Participation in this Whole Heart Connection workshop is limited to students who have already completed the Whole Heart Connection Intro (either online or in-person). For those who attended the Whole Heart Connection Intro in person, but have not attended an online event, join me first for Taking Heart at 11:00 a.m.
Layers of the Heart–The Wei, Ying, and Yuan Level
In the Whole Heart Connection Intro, we speak about the heart as being like a donut hole, a place of emptiness in the middle of our personal donut, through which the light of consciousness shines. In the Mentorship program, we learn that the heart has layers, just as a person (or donut) has layers.
If you were looking at an actual donut, you’d see that there is the layer with the glaze and the sprinkles on it, and then there’s the layer that’s the thick meaty layer of the donut, and then there’s the back of the donut where it kind of soaks up the coffee that got spilled in the saucer, and then of course, there’s out the other side. This layering exists in us as well.
The Wei Level
The Wei level of a donut is the place where the glaze and the sprinkles are. In a person, it’s changing all the time –sometimes we’re nervous there, sometimes we’re excited there, sometimes we’re frozen there… Sometimes we put on a song and dance; sometimes we’re completely free like a child, and it’s absolutely delightful. When the Wei level is healthy, we have true, spontaneous, uninhibited charisma. With that freedom, we also have response-ability, an ability to respond, because those fringes are out there in the wind, and we can feel how the wind is blowing. It’s a very exciting place –a healthy Wei level is ever-changing second by second.
The Ying Level
Moving from there to the Ying level is easier if you put your hands on your body and feel the gushy stuff that’s inside. It’s a whole, loose, squishy, deep, complicated terrain in the Ying level. Many people have loss of heart on the Ying level, and sometimes it’s hard for people to really want to go into the Ying level, because “that’s where my deepest owwies are.” It’s also where our deepest beauty is–well, maybe not our deepest, but a lot of beauty, a lot of poetry, a lot of art.
The Yuan Level
The Wei level is kind of in front of the heart, and maybe the first centimeter of flesh. Then the Ying level is the fleshy part of the heart. Then what’s called the Yuan level is where the heart leans into the spine behind it, solid. When we move into the Yuan level it’s often very unfamiliar at first, but it’s very secure. It is the part of us that is deeper than any emotion we have ever had. For many of us, this is unimaginable. After a while, it gets easier, especially in a community that is looking straight at you from their own Yuan level.
It’s an incredible affirmation that happens in WHC community, to be in freedom and responsibility on the Wei level, deep healing tenderness on the Ying level, and then to understand that even all that beauty is not actually who you are. Underneath is the Yuan level, which is a read-only document that nothing in our life experience can change. It’s very important to access the Yuan level in healing, because it is the part of you that is completely undamaged and undamageable. When people really settle into knowing who they are in the simple Yuan level statement that life is making through them, there’s a fearlessness –not reckless –but a fearlessness, because you know that you can be hurt but, on some level, you know that you can’t be broken or damaged.
This is a brief overview of the three levels that we will be working with on this upcoming Making Connections day. Watch the video below for more detail about the levels. I hope you’ll join us. See you there.
If you’ve already attended a Whole Heart Connection Intro and you want a chance to re-immerse in heart-space, please join us for our monthly Taking Heart gathering.
Or, if you want a brief review of how Whole Heart Connection skills translate into an online context before signing up for other classes, join us for this short and sweet review of the basic practices. Learn more here.
Whole Heart Connection for Personal and Social Healing
These are tools for fostering equality even in the midst of social power imbalance, and for becoming effective agents of social change without courting burn-out. In fact, Whole Heart Connection will do more for your health than you would have believed possible in such difficult times.
Whole Heart Connection practices draw upon aikido, Chinese medicine, and Sufism, all of which teach us that healthy change takes place on a me-first basis. Our goal is the well-being of entire communities, and so we are committed to fostering personal health every step of the way. There is no division between being an activist and taking care of ourselves.