How To Be Your Authentic Self: The Sixth Beatitude

Are You Being True to Yourself? The Sixth Beatitude


Are you being true to yourself? It’s a loaded question . . . and if the answer is “I’m not sure,” that’s normal. In your busy life, it’s easy —and completely human!—to feel pulled in dozens of different directions, from romantic relationships and family dynamics to your job and your creative dreams.

But if you get bogged down by the demands of daily life and it leads you to stray from the center of your heart, you can lose sight of your true self. And when you lose your true self, your connection with the Divine also suffers. This is because your experience of the sacred, and your connection to God starts within your own heart—and the path to realigning yourself with that “true self” you’re called to be, it begins with connecting to your most authentic, sincere self. Your soul. It all begins with you.

If that feels like an overwhelming task, then the good news is you don’t have to walk this path alone. Thousands of spiritual seekers and mystics have walked this path before you. We can look to the wisdom of the sixth Beatitude: “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” Through exploration and understanding of this Beatitude, you can sift through the distractions and demands of your life, and tap into what’s truly important to you. You can strengthen your connection to the Divine by finding where the spirit of your heart truly lies.


Transcript

Welcome back to the Holy Rebels Podcast. I’m so happy you’re here and I can’t wait to talk about my favourite Beatitude today. Before we get started, I want to read a review left by Mark from Canada. Mark says, “Profound. This podcast helped me explore my spirituality in an open minded, non-denominational way. Nina helped me contextualize my own spiritual journey and map a way forward. If you find yourself here now, I highly recommend giving this podcast a listen.” Yay! Thank you, Mark. I really appreciate your kind words and I’m so glad you’re finding a map forward. 

We’re exploring a series about 8 Keys to Happiness, also known as The Beatitudes. Each beatitude is an invitation to connect personally with the divine and experience more joy, purpose, and fulfillment in your life. Since this is a 9-part series, I recommend listening in order. The introduction is episode #8. You can scroll back and find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening to this show.

The Beatitudes are at the core of spirituality. They’re guiding principles that transcend religion and speak to the heart of our humanity. They’re not about following a set of rules or dogmas, but rather about embracing happiness, true happiness. The kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on external circumstances or material possessions. Rather, they’re internal attitudes and spiritual values that we can cultivate within ourselves. They invite us to shift our perspective and find happiness in unexpected places, even in the midst of difficulties.

Today, we’re discussing the sixth beatitude. This is my favourite one, and I think it will become evident why. “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God”. 

 What does it mean to be pure of heart? Pure of heart is another way of saying that we are authentic. When you’re real with yourself, honest about who you are, then you’re not sending confusing signals to the Universe about what you want to create.

You’ve got to be the same on the outside as you are on the inside. What you say and what you do has to be the same. Your motives are transparent. When you make a mistake, you’re quick to repair because you trust yourself. You don’t have anything to hide. 

When you live from that place of authenticity, then naturally you’ll trust that others are doing the same. You’ll see other people’s good intentions more easily. You’ll see Goodness, Love, Joy. You’ll see God. Mother Teresa said, “Keep your heart pure. A pure heart is necessary to see God in each other. If you see God in each other, there is love for each other, and then there is peace.”

You’ll hear from God more quickly, which is another way of saying your intuition is clear. You discern things more easily. You won’t be filled with muddied confusion because you know yourself.  

The heart is the  deepest center of your life,  consciousness and activity.  The heart is the  organizing center of your entire life.  So, what has your heart? To whom does your heart belong? I’m sure there are a lot of things in your heart:  a whole range of interests,  passions, family, loved ones, agreements, values. There are many commitments of the heart. But where does your heart truly belong?  Where do you place  the  allegiance of your heart?  What does the deepest organizing center of your life belong to?  If it belongs to anything that is of this world, you might like to look at your spirituality.  At first you might think of someone you love and think your heart belongs to them. Or, maybe you think of a creative pursuit, passion, nature, or vocation, and imagine your heart belongs to that. But chances are there’s something deeper than what’s on the surface of that. There’s a greater love that your heart belongs to beyond this world. 

Just to clarify, it’s essential to love the things of this world. This isn’t about puritanism. The material world is enjoyable and pleasurable. It’s a gift meant to be savored with all our senses.  

But your heart should not belong to anything in this world.  

The deepest organizing central principle of your life must belong to the Divine alone..  Then the rest of your life falls into “right order”. Then your friendships, and your relationships, and your work,  your passions, everything you could possibly do in this world  finds its “right order” around this center.

