The Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life Hardcover – Oct 7 2014
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Baptist de Pape is a lawyer turned author and filmmaker who traveled around the globe to interview the world’s greatest teachers in the film and book, The Power of the Heart.
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I liked seeing the differing perspectives of the spiritual leaders to the topics Baptist raised. I found myself particularly drawn to the quotes from Deepak Chopra and Paulo Coelho. Here’s an example from each:
Deepak: “Love without action is meaningless, and action without love is irrelevant.”
Paulo: “There is nothing wrong with fear. The only thing that is wrong is to be paralyzed by fear.”
Baptist also made some great observations, like saying: “Resentment is like a cup of poison you pour down your throat in the hope it will kill the other person. And while the other remains unharmed, you wind up destroying yourself.”
There were also some great quotes from historical figures to illustrate certain points, such as Gandhi’s comment: “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world…as in being able to remake ourselves.”
This is not the kind of book where you get an in-depth look at the philosophy of each spiritual leader, but it does provide inspiring reminders from all of them to lead with our hearts if we really want to live a purposeful life. The quotes alone make it an excellent read.
“The new science on the role of the physical heart satisfies our minds in a way that allows us to more fully believe in what we intuitively sense. It points toward an intelligence associated with the heart.” Howard Martin, vice chairman of the Institute of HeartMath®
Indian Shores, FL
Many thanks and much appreciation to Atria Books for the ARC of this wonderful book for the purpose of this review. This book is co- authored, compiled, and edited by Baptist De Pape, a lawyer, author, filmmaker, and spiritual advisor.
This treasured volume was written to educate, motivate, inspire, and enlighten readers of the most powerful dimension of consciousness, energy, wisdom, of life itself: the human heart. This short volume is divided into three parts. Part I: Paths To The Heart, Part II: The Inner Powers, Part III: Heart In The World. The eighteen contributing authors - medical professional scholars, scientists, doctors, and educators are among the best highly acclaimed world wide thinkers and spiritual advisors in modern society. The observations and comments of each individual were short, direct, and easy to follow. Contemplative exercises for meditation and enlightenment were also included.
The observations realized from "Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life" were that the heart is all knowing, so powerful it is associated with the "voice of God" or the universe, which essence is love. We connect with our heart through silence. People who are disconnected from their hearts were described as "the walking dead" merely existing. This is at the center of much emotional distress and difficulty. The heart and brain connect through "the spirit of nature" which is all around in the outdoors. Animals are another example of connection, lowering stress and blood pressure.
The Institute of HeartMath is briefly discussed: we have 60,000 thoughts a day 80% are negative, when we live from our heart (love), lives are changed in the level of consciousness. The powers of intention determines action, and intuition is the language of the heart. Our relationships with others are covered in the final part: the importance of love, self-acceptance, trust, compassion, and communication. Resilience, fear, and setbacks are challenges and opportunities for growth. There are multiple lessons to learn and contemplate: quotes, eighteen short biographies (photos) are included on each individual featured in this outstanding book.
De Pape uses personal and scientific validation from some of the great minds of today on the matter to support his hypotheses and also analyses these authorities' points of view.
I found parts of the writing disjointed and at times repetitive. Repetition is, of course, a good way to get points across. It's not a criticism but an observation. This book should be read by many in all walks of life.
Perhaps you also know now of the latest neuroscience that we have not one, but three brains, that is three seats of concentrated neurons and electromagnetism, not only the head, but the heart and gut.
If you can accept this, or be curious about it, you will soon figure out this increases your internal support and access to problem solving and maybe even personal wisdom, providing you can learn the language with which, in this case, the heart, speaks, for it isn't in literal language.
The book is about hand sized, 5 x 8, therefore comfortable to hold and contemplate. It is divided into 3 parts, each with about 5 chapters, but the way Baptist de Pape organized the content is delightful, comforting and beautiful. Interspersed throughout are full sized portrait photos of the contributors, each of whom seemed to me to have a kindly smile; and each page is filled with author headlined quotes, set off by colorful chakra
like circle designs. Therefore, one could open the book anywhere, and pick something at random, and the books just swells to a whole on every page.
One of my favorite quotes was by Maya Angelou (not verbatim): If you don't know what to do, do nothing; just sit, and be quiet; you may be able to listen to your heart and hear what it has to say.
Another little exercise is how to accomplish this: I get in such a state sometimes, if I can't go out for a walk, it's hard to get calm. This exercise
shows you how to sit, breathe, and put your hand on your heart which releases the comfort and love hormone, oxytoxcin, while breathing. I tried it immediately. The advice was to do it several times a day so as to set up an automatic default state. So tired of left brain literal advice which is often hard to remember when you are angry, tired, stressed or anxious, my thought was "I can do this!" You get immediate feedback from your body which makes you WANT to do it again, rather than feel you have to. Too many of us have been told what to do instead of being asked what we think would help, or what matters, or what we would like to do to help resolve some situation, all of which shuts us away from developing a trust in our own inner guidance.
This may help you get back in touch with that part of yourself, and develop a confidence in it.