An experiential guide for exploring the convergence of psychological healing and spiritual awakening that happens most clearly and powerfully in the depths of the heart
“The Deep Heart is what I call a living book, that rare gem of a book that is alive with the presence of its author . . . A book like this should be felt and experienced as much as it should be read.” —Adyashanti
The great human quest is to discover who we really are—a discovery that changes our lives and the lives of those around us. With The Deep Heart, spiritual teacher and psychotherapist Dr. John J. Prendergast invites us on a pilgrimage within, using the heart as a portal to our deepest psychological and spiritual nature.
The “deep heart” is Prendergast’s term for our heart center—a subtle center of emotional and energetic sensitivity, relational intimacy, profound inner knowing, and unconditional love. “The heart area is where we feel most deeply touched by kindness, gratitude, and appreciation, yet it is also where we feel most emotionally wounded,” writes Prendergast. “Whether we realize it or not, the heart is what we most carefully guard and most want to open.”
Throughout The Deep Heart, Prendergast expertly combines the boundaried wisdom of psychotherapy with a spacious, embodied path to liberation, bringing attention to both the joys and pitfalls of each approach with the compassion of a friend who’s walked the path for decades.
In this experiential guide, Prendergast invites you to tune into your inherent wisdom, love, and wholeness as you journey into the deep heart. Through precise and potent meditative inquiries, insightful stories, and reflections drawn from Prendergast’s intimate work with students and clients, you’ll begin to open your heart, see through your core limiting beliefs, and discover the true nature of your being.
Psychotherapist Prendergast (In Touch) lays out a strategy for readers to make "a spiritual pilgrimage from the head to the heart" and escape the ego's endless "agenda for self-improvement" in this inviting inquiry. He provides meditation exercises and examples taken from his psychotherapy practice to explain how the heart can be a "center of extraordinary sensitivity in the center of the chest that has infinite depth" and the "most common, central, and easily accessible portal to true nature for most people." Arguing that "the ordinary mind is a good servant but a poor master," he instructs readers to detect and effectively question "core limiting beliefs" by meditating, asking oneself difficult questions (such as, how will I feel "if I have the right job or career?" or "How do you adapt to defend yourself?"), and doing one's best to "let it in." Prendergast asks readers to "re-inhabit" themselves (driven by "affectionate, non-judgmental attention" to one's own needs) and their own experiences (as opposed to quickly moving on to the next experience). Readers who enjoyed Helen Schucman's A Course in Miracles will appreciate Prendergast's enthusiastic take on deconstructing self-imposed limitations. \n