By Vedic Palmist-Astrologer Guylaine Vallée
(Excerpt from The 90-Day Heart Line Challenge)
The Five States of the Heart
In his masterpiece, The Holy Science, Sri Yukteswar tells us that, as we evolve toward the expression of perfect love, we must progress through “Five States of the Heart.” Successfully passing through each state brings us a step closer to our goal of perfect love, a step closer to clearing the clouds from our heart, and a step closer to the power of the Infinite within us. This month, we discover the fourth state: The Devoted State of the Heart.
The Devoted State of the Heart
The fourth state of the heart, the devoted state, is all about oneness, about achieving unity between our heart, head and soul. We reach this state by maintaining our detachment to external circumstances; by being steadfast in our quest for a more spiritual awareness and expansive expression of love; and by connecting our heart and our intuition—establishing a deep sense of unity with everything and everyone.
In the Devoted State of the Heart, we no longer feel torn between following what others want us to do, what we think we should do, and what our soul is intuitively telling us is the right thing to do. External circumstances will no longer confuse or drive us; we are freed from the dual nature of life and, in all things, act from a singular motivation, which is love.
My client Mona is a good example of someone striving toward the Devoted State of the Heart. A highly skilled physiotherapist, Mona was universally loved by her patients for her devotion, gentle manner, care and kindness. She was also a devoted wife and mother, had many good friends who relied on her advice and understanding, and, despite her hectic schedule, always made time to volunteer at a number of charitable organizations. All of these wonderful aspects of her personality are recorded in her ideal heart line, which has equal, upward-curving branches originating on her Mount of Jupiter.
Although constantly giving to others, Mona’s biggest concern was not giving enough of herself and letting other people down. Her long heart line naturally made her set high standards for herself, particularly in how she treated and related to those around her. Those high, idealistic expectations caused her pain whenever she thought she’d disappointed someone or felt disappointed in herself. It didn’t have to be a major event or glaring transgression. Just detecting a trace of disappointment in her husband’s voice when she called home to say her client was in distress and she’d be late for dinner would deeply disturb her. Not because her husband was unreasonable, but because she held herself to such lofty standards, she could not bear the thought of hurting him in any way, or of having him think she was being inconsiderate.
I told Mona that being so hard on herself could end up making her feel miserable. She had to accept she was doing her best, and to trust that her good intentions and motivations were what mattered most.
Even with a beautiful, long heart line like Mona’s, which expresses profoundly deep-rooted, loving convictions, we need the support of an equally balanced head line, otherwise there will be imbalance between our thoughts and feelings. In Mona’s case, her head line is too straight and unbending, leading her to put too many idealistic demands on herself and others. Her inflexibility was causing her destiny line to stop at the head line, a sure sign she was overthinking how she expressed her love, and creating problems where none existed. I encouraged her to “let go and let God”—to be more yielding to what her heart was telling her and not be dictated to by circumstance or expectation. Doing this would allow her destiny line to push past her head line and beyond her heart line, enabling her to be less hard on herself or disappointed with others when they failed to live up to her high expectations.