Though the words, house and home, are often used interchangeably there are subtle differences that register in our energy response. The word “home” seems to draw on a deeper realm of being and belonging. We might call “home” the house in which we dwell, or the city, state, country or any location which we imbue with a sense of home. Here in Australia, where we are either immigrants or descendents of immigrants, we may speak of the “home country” as a country of origin from which our ancestors have come. Yet how far back can we trace “home”? In some parts of the world, wars are still being fought over what different groups consider home territory – each side claiming ownership according to a time in past history when they called that territory their home country. Some even extend the concept of home ownership into the heavenly realms either claiming heaven as their own or that they are the only ones who know the way there. And yet we are told that:
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”John 14:2-3
The eternal being that we are in truth is ever connected to the infinity of being – through the heart.
…of the kinds of love, let us note the love that holds back and the love that inspires. In essence the first love is earthly, and the second heavenly. But what a multitude of constructive efforts were destroyed by the first! And a similar multitude winged by the second! The first is aware of all the limitations of space and consciousness; but the second has no need of earthly measurements. It is without handicaps of space or considerations of death. The first knows the world as a planet; but the second is not impeded even by the destruction of the planet, because before it are all worlds. Verily, the second love embraces the physical world and the Subtle and Fiery Worlds as well. It kindles hearts for the highest joy and is thus indestructible. Thus, let us expand the heart – not for Earth but for Infinity.” Heart, 242
Something deep and beyond ordinary logic embraces us with a sense of home. For the millions of refugees and displaced persons around our world “home” is still an idea of great power which unites family and friends no matter what new locations may be established in which to anchor it. Perhaps the greatest challenge is reserved for those who have lost all and have been orphaned. The magnet of the heart eventually draws these also into new “families”, heart groupings, that hold open the portals of the heart to the inflow of the Greater Life, that universally sustaining One in Whom we live and move and have our being. When we have lost all things, the One Life yet persistently, rhythmically beats through us by means of:
…that very heart which tirelessly throbs and pulsates lest people forget it – the most tender, the most intense, the most responsive to that which is near and most far.”Heart, 340
We are told that:
…He who has once listened to his own heart does not see even any end of observations. Observations that are begun in the home will inevitably guide the consciousness of him who observes universally and will indicate the path to the highest worlds…” Heart, 448
From the moment astronauts presented us with images of Earth from space the idea of home expanded beyond all previously defined limits to embrace the beautiful blue jewel of our world.
This sense of being part of a greater whole expands our radius of care and our hearts move with it. Thus the path of loving service brings us all home to the heart wherever we may find ourselves outwardly – no matter how simple the need or the context. Perhaps a chef in India leaves his restaurant to cook meals for the poor: For the full story visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_3BEwpv0dM&feature=kp ; or a father in the USA teaches his son compassion for those less fortunate by bringing them new shoes. For this story see: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gyZLI_tNnQ
What transforms a house into a home? A darkened house is simply a building, a construct. But a house in which life flourishes radiates a light that draws us in to hearth and home and ultimately to the warming fire of the spirit within. What is the fabric of this light which vitalises and transforms a house into a home? Who are the weavers, what colours the threads and what is the pattern that guides? Perhaps the threads are the qualities of the relationships within – the streams of love, affection, appreciation, compassion – that radiate between hearts. Perhaps the patterns might be the mutual experience of connection, thought and shared values magnetically drawing together those whose radiations flow together seamlessly. All these strands weave something greater than the component parts, something whole which transcends yet incorporates every atom and every frequency of light and colour and so enlightens the whole. Perhaps the material walls are but a dim reflection of the pattern of light, love and life of the souls within and the spirit that guides their livingness.
In these modern times the home hearth is lit by electric fire, the signature of spirit. And so humanity has opened the door to the mystery of electricity and begun a journey into the electric universe. On the internet website, called the Electric Universe, we read:
We live in an electric world. Our cities are visible from space at night, blazing with electric lights.
There is more on the electrical nature of the universe on the Lucis Trust website where we are reassured that “… evidence…is steadily accumulating which supports…the esotericist’s view of the universe as a living, stable organism, electrical in nature and function.” See: www.lucistrust.org/en/arcane_school/the_electric_bridge
We are entering a new era – the era of the heart – and building on the passing era of the brain.
One can think with the brain or with the heart. Time was, perhaps, when people forgot about the work of the heart, but now is the era of the heart, and we must concentrate our strivings in this direction. Thus, without relieving the brain of work, we are ready to recognize the heart as a moving power. People have contrived a myriad of limitations for the heart. The works of the heart are understood narrowly and often impurely. We must bring the entire world into the sphere of the heart, because the heart is the microcosm of existence. He who is not inspired by the great concept of the heart, will minimize his own significance. We give Our decree against irritation, but only greatness of heart will preserve one from the poison of irritation. We speak of containment, but where is the ocean of containment outside of the heart? We recall the far-off worlds, but it is the heart, not the brain, that can remember Infinity. Thus, let us not disparage that which is bestowed upon us as the receptacle of Bliss.” Heart, 277
The call draws us to tread the path of the heart:
Whoever loves flowers is on the heart’s path. Whoever knows the striving to the summits is on the heart’s path. Whoever thinks purely is on the heart’s path. Whoever knows of the highest worlds is on the hearts path. Whoever is ready for Infinity is on the heart’s path. Thus shall we summon all hearts to the realization of the Source. It is correct to understand that the substance of the heart belongs to the Subtle and also the Fiery World. One can perceive worlds within the heart, but not within the mind. Thus, wisdom is contrary to intellect, yet it is not forbidden to adorn the mind with wisdom.”Heart, 390
In case anyone is curious, the lights in the West Australian outback are not from a mysterious unknown civilization, but were caused by bush-fires at the time the image was taken.
Gosh, there must have been a lot of fires!