The Heart Has a Mind of Its Own
I have written a lot about consciousness and awareness here, and today is the perfect opportunity to discuss the heart-level awareness we all have, and which, for the most part, we tend to ignore.
A growing body of research suggests that the heart has a mind of its own apart from the processing that takes place in the brain.
The heart is a highly sophisticated energy center that receives and process information independently of the brain. The complex nervous system of the heart actually enables it to learn, remember and make decisions in much the same way as the brain does, yet it does this independently of the cerebral cortex of the brain.
Signals sent from the heart to the brain can influence the higher brain centers involved in perception, cognition, and emotional processing. There is an extensive system of neural connections which links the brain to the heart and to the rest of the body.
Much has been written about the activity of the electrical system of the brain, but recent data shows that the electrical component of the heart’s field is approximately 60 times greater in amplitude than that of the brain, and this field permeates every cell in the body. The magnetic component is approximately 5,000 times stronger and can be detected several feet away from the body.
The heart’s rhythmic field has a powerful influence on the body and its processes. Energy emanates in waves from the heart and interacts with the organs of the body. Information about a person’s emotional state is communicated to the body through the heart’s electromagnetic field, and the heartbeat will change in response to different emotions.
A greater awareness of what’s going on in your heart may increase your awareness of, and sensitivity to, those around us. The nervous system of your body is like an antenna, and the heart is like a receiving station that processes the information and frames your response to the world.
There is new data that indicates that the heart’s field is directly involved in intuitive perception. Recent scientific evidence indicates that although the brain is also involved in intuitive perception, the heart appears to receive this information before it registers in the brain.
What does all this mean for you? Do not overlook the input you receive from your heart-space. It will always speak the truth to you, if you take the time to listen.
When you are faced with a challenging decision, you can take some time to get quiet, center yourself in your heart and ask for clarity. The heart response will come almost immediately. If you feel expansion and uplifting sensation, then the response is positive. If you feel a shrinking and pulling away sensation, then the response is negative.
You can also practice moving through your day with your awareness centered in your heart as opposed to your brain, and notice how your responses to situations may be different because you are in the moment, and not responding from the default pathways in your brain.
If you would like to explore this area further, one of the best sites you can visit is www.heartmath.org, the home of the Institute of Heart Math. Here you will find all of their research and related publications.
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