So whenever you are desperate, anguished, or depressed, whenever you feel you cannot go on, or you feel your heart is breaking, the only conditions to the effectiveness of this practice are that you need to do it with all you might, and that you need to ask, really, ask, for help.

Even if you practice meditation you will have emotional pain and suffering, and a lot of things from your past lives or this one may emerge that will be difficult to face. You may find you do not have wisdom or the stability in your meditation to deal with them, and

that your meditation on its own is not enough. What you need then is what I call “a heart practice.” I always feel sad that people don’t have a practice like this to help them in times of desperation, because if you do, you will find you have something immeasurably precious, which also become a source of transformation and continuing strength.

Invocation

Invocation in the sky in front of you the presence of whichever enlightened being inspires you the most, and consider that this being is the embodiment of all the buddhas, and masters. If you cannot imagine in your mind’s eye any one form, just feel the presence strongly and invoke his or her infinite power, compassion, and blessing.

Calling out

Open your heart and invoke him or her with all the pain and suffering you feel. If you feel like crying, don’t hold back: let your tears flow, and really ask for help. Know that there is someone who is absolutely there for you , someone who listens to you, who understands you with love and compassion, without ever judging you : an ultimate friend. Call him or her from the depths of your pain.

Filling the heart with bliss

Imagine and know now that the buddha you are crying out to responds, with all his or her love, compassion, wisdom, and power. Tremendous rays of light stream out toward you from him or her. Imagine that light as nectar, filling your heart up completely, and transforming all your suffering into bliss. Think of him as infinitely warm and loving, a sun of bliss, comfort, peace, and healing. Open your heart, let out all your suffering; cry out for help. Imagine now thousands of rays of light streaming out of his body or from his heart: Imagine that the nectar of Great Bliss in the skull cup in his hands overflows with joy and pours down over you in a continuous stream of soothing, golden liquid light. It flows into your heart, filling it and transforming your suffering into bliss. As you do this practice again, and again, you will realize, with joy and delight, that the buddhas are not outside of you but always with you, inseparable from the nature of your mind.