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Heartfulness Inquiry

Heartfulness Inquiry

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Published by Mark A. Foster
A system of meditation and spiritual exploration. (Copyrighted text. All rights reserved.)
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Published by: Mark A. Foster on Mar 30, 2012
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12/18/2013

 
The Seven StepsThe Seven Steps||RemembranceRemembrance||OtheOther A pproachespproaches||Suggestibility and WisdomSuggestibility and Wisdom Additional PrecautionsAdditional Precautions||Prayer and MeditationPrayer and Meditation||Reflections on TextsReflections on Texts||ConclusionConclusion
In theIn the
first first 
chapter,chapter,
Heartfu lness Inquiry™ Heartfu lness Inquiry™ 
will bewill be
simply simply 
explained. Thisexplained. Thispractice, which is thepractice, which is the
heart heart 
of o
Unities of All Things Unities of All Things ™ ™ 
, may, God willing, assist, may, God willing, assistsome souls to become lovers of theBest Beloved,some souls to become lovers of theBest Beloved, BaháʾuʾlláhBaháʾuʾlláh (Arabic(Arabic
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,, BahāʾBahāʾAllāh, Glory or Splendor of God), and to prepare for the realms, merely reflectedAllāh, Glory or Splendor of God), and to prepare for the realms, merely reflectedupon this world, beyond death. The book is, in a sense, a prayer or love letter toupon this world, beyond death. The book is, in a sense, a prayer or love letter tomy dear and precious Lord. Joining the Baháʾí Faith is entirelymy dear and precious Lord. Joining the Baháʾí Faith is entirely
separate separate 
, but you, but you
mama
acceptacceptthe invitationthe invitation(al-daʿwa).(al-daʿwa). I now give you my heart.I now give you my heart.
Unities of All Things Unities of All Things 
is ais a
private private 
,,
nono
ananofficialofficial,, Baháʾí-Baháʾí- related activity. Participation is informal, and there is no membership list. You arerelated activity. Participation is informal, and there is no membership list. You arewelcome, however, to sign thewelcome, however, to sign theguestbook guestbook and share your experiences.and share your experiences.
My My recommendation is to begin only with the recommendation is to begin only with the chapter on the seven steps. This work chapter on the seven steps. This work has been designed as a reference and a resource guide. Simply reading it from has been designed as a reference and a resource guide. Simply reading it from beginning to end may be confusing beginning to end may be confusing 
. God bless you.. God bless you.
I. The Seven Steps
Meditation or “deepening” is entering into a relationship with attributes or Meditation or “deepening” is entering into a relationship with attributes or qualities which we can identify by name. The first chapter of the book will offer qualities which we can identify by name. The first chapter of the book will offer some personal suggestions. Please introduce your own variations. Obviously,some personal suggestions. Please introduce your own variations. Obviously,each of our needs and requirements may differ. Find what works just right for you.each of our needs and requirements may differ. Find what works just right for you.For what it’s worth, after struggling for a lifetime to be emancipated from Autism, IFor what it’s worth, after struggling for a lifetime to be emancipated from Autism, Iunexpectedly discovered thisunexpectedly discovered this
heartfulness heartfulness 
, or spiritually heart-centered,, or spiritually heart-centered,methodology. My closed heart began opening to multi-layered unities within unitiesmethodology. My closed heart began opening to multi-layered unities within unitiesin just a few months.in just a few months.
Heartfulness Inquiry Heartfulness Inquiry 
is anis an
individual individual 
practice. It is intended to produce anpractice. It is intended to produce an
inner inner 
peace or tranquility, to acquire thepeace or tranquility, to acquire the
higher nature higher nature 
(in(in
The Unities Model of The Unities Model of 
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Existence Existence ™ ™ 
), and to increase one’s attachment to), and to increase one’s attachment to GodGod
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.. Please set aside somePlease set aside somequiet time, and do your best to find yourself a private space. Whenever possible,quiet time, and do your best to find yourself a private space. Whenever possible,turn your phone off. Then imagine, for purposes of the meditation, that your turn your phone off. Then imagine, for purposes of the meditation, that your spiritual heart, or spiritual heart, or 
consciousness of attraction consciousness of attraction 
, is located somewhere around the, is located somewhere around thechest.chest.You may begin with just one or two of the seven steps. They will be clearly andYou may begin with just one or two of the seven steps. They will be clearly andcarefully explained after this paragraph. Little by little, as your comfort levelcarefully explained after this paragraph. Little by little, as your comfort levelincreases, raise the number of steps. The exact order isincreases, raise the number of steps. The exact order is
nono
important. Some of important. Some of the steps may even be blended into one. When your eyes are closed, you may,the steps may even be blended into one. When your eyes are closed, you may,from time to time, open them to check the clock. Alarms, which can obviously befrom time to time, open them to check the clock. Alarms, which can obviously bedistracting, are best avoided.distracting, are best avoided.11..