Ask yourself:  to whom or to what does my heart belong? And be honest, my friend, because it’s tempting to ask the question this way: to whom or what WOULD I LIKE my heart to belong? Get real with yourself. Be authentic in your answer so you’re not deluding yourself. 

Most of us to some degree  tend to have divided hearts at best.   If you’re really in a bad spiritual space, your heart belongs to money, it belongs to your image on social media,  it belongs to your political party, it belongs to this world. That would mean  you’re in a really bad space. More likely your heart is torn between two paths, or choices. You might be saying to yourself, “Yes my heart belongs to Divine Love, but also a little bit of my image, and that nice car I want, and that promotion.” That’s a divided heart. Too much strain on the heart long term causes us to act against our sense of integrity and forget who we are. Because we’re not in our hearts. 

How blessed are the single-hearted. Those whose hearts belong to God, they shall see God in all things.

Does this mean you can’t have any interests whatsoever outside of your spirituality? Do you need to float on a cloud and be a pure being? 

No, no. It means your heart belongs to the DIvine and all your other interests find their place around that great organizing center. 

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God means…. Aligned with the Universe are those whose lives radiate from a core of love;

 for they shall recognize the face of God everywhere. …. It means: Healthy are those whose passion is electrified by deep, abiding purpose; for they 

shall see the Divine everywhere. It means: Happy are the ones who are tapped into a Source of Joy that is beyond this world, for they shall bring true Meaning into the here and now. 

What’s it like? When your heart belongs to someone or something other than the Divine? There’s a section in the book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament that is super dramatic, but if you’ve ever gone through a directionless, joyless phase of your life, then this rings true. ” The one whose heart turns from the Divine is like a barren Bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, but stands in a lava waste and empty earth.” 

That’s depressing.  It reminds me of a pathetic house plant that hasn’t been watered in a long time. I guess it’s a plant, but you can’t recognize its vitality or life. You dry up. You become lifeless. You’ve got to throw that out and get a new one, and take better care of your houseplants.  

‘ It’s sad, but a lot of us are like that. We’re like these dead houseplants that look like human beings, but we have no life in us. We have no life because we haven’t  hooked our heart, our deepest center, onto the Source of Life. I don’t know why this language stays in my mind, but ” stands in a lava waste and empty earth.” It feels that way, doesn’t it? We know exactly what that feels like, don’t we?

Sometimes it’s actually at our greatest heights in the eyes of the world that we feel at our worst. High achievers, celebrities and business leaders talk about this. Maybe we’ve achieved a milestone in our career, but we’re completely empty inside because of what we’ve had to sacrifice to get here. The world thinks you’re a big deal. Everyone is congratulating you. People think you’re doing great, but YOU KNOW your heart isn’t in the right place. Your lifeforce feels like that dried up houseplant. 

If you recognize yourself in this image, don’t worry. You can turn this around. Blessed are the pure of heart.  What do you do? Plant your roots in real, true, happiness. A happiness that defies reason. Be like a tree planted beside the stream . That stretches out its roots to the water . You don’t fear the heat because when the dry weather comes, your leaves stay green. When a drought comes, you bear fruit.  Your Roots reach  right into the water, the source of life, so that even when the drought comes, even when the dry season comes,  you  thrive.  So failure comes. Sickness comes. The death of loved ones comes. A sense of futility at work comes.  Fine. Fine, you’re alright because you’re planted near these running waters. Your heart belongs to God. 

The essence of these 8 Keys to Happiness is coming together. 

Blessed you who are poor,  for the kingdom of God is yours.  Why? Why are we saying that poor people are blessed?  No, think about this.  How blessed you are if you don’t trust in wealth.  You’re not planting your life next to that hopelessly dry stream.  You’re not hoping or trusting in a superficial, empty, lifeless reality of wealth.  How lucky. fortunate, happy you are if you’re not grounding your heart in materialism.

 Blessed are you who are hungry, for you will be satisfied.. What are we doing, are we  glorifying physical hunger? No, no. It means. How happy you are, how blessed and how lucky you are if your heart does not belong to the sensual pleasure of this world.

