Soteria International presentation at Spiritual Human Rights 2014 Conference

Concordia, or coherence of the hearts

The conflict can be solved by communion of the hearts and not by rearranging the same forces that have initially triggered the conflict.

As humans, we have our senses – they connect us with the material, outside world. We have our reason, that connects us with the subtle world of ideas. All our theses, positions, opinions, truths reffer to this mind of ours, this reason. The mind takes hold of what the senses provide and build for us the rational world we usually live in.

The french thinker Pascal though, in the 17th century, thought that us, as human being, are possesed of yet another organ that further expands our world, our knowledge: the heart. He reasons that when we are in love, or have done somthing terrible, or in other such cases, the reaction that we feel we experience it in the region of the heart, in the middle of our chest. Its not something you feel it belongs in the head, or in the feet – its something that’s connected to the heart.

As such, Pascal views the heart  as a cognitive facutly that is related to that plane or dimension of knowledge that reveals to us the truth about the existence of God, of the Soul, and the ideas of immortality, of freedom, of those spiritual aspects that the reson considers to be out limits.

In his search for a means to unify the reason and the heart, for a way to make these both work together, he found that to be the prayer. Praying is the way our heart thinks. In this way, the heart takes us from the limits of the horizon our reason has lead us to, and pushes us beyond, into the realm of the spiritual, where we can become aware of our Soul, our freedom, and of God. This ultimately allows us to transform, to evolve, in a spiritual manner, to transcend our mechanical nature, the inheritance of our bodies, of our minds, and to expand our consiousness in a free and conscient manner.

This refined faculty of knowledge that blossoms in us when we open our hearts its the domain of intuition, of the transcedental aperception of which Rene Guenon spoke, a direct means of introspection into the profound reality of our deep nature, and the nature of the world. This new dimension of knowledge transcends the mind, the reason, but it does not deny it. It takes us beyond the limitation of the mind, of the senses, of the affect, into a region that includes them into a bigger whole, into a more complete picture.

The fact that this transcending, this leap beyond reason is a necesary step can be also deducted form the conclusions that the brilliant austrian mathematician and logician Kurt Godel presented as this theorems of incompletness. In short, they state that in a formal system, there will always be some proposition that, although valid from a syntactical, formal point of view, and as such coherent with the system in which they are stated, they are nevertheless undemonstrable using the premises (the axioms and the rules of that partiuclar system). This can also be interpreted as stating that there can be no such system that can fully and thoroughly explain its domain, without asserting some truths that can never be demonstrated within the limits of that system.

As such, it renders to us an imperative for transceding the reason, the rational mind. If the mind can never fully demonstrate its vies, if it needs to accept some things as undemonstrable, this means that the mind itself begs to be transcended. And for this, the appropriate means is always the heart.

In itself, the heart, when activated, puts us into a position of harmony, of balance, of unity. For where the reason succeds by dividing, by drawing limits and separating things for the sake of clarity,, the heart succeds by unifying, by joining, by putting together, for the sake of real understanding. The motto of the heart, as an organ of knowledge, could be out as: You can never understand unless you become One with that which you seek to understand.

The conflict alwas involves separation, divison, antagonism. The conflict by itself reveals that it is rooted in the operations of the mind. To divide in order to understand is what the mind does. But doing so, the mind loses the integral perspective. The two parts that are in conflict are Parts. They dont have an independent, autonomouns existence. They are part of a bigger whole, and as such, they only make sense when the Whole is brought into view. In fact, we could say that conflict is necessary when the only organ of our knowledge that we use is the mind, because the mind by itself ignores the whole to better see the parts. It is only when we bring the heart into play that we remember about the whole, the One that, in itself, is the solution to the conflict. Because the conflict was just the effect of a limited perspective. The limitation of our point of view makes the conflict possible, by allowing us to see the parts as distinct, separated and independent. Turn the heart ot life, and the whole becomes apparent, and the conflict cesases to be.


An anecdotical example of such a situation where the heart allows us to transcend the conflict inherent in the positions of the reason it happened between 2 priests: Father Scrima went to Father Cleopa, two monastic forms of orthodoxy met. One form, that of father Scrima, which was cosmopolitan – he knew Arabic and in order to shock certain bigot prelates he would answer with Inshallah – with a form of orthodox monasticism in the country, in the highest area of spiritual life, represented by Father Cleopa. And they got to a conflict of definitions, as it happens often, but which was also a basic conflict, on the level of reason. And then Father Scrima told him – Father, please, let’s fall down on our knees and pray. In this way, he forced Father Cleopa to enter in the logic of the order of quality, of mercy, of the heart. They prayed and then they argued no more.

Regarding this way to communicate that involves the heart studies were conducted at the HearthMath Institute. They say that when hearts are in syntony, a state of harmony appears.

It is easy to see that conflicts appear on different levels of our society: between countries, religious groups, relatives, friends, lovers.  What is more, such conflicts, if left unresolved, usually go deeper into our inner being, and in time can lead even to unwanted physical effects: heart strokes, cerebrovascular accidents etc. We usually fail to notice that such occurrences can have as cause the myriad unsolved conflicts that we drag along with us, that we prefer rather to ignore then to solve. We can look away from them, but we can't avoid their effects, no matter what their nature is.

Regarding this way to communicate that involves the heart studies were conducted at the HearthMath Institute. They say that when hearts are in syntony, a state of harmony appears.

“A number of important findings already have emerged. For example, changes in the earth’s magnetic field are associated with changes in brain and nervous system activity; performance of athletic, memory and other tasks; sensitivity in a wide range of extrasensory perception experiments; synthesis of nutrients in plants and algae; the number of reported traffic violations and accidents; mortality from heart attacks and strokes; and incidence of depression and suicide. It’s interesting to note that changes in geomagnetic conditions affect the rhythms of the heart more strongly than all the physiological functions studied so far.

While it is not difficult to conceive that life-forms embedded in the earth’s magnetic fields could be affected by modulations in these fields, it is a more far-reaching proposition to suggest that the earth’s fields can be influenced or modulated by human emotions. Nevertheless, GCI researchers theorize that when large numbers of humans respond to a global event with a common emotional feeling, the collective response can affect the activity in the earth’s field. In cases where the event evokes negative responses, this could be thought of as a planetary stress wave, and in cases where a positive wave is created, it could create a global coherence wave. This perspective is supported by research at the Institute of HeartMath, which has shown that emotions not only create coherence or incoherence in our bodies, but, like radio waves, also radiate outward and are detected by the nervous systems of others in our environment. ( ) "