The Four Immeasurables

Loving-kindness — Compassion — Sympathetic Joy — Equanimity

They are the sublime expressions of Love ~ The essential nature and radiance of the enlightened heart. They are also known as the Four Limitless Ones, The Divine Abodes, The Four Sublime States, and the Brahmaviharas. They are called immeasurable because their capacity to purify the heart and generate positive energy is beyond measure. As we focus within and cultivate the sublime love through a sincere practice, it reaches out in a ripple effect immeasurably to all living beings.

When we contemplate and dedicate a practice to these four, we transform delusions, greed, selfishness and negativity. We heal our destructive and unhealthy attachments and afflictions (i.e. anger, sorrow, hatred, jealousies). We open what was closed, we develop a noble heart abundant and full of compassion, love and wisdom. In right time they become a natural flow of radiant essence from oneself to the One-Self.

The Lotus Heart Sound Journey assists in manifesting a noble heart with vibration of pure intention (as I facilitate), sound, energetic activation of geometric symbols in the subtle fields, yielding a beautiful self-unfoldment of beauty, goodness and truth in right relationship.

Imagine a heart-centered equal-arm cross, linking heaven, earth and human, yet reaching outward in service to all humanity. The equal-arm cross of four arms multiplies twice to make eight, this eight represents the Divine Mother and her energetic synthesis weaving the eight directions and bringing harmony to the illusion of duality. The Divine Sophia is a guiding light of love, wisdom and compassion, seeded in each one of us. She heralds an Inter-spirituality to pave the way for us to embrace the world religions, traditions and philosophies at the same time. She helps us open our hearts to allow a sacred doctrine of truth to be born, guiding and assisting each other toward healing the human spirit. None could more powerful than the energetic radiance of Divine LOVE.

MAY ALL BEINGS have happiness and the causes of happiness.

Here we generate the mind of LOVE. From the very depths of our heart, we radiate in all directions the sincere wish for all living beings to have happiness and the causes that bring happiness. The immeasurable quality of loving-kindness is boundless, open and pure – an all-embracing love, dedicated to serving the highest welfare of all beings.

MAY ALL BEINGS be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

Here we generate the mind of COMPASSION. From the depths of heart, we radiate in all directions the sincere wish for all living beings to be free from suffering and the causes that bring suffering. The immeasurable quality of Compassion (Mercy) is a wise heartfelt motivation to relieve the pain, sorrow, and suffering of others. The sublime Compassion arises from our genuine concern for others and manifests as selfless acts of physical and spiritual charity.

MAY ALL BEINGS never be separated from the supreme joy that is beyond all sorrow.

Here we generate the mind of SYMPATHETIC JOY. From the depths of heart, we radiate in all directions the sincere wish that all living beings never be separated from the supreme joy that is beyond all sorrow. The immeasurable quality of Sympathetic Joy is our genuine ability to rejoice and delight in the happiness, success, and good fortune of others. With this sublime quality of Joy we are able to truly appreciate and be inspired by the positive qualities and virtuous deeds of others. Great JOY opens the heart and dissolves envy, jealousy, aversion, self-centeredness, and dualistic views that create separation between people.

MAY ALL BEINGS abide in equanimity free from attachment and aversion.

In this last verse, we generate the mind of EQUANIMITY. From the depths of our heart, we radiate in all directions the sincere wish that all living beings may abide in Equanimity free from attachment (self-centered desire) and aversion (hatred/hostility). The immeasurable quality of Equanimity is animperturbable composure of heart — a love that embraces all living beings and circumstances with equality, wisdom and serenity. With this sublime Equanimity, our love is impartial, rightly discerning, balanced, not carried away by emotion, and free of attachment. In this way, Equanimity opens the heart and dissolves prejudice, attachment, aversion, uncaring indifference, anger, and hostility.

EQUANIMITY is the culmination of The Four Immeasurables; it is the most essential yet difficult to cultivate, the guide of the other three. Our Equanimity must extend to and embrace all living beings throughout all realms of existence for it to become sublime, limitless and immeasurable.

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