GITEN ON LOVE
June 22, 2012
An excerpt from Swami Dhyan Giten's book: The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction of Giten's Approach to Life
Love is not an exclusive relationship with another person; love is the quality that arises when we are in contact with our inner being, with our authentic self, with the meditative quality within, with the
inner silence and emptiness. This inner emptiness is experienced by others and is expressed on the outside as love. This love is not addressed to a specific person; it is a presence and quality that surrounds a
person like a fragrance.
The human heart is a healer, which heals both other people and ourselves. The open heart is like a fountain, which no longer makes any distinction between: "I like you – I do not like you". The open heart
does not make any difference between friends and enemies. The open heart is open both for ourselves and for other people. The open heart is unconditional love.
Intuition is our true inner voice, the ever-present inner source of love, truth and wisdom, and the silent Existential voice within ourselves. Through the intuition, we are in contact with the Whole.
Our heart is the door to allow Existence to guide us – instead of being directed by our own ideas, attitudes and preconceived expectations of how life should be.
When our heart is closed, it can create a lonely and isolated feeling together with the attitude: "Nobody loves me" or "Nobody cares about me", which can make it hard for other people to love us.
The basic problem with the world is that there is too much hate and too little love.
The fourth level of consciousness is placed in the middle of the heart. The fourth level of consciousness is the human heart. The heart relates to unconditional love and acceptance both for ourselves and
for other people. The heart relates to qualities such as empathy, joy, acceptance, trust, intuition, understanding, compassion, playfulness, healing, friendship, sincerity and a sense of oneness in love.
The human heart has both an active and outgoing quality and a receptive and ingoing quality. The outgoing quality is active love and the ingoing quality means to allow both others and ourselves to love us.
Love is not an exclusive relationship with another person; love is the quality that arises when we are in contact with our inner being.
A silent revolution of the heart happens when we begin to care about another person and it is a joy to put the needs of the other person before our own needs. It is on the consciousness level of the heart
that we begin to develop the awareness and sensitivity, which makes us begin to care about another person.
When our heart is closed, it creates a lonely and isolated feeling. It prevents us from seeing the love that surrounds us all the time. It is when we begin to open our heart that we discover a feeling of
oneness in love with other people, with nature, with the trees, with the stones, with the ocean and with the blue sky.
I remember when I had a painful relationship with a woman and did not know what I wanted to do with the relationship. Then I closed my eyes and asked my own intuition, my inner source of love and truth,
Existence within myself, what I should do with the relationship. The answer that came in a silent whisper was: "Focus on love, not on a specific person."
It is on the consciousness level of the heart that we begin to understand that we are not separated from life. We begin to understand that we are not small separate islands in a great ocean, but that life
is one and that we all are small parts of the Whole. We begin to understand what is really important and meaningful in life. It is on the consciousness level of the heart that we begin to understand that
life is about sharing, rather than hoarding. We begin to understand that life is about giving, rather than taking.
Above the consciousness level of the heart, we need a teacher and a guide. It is somebody who "knows", who has walked further on the path than us and who can guide, encourage and inspire us. There is an
Indian saying: "When the disciple is ready, the teacher occurs."
Our heart is actually already open, but it is our judgments about others and ourselves that keep it closed. When we stop judging others and ourselves, our heart begins to open. The way to healing is to
learn to love and accept ourselves unconditionally. It means to embrace both our positive and negative sides with love. It means to love everything that we find inside ourselves. Healing happens when we
bring everything that we find inside ourselves out into the light.
The Silent Whisperings of the Heart: Trust is a requirement for love. Without trust, love becomes without depth. It becomes like a plastic rose, instead of a fresh and alive rose. Even if some people
will use and betray our trust, it is not a reason to allow them to undermine our basic trust in life. It is better to allow some people to betray our trust than to not allow our basic trust in life to
develop. Many people are also so sleeping and unconscious that they do not even know what they are doing. Even if we feel hurt, disillusioned and disappointed with people, try to give them love. One
criterion for spiritual maturity is that we begin to give love, instead of needing love.
The really poor are those that think that money is the meaning of life. When we lack love in our life, money becomes a substitute.
Love is to eat pizza with our beloved even though we hate pizza.
We have been taught to love others, but not to love ourselves. But how can we love others if we do not love ourselves first? The ABC of love is that we first need to love ourselves before we can love anybody else.
Exactly as the rhythm of the in breath and out breath of the physical body, love has also two poles: to give love and to allow ourselves to be loved. Some people can easier give love, while others can
easier be loved. But for our love to be whole, we need to learn to both give love and allow ourselves to be loved.
