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An Open Heart

Nov 02, 2021 06:00AM ● By Rosemary Kimble

Three times in my life, I’ve felt true bliss, my heart blossoming like a flower from Divine love. The first time was when, after many years of seeking the courage to do so, I called my ex-husband and forgave him. When the call was over, I felt a magnificent release of resentment and heartache. I felt warm inside, and my whole being felt like it was glowing with newfound peaceful energy. Bliss set in. I had no idea how much I had been holding on to.

The second time I felt true bliss was in my first ayahuasca ceremony. I faced some hard lessons, and after hours and hours of purging, something inside of me moved and released. I felt myself fill with love, starting from my heart center. I knew it was Spirit at its highest level reaching down to encompass me with its divine light. I felt my heart open wide as if a rose had blossomed there. My whole being became warm, radiating light. I sat in bliss and cried tears of joy.

The third time was when I met the guru Amma Sri Karunamayi. I had signed up for a meditation retreat but was skeptical through most of it. A number of shamans I had worked with before had turned out to have little integrity, and I was not going to let myself fall for that again. I could not understand anything Amma was saying; her words were incomprehensible to me. Yet, after seven hours, when I went to my car to leave, something told me to stay.

I acknowledged my skepticism, and I asked for guidance to help me learn what I was there to learn. I let go of doubt and went back to the ceremony. Immediately, I noticed a loving energy that had been building all day. I could feel it pulsing through my veins, and I suddenly could understand everything Amma was saying. She had many spiritual truths to share; I wondered what I had missed earlier when I couldn’t hear her.

When Amma was done, only the devotees remained, and Amma stood up to leave. Everyone crowded around her, hoping to have her blessing in the form of her touch. I moved along with the crowd until an opening came, and I found myself standing right beside her. Then, reaching out, she laid her hand on my forehead, and in that single motion, I felt the loving energy of the Divine. Pure, unconditional love streamed down through her and into me, reaching my heart and blossoming again.

I stood there in bliss. Tears of joy fell from my eyes once more. I held my hands over my heart and felt the warmth and power of love. I knew I had once again been blessed with the ultimate love of Spirit. Seeing the human potential embodied in Amma gave me hope.

In each of these experiences, I let my heart open to any possibility. Each time, something peeled away, and a breakthrough occurred. I could have called my ex only to have him hang up on me; in the ayahuasca ceremony, I could have turned away from the teaching that was trying to reveal itself; and I could have gotten in my car and left Amma’s ceremony that day. Thankfully, though, in those moments, I was fearless enough to meet what was in front of me.

In each of these experiences, I have been able to see the possibility of connecting with my inherent divinity and be more open to what the universe has to offer me. How blissful my life could be if I remain that open-hearted to every challenge life presents me.  ❧

Rosemary Kimble is an artist with a penchant for the metaphysical and healing arts. She is an animal communicator, medium, intuitive healer, ceremonialist and co-director of Adventures in Empowerment Retreats. For more information, email [email protected] or visit

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