The ability to center in the heart at will is what humanity needs most so we can live in our hearts. This ability to center in the heart lies at the core of Heart-Centered ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Heart-Centered ABA is an approach to working with both our inner and outer behavior to create more love and harmony in ourselves, and our lives, and nurture our potential. Bridging Worlds Behavioral Services has adopted this scale with our staff to measure how heart-centered we are at any moment. The Heart-Centering Scale has eleven numeric distinctions for the various states of energetic heart-centeredness we can experience at any moment. The purpose of this scale is to guide us to be more heart-centered in our work and our life.
0 – I feel no sensations and my awareness is completely centered in my head.
1 – I’m starting to feel sensations but they are very thin, and the center of my awareness is mostly in my head.
2 – I’m feeling sensations. The sensations are a little stronger and more palpable but the head is still the primary energetic center.
3 – I’m feeling clearer sensations, but still I’m referencing my head for where to decide from.
4 – The sensations are apparent and I’m starting to feel the openings of my heart. My center is halfway between my head and my heart.
5 – I feel my heart and I’m starting to center here. The thinking information is still strong but I can feel my heart.
6 – I feel my heart and know I’m centered here. I’m comfortable with the sensations I’m feeling in my body. I am heart-centered.
Ecstatic Heart-Centered States:
7 – I feel deep sensations in the moment and it feels touching and connected. Tears come or a palpable emotion which touches the whole field.
8 – I feel a profound upwelling of love and connection. I’m touched and touching everyone I interact with.
9 – I feel my own heart so fully and other hearts so fully I’m totally tuned in in an ecstatic or deeply profound state of connection.
10 – I feel deep sensations in the moment and it feels touching and connected. Tears come or a palpable emotion which touches the whole field.
11 – I feel full blown oneness with all that is, in my heart. Everything I experience is part of this profound connection to all that is. My heart is completely opened and I’m in surrendered connection to all that is.
How to Use the Scale
Once you learn the scale and how to use the distinctions to self-assess, then you can guide yourself generally towards a 5 or a 6. Being at a state of 1-3 means we are head centered. States 7-10 are peak experiences which we cannot force, but we can set up the circumstances for them to arise more frequently. When we ground our lives in states 4-6 most of the time, we are embodying heart-centered living. States of 7 will happen more often the more centered we are in our hearts. When we aim for a state of 6, that’s really the best we can typically do through the use of conscious effort. States 8-10 are mystical experiences and we rely heavily on the grace of the divine to experience these states. We cannot force them; we can only entice and allow them.
It is my intention that we use this scale to help us center in the heart. None of the numbered states of experience on this scale are wrong. It’s a valuable experience to be at a state of 0 just as it is to be a 10. Peak states are wonderful to dip into, but we could not live a successful and functional life in this society, if we were constantly in 9 or 10 states. Wherever we find ourselves naturally being, the goal is to accept ourselves and move closer and closer to centering in the heart. When we aim for the grounded, heart-centered experience of 6, this maximizes the most effective use of this scale.
How to Move from Mind-Centered to Heart-Centered
There are many ways to move from a more mental way of being to a more feeling centered way of being. Touching the heart, with your hand, is a profound way to center your awareness more deeply in the heart. Saying what you feel always brings you deeper into the heart. Authenticity puts you directly in touch with your heart. After touching the heart, you can also notice the sensations you feel in your heart. Are they tight or loose? Moving or still? Sharp or dull? Heavy or light? Warm or Cool? When you are aware of and embracing the sensations in your heart, you will naturally be more heart-centered. Choose to remain in your heart. Return here any time you lose touch with it.
Let us know how using this scale has been in your life. We welcome feedback to help evolve this tool and all of Heart-Centered ABA.
Bridging Worlds operates using Heart-Centered ABA and the Heart-Centered Operating System (HCOS), developed in partnership with Heart-Centered Revolutions (HCR), a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to forging a world that works for everyone.
For more information about HCOS, please read these HCR articles and find out how you can schedule an HCOS consultation and training for your business or organization on our website. Heart-Centered Revolutions has helped us grow and flourish and they can do the same for you.