Peak 116: I am awakening my Heart space

What is the ‘mastery of vibration’ involved in magnetising the heart space?

The vibration or frequency of magnetism has an effect: pull, open, uplift, raise up.

Think of the magnetic effect upon the heart as the opening of a lotus flower.

Unfurling, giving up, softening, revealing. Yes. Let’s read…

-52- All things under heaven had a common beginning, and that beginning could be considered the Mother of all things. When you know the Mother you will also know the children. Know the children, yet hold fast to the Mother, and to the end of your days you will be free from danger. Block the passages! Shut the doors! And, to the end of your days your strength will not fail you. Open the passages! Increase your activities! And, to the end of your days you will be beyond help. See the small and develop clear vision. Practise yielding and develop strength. Use the outer light to return to the inner light, and save yourself from harm. This is known as following the Always-so. (The Tao Te Ching 52)

At first I could see myself reacting against this stark and seemingly negating concept: Block the passages! Shut the doors! And, to the end of your days your strength will not fail you. Open the passages! Increase your activities! And, to the end of your days you will be beyond help. But let me put it to my heart for a Heart Check-in. Heart, what say you?

Body outline with three dantians illustratedHeart says: This passage is reminding you that you are a finite being, with boundaries that must be honoured and nurtured. The cracked pot can not fill up. The well-sealed, darkened cinema shows the film off to its best advantage. The dantian seeks to fill. The dantian seeks to fill – and hold qi. Try working with your Heart as a dantian which would charge as a battery and keep moving energy round in a sealed space, so that it recharges itself rather than expending itself. 

A reminder of the definition of Dantian (Wikipedia):

Dantiandan t’iandan tien or tan t’ien is loosely translated as “elixir field”, “sea of qi“, or simply “energy center”. Dantian are the “qi focus flow centers”, important focal points for meditative and exercise techniques such as qigongmartial arts such as t’ai chi ch’uan, and in traditional Chinese medicine.[1][2]

Three dantians

Different schools of thought categorize dantian in various manners. Three main dantian are typically emphasized:[1][2]

  • Lower dantian (下丹田, Xià Dāntián): below the navel (about three finger widths below and two finger widths behind the navel), which is also called “the golden stove” (金炉 pinyin: Jīn lú) or the namesake “elixir-of-life field” proper, where the process of developing the elixir by refining and purifying essence (jing) into vitality (qi) begins.[6]
  • Middle dantian (中丹田, Zhōng Dāntián): at the level of the heart, which is also called “the crimson palace”, associated with storing spirit (shen) and with respiration and health of the internal organs, in particular the thymus gland. This cauldron is where vitality or qi is refined into shen or spirit.[7]
  • Upper dantian (上丹田, Shàng Dāntián): at the forehead between the eyebrows or third eye, which is also called “the muddy pellet”, associated with the pineal gland. This cauldron is where shen or spirit is refined into wu wei or emptiness.[5][8]

What do I do with this information? I’ve never truly felt or sensed the dantians in all these years of on/off qigong.

You did when you practised qiong deeply.

Did I? At the qigong camp (2015)?

The deep practice changed you profoundly. 

Yes. True…

No, really. It was precisely what allowed you to ‘Block the passages! Shut the doors!’ (see TTC 52 above).


Leave your corporate job? Terminate the nonsense with your shocking business partner? Address your untenable financial/legal situations? Then retrain? All of that was bolstered and made possible by those 10 days of qigong. 

Tbh, it felt like a breakdown. It was a breakdown! That qigong camp precipitated a 2 year long mh breakdown!

Nothing else would cause you to stop, Block the passages! Shut the doors! and reorientate your life according to your prayers, plans and purpose. Moving from Head to Heart does indeed feel like a mh breakdown because the Head cries out ‘Crisis! Danger!’ as you leave its flawed Operating System behind. As you eject the Head from your personal Control Room, it storms out in a fit of fury throwing hand grenades behind it.

Whereas Heart’s OS..?

Pure Taoism. 

Aaaaaaaahhh! So this is why we’re studying Taoism! The Taoist ways are the Ways of the Heart.

The Tao is the Way. The Heart follows the Way. 

Whereas the Head would throw a distractifying party, way off the path of the Way…

So, more on letting Heart take the lead (in its non-leading Way)…

Bill Ballard writes: There is a choice that each must make. It is, “What do I wish to manifest from this illusion for my own future self to experience?” (The Great Awakening, Bill Ballard, 2012, p101)

To this, I say, I wish to shift into a Heart-centred paradigm.


I’m back after a couple of hours away. After the last line above I felt inclined to flick on to Twitter. There a tweet said emphatically: ‘Watch ‘The Game Changers’ on Netflix…’

So I did. ‘The Game Changers‘ is a documentary about plant-based athletes. I also watched the trailer for another film mentioned alongside – ‘Dominion‘. Oh my heart… It’s about the meat industry.   {:_-(

So here’s the thing. I’ve been essentially ‘plant-powered’ or ‘virtually vegan’ since 29th July 2019, largely thanks to reading Medical Medium. I’ve also been completely alcohol-free since 31st Dec 18. I can feel in me as I write and think about this topic, that this harm-free way of eating is an example of following the Heart-centred paradigm. It’s not fancy, clever or glamorous, and it takes daily (yes, daily) mental/spiritual discipline, especially when my loved ones are happy omnies/drinkers and I’m not getting the weight loss results I pine for (though I believe I am getting greater energy than before). So. What can I learn today? I said I wish to move into the Heart-centred paradigm. What am I to learn today?

Barriers, boundaries, decisions, non-drifting, eating protocols. The Heart is firm, disciplined and boundaried (with its own Person and with others) SO THAT it can be soft, yielding and infinitely loving. “Block the passages! Shut the doors!” is about kung-fu fighting against the non-Love. That takes real power, real strength. As the athletes found – eating steak slows you down; whereas a boundaried plant-based regime creates extraordinary results in humans. In the same way, being overly-open, overly-busy, greedy with life and food, and not gathering qi, slows you down.

Gather qi to the Heart. Hold it there. Pump prime the Heart. Gather power. 

My new cardio exercise classes like Zumba, 2-3 times a week – I sometimes sense my Heart ‘going along with it’ and rolling its eyes. Yet, I think it makes me stronger to do cardio… And more tired, also… Guidance?

In fairness, your Heart would love you to have a lifestyle which did not need artificial cardio. But, it is happy to accept the current new adjustments to 3 exercise classes a week. Done well, simple walking and qigong achieve the same results, but you know that. 

Ok. Well let’s keep flowing with the protocol of ‘some classes are better than none.’ I’m still experimenting with new classes – bravely, I might add!

Here’s the message for today: Your Heart is a living, breathing being, with a mind, consciousness and an agenda – just like you. Work with it. Gather qi into it, with your hands, your breath, your movement and most importantly, with your powerful intention to AWAKEN your Heart space to full consciousness, and to AWAKEN your consciousness to an awareness of your Heart space. 

I hear you. Ty.

I am awakening my Heart space. 

Try this:

Meditation: Awaken to HeartSpace (23:04 min)