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April 23, 2012 / Ronald Chapman

Softening the Heart

In A Killer’s Grace there is a strong theme of softening the heart, a notion that comes from Buddhism and more specifically from the work of Stephen and Ondrea Levine who have advanced Elizabeth Kubler Ross’s death and dying work. The idea is simply that all the losses and failings in our lives have hardened our hearts, though we do not know that to be the case.
Life comes along and somehow finds a way to strike those callouses in which our hearts have been wrapped. The dull and continuing ache is intended to get our attention. And by bringing attention to old injuries we have an opportunity to heal.
Pain physician Erv Hinds says that “the greatest failure of medicine is in overlooking the debilitating effects of heartache”.
In the end, if we intend to overcome ourselves and our difficulties, we must soften our hearts by releasing. That’s why the idea of redemption for a serial killer such as the one in A Killer’s Grace presents such a great opportunity.
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