The New Renaissance: A Renaissance of the Heart

“You say you want a revolution. Well, you know, we all want to change the world.” The Beatles

It’s a revolution. A full out revival is happening. I’m calling it The New Renaissance: A Renaissance of the Heart. People everywhere are filled with a sense of passion, purpose, and a depth of essence in unprecedented proportions. Every generation has had their “enlightened ones” but now, if you know where to look, you can find one on almost every street corner. The secret is out. The work has been done for thousands of years to bring us to this point. We understand the psychology of spirituality. We get that our minds can be trained to be sharp instruments and our most powerful tools. But the shift that is now occurring is a movement from the mind into the heart. We’re beginning to feel the effects of the work we’ve been doing. It’s no longer just a cranial experience, it’s becoming an experience felt with our whole being. What does this mean? It means our hearts are opening. The walls of our hearts are expanding like never before. It means that love and grace are flowing through us into the person next to us who needs healing and acceptance. It means we’re feeling the creative power of the universe surge through our bodies and out of our mouths as we speak and sing, out of our pens and paintbrushes as we express our love on paper, out of our feet as we worship through dance.

We are being re-birthed into heart centered beings of light. We are remembering what’s truly important. We are taking responsibility for our lives and our own sense of peace and happiness. We understand we can no longer rely on others to be the source of flowing water that must come from within. But we also understand that through this state of consciousness we can, and will, change the world.

As we continue to do the work of collecting the fragments of our spirits, from the pain of the past and the anxiety of the future, all the places where we’ve left a piece of ourselves, as we gather these fragments and breathe them into the core of our being and welcome them home, as we show up fully with all these pieces in tact in the space of the present moment, as we remember who we are, and cultivate an internal system based on truth, we become stronger. We are able to endure more and more of the force of love as it enters our lives in wave after wave in almost every moment.

This is not the work of cowards, this is the work of peaceful warriors. To live fearlessly, knowing that who you really are cannot be destroyed. It’s not easy to build a soul with stamina. A soul that is strong enough to be a channel for grace. But not just any grace, hot grace. Grace that is hot enough to heal. Building a soul with stamina that has developed the capacity to be a channel for grace that is hot enough to heal is a calling of the highest order. And it can look like anything. No longer are only doctors, massage therapists and reiki masters the healers. Musicians are healers. Writers are healers. Computer programmers are healers. Finance managers are healers. Anyone breathing in this world has the power to be a healer by channeling grace through his or her presence. This Renaissance is about bringing the heavens to the earth. It’s about channeling light to a single point of focus so powerful that it contains the brilliance of the stars. We each are a radiant, shining star right here on earth. It’s no longer just about looking up to see the majesty of creation, it’s about looking around. It’s about walking around and allowing that hot fiery light from above to be channeled through us as divine vessels. This is the work of the masters. Where we don’t have to say or do anything, we simply have to show up and radiate from within. With hearts wide open on the verge of exploding with love for creation, for nature, for humanity. But our hearts don’t explode. We’ve done the work necessary to strengthen them so that they can contain this immense love. However, make no mistake, our work isn’t done. We’re in the beginning stages of this revolution. We gotta keep breaking down those barriers of illusion between ourselves and truth. This time is about looking deeper. What’s not real cannot exist here. It cannot, and it will be burned out of us in the alchemical fire of transformation.

So what is your expression of love in the world? What lights you up from the inside out? When is the power of your presence the most potent? What do you love to do? American playwright Tennessee Williams offered this for thought, “You said, ‘They’re harmless dreamers and they’re loved by the people.’ ‘What,’ I asked you, ‘is harmless about a dreamer, and what,’ I asked you, ‘is harmless about the love of the people?’ Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.” What are your dreams?

This is a personal journey. No one else can answer these questions or do this work for you. This is not new news. Social activist Dorothy Day said, “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us.” Singer Jim Morrison said, “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are…There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” And Marianne Williamson says, “Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.

The movement doesn’t move if we don’t move. Although it’s an inside job, there are others on the same path. We’ll be discussing this topic and more every month at Infusion. Please join us…and move!