Heartfulness.Heartfulness.
 
Always Always 
have ahave a
heart-centered awareness heart-centered awareness 
, in the moment, of , in the moment, of your body and surroundings. The meditation can purify your creativeyour body and surroundings. The meditation can purify your creativestream of stream of  consciousnessconsciousness(thoughts, insights, and feelings).(thoughts, insights, and feelings).
Be receptive to it Be receptive to it 
except asexcept asindicated. However, refuse to think negatively or obsessively by returning,indicated. However, refuse to think negatively or obsessively by returning,quietly, to the meditation. Any of these exercisesquietly, to the meditation. Any of these exercises
mama
be used, if you find thembe used, if you find themhelpful, in later steps or independently:helpful, in later steps or independently:While seated or reclined, and wearing comfortable clothing, tighten andWhile seated or reclined, and wearing comfortable clothing, tighten andrelease, one by one, any tense muscles. Roll your eyes up slightly, andrelease, one by one, any tense muscles. Roll your eyes up slightly, andclose them. If you like, meditate on the space between your eyebrows.close them. If you like, meditate on the space between your eyebrows.Remain heartful of any senses and sensations, but do not becomeRemain heartful of any senses and sensations, but do not becomedistracted by them. Breathedistracted by them. Breathe
evenly evenly 
, naturally, and, if you wish, deeply., naturally, and, if you wish, deeply.You might also touch yourself a few times on the forehead (an approachYou might also touch yourself a few times on the forehead (an approachused for used for 
hypnotic induction hypnotic induction 
). In order to become “centered,” refocused, and). In order to become “centered,” refocused, andrelaxed, practicing movement (also calledrelaxed, practicing movement (also called
kinesthetic driving kinesthetic driving 
), including), includingdancing and yoga, benefits some people. In addition, it can sometimes bedancing and yoga, benefits some people. In addition, it can sometimes behelpful to touch your body. For instance, loosly cup one or both hand(s)helpful to touch your body. For instance, loosly cup one or both hand(s)facing upwards. Join together the thumb and one of the other fingers. Now,facing upwards. Join together the thumb and one of the other fingers. Now,you may be heartful of your pulse.you may be heartful of your pulse.Although you should, ideally, find a place where you are not likely to beAlthough you should, ideally, find a place where you are not likely to bedisturbed, welcome any background noises without concentrating on them.disturbed, welcome any background noises without concentrating on them.There is a difference between sense impressions and reactions, such asThere is a difference between sense impressions and reactions, such asannoyance, often attached to them. The heartfulness of meditative musicannoyance, often attached to them. The heartfulness of meditative musicand sounds (and sounds (
sonic driving sonic driving 
) may be useful:) may be useful:file 1file 1,,file 2file 2,,file 3file 3,,file 4file 4,,file 5file 5,,file 6file 6,,file 7file 7,,file 8file 8,,file 9file 9,,file 10file 10,,file 11file 11,,file 12file 12,, file 13file 13,,file 14file 14,,file 15file 15,,file 16file 16,,file 17file 17,,file 18file 18,,file 19file 19,,file 20file 20,,file 21file 21,,file 22file 22,, file 23file 23,,file 24file 24,,file 25file 25,,file 26file 26,,file 27file 27,,file 28file 28,,file 29file 29,,file 30file 30,,file 31file 31,,file 32file 32,,
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file 33file 33,,file 34file 34(or on(or onMP4 videoMP4 video),),file 35file 35(or on(or onMP4 videoMP4 video),),file 36file 36(or on(or on MP4 videoMP4 video),), and twoand two jukeboxes jukeboxes.. 22..
Prayer.Prayer.
