Using the Mind to Heal the Heart By Laura Fine, H.H.P., M.F.T., M.A., A.E.A. In Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince, he states, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” The heart is not just a physical organ, it is an energy center, a place of consciousness, a space of expanded awareness of the existence of essence, the essence of the universe which is love, that lives and pulsates inside of us. It is our most natural state. Our “other” states are those of lifetimes of learned distortions of the essence of our True Self. My teacher says, “We use the mind to heal the mind.” He is referring to the True Mind, which lives near the physical heart, not the brain. All distress that isn’t life threatening is based in learned distorted perspectives of our mental patterns, sometimes referred to as “belief systems.” These belief systems repetitively replay like cassette tapes in our mind. Our belief systems can either perpetuate a state of wellbeing and ease, or a state of distress. Some of us who may already be working with positive thinking, understand this concept. But the question is, if “positive thinking” were really that effective, why hasn’t it worked for me consistently? Why do I still struggle with old repetitive negative hurts? If you look at a cell under a microscope its natural life force impulse is to move. If you restrict its path, in one direction, it will look for movement in a different direction. If you continue to restrict its path until it can no longer find a path for movement, it will pulsate in place, its walls will begin to thicken, and finally, it dies. Inherent in our nature are spontaneous creative impulses looking for life force expression in every direction. When one direction is thwarted, we create defenses, we then look in another direction until we can find movement. The more restricted our possibilities for movement, the thicker our walls become. These restrictions and walls create rigid patterns in the neurological matter of the mind.