Let’s begin by asking a fundamental question:
“What is that causes our heart to close towards people who stimulate a part of us we are not ready to face?”
“What is it about the structure of the heart center that permits it to close?”
The heart shuts because it becomes blocked by stored, unresolved energy patterns from our own past, old and recent.
As circumstances take place in this world, they come in through our senses and leave their invisible imprint on our inner state of being. They may bring up fear, anxiety, sadness, hate or love. When we experience and internalize the world outside through our senses, it is actually energy that is entering our being. Our senses in fact sense the world, convert the information and transmit them through electrical nerve impulses. Our senses are real electronic sensing devices. And if the energy patterns that are coming into our psyche from the external world create disturbance, we will probably resist them and not allow them to pass through us. When we do this, those energy patterns actually get blocked within us.
The overall system of perception is meant to work this way: taking things in, allowing us to experience them, then let them pass through so that we are fully present in the next moment. When this happens we are simply having an experience after another experience. We are living. Experiences are gift that are being given to us and they are supposed to pass into us, awaking and stimulating us. Through experiences that reach us and come in, we learn, grow and expand. If experience is the best teacher, there is nothing that comes close to the experience of life.
Life is to experience the moment that is passing through us, and then experience the next moment, and then the next one. Many different experiences will come and pass through us: if we would be able to live in this state, in any given moment, we would be fully aware human beings. We would be constantly present and every moment would be a stimulating experience because we would be completely open with our heart. Life would be flowing right through us.
But that is not what happens inside most of us.
When events from the world hit us, on the physical level nothing is indeed going on. On the contrary on an intellectual and emotional level things runs differently. Our heart and mind gets fixated on those events. Here is the issue and….. the blockage. This happens when an event get stuck. All subsequent experiences do their best to pass through us, but something has occurred inside in the meantime that has left past experiences unfinished.
What happens to those experiences they didn’t make it through and built instead a blockage inside at an intellectual and emotional level ? Long term, the energy patterns that cannot make it through us are pushed out of the forefront of the mind and held within until we are ready to realese them. These energy patterns that which hold a big amount of the detail about the events releated to them, are real. They don’t just disappear from day to night. When we are unable to allow life’s events to pass through us, they remain inside and transform into a problem. The energy patterns may be retained within us for a very long time. Years. Decades.
When the energy cannot make it through our mind because of conflictual thoughts and beliefs, it then attempts to be released through the heart. That is what build emotional activity. When we resist the emotional release, not confronting the issues and denying it, the energy gets packed up and forced into deep storage within our heart. Day by day , year by year, our heart get intoxicated more and more by energy blockages caused by events that hit us.
In the Yogic tradition , the unresolved energy pattern is called a Samskara. A Samskara is a blockage , an impression from the past. It’s an unfinished energy pattern that ends up running our life, while we stay unaware
The word Samskara comes from the Sanskrit sam (complete or joined together) and kara (action, cause, or doing). In addition to being generalized energy patterns, Samskaras are individual impressions, ideas, or actions; taken together, our Samskaras make up our conditioning. Repeating Samskaras reinforces them, creating a groove that is difficult to resist. Samskaras can be positive—imagine the selfless acts of Mother Theresa. They can also be negative, as in the self-lacerating mental patterns that underlie low self-esteem and self-destructive relationships. The negative Samskaras are what hinder our positive evolution.
Let’s take an in-depth look at the physics behind these blocked energy patterns. Just like energy waves, the energy that comes into us must keep moving. But it cannot stay blocked within us in cicrcles around itself. And a Samskara is exactly a cycle of stored past energy patterns that causes the same energy to keep cycling around itself. There is no other place for it to go. We normally won’t let it. This is how most people process their issues: by removing them from their consciousness. This packet of cycling energy is literally stored in our energetic heart center. All the energy patterns or impressions or as we can call them now, Samskaras, that we have collected in life and left unresolved from the time we were babies, are now stored in our heart. They encrust the valves of our spiritual heart. The encrustation builds up with time and age and day by day it restricts the energy flow within us.
Now that we understand where the blockages within the heart come from, have we answered to the opening question of how the heart goes blocked? Yes.
Where do we go from here?
In life, our goal is to shine awareness on the dark ocean and live fully human and fully alive with an heart that stays open and is flows with love. To do so, we need to exchange our negative Samskaras for positive ones.
And a Samskara is also defined as a perfecting and polishing, a process of cultivation. Shifting Samskara, then, is the ongoing work of chipping away at our negative patterns to illuminate the purity of the soul. Like alchemists in our own transformation, we constantly refine and direct our Samskara into healthier designs.
The good news is that the ability to shift our patterns—once we’ve sown the seeds—is self-generating, self-sustaining, and self-renewing. When we’re patient enough to facilitate Samskara’s organic process, to honor its inner sound and slow rhythm, change simply flows. And it’s a joy to taste the reward of all this hard work in its natural form, the sweetness that arises from seeing long labor and preparation come to fruition.
Finally in the 3rd part of this Blog, we will explore how to deal with Samskaras not only for a better living.