By Margaret Paul
How can we have this experience?
Sometimes we have this experience accidentally. We might be feeling particularly open - like when we are walking in nature or hugging a child or a pet. At those times, we might feel a wonderful warmth within our heart and a deep sense of wellbeing. Creative ideas or profound wisdom might pop into our mind when we are in this state. This is an experience of the Presence of Spirit.
But it is not enough for many of us for this to happen occasionally. We want this in our lives all the time. What can we do to consciously open ourselves to an experience of the Presence of Spirit?
The love, compassion, peace, joy, and truth that is Spirit is here all the time. It is what we live in and is the essence of what lives within us. But in order to experience it, we have to be open to it. Our hearts and minds have to be open to receiving the Presence of Spirit.
Whether or not we have an experience of the Presence of Spirit depends upon our INTENT. When our intent is to protect against pain by trying to control ourselves, others, and outcomes, our heart
closes. When our intent is to learn about loving ourselves and others, our heart opens. We cannot experience the Presence of Spirit when our heart is closed.
Our desire to learn with our Spiritual Guidance about loving ourselves and others opens the heart and invites in the Presence of Spirit. Our intent to learn is the most powerful doorway to the Presence of Spirit. Once you have chosen the intent to learn, there are other doorways that can facilitate the opening of the heart.
The choice to express gratitude and appreciation for the everyday blessings in our lives opens the heart. A sincere prayer of gratitude for the food you eat or the beauty of nature, or a sincere "thank
you" for another's kindness will open your heart and bring in the feeling of fullness and wellbeing that is the experience of the Presence of Spirit.
If you are having trouble opening to learning, you might try focusing on what you are grateful for and what you deeply appreciate. This may open your heart enough to move into learning about love.
When you choose to accept what is rather than continue to attempt to control things over which you have no control - such as how others feel about you or the outcome of things - you will feel a sense of inner peace. This opens the door to being able to learn about the part of you that keeps trying to control. Learning about the controlling part of you rather than judging this part of you opens
the heart and allows in the love and compassion of Spirit.
Kind acts toward your self and others will open the heart. Kindness is an invitation to the Presence of Spirit to fill your heart. Choosing kindness is a powerful doorway to the Presence of Spirit.
When you choose to express gratitude and appreciation, and you choose to accept yourself and others, and you choose to be kind to yourself and others, and you choose to open to learning about loving yourself and others - you will experience peace and joy, which are clear indications of the Presence of Spirit.