and outlook was changed when he climbed Mount Ventoux and gained a new perspective on the world.
The story goes that when he reached the summit a copy of Augustine’s ‘Confessions’ fell from his pocket and his eyes were drawn to the passage, “And men go about to wonder at the heights of the mountains, and the mighty waves of the sea, and the wide sweep of rivers, and the circuit of the ocean, and the revolution of the stars, but themselves they consider not.”
So, in a way, I think that Tony Cuckson is showing us that the mountain is actually within ourselves and it might be composed of habits, fears, past rejections and damaging self belief. As I have mentioned, the author often uses his own personal stories to express this, as well as extensively quoting from ancient poetry and contemporary movies.
We are offered the invitation to take this path in this book and are shown the stages of transformation that we can learn to recognise as we journey.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough and, really, a review like this is extremely limiting in that the book is about experience and the personal choice to accept and attempt change rather than something to be copied.
Nobody can open our hearts until we have opened it ourselves and Tony Cuckson has written a beautiful and thorough explanation of how we can begin this process.
The book combines the mythic wisdom of Joseph Campbell with the human compassion and action of Christina Noble and is an essential spiritual classic.
What I like a lot is Tony's confidence through all of this. He does not try to justify what he says with too many references. I find too many good books are broken up too much by that practice. Tony does integrate words from others to give volume to his words. Often these are surprisingly from The Bible, but there's some Rumi, not surprising there, some Paul McCartney, and others plus some poems of Tony's beloved W.B. Yeats. How could it be an authentic Tony Cuckson book without some Yeats? :-)
One thing lacking, some illustrations, though many of us know that formatting illustrations into Kindle format can be very tricky.
What I suggest to any reader is to have this Kindle book on something portable, such as a Kindle Reader, iPad, iPhone and take this work outside into a forest, by some calming water, any place of natural peace. Then go through parts drawn to you. The synthesis would be very powerful and very understanding, and add much more value for you from this loving work.