Is that an enticing thing? Don’t we want to enjoy the stuff of the world? YES, yes we absolutely do, but on your deathbed you’re going to look back at the precious intangible memories, how hard you loved, how much you laughed, the time you spent with your children, and what’s truly meaningful to you. Look around. A lot of our modern society is based on the most basic desires for food, youth, wealth, sexuality. But that’s a ” lava waste and empty earth.”. That’s’ a dried up houseplant. That will leave you profoundly unsatisfied at the level of the heart. 

Blessed are those who mourn for you and will laugh. So what now we’re glorifying depression?. No, no, no. How lucky you are, how blessed you are, if you are not grounding and rooting your life in good feelings. You know, good feelings are great when we have them.  But good feelings  come and  go.  Sometimes you wake up in a good mood, other days you wake up in a bad mood. Sometimes feelings correspond to what’s objectively happening in your life and other times they’re not. Sometimes this thing really makes me happy, other times it makes me kind of moderately happy, other times it seems to make no difference.  Feelings come and go.  But there are a lot of people in our society who are addicted very deeply to good feelings. They’ll do anything to produce good feelings. 

Good feelings in themselves are wonderful, but  they come and they go.  But your heart, your deepest center, the organizing principle of your life, needs to be grounded. Not in ephemeral passing states of mind, but in the Divine. Otherwise you’re a dried up houseplant. 

Okay, so that’s the psychological, spiritual level of this beatitude. I want to go one level deeper to the metaphysical. The science of being. When we speak of this beatitude as a mystical truth, then a pure heart is like magic. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God is like an incantation. Here’s what I mean. When your heart belongs to The Real you become a co-creator with God. When your heart is aligned with the Heart of God, you become a powerful force in shaping your own reality and evolving towards your highest potential. It’s not driven by the ego or worldly needs, but instead is rooted in Divine Love, an all-encompassing, synthesizing force that transcends the limitations of your current physical existence. It’s not about wanting or absorbing, but about becoming and expanding.

How do you know your heart belongs to the Divine? Because when you turn your heart towards God, you start to embody the very things we yearn for. When you long for peace, your actions and thoughts begin to reflect peacefulness. A desire for healing plants the seeds of wellness within you. If you yearn for forgiveness, your heart become softer, opening the doors for empathy and understanding. The more you yearn for Divine Love in your heart, the more it manifests within you, strengthening your connection with the Universe, and guiding you towards your true essence.

When your heart is aligned with the Heart of God, abundance cascades forth and blesses your life. The Mind of Your Heart, your “heart-mind” is infinitely more powerful than the scarcity and contradiction of this world.

The ability for the Kingdom to express itself HERE NOW depends entirely on your courage and strength to align yourself fully with your heart of hearts, and that is: the Heart of God, because God’s Heart and your heart are actually the same Heart.

Pure of Heart is about becoming a congruent human being, which means that your sense of self-esteem is rooted in personal integrity, you don’t need to prove your self-worth. 

Pure of Heart means that your intuitive guidance works in harmony and not in opposition to intellectual and emotional resources. Pure of Heart means that you are someone highly attuned and respectful of the energetic feedback constantly being channeled through your biological channels. Pure of Heart means you seek truth rather than fear it. It means you live the truth of who you are. 

There’s a hermit named Macarius who lived in the desert in Egypt 1,800 years ago. He said, “The Heart governs and reigns over your whole body. When Grace possesses the ranges of the heart, it rules over all the activities and the thoughts. For there in the heart, is the Heart-Mind. All the thoughts of the soul and all of its expectations, and in this way, Grace penetrates also to all the members of the body. Within the Heart-Mind, there are unfathomable depths. In the heart is death. In the heart is life. The heart is God’s palace. All things are in the Heart.” This is the power of living with a pure heart.

When you live with integrity, your mind, emotions, and actions are all in alignment. You are living from a place of authenticity and truth, rather than fear or external validation. This allows for Grace to flow through you seamlessly and guide you towards your highest purpose. 

I’d love to share a story with you about an insightful man named Augustine.

Augustine grows up in a small town in Northern Africa and what is today Tunisia. It’s the 4th century, so the place to be is Carthage—the metropolis of the day. When he’s 15, Augustine is the equivalent of a high school senior, about to leave home and go off to college. He can’t wait for all the boundaries to be removed. In his famous memoir, “Confessions”, Augustine writes,“I  burned to get my fill of evil things, I dared to run wild and different, in the darksome ways of love.” 

You can hear the passionate energy, but “I burned to get my fill of evil things”—it’s not a healthy spiritual energy.  His imagination is filled with sensual delights, promiscuity and all the rest. Augustine goes to Carthage, does brilliantly in his studies, and fulfills his most debaucherous dreams…. He does this for the next 20 years… but then something starts to happen. 

