Continuing the reflection about three “brains” commanding our functioning – lets have a look at the Heart.
The heart as a human inner center for thinking, understanding and connecting – is mentioned in all big ancient spiritual traditions, in Bible and Qur’an as well as in Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
Until recently, the concept of the heart as a place of love and grief, a center for connection and feelings – was put into fairy tales and romantic metaphors. Scientists and rationalists ruled out the ancient wisdom placing feeling and love in the heart.
That crusade started in XVIII century with the Enlightenment Movement; in short, it was followed assumption that everything could be measured and counted as a sum of parts; it was an application of the Newtonian physics to everything (so called the Newtonian Paradigm, or Positivism Paradigm, and now it become called an old paradigm in science). This application makes the view of the world as a simple mechanisms configuration. Therefore the heart was also seen as an anatomical part (a muscle, a pump) with physiological functions and mechanical relations to other parts of the body. Emotional and social aspects of the heart were laughed off.
The world is complex, not simple; our body is complex and our functioning is not mechanistic like the old scientific paradigm has suggested. The heart is a very complex phenomenon, and that become acknowledged now by empirical science measures.
Here are few points illustrating how big is the heart role in commanding our physical and mental functioning:
1. The heart forms and starts beating before brain in human fetal development
2. The heart is a generator of electromagnetic energy field, like the brain, but more powerful
3. The heart has its own intelligence – possessing sensory and processing functions, recognizing, remembering and making independent decisions
4. The heart rhythms influence brain’s ability to process information
5. The heart has approximately 40,000 neurons which role is not yet completely understood
6. Positive or negative feelings create physiological changes in the whole body which could be easily detected by measuring electric signals in the heart
7. The heart, like guts, has amazing ability to detect important information from sources not available to our cognitive brain; the heart sends more information to the brain than the brain to the heart
8. People’s hearts electromagnetic fields resonate and emit different electromagnetic waves, depending on emotional relationship between persons. The exchange of electromagnetic energy happens not only between people’s hearts but also between hearts and brains
In the HeartMath study, The Electricity of Touch: Detection and Measurement of Cardiac Energy Exchange Between People, researchers set out to determine whether the heart’s electromagnetic field, as measured by an electrocardiogram (ECG), in one individual could be detected and measured in another person when the pair either were seated within about three feet of each other or held hands.
The results of The Electricity of Touch experiment were positive: The data showed “when people touch or are in proximity, a transference of the electromagnetic energy produced by the heart occurs,” the study’s authors wrote.
More information could be find at HeartMath website.
I wonder if this mysterious information exchange between the guts, the heart and the brain is what we call intuition or perhaps subconsciousness?
Would be people in the future laughing at our clumsy interpretations like we laugh at ancient people who believed that the earth is flat?