The Heart as an Intelligent Brain
The heart has a long history of being popularly associated with feelings, passion, consciousness and awareness. Throughout history, poets, writers and prophets have described the human heart as the source of love, intuition, wisdom, and positive emotions. These important functions of the heart were well known back in the Mesopotamian time. Other cultures, like the Babylonians, the Chinese and the Greeks gave a highly importance to the health of the heart. Also the Egyptians believed that the heart played an important role in the spiritual dimension, in the mind awakening and thrive process.
Egyptians believed that the heart played an important role in the spiritual dimension, in the mind awakening and thrive process.
Many believe that conscious awareness originates from the brain alone. Research in the past two decades suggest that consciousness emerges from the body and brain working together in a strong connection. The heart is an information processing center that can learn, remember, and act independently by the cranial brain, having it`s own intelligence. This spectacular organ actually connects and sends signals to key brain areas such as thalamus, hypothalamus, which regulate our emotions and perceptions.
A few researchers started to study the messages that the heart is sending to the brain and how the brain reacts and responds to them. One of them is the Director of Research at the Institute of HeartMath, Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. With his team, he discovered that although the heart has a two-way communication line with the brain, the signals sent from the heart to the brain are more frequent than those sent from the brain to the heart.
The signals sent from the heart to the brain are more frequent than those sent from the brain to the heart.
A new field of neurocardiology affirms that the heart is a sensory organ with an intrinsic nervous system with a complexity of a brain itself. We should take into consideration that the heart is the organ that generates the strongest electromagnetic field of any organ of the body, that can be measured up to a few feet away from your body. Each organ in our bodies and every cell generate an energy field.
The emotions we feel, change this electromagnetic field constantly.
The heart`s electromagnetic field dominates. Also, it has an influence on the other organ`s energy field, being the most powerful. Maybe that`s why the heart is the first organ in a fetus growing process. The heart also communicates information to the brain trough this electromagnetic field. This rhythmic field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the one generated by the brain. It has a powerful influence on processes that take place in our body, being a universal synchronizing signal for the body.
As we mentioned in a previous article, we are all vibrational human beings, each of us having a unique vibrational frequency. Our spiritual and physical bodies are in sync with the waves of energy that radiate from the heart. These waves interact with organs and other structures. They are encoding their vibrational activity. And then, they spread the recorded information through the body, to synchronize processes in our body.
Positive emotions create a coherent and smooth vibrational rhythm of the heart.
The rhythmic beating pattern of the heart is changing according to the emotions we experience. Negative emotions like fear, envy, glossy, anger create an incoherent and disordered pattern in the heart`s vibrational rhythm. On the other side, positive emotions like love, gratitude, appreciation, happiness create a coherent and smooth vibrational rhythm of the heart. With a simple deduction, if the heart`s electromagnetic field strongly communicates with all the structures in our body, every emotion we experience will directly influence the vibration of our entire body. So, negative and positive thoughts and feelings have a direct impact on our organ`s vibrational rhythm and on our health.
The Director of Research at the Institute of HeartMath, Rollin McCraty, Ph.D, affirms:
“More specifically, we have demonstrated that sustained positive emotions appear to give rise to a distinct mode of functioning, which we call psychophysiological coherence. During this mode, heart rhythms exhibit a sine wave-like pattern and the heart’s electromagnetic field becomes correspondingly more organized.”
This scientific discovery is the proof that keeping a positive thinking, with a non-harmful behavior helps us change our DNA to evolve. The coherence which is growing in us helps us to be part of the collective awakening process. As a result, we generate positive vibrations such love and empathy. The meditation, already known to have a strong a powerful impact on our thrive process, proves to be a need for our health, according to the lately results of the neurocardiology field.
Spiritual understanding of the heart
On a more spiritual approach of this subject, we can now understand the naturally flow of the chakra balancing process trough meditation and other practices, like yoga. Concentrating our awareness on the breath process, the heart produces a coherent and smooth vibrational rhythm that impacts all the 7 major chakras in the body. These chakras, then, distribute the vibrational rhythm to the linking organs. This balancing process is amplified by nature sounds. Either you are listening to them in the middle of the nature or from your DVD player.
Rational people would say that the mind is the key to keeping us out of trouble. That`s because the mind calculates the safest solution and the smallest risk. What we need to understand is that “trouble”, as a word can have different edges for different people. If we are rigid thinkers, everything that is not well known by one can be considered trouble. But how many times did you do something just for the first time and was not “trouble”. But was exciting and proper for you and filled you with joy and happiness?
What if the babies would not want to persevere when they learn how to walk? What if they would say: “ Oh well, I don`t want to stand up because it may be dangerous? I`ve felt a few times already! ” First of all , the baby is consistent in trying to maintain his vertical position. Then there is the power of example, because he sees the adults and the bigger children around him successfully standing. And that makes him courageous to try it again and again until it becomes a natural state of his body.
Personally I think that Courage is all we need when we want to start our spiritual path. We shouldn`t be afraid of the unknown. Because what is unknown for us, is already well known for others. Permit yourself to feel like a spiritual kid, even if you are a physical grown up. Thinking with our hearts, is the key to unify the humanity. To maintain the world peace, and grow into a collective evolved society.
“One love, one heart, one destiny.”
― Bob Marley