Concentrate, whenever you wish, on silent, recited, or chantedConcentrate, whenever you wish, on silent, recited, or chantedprayer. Since meditation can amplify your emotions and sensations, it is crucialprayer. Since meditation can amplify your emotions and sensations, it is crucialto create ato create a
positive positive 
andand
devotional devotional 
attitude as the heart is opened.attitude as the heart is opened.The Unity (or “Essence”) of God, beyond all Names, isThe Unity (or “Essence”) of God, beyond all Names, is OneOne
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. You might. You mightpray to and love:pray to and love:GodGod,,ParentParent,,SourceSource,,LightLight,,Holy (or Wholly) Other Holy (or Wholly) Other ,, BelovedBeloved,,EternalEternal, “, “ThouThou,”,”Cosmic ForceCosmic Force,,Higher Power Higher Power , and so forth. The, and so forth. The Unity of God is the Unity of the Prophets. You can speak to the Unity in theUnity of God is the Unity of the Prophets. You can speak to the Unity in theName of anyName of anyProphetProphet, including God’s Greatest Name, Baháʾuʾlláh., including God’s Greatest Name, Baháʾuʾlláh. Pour out, andPour out, and surrender surrender 
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,, your heart. Share your hopes, your joys, andyour heart. Share your hopes, your joys, andyour sorrows. You are having an intimate and loving conversation with your your sorrows. You are having an intimate and loving conversation with your dearest and most trusted Friend. If you need to unburden your heart, mydearest and most trusted Friend. If you need to unburden your heart, mysuggestion is to do so to Baháʾuʾlláh, the Best Beloved. Avoid gossip andsuggestion is to do so to Baháʾuʾlláh, the Best Beloved. Avoid gossip andbackbiting.backbiting.Likewise, you can pray to other members of theLikewise, you can pray to other members of theSupreme ConcourseSupreme Concourse(al-(al- Malāʾ al-Aʿlā), including dear Malāʾ al-Aʿlā), including dear ʿAbduʾl-BaháʿAbduʾl-Bahá
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(ʿAbd al-Bahāʾ). For that matter,(ʿAbd al-Bahāʾ). For that matter,heart-felt prayers, drawing entities together in love and eternalheart-felt prayers, drawing entities together in love and eternalcompanionship, can be made tocompanionship, can be made to
anyone anyone 
or or 
anything anything 
. By loving beings and. By loving beings andthings, wethings, we
know,know,
see, and understand them. Shoghi Effendi (Šawqī Afandī)see, and understand them. Shoghi Effendi (Šawqī Afandī)prayedprayedto ʿAbduʾl-Bahá’s sister, the Greatest Holy Leaf (Varaqiy-i ʿUlyā). Ito ʿAbduʾl-Bahá’s sister, the Greatest Holy Leaf (Varaqiy-i ʿUlyā). I frequently pray to the Universal House of Justice.frequently pray to the Universal House of Justice.Discover your Discover your 
family family 
(o(o
comm-unity comm-unity 
) in the world to come. For what it’s) in the world to come. For what it’sworth, I sometimes ask the network I call “my family”, a list of my parentsworth, I sometimes ask the network I call “my family”, a list of my parentsand other departed souls (including deceased friends), to comfort soulsand other departed souls (including deceased friends), to comfort soulswho have just left this world, or I will do so myself. I pray for my family,who have just left this world, or I will do so myself. I pray for my family,collectively or individually, and I dedicate various activities, especially mycollectively or individually, and I dedicate various activities, especially mywebsites, to them. They are, I sense, all around me.websites, to them. They are, I sense, all around me.33..
Watchful Remembrance™.Watchful Remembrance™.
Over and over again, silently recite, or listen to,Over and over again, silently recite, or listen to,any devotional word or phrase you like.any devotional word or phrase you like.
Trying Trying 
to focus can be stressful.to focus can be stressful.Instead, focus upon your remembrance as much as possible. You are inwardlyInstead, focus upon your remembrance as much as possible. You are inwardlychanting love songs to your Best Beloved Lord. This activity and prayer canchanting love songs to your Best Beloved Lord. This activity and prayer canflow into one another.flow into one another.Your eyes may be closed, and rolled up slightly, or left open (if you wish,Your eyes may be closed, and rolled up slightly, or left open (if you wish,while staring at an object). Before beginning and, again, when ending,while staring at an object). Before beginning and, again, when ending,briefly rest, quietly, with your eyes shut. However, when you are involved inbriefly rest, quietly, with your eyes shut. However, when you are involved inhazardous activities, such as driving, be cautious or moderate in your hazardous activities, such as driving, be cautious or moderate in your remembrance.remembrance.
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