The central position of the heart in the higher order of logic and understanding appear as extraneous to the personality because they do not serve the accumulation of external power. We have come to view feelings as unneccessary appendages, like tonsils ~ useless, but capable of creating pain and dysfunction. Thus, the pursuit of eternal power has led to a repression of emotion.
When we close the door to our feelings, we close the door to the vital currents that energize and activate our thoughts and actions. We cannot begin the process of understanding the effects of our emotions upon us, our environment, and other people, or the effects of the emotions of other people upon themselves, their environment, and US.
Without an awareness of our emotions, we cannot associate the effects of anger, sadness, grief, and joy ~ within ourselves or others ~ with their causes. We cannot distinguish between that part of us which is personality and that part of us which is soul. Without an awareness of our feelings we cannot experience compassion. How can we share the sufferings and the joys of others if we cannot experience our own?
If we are not intimate with our emotions, we cannot perceive the dynamics that lie behind emotions, the way that these dynamics work, and the ends that they serve.
Emotions are currents of energy that pass Through us. Awareness of these currents is the first step in learning how our experiences come into being and why. Emotions reflect intentions. Therefore, awareness of emotions leads to awareness of intentions. Every discrepancy between a conscious intention and the emotions that accompany it points directly to a splintered aspect of the Self that requires healing. Without an awareness of your emotions you are not able to experience reverence. Reverence is not an emotion. It is a way of Being, but the path to reverence is through your heart, and only an awareness of your feelings can open your heart.
We have evolved as far as the intellect will take us. We have explored the scope and depth of reality, and we have discovered the limitations of external power. By choosing your thoughts, and by selecting which emotional currents you will release and which you will reinforce, you determine the quality of your Light.
You determine the effects that you will have upon others, and the nature of the experiences of Your life. This requires heart.