October 7, 2022

The Mindful Heart – Metanoia Your Past Conditioning

For some individuals, 2019 was a year of much improvement in many areas, for others it was a year of many challenges, a year where many experienced themselves being forced into a dark place of confinement, a place within themselves where truth demanded one’s undivided attention – once and for all! Many were forced to answer questions such as, “Am I observing the situation accurately or am I projecting how I feel onto what is happening?” Others discovered that the anger and bitterness they’ve been holding onto for most their lives, actually had a name called grief. Truth is, for the majority of us, 2019 was a year of hard knocks and scrutiny in many ways, and 2020 felt like a dark and long tunnel with no light at the end. If you’re still alive and breathing, and all in one piece, I have to congratulate you for being ‘HEARTCORE!’

Speaking of HeartCore, I believe the Heart of Man to be the very Central Processing Unit of the entire human experience. This truth, for some reason, has been kept in the back room of the entire Mind Power Industry. We are witnessing an explosion of information today from online courses on Nero Linguistic Programming (NLP), Self Hypnosis Techniques to books and seminars on Mind Power and Mind Control, which in my opinion, can at times become manipulative in it’s nature in bringing the individual to a better, more complete state of being in order to live “the abundant life.”


The human mind has taken center stage in the personal development industry, as well as spirituality – and more specifically in the charismatic circles of Christianity. One only needs to step into a Christian book store to discover the overwhelming variety of books on the mind or on mind renewal. The self help industry has an even wider range of books and resources on developing or mastering the human mind. One can obtain audio programs that are specifically engineered through fine tuning certain audio frequencies that adjust the brain wave patterns of the human brain in order to function in the certain state of mind or flow that the listener desires. For example, the Alpha Brain Wave enhances the creative abilities of an individual in order to allow a sense of creative flow when working on a business project, designing something or writing a book.

A few years ago I set out on a journey of getting to the root cause of my continual self inflicted grief, where I soon realized, the only one who had the power to change it all, was me. As great and powerful as God is, without our co-operation He can do nothing except be a spectator of our own self imposed annihilation project. Eventually I began studying into Neuroscience, from online courses (one in particular that I continue to work through to this day which I highly regard as the most effective mind renewal material within the confines of Christianity), to creating a Facebook Page with a video blog. Eventually I began searching out the missing link in what truly fuels the human experience towards the quality or state in which one experiences reality. I truly believe that consciousness is reality – nothing is as it seems, we only give it definition according to how we consciously perceive something to be, and let me explain,

Our perception of something, based on our past conditioning will determine the value we place on someone or something. Let me give you an example. There is much teaching going around within the confines of the contemporary Christian Prophetic Movement that says the Bible is incomplete or is culturally irrelevant in our modern day society. This claim is purely based on individual perception of one’s conscious experience backed by a past conditioning. What I mean by this is, the awareness that there are contradictions in the Bible is a mirror of the contradictions that we are carrying around in our body temples, more specifically our Heart which is the Core of our belief system. This is where we have established within our very framework of what we believe about ourselves, what we believe about others, what we believe about life and what we believe about God. This realization sent me on a soul search, a confrontation with my inner guide (what free spirituals would call the universe or the higher self) what I would attribute to as the Divine Christ within me Who began leading me through a series of awakenings into the “heart of the matter.” I began doing serious study and research with the resourceful help of the Heart Math Institute where I discovered powerful scientifically proven facts that I was able to match up with ancient biblical truths with regards to the secrets of mastering the human experience.

The secret is the Heart of Man – not the mind alone – or should I say, not the mind independent of correct calibration/synchronicity with the mind and ultimately the entire human make up. The ancient writer of the Book of Proverbs was correct, after all in saying, as a man thinks in his heart so is he.” The ancient writer knew that the secret is not mind over matter but truly the secret is heart over matter.

The Heart Math Institute tells us that the Electro Magnetic Field around the heart is five thousand times greater than that of the human mind. This is a significant comparison which we cannot continue to ignore if we are to finally break the through the threshold of true personal mastery.

WHY METANOIA?

Metanoia is a transliterationn of the Greek word which simply means, “a transformative change of heart or spiritual conversion. The term suggests a change of mind, repentance, conversion and “reformation.” Metanoia was quite a controversial word in early church reformation.

In opposition to the Roman Catholic Church’s interpretation of metanoia as comprising confession, and penances, Martin Luther objected that it retained its classical sense of “a change of mind or simply “a change in one’s thinking.” For John Staupitz, “Metanoia signifies a changing of the mind and heart, because it seemed to indicate not only a change of the heart, but also a manner of changing it. In the Pagan world Metanoia means after thought, from meta meaning “after” or “beyond” and nous meaning “mind”.

