7/2 Intro to Healing the Heart for Total WholenessTotal Wholeness

Welcome back!  We are discussing the subject of Total Wholeness on this blog.   What does the term mean and how do we achieve Total Wholeness?  Continue with us as we explore the concept of the Heart!

A. Review and Introduction to the Heart

So far in our Total Wholeness blog, we have pictured the seven parts of our personality much like how a business runs its ‘Boardroom’.  For the vast majority of people, their Boardroom is out of harmony, in conflict or even in guerrilla warfare between the members.

True peace and harmony – or Total Wholeness – results when we first understand these seven parts.  Next, as we journey in our own Boardroom, how do our parts function together?  Finally, just how do we find the peace that leads to wholeness?

So far we have covered the all-important function of ‘the Mind’.  That is the logically, rational part of our personality.  It’s the ‘…just do it’ problem solving voice you hear when you get stuck and want a solution.  The Mind is often the one who over-rides the emotions, the heart and any other part of you that gets in the way of ‘…just get it done…’.

Next, we explored ‘the Will’ whose job it is to bring action once a decision is made.  However, as we saw, the will can be crippled, weak or the opposite, so strong that everything is subject to the Will.

From here, we discussed one of the least understood members of your Boardroom, ‘the human spirit’.  Even though this is ‘the real you’, we know little about the purposes, functions and hindrances for the human Spirit.  We did discover however, that it is your spirit and the Holy Spirit who are meant to be ‘in charge’ of your personality to bring Total Wholeness.  Have you begun that journey is the ‘$24,000 question’!

Next we examined ‘the Conscience’.  We saw that this member of your Boardroom can be re-trained and re-adjusted to live in what every society you know.  This member is particular strong when we listen to condemnation and the drive for perfection – rather than hear the quiet, gentle voice of our Creator.

B.  So what will we discuss?

Now, we come to the Fifth member of your personality, the Heart.

We gave you an introduction way back at the beginning of this blog.  This part has the biggest ‘voting shares’ in the Boardroom as the pull of the heart is at the centre of all that comes from you.  So join us now as we concentrate on what is the Heart.  How does it influence our life?  What is the condition of our Heart?  Then, how do we bring it to wholeness?

C.  What exactly is ‘the Heart’?

1.  What do we mean by the Heart?

a.  The Heart is the Source of our whole being.

We live out of what is in our heart.  It is the source of our actions, thoughts, motives, judgements, expectations, dreams and hopes, Romans 10:6, Hebrews 3:12, 2 Peter 2:14, Matthew 2:8, John 2:25, Proverbs. 51:10, Matt. 12:34b, Proverbs 18:21. The heart is an unconscious, hidden part of us.

b.  We can not see what is in our Heart.

The psychiatrist Sigmund Freud talked about the ‘unconscious’, an area of personality we don’t know about consciously.  Freud maintained that the unconscious caused us to do things that we may not understand.  When Sigmund Freud talked about the unconscious, subconscious, I believe he was talking about ‘the heart’, that inner part of us that is buried, hidden and easily swayed by desires we allow to control us.

I think he was referring to the Heart but he wouldn’t have used those terms.  It’s an area that is hidden from us, just under the surface of our motivations, dream, hopes, desires and what we think about others.

c.  It’s the Storeroom of Pleasures and Pain:

Another way to see the Heart is like a mansion with lots of rooms.  The Heart stores all the memories of childhood, of good and not so good memories and all our past events. This includes all the various things we value, worship and ‘feed on’ for life, Luke 2:19, Matthew 6:21.  These are what the Old Testament calls ‘idols’ and often stop us from hearing from God.

Some of these rooms we know about, but the majority is hidden from our awareness, in our ‘unconscious’.  It is possible to visit these rooms; we’ll discuss this more in later posts.

d.  The Heart is also like a Sponge:

Whatever our Heart was exposed to as a child, it will pick up and hold onto.  If I lived with negative, hurting words, my Heart soaked these up – often to believe even today.  What I expose my Heart to in the present, it will also soak it up.

If it is good things, my Heart will hang onto good things.  If I allow my Heart to be exposed to negative, harmful thoughts and actions, this too will remain in my Heart.  It does not have the ability to discern good and bad.

2.  All of Life’s Issues come out of the Heart

We can use the word ‘heart’ both to describe the inner, physical organ, as well as the whole being.  The Old Testament talks about the Heart as ‘the governing centre of all the responses of our life’, Proverbs 4:23, Luke 6:45.

The word ‘heart’ in the New Testament is used in a similar way, meaning our ‘inner man’.  All the issues and essential motivations of our life are found in here.  The heart has judgements, expectations and its own way of looking at things. We actually live out of what is in our heart.   We keep our secret hopes, expectations, and dreams in our heart.  These can be what the Bible defines as ‘idols’ in Ezekiel 14:3, Mark 7:20-23, James 3:14-15.  We too must guard against idolatry, 1 John 5:21.

D.  Only God can see the Heart

1.  God wants to help us understand our Heart.

God searches the heart and one day we will be judged according to what He finds in our heart, Jeremiah 17:10, 23-24, Psalms 94:11, 15:26, Proverbs 6:18, Matthew 9:4, 15:19, Romans 8:27.

a.  We can learn to find out what is in the Heart.

Only God can see our heart to know what’s there.  We need to learn to work with our Creator to help us in this journey to find out what is in the heart.  He is not deceived by our outward appearances.  In fact, He will judge us according to what is in our hearts, rather than by our actions.

Our Heart can be in different ‘conditions’: rebellious, fearful, callous, darkened, anxious, hardened and so on.  It also can be touched by God, cleanses, wise, glad, loves the Lord, sincere and taught to seek God.

There are many ways to find out what is in our Heart.  We’ll cover some of these ways in later posts, along with how to bring healing to a hurt Heart.

b.  Then, we are responsible to learn to guard our Heart.

When we learn how to clean out our Heart, then we have to learn to guard it, Philippians 4:7. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV).  Much like a ‘sponge’; it will soak up whatever comes our way.

The heart can’t discriminate.  We need our mind and spirit to filter what gets into our heart.  That is why the heart has to be ‘guarded’, Mark 7:21, Romans 1:24-25, Proverbs 20:9.

This has been a short introduction to the concept of ‘the Heart’.  Join us on our next post to see how the Heart works and how we can find out what’s in our own Heart.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author



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