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D.A.R.K. Technique: 

Open Your Heart

When you Open Your Heart, it's easier to love, to forgive and to accept yourself and others. When our heart is open, it's easier to view the world more objectively, with less judgment.

When to Open Your Heart

Because it's so simple and can be done in a second, Open Your Heart can be a go-to technique for all things.   You can Open Your Heart when:

· You're angry, anxious, frustrated, pained or sad
· You need to remember what's truly important
· You feel negative about yourself or others
· You're in the middle of an argument, a heated discussion or an uncomfortable interaction, or just finished one
· You're experiencing a dark moment

During a dark or difficult moment,  it can be very, very hard to Open Your Heart - and that's okay. Just thinking of opening of your heart is a step in the right direction.

If it's hard, try starting with another technique like the Line of Calm or Connect in All Space. When you do Open Your Heart, only expand your circle as much as you can in that moment.  

How to Open Your Heart

1. In front of your chest, imagine a small green circle (or make it any colour you like).

Visualize small green circle in front of chest.

2. Visualize that circle expanding until it's as wide as your body or as wide as is comfortable for you.

If you like, you can expand the circle until it surrounds your body.

Expand green circle in front of chest
Green circle around body

3. Optional - If you like, say silently: “I am loved unconditionally. I love unconditionally.” Once you've practiced Open Your Heart, you'll be able to visualize all the steps in seconds.

Helpful Hints

If you need it really quickly in the moment, just visualize your circle expanding in front of your chest.