Follow Your Heart
"...our hearts may actually be the
'intelligent force' behind the intuitive
thoughts and feelings we all experience."
Throughout the ages, the heart has been referred to as a source of not only
virtue and love, but also of intelligence. One of the most prevalent themes
in ancient traditions and inspirational writing is the heart as a flowing
spring of intelligence.
Many ancient cultures, including the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Babylonian,
and Greek, assert that the heart is the primary organ responsible for
influencing and directing our emotions and our decision-making ability.
Similar perspectives of the heart as a source of intelligence are found in
Hebrew, Christian, Chinese, Hindu, and Islamic traditions. For example, the
Old Testament saying in Proverbs 23:7, "For as a man thinketh in his heart,
so is he," is further developed in the New Testament in Luke 5:22, "What
reason ye in your hearts?"
The characteristic of balance and the attainment of bodily equilibrium are
also recognized as the essence of Yoga traditions, which identifies the
heart as the seat of individual consciousness and the center of life. In
traditional Chinese medicine, the heart is seen as the connection between
the mind and the body, forming a bridge between the two.
Even with all these traditions and colorful heart metaphors, most of us
have been taught that the heart is just a ten-ounce muscle that pumps blood
and maintains circulation until we die. Medical science asserts that the
brain rules all of the body's organs, including the heart. However, it is
interesting to note that the heart starts beating in the unborn fetus even
before the brain has been formed.
Neuroscientists have recently discovered exciting new information about the
heart that makes us realize it's far more complex than we'd ever imagined.
Instead of simply pumping blood, it may actually direct and align many
systems in the body so that they can function in harmony with one another.
These scientists have found that the heart has its own independent nervous
system a complex system referred to as "the brain in the heart."
There are at least forty thousand neurons (nerve
cells) in the heart as many as are found in various subcortical
centers of the brain.
The heart communicates with the brain and the rest of the body in three
ways documented by solid scientific evidence: neurologically (through
transmissions of nerve impulses), biochemically (through hormones and
neurotransmitters), and biophysically (through pressure waves). In
addition, growing scientific evidence suggests that the heart may
communicate with the brain and body in a fourth way energetically
(through electromagnetic field interactions). Through these biological
communication systems, the heart has a significant influence on the
function of our brains and all our Systems.
This new scientific evidence shows that the heart uses these methods to
send our brain extensive emotional and intuitive signals. Along with this
understanding that the heart is in constant communication with the brain,
scientists are discovering that our hearts may actually be the "intelligent
force" behind the intuitive thoughts and feelings we all experience.
Thanks to the discovery of heart intelligence, with its premise of the
heart as a primary source of emotions, we have a new paradigm for
understanding our emotions. With the strong scientific tie established
between our wellness factor through emotional management. The more we learn
to listen to and follow our heart intelligence, the more educated,
balanced, and coherent our emotions become. And it naturally follows that
the more balanced and coherent our emotions become, the less likely we will
be to experience sickness and disease.
Because of the ever growing scientific research on heart intelligence, it
may be time we developed a new personal attitude about following our
Tips for learning to recognize our heart's intelligence:
Think positive thoughts throughout the day to increase your
Our internal power, or the amount of physical, mental,
and emotional energy we have, is a determining factor in the quality of our
lives. Internal power translates into vitality and resiliency. Positive
thoughts and feelings add energy to our system. Negative thoughts and
feelings deplete our personal energy.
Encourage your deepest heart feelings.
There are many positive
heart feelings including love, compassion, nonjudgment, courage, patience,
sincerity, forgiveness, appreciation, gratitude, and care. Experiencing
these feelings increases synchronization and coherence in our heart's
rhythmic patterns. Each of these heart feelings has a powerful, beneficial
effect on how we relate to life.
Reduce your stress.
The less stress we feel, the less internal
confusion we will experience, and the easier it will be to hear our heart's
intelligence. When we are relaxed, we don't need to strain our body to stay
focused and productive.
Focus on recognizing your heart's intelligence and realize the
importance of listening to it before making choices.
The brain operates
in a linear, logical manner that works great for many problems but can
limit us in others. Often we need more than logic to solve a problem,
especially if it is an emotional one.
Heart intelligence provides us with an intuitive awareness that
is expanded beyond linear, logical thinking. As a result, our perspective
usually becomes more flexible, creative, and comprehensive.
Use meditation or calm, quiet moments to reflect on your heart's
intelligence and listen for intuitive thoughts.
Make time each day to
sit quietly and focus on your heart. Imagine you are breathing through your
heart. Calm your mind. Try to not think of anything but breathing through
your heart. When your mind is clear, you will begin to receive impressions
and ideas. These are coming from your heart. Pay attention.
Use therapeutic-grade essential oils.
essential oil blends such as:
- Aroma Life (#3306)
- Awaken (#3312)
- Clarity (#3321)
- Envision (#3337)
- Harmony (#3351)
- Inspiration (#3366)
- Joy (#3372)
- Magnify Your Purpose (#3377)
- Peace and Calming (#3393)
- Present Time (#3396)
- White Angelica (#3432)
Reprinted from Young Living Essential News, February, 2002.
To learn more, read:
About The Cardiovascular System
Doing What It Takes For Heart Health