“Very few people understand the heart. In truth, your heart is one of the masterpieces of creation. It is a phenomenal instrument… In most human beings, the heart does its work unattended. Even though its behavior governs the course of our lives, it is not understood. If at any given point in time the heart happens to open, we fall in love. If at any given point in time it happens to close, the love stops. If the heart happens to hurt, we get angry, and if we stop feeling it altogether, we get empty. All of these different things happen because the heart goes through changes… You are the experiencer of your heart…the heart is actually very simple to understand. It is an energy center, a chakra… The heart controls the energy flow by opening and closing. This means that the heart, like a valve, can either allow the flow of energy to pass through, or at can restrict the flow of energy from passing through. If you observe your heart, you know very well what it feels like when it’s open and what it feels like when it’s closed. You can be experiencing great feelings of love while in the presence of someone, until they say something you don’t like. Then your heart closes towards them, and you simply don’t feel the love anymore. We have all experienced this, but what exactly is causing it…What you will find is that the heart closes because it becomes blocked by stored, unfinished energy patterns from your past…As events take place in this world, they come in through your senses and have an impacts on your inner state of being. The experience of these events may bring up some fear, some anxiety, or maybe some love….it is actually energy coming into your being. “ –Michael Singer.
Traditional researchers tended to measure how the heart responds to the brain. Not the other way around. What we began to discover in the late 60s and early 1970s is that the brain, actually, responds to the heart.
The brain and the heart have a dynamic, two way conversation. Each power center continually influences each other. The heart has a massive influence on the brain and most certainly affects how we perceive and also how we belong to the world.
This is powerful information. Perhaps mystics have known this for a long time, but he brain, is not the only control center.
The heart communicates in 4 ways: neurologically, biochemically (hormones), biophysically, (pulse waves) and through energetic communication (electromagnetic field).
In fact, your heart actually has it's own logic, very often acting independently of the signals sent from the brain. Ever known it was time to leave a relationship, but your heart and soul would not allow it? Right...
Your heart actually has it's own brain. The "heart brain" as it is often called, was discovered at the birth of neurocardiology, when a group of cardiologists joined forces with a group o neurophysiologists and neuroanatomists to delve into mutual interests. Party time, y'all. (I am such a nerd. I know. ) The heart brain, or intrinsic cardiac nervous system, is an intricate network of complex ganglia, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells (the same as those found int he brain). because of the heart brain's neural circuitry, it can act independently of the cranial brain to learn, recall, decide, feel and sense.
Scientists have discovered that:
The heart, in fact, sends more information to the brain, than the brain does to the heart.
Take a moment to appreciate this.
Take a moment to appreciate how powerful, intelligent, precious, and wise all the cells in your heart center are.
Appreciate the massive network of genius that causes you experience the world the way that you do, is.
Take care of your heart. Listen to your heart. Your physical body has it's own intelligence, and even it's own consciousness. Your physical body, metaphysically speaking, is part of the elemental realm.
Align with your heart. Talk to your cells. Ask your heart what it needs to feel safe, open, free and loved.
When the heart is not cared for, stressed, overtaxed, and not given time to rest it becomes vulnerable to disease. In an early study confronting the relationship between the heart and stress stimuli, half of the patients who had heart failure traverse deep emotional upsets that precipitated the trauma.
Health is not the absense of disease but the sustained balance between many realms of the multidimensional self.
Your emotional, hormonal, biochemical, electromagnetic, pulsating frequency filled Heart Brain, is an integral part of your sustained thriving in this life.
May we honor the heart, individually and in relationship. May we honor our love, needs, rest, and health--in all realms.
This Valentine's Day, do not narrow your attention to a single and simplified aspect of your dynamic heart of depth. Consider the spectrum of its communication and power.
I will say it again...
The heart sends more information to the brain, than the brain does to the heart.
Your heart, is smarter than your head.
Stay in love.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and your beautiful heart.