For far too long, but particularly in the modern, Western world we have thought of the heart as simply a pumping mechanism responsible for bringing blood to our organs.
The heartâ€™s physical importance not to be underestimated, it supports life, sending theÂ bloodÂ of life to the tree-like limbs of our vascular system â€“ but this is an overly simplistic view of what the heart is capable of.
Gregg Bradenâ€™s latestÂ researchÂ elaborates on the ancient technique of using the heart as an intelligent organ.
TheÂ heartâ€™sÂ intelligenceÂ has been ignored for far too long. What weâ€™ve learned about the heartâ€™s wisdom, however, in the past several years through the Heart Math Institute and through the research of psychologists, neurobiologists, and res-surfaced wisdom teachings from our ancient past â€“ should inspire everyone to look at the heart in a completely new way.
For those who are not used to using theirÂ innate intelligenceÂ â€“ that is their intuition â€” tuning into the heart for answers to the most profound and difficult questions they could possibly drum up might seem ridiculous. Why ask the heart whether to stay in a relationship that is challenging, or even if you should go through with a medical procedure?
It might seem ignorant or even haphazard to ask the heart questions like these, but it has wisdom that the intellect cannot match. Hereâ€™s why:
The heart does not send information through an egoic filter.
The heart knows your past, your present, and your future. Its intelligence does not care about your egoic constructs. The heart simply speaks from a completely neutral place.
You can think of it like a close friend who has your best interest at heart, and who does not care about making themselves look good in your eyes.
There is an ancient term that does not have a direct English translation that describes this intelligence of the heart.Â Hridaya, is the energy which is contained within the heart chakra. This is not just the physical heart, but the spiritual heart. It contains the intelligence of God, or theÂ transcendental mind.
The word comes from the Sanskrit language, and the closest meaning to English would be something likeÂ this:
HridÂ = center
AyamÂ = this
Thus, the spiritual heart always brings you to your center. It will not veer away from your highest self, always taking in a 360-degree (and beyond) view of any situation you could possibly face.
The yogiÂ BhagavanÂ wrote once to explain this spiritual heart in more detail:
â€śJust as there is a cosmic center from which the whole universe arises and has its being and functions with the power or the directing energy emanating therefrom, so also is there a center within the frame of the physical body wherein we have our being. This center in the human body is in no way different from the cosmic center. It is this center in us that is called the Hridaya, theÂ seat of Pure Consciousness, realized as Existence, Knowledge and Bliss. This is really what we call the seat of God in us.â€ť
Conversely the mind-brain thinks of our past experiences, our past erroneous beliefs assigned to those experiences, and takes all sorts of twists and turns through a conceptual landscape that weâ€™ve created to give us a â€śrightâ€ť answer to lifeâ€™s deep questions.
A Zen Buddhist can also describe what happens when weÂ thinkÂ with the head (brain) instead of the heart.
We place a fog â€“ a type of perceptual overlay on top of a situation and then add an emotional investment. We call this â€śreal,â€ť but this couldnâ€™t be further from the truth.
Yet, we think we have to obtain aÂ siddhiÂ (great accomplishmentÂ or miracle) in order to obtain supernormal wisdom or intelligence. So, we go on trusting the false perceptions of the mind-brain.
The Neuro-Biology of the Heart
Moreover, if we were to look at the simple neuro-biology of the heart â€“ there are many more fibers leading from the heart to the brain than from the brain to the heart. This means â€“ as Gregg Braden recently pointed out in a Gaia talk â€“ that there is much more communication being sentÂ toÂ the brain then being receivedÂ fromÂ it.
As the HeartMath InstituteÂ explains, the heart also begins beating in the unborn fetus before the brain has even been formed, a process scientists call autorhythmic.
We humans also form an emotional brain long before a rational one, and the heart has its own independent complex nervous system known as â€śthe brain in the heart.â€ť
The heart can also create a level ofÂ coherenceÂ in the body just through its rhythm, which regulates all its systems, and corrects even diseased cells.
And finally,Â theÂ electromagnetic fieldÂ of the heart is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain, and permeates every cell in the body. The magnetic component is approximately 5000 times stronger than the brainâ€™s magnetic field and can be detected several feet away from the body with sensitive magnetometers.
How to Think with the Heartâ€™s Wisdom
Hereâ€™s what BradenÂ suggestsÂ to help us learn to tap into the heartâ€™s massive wisdom:
- Focus on the heart (and heart chakra).Â This sends a signal to the heart that you seek its intelligence.
- Slow your breathing.Â This sends another signal to your body that you seek higher intelligence, and not that of the normally stressed, and freaked out ego. Deep breathing calms the nervous system and quiets the brain.
- Conjure a sense of gratitude, compassion, or love.Â These are the feelings which trigger an activation of the heartâ€™s energy.
- Ask your heart a question.Â The question should be brief and to the point.
- Everyone will experience the heartâ€™s intelligence a bit differently. You may feel butterflies in your gut, a warm sensation growing around your body, or tingling in your fingertips. You may not feel any bodily sensations, but have a clear, short answer that comes through your mind. Know that it likely wonâ€™t need a long-drawn out story to â€śjustifyâ€ť its wisdom. The heart speaks directly and clearly. If it isnâ€™t try this process again to let your body know that you seek the intelligence of the heart and not the ego.
- Practice makes perfect. The more often you do this, the easier it will be to tap into the seat of pure consciousness â€“ theÂ Hridaya.
About The Author:
Johanna Bassols is the creator of theÂ Soul Reprogramming MethodÂ and founder of the Healers of the Light Academy.Â Her curiosity for metaphysics since her early childhood, took her in many interesting introspective journeys, in search for the truth behind what is apparent. After more than 25 years researching in metaphysics, philosophy, healing methods and other applied sciences, she successfully activated her own DNA and triggered the process elevation of consciousness. As a result, she began receiving information through gnosis, a way of connecting to source through oneâ€™s own DNA, becoming the information itself rather than channeling or hosting. This is when she created and started applying her signature healing method: The Soul Reprogramming Method, a modality of soul restructuring and reprogramming, to reset and update the entire human operating system by individually balancing each one of the elements that form the astral being. This vibrational healing method is applied at long distance through the etheric field.
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