The heart possesses an intelligence of its own
We are always in the middle of life, we are always subject to the fast pace of the changes around us.
We are facing more and more difficulties and challenges, but at the same time we have at hand and tailor-made solutions.
The most handy tool is our very heart. But what is the heart and what are its qualities?
The heart is the core of the authentic Self, the center of intuitive discernment and clarity.
It allows us to connect deeply with our own Self and with other people.
It is the place where emotions such as love, appreciation, compassion, joy, etc. are born and the source of the ability to overcome obstacles.
It is the place from which we can do things that we usually cannot achieve and the space where the answers to all our questions are found.
Recent scientific studies conducted at the HeartMath Research Institute in California, have shown that the heart is more than just a muscle that pumps blood into the body.
It has its own intelligence and has the ability to transmit information to the brain.
It has been discovered that the heart sends more impulses to the nervous system than it receives.
In addition, it emits an electromagnetic field that influences our mental, emotional and even physiological state.
This subtle energy field radiates around us as well, sometimes reaching even a few meters outside of us.
Research was done with the help of cardiograph and electroencephalograph that highlighted an interesting aspect.
When the study participant focused on feelings of appreciation, love, contentment or gratitude, the pulsations of the heart, as well as the brain waves recorded a coherent activity.
This activity is associated by researchers with the state of physiological harmony during meditation.
This state is correlated with beneficial effects on mental, emotional and physical health.
Through these researches, it has been observed that long-term practice of positive emotions – such as patience, compassion, gratitude, generosity, love e.t.c.) strengthens the immune system.
Therefore, the body becomes stronger and even immune to diseases, and viruses.
Another amazing discovery is that the heart owns its own neural system (about 40,000 neurons) endowed with memory.
Until now it is considered that the processes of learning and memorization are functions of the central nervous system. However, recent scientific observations illustrate that intelligence is not limited by brain functions.
For example, in a study conducted in 2002, researchers from the Universiatile of Arizona and Hawaii published an article on the changes in personality and tastes occurred in people who have undergone a heart transplant.
The interviewees (the recipients) reported that after the transplant, their preferences in terms of music, food, clothing, hobbies and so on changed.
Moreover, some of them had new memories that did not belong to them, images and sensations that they had not experienced before the surgery.
An interesting case of this kind was that of a 36-year-old man who after making a transplant is heart became a lover of classical music, although before he resonated with rock rhythms.
Another recipient – a 47-year-old man – started gymnastics after his heart was replaced by that of a 14-year-old girl.
There are many stories of this kind that continue to surprise the recipients, their families and the doctors involved.
However, the scientific observations that are made on this fascinating organ should leave no room for doubt.
Inima has its own intelligence and its own memories, an intuitive knowledge that involves perception and understanding on a much deeper level than previously thought.
These higher faculties of the heart inevitably raise the following question: is the heart the center of ingenuity, while the brain is the center of cognition?
Howard Gardner (American psychologist and PhD in neuroscience at Harvard University) defined intelligence as “the ability to solve problems or produce goods with value in a precise cultural or collective context.”
Gardner says there is no single intelligence, but several, listing seven of them, with the caveat that the list is still provisional.
To the verbal and logical-mathematical intelligence recognized by the IQ level, he adds:
- spatial intelligence (the ability to quickly orient in space and see in three dimensions),
- musical (practicing hearing and rhythm),
- kinesthetics (intelligence of the body),
- interpersonal (the ability to understand others and work together with them) and
- intrapersonal (the acuity to form a precise and faithful representation of the self and to use it effectively in life).
Before scientific research discovered the complexity of the functions of the heart, there were people, already aware of this form of intelligence of the heart, who talked about it in one way or another.
Osho was one of them, he said:
“The true intelligence is that of the heart. She’s not intellectual, she’s emotional. It doesn’t look like thinking, it looks like feeling. It is not logic, it is love.”
Another fascinating discovery of the scientists at the HeartMath Research Institute was that:
when a precise intention is emitted, accompanied by an intense emotion , significant changes occur in the human DNA.
“The results of the experiments provide concrete evidence to support the theory that the structure of DNA can be altered through intention.
The data obtained reveals that then and an individual is centered in the heart, in a state of peace and love, the coherence of the heart increases and also increases the ability to influence the structuring of DNA in accordance with the intention issued.” – excerpt from an article published by the Heart Math Institute
How can this form of intuitive intelligence be energized to its full potential?
It can be accessed and developed especially when the mind and the emotional are aligned.
In order to reach this state of coherence, it is necessary to:
- a practice, by focusing the attention on the sensations and emotions that arise in different contexts,
- and especially by practicing meditation and calming the mind.
Practicing feelings of love, compassion, gratitude, joy or generosity creates what is called a
“state of coherence” .
That is, the regular functioning of the heart and brain. This is reflected in the coherence of the heart rhythm and brain waves and can be observed with the help of the cardiograph and electroencephalograph.
“By creating a bridge of communication between mind and heart you give an extraordinary force to your goals and intentions.
By synchronizing the energy of the heart with the functions of the brain and learning to access the state of coherence on command, you can do impossible things, things that you would not otherwise be able to achieve.
The brain can identify what things need to be changed, but it is the energy field emitted by the heart that brings these changes into manifestation.”
— Doc Childre and Howard Martin, HeartMath Research Institute