In Classical Greek metanoia meant changing one’s mind about someone or something. Interestingly, when personified, Metanoia was depicted as a shadowy goddess, cloaked and sorrowful, who accompanied Kairos, the god of Opportunity, sowing regret and inspiring repentance for the “missed moment”. This conventional portrayal continued through the Renaissance. The term “…was used consistently in the literature of that time to express a fundamental change in thinking that leads to a fundamental change in behavior and/or way of living”.

This last one knocked it out of the park for me and I believe perfectly sets the benchmark for the Body Of Christ as we approach 2022.

The Greek Orthodox Church in America teaches that “The Greek term for repentance, metanoia, denotes a change of mind, a reorientation, a fundamental transformation of outlook, of man’s vision of the world and of himself, and a new way of loving others and God.

The Connection Zone

The most important for all of us as believers or followers of The Way, is our connection/relationship with our Creator – Christ Upon me, In Me and Through Me. Nothing is more important than the HeartCore alive and saturated in a healthy, constant channel of communication with the Divine. And by this I don’t mean locking yourself up in solitary isolation in a temple in the Mountains of Tibet. As we transition into the dawn of a new era we’re witnessing masses of temple monks and spiritual masters coming out of solitude and beginning to manifest their wisdom and secrets to the world and now we have the Christians wanting to creep into the dark holes the temple monks don’t even want to be in any longer. Why? Because they too realize that creation wants to see manifestation. The era we’re moving into is all about manifestation. Jesus said., “you are the light of the world!”…a candle isn’t put under a measuring basket but is place on top for all the the world to see.” This not the time to hide away but to SHINE your light in the midst of a dark world. 2019 was a year about Resetting Your Defaults. Metanoia is all about doing just this. Many prefer meditation while others prefer prayer. Biblical Meditation is a great way of becoming centered and focused where one begins to observe things from a neutral perspective, observing thoughts rather than trying to control thoughts. 2019 was a year of letting go rather than piling on. 2020 was a year of light journeying because of all the unnecessary weights we carried through previous years and finally identified that all they really were just that – weights slowing us down and causing unnecessary suffering due to ignorance on our part and perhaps internal belief systems within ourselves that needed calibration through 2019.

Mental, emotional and physical conditioning is key for 2022 and beyond. Spending less time on Netflix or social media and spending time practicing self love by investing in ourselves.. Feed the mind with good books, video content, audio content, reading the bible, investing in study courses or online programs will improve the mental and emotional state. Entertainment is important but use entertainment as times of rewards. Think of your entertainment times as your “pats on the back” for remaining consistent with your new rituals. I would also recommend journaling. There is something about writing things down that reinforces things in your mind. Studies have revealed that taking notes by hand forces the brain to engage in some heavy “mental lifting” which fosters comprehension and retention. Another powerful practice is Self Talk. For ten minutes each morning look in the mirror and talk to yourself. I know you may be thinking that’s absurd but this is a powerful technique practiced by many personal development masters who have experienced the positive effects first hand. The best self talk you can practice is speaking scriptural promises over yourself. Find scriptures that are promises from God to you about your identity and your inheritance as a believer in Christ, this is far more powerful than using incantations or affirmations that carry no life. The Word of God is Living Word and using it in this practice will absolutely transform your life.

Another vitally important ingredient in mental, emotional and physical conditioning is exercising, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water. The more your cells are oxygenated and hydrated the better you’ll feel and your mind will function with improved concentration and less fatigue. Make a habit of drinking plenty of water – preferably ionized. Engage in regular exercise. Whatever that is for you just make sure you remain consistent and that it increases blood flow and builds a sweat. (Be sure to check out my personal Morning Ritual cheat sheet in future posts).

Relationships is another important area of our lives that will determine the state and wellbeing of our mental and emotional framework. Look around you and identify the relationships that are worth maintaining. Nurture these relationships, and by this, I mean quality relationships – friends, family, partners, mentors that have proven to be healthy for your mental and emotional well being. Watch out for energy sappers, the relationships that drain you or are overly demanding in certain areas. Avoid all forms of gossip or negative talk – gossip instantly lowers your vibrational set point and disrupts the Heart Rythms.

Contribution is another key ingredient. Plug into a community based organization or gathering with like-minded individuals and serve others. Remember this: Jesus the Christ never told anyone to go the palaces, find a king or a queen and serve them in order to be great. No, He said go to the widows and the orphans. There are also plenty of online communities we can now join allowing anyone, no matter their geographical location, to plug in to a corporate gathering and interact with fellow believers.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I totally believe in you!. Remember, life is all about living from the HeartCore. Keep a look out for more awesome content..

Much Love and Blessings,
Mark&Nash


Mark & Nash

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