Augustine’s heart feels empty. He’s anxious and unsatisfied. There’s an overwhelming impulse to get his fill of pleasures, which dominates over these years, but at the same time a growing inner bitterness will not leave him at peace. 

One day Augustine is sitting at home with his close friend Pontius. Pontius tells a story, as friends do, with no idea what this is going to do in Augustine’s heart. He says: “There were 2 minor officials in the Emperor’s court today who decided to resign and devote their lives to helping the poor.” 

As Pontius tells this story, Augustine can’t help but compare his own inability year after year to change his life and to turn his heart toward God—and here are these 2 officials who hear God’s call and immediately respond to it. How is that possible?

Augustine feels a longing to change, an inner twisting, and chains restraining him interiorly, preventing him from following God’s lead. 

It’s the familiar inner tug-of-war of a divided heart— a longing to move forward toward God and something that’s holding him back in his old life of habitual self-sabotage. His inner critic tells him, “you’ll never do it, you’re too weak, you’re stupid” 

Something else happens too. Augustine describes it this way. He says, “I turned my eyes elsewhere, and while I stood trembling at the barrier, on the other side, I could feel the purity of the Angel of Comfort, in all her serene joy. She modestly beckoned me to cross over and hesitate no more. She stretched out her loving hands to welcome and embrace me.”

Something has changed in the experience. The burden has washed out. Something gentle, warm, strengthening, and loving has come into its place. The Angel smiles at Augustine and says,  “Do you think these other men and women who follow God find their strength within themselves? No, they find their courage in God.”

Augustine feels a storm of tears welling up inside his heart and he runs out into the courtyard, flings himself under a fig tree, and cries out, “How long will I go on saying tomorrow and tomorrow, why not now, why not now?!”

And he resolves to change his life. He goes inside and tells his mother he will no longer live a life of self-betrayal. It’s a beautiful moment when the human heart finally stops running from God. From this experience, Augustine concludes, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

How lucky you are, how happy, how blessed you are if you make your heart at home in God. 

This conversation raises for all of us this question: To whom or what does your heart belong? Ask yourself: Where is my deepest centre? Unless it belongs to the Divine, you become that dried up houseplant. But if your heart is rooted in The Real, The Eternal Love that penetrates all things, you thrive.

It’s amazing the message of love that the Beatitudes and offer. My hope for you is that you know you’re immensely loved and deserving of happiness. Despite the struggles and challenges you might be facing in your life right now, remember that you have an innate ability to find true fulfillment and happiness. Let your heart make its home in The Divine.  

My friend, I’d like to leave you with a gorgeous soliloquy by Karl Rahner. It’s called “Bury The Questions”. 

God of my life, 

Only in love can I find you. 

In love the gates of my soul spring open, 

allowing me to breathe in a new air of freedom and forget my own petty self. 

In love my whole being streams forth out of the rigid confines of narrowness,

and anxious self-assertion which make me a prisoner of my own poverty and emptiness. 

In love all the powers of my soul flow out towards you, 

wanting never more to return, but to lose themselves completely in you, 

since by your love, you are the inmost centre of my heart, 

closer to me than I am to myself. 

But when I love you, when I manage to break out of the narrow circle of self, 

and leave behind the restless agony of unanswered questions, 

when my blinded eyes no longer look merely from afar, 

and from the outside upon your unapproachable brightness, 

and much more when you yourself, O Incomprehensible One, 

have become through love the inmost centre of my life, 

then I can bury myself entirely in you, O Mysterious God, 

and with myself,

all my question,

Amen. 

My friend, I have a gift for you! It’s a masterclass called, “3 Keys to Unlock Your Connection to The Divine” Normally this is $97 but you can grab it right now for free at mysticalspirituality.com 

This masterclass will help you listen to your intuition, trust your gut, and embody these spiritual principles into your life. It’s a 40-minute video class, and you get a beautiful Workbook filled with journal prompts and practical exercises for being a better human. Go to mysticalspirituality.com to get it for free.

See you next week for the seventh key to happiness. The seventh beatitude is the mother of all beatitudes. It’s the fruition of your spiritual growth. Hit subscribe so that you don’t miss the next episode. You’re going to love it. 

Until next week, my friend. You deserve happiness. I believe in you. Trust the mystic within.

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