THE HEART LEVEL OF MIND
This wisdom of the heart-mind has been around since ancient times and by no means can we relay this information as an absolute. Our goal here is to at least establish that there may be another level of mind to consider. We’ll share a few different perspectives from the HeartMath Institute (See adjacent ABC video), The Heart’s Code, and Chinese Philosophy.
According to the HeartMath Institute:
Although the mind is thought to reside in the brain and the heart of thought to be localized in the chest, we (Rob and Keema) embrace that the energy from the heart and mind flow throughout our mind, body, and spirit.
ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE -NOT- THAT IT SHOULD BE YOURS OR ANYONE ELSE’S
THE HEART LEVEL OF MIND (also referred to as the heart-mind) is associated with the wisdom and intelligence of the heart, although this association is not only limited to positive aspects as we probably tend to think. While the study of the heart level of mind is fairly new, we can say with relative ease that the heart-mind is a very complex issue that has many perspectives. That said, we will do our best to introduce the mystery of the heart-mind through a few perspectives.
“Most of us have been taught in school that the heart is constantly responding to ‘orders’ sent by the brain in the form of neural signals. However, it is not as commonly known that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect on brain function—influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.”
Listen to your heart! Learn it by heart! Give it all your heart! Trust your heart! We are all familiar with these kinds of expressions. Throughout the ages, philosophers, poets, and prophets have regarded the human heart as the source of love, wisdom, intuition, and positive emotions, giving the heart a trustworthy and unquestionable reputation. That said, you may find that our (Keema and Rob) research sheds a different light.
One of the best ways to understand cellular memories in the heart is by studying cases of organ transplants. Dr. Paul Pearsall, a neuropsychologist shown in the adjacent video who wrote The Heart’s Code examined 73 case studies of heart transplant patients and found evidence that cellular memories from organ donors manifested in the organ recipients.
THE FOURTH AND FIFTH LEVELS OF MIND
“In 1994, Dr. Armour introduced the concept of a functional ‘heart brain.’ His analysis revealed that the heart has an intrinsic nervous system of its own, containing around 40,000 neurons called sensory neurites. The heart acts independently of the brain, sending and receiving meaningful messages of its own through the autonomic nervous system. It is possible that this newly discovered centre of intelligence is responsible for the memory transfer.”
Medicine and Health (NAMAH), Dr. Sandeep Joshi wrote:
Dr. Joshi mentioned one account about a little girl from Dr. Pearsall’s case studies. “An eight year-old girl, who received the heart of a murdered ten year-old girl, began having recurring vivid nightmares about the murder. Her mother arranged a consultation with a psychiatrist who after several sessions concluded that she was witnessing actual physical incidents. They decided to call the police who used the detailed descriptions of the murder (the time, the weapon, the place, the clothes he wore, what the little girl he killed had said to him) given by the little girl to find and convict the man in question.”
In U.S. news, a story was reported in 2008 where a 69-year-old man received the transplanted heart of a 33-year-old man who committed suicide. The 69-year-old eventually married the donor’s widow and died the same way as his donor -- with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
While Steve Jobs, philosophers, poets, prophets, and many others may regarded the heart as, trustworthy and unquestionable positive force, as your can see our findings indicate that like the brain, the heart-mind may also have epigenetic subconscious programming that can be adverse to our well-being which gives reason or at less consideration towards not always following your heart.
Leaving the Western view for a moment, we want to mention Xin. In the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Xin (from classical Chinese wisdom) literally refers to the physical heart, yet is not limited to its common connotations:
“Unlike Western definitions, the Chinese metaphorical understanding of this notion not only denotes this organ as the center of emotions, but also as the center of perception, understanding, intuition and even rational thought. As ancient Chinese believed that the heart was the center of human cognition, the notion of xin is most commonly translated as ‘heart-mind’ in philosophical discourses. This understanding was determined by the absence of the contrast between cognitive (representative ideas, reasoning, beliefs) and affective (sensation, feelings, desires, emotions) states.”
This same uncertainty over the translation of xin in the Chinese culture is found with the word “koroko” in the Japanese culture. So, we can see how the heart-mind is quite unique in that the functioning of the heart is not limited to the space that the heart takes up in the chest, but the heart-mind sends signals to the rest of the body and has cellular memories (kind of in the same way that the subconscious level of mind stores memories).
"When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues." - Rumi 1207 - 1273
"When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy." - Chinese proverbs
“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” ― Blaise Pascal 1623-1662