The Bodily Location of Awakening

Could it be possible? Is there an actual, a literal bodily location of awakening? Or is this an over simplified fantasy? The wise and enlightened beings who wrote the Upanishads, and many of the other sacred teachings of the world, considered the heart to be the residing place of the Soul or True Self.

The effulgent Self, who is beyond thought, shines in the greatest, shines in the smallest, shines in the farthest, shines in the nearest, shines in the secret chamber of the heart.
- Mundaka Upanishad

The Lord of Love, omnipresent, dwelling in the heart of every living creature, all mercy, turns every face to himself. He is the supreme Lord, who through his grace moves us to seek him in our own hearts. He is the light that shines forever. He is the inner Self of all, hidden like a little flame in the heart. Only by the stilled mind can he be known. Those who realize him become immortal.
- Shvetashvatara Upanishad

The whole work of turning the light around uses the method of reversal. The beauties of the highest heavens and the marvels of the most sublime realms are all within the heart: this is where the perfectly open and aware spirit concentrates. Confucians call it the open center, Buddhists call it the pedestal of awareness, Taoists call it the ancestral earth, the yellow court, the mysterious pass, the primal opening.
- The Secret of the Golden Flower: The Classic Chinese Book of Life

We Are Not Lacking Anything!

I am a bit of a rebel. I have always refused to believe that any of us are lacking anything we need for wholeness and awakening. I do not feel that Truth or Awakening is a commodity that we need to pay for.

In the Hindu spiritual culture, the enlightened Guru is the authority who has the power to give shaktipat (spiritual energy) so as to catalyze a direct experience of God. In the Tibetan Buddhist lineages, the Lama will give the disciple the pointing out instructions. This means the Lama will transmit the direct experience of one’s True Nature directly to the student when he/she is ready.

What if we do not have a Guru to guide us in our awakening or to give us a transmission of shaktipat? What if we do not have the time it takes to prepare ourselves, or have access to a qualified Lama who will offer us the pointing out instructions?

The Teacher Within the Heart

Being the rebel that I am, using intensive meditation practice and deep spiritual study, I plunged into the depths of my being by myself, without a teacher at that time. After many years of practice and study, I had a direct experience of the Inner Teacher, the Guru, the Bestower of Life in the Heart. And indeed, this experience of Heart was found in the location of the center of the chest, exactly as all the teachings and teachers had stated!

The Good News

I have brought this experience and understanding into The SourcePoint Experience, always directing a person to the bodily location of the True Heart, the Soul, the Inner Guru. Based upon my personal experience, the profound experiences  people have when they touch the center of their own heart, as well as the ageless wisdom teachings contained in world scriptures, I have become confident there is indeed a bodily location of awakening. I am confident that with enough intimacy and care, with enough non-invasive compassion and mutual heart sharing, we can assist each other in reconnecting with the True Self or Teacher within the heart (also known as “alignment with the Soul”).

Consistent and Diligent Cultivation

Awakened Awareness, a Fearless Open Heart, Love and Wisdom…this is not a mystery. This is not a commodity we need to pay a teacher or a guru for. Nobody has a monopoly on the Heart or on Awakening. I want to remind everyone, that everything we are seeking and craving is most definitely located in the center of the chest in the Central Reality of Heart. However, the direct and consistent experience of this Truth does takes sincere practice and cultivation.