Heart Centering

Shiva said: Blessed one, as senses are absorbed in the heart, reach the center of the lotus.

If you feel that you are a heart-oriented person, then this method will be very helpful to you. But know well that everyone is trying to deceive himself that he is heart-oriented. Everyone tries to feel that he is a very loving person, a feeling type - because love is such a basic need that no one can feel at ease if he sees that he has no love, no loving heart.
So everyone goes on thinking and believing, but belief will not do. Observe very impartially, as if you are observing someone else, and then decide - because there is no need to deceive yourself and it will be of no help. Even if you deceive yourself, you cannot deceive the technique, so when you did this technique, you would feel that nothing is happening.
So what is to be done in this technique? "As senses are absorbed in the heart..." Try! Many ways are possible. You touch someone: if you are a heart-oriented person the touch immediately goes to your heart, and you can feel the quality. If you take the hand of a person who is head-oriented, the hand will be cold - not just cold, but the very quality will be cold. A deadness, a certain deadness, will be in the hand. If the person is heart-oriented, then there is a certain warmth. Then his hand will really melt with you. You will feel a certain thing flowing from his hand to you, and there will be a meeting - a communication of warmth. This warmth comes from the heart. It can never come from the head because the head is always cool,  cold, calculative. The heart is warm, non-calculative. The head always thinks about how to take more, the heart always feels how to give more. That warmth is just a giving - a giving of energy, a giving of inner vibrations, a giving of life. That is why you feel a different quality in it. If the person really embraces you, you will feel a deep melting with him.

Touch! Close your eyes; touch anything. Touch your beloved or your lover, touch your child or your mother, or your friend, or touch a tree or a flower, or just touch the earth. Close your eyes and feel a communication from your heart to the earth, or to your beloved. Just feel that your hand is your heart stretched out to touch the earth. Let the feeling of touch be related to the heart.

When you are listening to music, do not listen to it from the head. Just forget your head and feel that you are headless. There is no head at all. It is good to have your own picture in your bedroom without the head. Concentrate on it: you are without the head; do not allow the head to come in. While listening to music, listen to it from the heart. Let your ears be joined to the heart, not the head. Feel the music coming to your heart; let your heart vibrate with it. Let your senses be joined to the heart, not to the head. Try this with all the senses, and feel more and more that every sense goes into the heart and dissolves into it. "Blessed one, as senses are ab¬sorbed in the heart, reach the center of the lotus." The heart is the lotus. Every sense is just the opening of the lotus, the petals of the lotus. Try to relate your senses to the heart first. Secondly, always think that every sense goes deep down into the heart and becomes absorbed in it.
When these two things become established, only then will your senses begin to help you: they will lead you to the heart, and your heart will become a lotus. This lotus of the heart will give you a centering. Once you know the center of the heart, it is very easy to fall down into the navel center. It is very easy. Really, this sutra does not even mention this; there is no need. If you are really absorbed in the heart totally, and reason has stopped working, then you will fall down. From the heart, the door is opened toward the navel. Only from the head is it difficult to go toward the navel. Or, if you are between the two, between the heart and the head, then too it is difficult to go to the navel. Once you are absorbed in the navel, you have suddenly fallen beyond the heart. You have fallen into the navel center which is the basic one - the original.