Before we get to that at the end of this article, let’s put the whole thing a bit more into context first. Let me start by asking you this:
Have you ever noticed the words we use when referring to feelings and emotions of gratitude, appreciation, love, passion, and so on?
We say things like:
“It’s coming from the heart.”
“A heartfelt thank you!”
“I love you with all my heart.”
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“I put my heart into this.”
Or we say things like:
“It broke my heart…”
“It’s a heartache…”
So what is this ‘heart’ really?
The ‘heart’ is actually very much misunderstood:
Most people see it as nothing more than a mechanical pump that pumps around blood to circulate it around our bodies through the veins and capillaries.
Others have a more expanded vision of it, and know of it as the ‘heart chakra’, which according to tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism is the central ‘spinning wheel’ of energy in a larger system of subtle energy vortexes that permeate various physical and subtle ‘layers’ of our bodies.
Either way, few people have a really clear and tangible image of what the heart really is and does, and its crucial importance and impact on your ‘vibrational state’.
So let me kick this one off with a few interesting facts on the heart:
We all know how changes in emotions are accompanied by predictable changes in your heart rate, blood pressure, and other bodily functions.
In this regard, it has long been assumed that it was only the brain that’s ultimately responsible for responding to a certain stimulus, and signaling via the central nervous system what physiological response was supposed to follow.
However, research has shown that the heart actually has its own logic, which was often different from ‘normal’ communication directions in the nervous system.
In fact, it turned out that the heart sends meaningful messages to the brain, which in turn the brain not only understands, but also obeys. As such, the heart communicates with the brain in ways that significantly affect how we perceive and react to the world.
Later on, neurophysicists discovered a neural pathway and mechanism through which the heart is able to inhibit or facilitate the brain’s electrical activity, and thus influence the way we perceive the world, the way we make decisions, and other cognitive processes that determine how we react to the world.
- Later research shed light on what has become known as the ‘heart brain’, a complex and sophisticated nervous system that’s intrinsic to the heart, and consists of around 40,000 neurons called ‘sensory neurites’. With this nervous system of its own, the heart can learn, remember, feel, sense, and make functional decisions independent of the brain.
- Another thing that studies on the heart have revealed, is that the heart not only communicates information physically to the brain through the extensive neural pathways that I just mentioned, but also through electromagnetic field interactions.
According to Rollin McCraty, who’s Director of Research at the Institute of HeartMath, it turns out that the heart’s electromagnetic field is the most powerful and most extensive electromagnetic field in the human body, and is about 5,000 times stronger than the electromagnetic field of the brain. With sensitive measuring equipment called ‘magneto-meters’ it can be detected several feet away from the body.
- Moreover, there’s now evidence that a subtle, yet influential electromagnetic or ‘energetic’ communication system operates just below our conscious awareness.
Research by the Institute of HeartMath has shown remarkable evidence that the heart’s electro-magnetic field can transmit information between people. Such energy exchange has so far been measured between individuals who were standing up to five feet apart.
McCraty proposes that energetic interactions through this field contribute to certain ‘magnetic’ attractions or repulsions that may occur between people, which may also affect social relationships.
It was also found that one person’s brain waves can synchronize to another person’s heart. This happened most notably when a person was generating a coherent heart rhythm, suggesting that when you’re in a coherent state, you may become more aware to the information encoded in the ‘heart fields’ of those around you.
The heart is not just an organ in other respects either. It also happens to operate as an endocrine gland that secretes hormones with various important functions.
One hormone is called ANF (‘Atrial Natriuretic Factor’), which has effects on the blood vessels, kidneys, adrenal glands, and large number of regulatory regions in the brain.
- The heart also contains cells known as ‘ICA’ cells, which stands for ‘Intrinsic Cardiac Adrenergic’ cells. These cells release noradrenaline and dopamine neurotransmitters.
In addition, the heart secretes a hormone called ‘oxytocin’, which is commonly referred to as the ‘love hormone’ or ‘bonding hormone’. This hormone is involved in functions in childbirth and lactation, as well as cognition, tolerance, adaptation, complex sexual and maternal behaviors, learning social cues, and the establishment of enduring pair bonds.
- Moreover, something interesting came from a guy named David Vesely, MD, PhD, who’s a professor of medicine, molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida, as well as chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa. He found that heart hormones got rid of up to 97% of all cancers in cell cultures within 24 hours (more details here)!
- Furthermore, the Institute of HeartMath also established that the heart is fundamental to stabilizing or destabilizing emotions, and harmonizing or disharmonizing the interaction between itself, the nervous system, and the brain. When these three are out of synch, we feel completely out of synch and incoherent as well .
- Considerable research has shown that low-vibrational emotional states generate incoherent – imbalanced – heart rhythm patterns. This, in turn, distorts the relationship between the heart, nervous system and brain, and all hell can break lose mentally, emotionally and ‘physically’.
This is how stress and other emotions cause heart attacks, and why people do die from a ‘broken heart’. The emotional impact of a particular traumatic or shocking experience can trigger severe incoherence in heart rhythm. This is also what causes what we call ‘heartache’.
Love, compassion, caring and appreciation have been shown to do the opposite. They lead to coherent heart rhythm patterns.