Love and fear are two sides of the same coin. In the absence of love, fear arises. In the light of love, fear disappears. Fear is a contraction of our life energy together with a feeling of loneliness
and isolation. Love creates an expansion of our life energy together with a feeling of love, joy and belongingness with life.
Love is the strongest force there is. There is no stronger healing power than love. Love is pure magic. Love transforms people without really does anything. The mere presence of love transforms people.
There is nothing more holy than love since love makes people whole.
Love accepts a human being as she is. Love creates the freedom for a human being to be who she is. Love creates the relaxation, which helps a person to relax into her own inner being, into her own authentic self.
Love allows us to appreciate the beautiful being we already are.
Love is not an exclusive relationship with another person; love is the quality of our inner being. It is to discover the source of love deep within ourselves, which is our true nature.
In the depth of our heart, we already know that we are perfect as we are. In the depth of our inner being, we already know that life is perfect as it is.
Love is the most valuable gift we can give to another person. What we need to do is to open our heart and release our love to the world, to the people, to nature, to the animals, to the trees and to the
sky – and this love will be returned a thousand times to us.
The basic fear with love is that love is larger than ourselves.
Love means to realise that we are one with life. Real love means to realise that we are one with the other person, one with nature, and one with the trees, the stones, the earth and the blue sky. It
means to realise that all of life is God.
--- Written by Swami Dhyan Giten
SWAMI DHYAN GITEN, therapist, course leader and author, has more than 30 years of experience in individual counseling and in teaching awareness and meditation. He is trained in both modern psychology and
in classic Eastern methods for awareness and meditation in USA, Italy, Sweden and India. He received further education in advanced spiritual psychotherapy at Institute for Spiritual counseling and Training
in USA and Academy of Meditation in Italy.
Since he began to meditate when he was 15 years old, he has dedicated his life to the study and exploration of the inner journey in order to move out of his own way, to be in a flow, and to discover the
authentic inner being, the meditative quality within, the inner silence and emptiness, the capacity to surrender to life.
Giten's first professional passion when he was 15 years old was to become an actor. After training as an actor, he worked as an actor until he was 23 years old. Working as actor taught him a lot about life
and to emphatically understand the situation and life of other people, since acting is really a spiritual occupation. It taught him about spirituality, since working as an actor means to play a role totally,
while at the same time as you know deep down that you are not the role you are playing.
After working as an actor for a number of years, Giten began to understand that his early passion for theater was really an unconscious search for a spiritual discipline. When he realized this, he began to
feel a thirst to work with people in a more direct way in awareness and meditation.
In 1982, when Giten was 23 years old, he was directed by the Divine presence in a trance session with the American trance chancellor Lin David Martin: "You have listened to your intuition, to your true inner voice,
more than most. You have been searching for the contact with the Spirit for a long time and now it is beginning to manifest on the outer plane. You have been gifted many times in previous embodiments and now
everything will come rather easy for you. I want you to put your energy into the lives of others, because you can."
His three creative areas to express the mysteries of meditation in outer form are teaching, writing and painting. His meditative art is internationally recognized and have been nominated for the international
art exhibition The Florence Biennale in Italy, which is arranged in cooperation with The United Nations
He is author of the book in Swedish Meditationens Sång - Om meditation, relationer och kreativitet (Solrosens forlag, 2001, available from Internet book store Adlibris)
and The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life
(2008, available at Internet book store: Lulu and Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being
(2011, available at Internet book store Lulu: ).
Giten's first book in Swedish describes how the three life areas, Meditation, Relationships and Creativity, create a loving, creative and satisfying life when they are developed and function in harmony.
The book was selected book of the month by the book club Life Energy, one of the largest book clubs in Sweden.
Recommendations, quotes and discussions of Giten's articles and books and its content are also beginning to appear with increasing frequency in magazines and on sites ranging from USA Today, the largest daily newspaper in the US,
the US news site Newsblaze, Edge Life Magazine, a leading source for psychology, education and world transformation in the US, and Sentient Times Magazine to the large Internet communities MySpace.com,
a large Internet community for young people,Wasteland, the American online magazine Alternative Approaches, Motivateus.com, MSN.com, Yahoo.com, newsletters of American High tech companies to small
discussion forums and blogs focused on spirituality, health, art and literature.
On September 8, 2008, The American presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign site Obama Campaign Today: An Ein News Service - The World's Leading International News Monitoring Service - also shared
Giten's article on The Silent Revolution of the Heart - The Challenge for the 21st Century. On October 10, 2008, MotivateUs.com shared The Silent Revolution of the Heart - The Challenge for the 21st Century
Visit Giten's World - A School for the Heart. 350 Pages of Medicine for the Soul: www.giten.net
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