The Bluetooth of the Heart in this Zen Fits talk is a metaphor using my big Bluetooth Amplifier playing music from my iPhone throughout the house is the metaphor for our own heart music playing in our world, the house our mind builds.
The Bluetooth of the Heart tells me when I’ve strayed to far in the mind and the signal is lost. It used to be that I was always disconnected looking for the signal that I knew was there. Now that I’ve found it, I can hear when the signal drops off, for it tells me in a loud voice. I quickly return to my alignment with the Dharma of the Heart, and the music picks up as if I had never left.
When I go the edge of the kitchen, the connection with the Music is broken and the speaker announces “Bluetooth disconnected.” And when I feel the pain of being disconnected from the source of life, my heart, I come back within range and the speaker welcomes my return: Bluetooth connected and the music comes back. Actually, the music is always there, but it is us that leaves it.
And then, noticing, feeling that I’m disconnected I begin looking for the connection in time, maybe in the backyard, or even another town. I keep increasing the distance between me and my Bluetooth as I search for it, my Beloved. Yes, Beloved, for that is the way we feel about our Heart Music.
Bluetooth music is not in the speaker, not in the portable phone; Bluetooth music comes from the universe through the form of the phone and the speaker. Like a sacrament in the Catholic Church, grace flows through these instruments. We need the phone and the speaker to capture the music, we need our mind to capture the music of our hearts in form, in me as a form in the world of forms. But the music comes from emptiness.
Be empty my friend.
Ah, the metaphor of the Bluetooth of the heart is extended. While it irritates my wife when I go to the far edge of the Bluetooth’s signal and it announces that I’m disconnected, I like it. It reminds me of how ofter I get disconnected from my own heart. Let’s look at this; let’s flesh it out.
The mind functions in an objective world where everything is disconnected. But the Heart functions in the subjective world where you are the world and the world is you. These are two incompatible views of yourself in the world. With the mind’s objective factual view, you are you and you are not the Bluetooth. But in the subjective world of the Heart, you are the Bluetooth and the Bluetooth is you. This world is communicated through metaphor and story. But its reality is felt, like music is felt, like the wind in a sailboat is felt, like the jerk of the train when it starts.