To conclude this long list for now, another interesting research finding is that the heart is involved in the processing and decoding of intuitive information:
The heart’s electromagnetic field is directly involved in intuitive perception through its coupling with an energetic information field outside the bounds of space and time.
And brace yourself for this one:
Other research revealed evidence that both the heart and the brain receive and respond to information about a future event before the event actually happens.
Even more surprisingly, the heart appeared to receive this intuitive information before the brain does .
That’s why we say “I knew it in my heart” or “follow your heart”. This is where we feel ‘intuitive knowing’. When you intuitively know something, you don’t sit down and think it through. You just know it.
It’s there, in an instant. No need to ponder the ‘ifs’, ‘buts’, ‘pros’, ‘cons’ and so on in an attempt to try and work it all out on an intellectual level… That’s what the mind does. The heart knows.
Anyway, there’s far more to be told about the heart, but let’s stick with this for now. I mean, we’ve already come a long way from the heart just being a mechanical pump!
Posts tagged 2012.
This is how we can and are changing the world..
This is Revolution
"Never feel discouraged that the Paradigm Shift is not occurring. All you must do is turn your head around and you will begin to see that the Great Awakening is happening. Humanity is gaining awareness of the shadows around them and starting to stir from their slumber. For humans to step into their full power and out of dormancy it is important to realize the darkness in which light can expand. Humanity is beginning to realize what does not honor light and what does not honor life. Even those in the deepest hibernation have a sense that something in the world isn’t quite right, even if they can’t put their finger on it yet. Humanity is realizing that the political power structure, the financial system, wars, their food sources and their way of living is not right. It does not serve the Earth Mother and it does not serve you. Do not be discouraged by all the darkness you see in your world, rather be excited knowing that this is an opportunity for empowerment and to expand light even further into the shade. The darkness is the aroma of coffee luring you from your beds of ignorance into full awareness if viewed correctly.
The second Great Shift will occur when you realize that all your feelings of being overwhelmed and hopelessness against the structures that are oppressive are nothing but a house of cards preparing to fall down when the winds of change come blowing through. Never underestimate the power illusion can hold over you. There will come a time when you realize that the self-appointed tyrants are nothing more than a man behind a curtain posing as the Great and Powerful Oz and that you’ve had the power with you throughout your whole journey. It may feel like a confrontation of David versus Goliath at first, but remember how that powerful legend ends. If you feel powerless and like you are an ant, remember what a swarm of ants can do. The Archons are so persistent at keeping the collective asleep so that it does not unite.
It is imperative to understand that the old power structures cannot crumble with force. You cannot use the old energy to transmute the old energy. Rather, you must use the energy of love and awareness to dismantle these structures. A wayshower stands in the light and truth and others begin to raise their consciousness through the law of resonance. Through working towards solutions instead of dwelling on the problems will you reach the next stage of collective evolution. But for this to occur you must maintain a peripheral view of the issues of darkness that arise around you. Know that there is nothing in the universe that cannot be overcome through the power of love and the power of cooperation. Where there is a will there is a way. It’s time to arise from your comatose states and begin healing your world through unconditional love and a fearless vision of a better tomorrow. The caterpillar is seemingly destructive to his environment - eating everything in sight. It is not until he spins a chrysalis around himself of darkness and goes inward that he then has the opportunity to transform. It is not until he has realized his own oppressive walls that he has a chance to burst them through metamorphosis to arise to a newer height and a new state of being. Know that the darkness in your world is the greatest catalyst for growth. Breaking through your cocoon may seem overwhelming and tiresome, but it is necessary to never give up on what you believe in your heart if you desire any true change.”
Mind Yoga : What Is a Human Being?
In this episode we dive within ourselves, through flesh and logic, to answer the basic question most people never bother to ask themselves : What is a human being?! What gems of enlightenment will we find in this corner of the ocean of thought?
Animals do not ‘give’ their life to us, as the sugar-coated lie would have it. No, we take their lives. They struggle and fight to the last breath, just as we would do if we were in their place.
Evolutionary Intimacy and Astrological Cycles (by VerDarluz CelestiOwl)
Psychedemia /// Integrating Psychedelics into Academia
bam, there, someone said it
Slave gravesite in New York City
“SOMETHING YOUR TOUR GUIDE MIGHT NOT TELL YOU:
The heart of NYC’s Financial District is built on a huge 18th century African Burial Ground. Some 419 Africans were discovered in 1991, a large portion women and children.
The burial ground extends from Broadway Southward under City Hall, and almost to the site of the former World Trade Center. It is believed that there are as many as 20,000 slavery-era Africans in graves under the buildings in Lower Manhattan.
Abolish historical amnesia and ponder for a moment the fact that this financial epicenter of the world is built on slavery, oppression, and death.”
Literally, and daily.
yo. that last sentence hits you in the face like a brick.
Keeping Pace With The Shift - May 9, 2013 (by MasteringAlchemy)
This is a must hear. Jim Self perfectly explains the current state of mass confusion and flux that we’re all currently floating around in.
He reminds us to make a distinction between what’s in our own energy field, and what is in the collective field, in order for us to discern our own truth rather than get caught up in the internal and external noise. Connect to our heart.
Simple yet poignant reminders that I personally couldn’t have stumbled upon at a more perfect time.
We have a responsibility to awe.
Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey has proposed that our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive.