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Intelligence Of The Heart

think with the heartWe all know that the heart is an organ that pumps blood. But is there more to it than just an organ that pumps blood? According to neurocardiologists, 60 percent of heart cells are made of neurons. Could this be why some neurocardiologists refer to this organ as the fifth brain? If the heart were another brain, is there evidence that could prove it behaves similar to the brain? To answer this question, we need to look at some studies done by the Institute of HeartMath.

Through many years of research and experiments, researchers at the Institute of HeartMath found that the heart’s role isn’t limited to just pumping blood. They believe it has an intelligence of its own, which may be why it plays a major role in the perception of reality. They also discovered that it can generate electromagnetic fields that are more powerful than the brain’s electromagnetic fields. This could be why the heart is the first organ to function after conception.

The Roles of the Heart and Feelings

We all know that the organ of love plays a big role in generating feelings, but do we know why we have feelings? Feelings allows us to understand the world through cognition, a state of knowing that originates from deep within our soul. They help us to understand how reality works beyond logic. For example, when someone breaks our heart, our feelings help us understand why we feel heartbroken. The mind on the other hand gives us the ability to understand the world through logic and reasoning. This allow us to comprehend certain things like how math and science work.

Our brain and feelings play very important roles in the perception of reality. When they are working in unison, we can understand the world better and be more connected to nature. Unfortunately, our society doesn’t teach us how important our feelings are in our decision making, which is why most of us tend to let our mind make decisions without the consent of our heart. For this reason, it is hard for us to understand life, which is why we have such a hard time finding happiness and achieving world peace.

Since the brain and heart are essential for helping us to understand life, if we want to find truth, we need to learn how to unify them so that we can decipher information in a way that allows us to understand things beyond what our brain and heart can comprehend by themselves.

The Intelligence of the Heart

Some scientists and neurocardiologists are pushing the idea that the heart is another brain. They like to refer to it as the fifth brain. To prove that the organ of love has intelligence, they focused their research on answering why certain sensations and feelings are experienced in the heart and why the heart and brain are in constant communication.

A few decades ago, scientists thought that the heart was secondary to the brain, which was why they believed the heart acted accordingly to the brain’s commands. Nowadays, many scientists and researchers are starting to realize that this isn’t all true. Here is an excerpt from heartmath.org about the communication process between the heart and brain.

“We have now learned that communication between the heart and brain is actually a dynamic, ongoing, two-way dialogue, with each organ continuously influencing the other’s function. Research has shown that the heart communicates to the brain in four major ways: neurologically (through the transmission of nerve impulses), biochemically (via hormones and neurotransmitters), biophysically (through pressure waves) and energetically (through electromagnetic field interactions). Communication along all these conduits significantly affects the brain’s activity. Moreover, our research shows that messages the heart sends the brain can also affect performance.” 

It is through the dynamic communication process between the heart and brain that the heart can change how the brain process information and vice versa. The data collected from the research done at the Institute of HeartMath suggests that when the heart’s rhythms become more coherent, they affect the body as well as its electromagnetic fields. This may explain why our perception changes and our intuition strengthen when we are more calm.

Thinking With the Heart is the Key to World Peace

Since the heart helps us to understand the world through feelings, it allows us to empathize with others. This emotional connection is important for helping us to understand others, which is why the heart holds the key to world peace.

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References:

http://www.heartmath.org/research/science-of-the-heart/introduction.html

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/heart-intelligence-connecting-the-physical-spiritual-heart.html

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  • There is no way I can think without my heart and feelings!! I love this article which explains the intelligence in our hearts!! The world needs to learn about its heart! I’m sharing this all over!!

  • cornishfaerie

    “According to neurocardiologists, 60 percent of heart cells are made of neurons.”

    This response will likely be disliked by a lot of people but whatever. I am trying to be fair to you and especially at the end but take this as you will – I cannot change how you feel about it anymore than you can change my (or anyone’s) reaction to your article (or anything else).

    So on the 60% stat: 80% (if I recall the number correctly – certainly is quite high and definitely more than 60) of serotonin is in the gastrointestinal tract (that is one of the possible reasons why certain psychotropics are related to anti-emetics – that is anti-nausea – and is how one or the other was discovered). But that doesn’t mean the gastrointestinal tract is also a “brain” or can “think” in the way the brain does (which is not the only function of the brain any way) nor be responsible for any other things serotonin can effect (e.g., mood). The mere suggestion that the heart causes emotion, feelings or thoughts amuses me a great deal (I mean besides the fact it is culture/other things that motivated this). In fact, I guess the fact I’m laughing (almost aloud) is because of my heart, right? The heart in this context is metaphorical at best. How do I know this? Better question is this: How else would it be possible that those with thought disorder very often also with blunted or flat affect (and otherwise limited range of emotions)? If the heart was responsible for emotions, then that wouldn’t work out that way, now would it? No. And it is a known fact that thought disorder is associated with psychosis (see below). Further on that is, for example, schizophrenia (the most well known cause of psychosis) is not only a disorder it is long established it is a disease of the brain – not the heart. Of course, this phenomenon (of blunted affect and limited range of emotions) is not exclusive to schizophrenia and is not always with thought disorder but that only shows how there is more to it (like always; context, perception, etc.).

    “We all know that the organ of love plays a big role in generating
    feelings, but do we know why we have feelings? Feelings allows us to
    understand the world through cognition, a state of knowing that
    originates from deep within our soul. They help us to understand how
    reality works beyond logic.”

    Is complete rubbish. Speaking of thought disorder, it is quite funny you would use the word reality, seeing as how thought disorder (and often blunted/flat affect, both of which I mention above) is associated with psychosis (that’s not to say no emotion exists though and so this is not contradictory). And what is psychosis? Loss of touch with reality (and in that there is NO logic; it is completely out of the equation and only a very ignorant person would suggest otherwise! And among themes is paranoia which is an irrational, logically unjustified fear of persecution and fear is very much an emotion). And with your suggestion that feelings are from the ‘heart’ and the heart being the ‘organ of love’, it would seem I must not have a ‘heart’, then, because I have very little emotion (and certainly none of this “positive” emotion like “love” – something I have never felt and no, it isn’t because I’m a kid: I’m in my 30s), and that would be impossible because if I didn’t have a functioning heart I’d be dead, wouldn’t I?

    It is not the organ of love anyway. Again, that is a metaphor at best. Suggestion: look into the etymology of the heart as a symbol. The irony is of course that symbol is nothing like the REAL heart; it doesn’t even look the same let alone function the same. Key word: symbol.

    Fine that the heart has neurons but look at what I noted about the gastrointestinal tract (yes, serotonin is a neurotransmitter but the point is still applicable). No, emotions don’t come from the heart that has four chambers. You could argue further that EVERYTHING we see, hear or otherwise sense is from the brain (or for those who like to believe more fun things: our imagination). Indeed, the definition of hallucination is sensing something without EXTERNAL stimuli (hence why even deaf people diagnosed with schizophrenia can hear voices; note: they didn’t have to be born deaf so they would know the difference and yes this has been observed as a matter of fact). Similar is an illusion which is in fact with an external stimulus but is incorrectly perceived (and I imagine everyone has experienced this. I know I have). In other words, it is HOW our BRAIN interprets something. That’s why there can be hidden meanings, subtle or not (think also how Caesar rotated the alphabet to hide messages true meaning and how this has gone much further since his time – e.g., far more elaborate and sophisticated encryption algorithms), in messages (propaganda anyone?), music, literature and speech (propaganda or otherwise even and I suppose that applies to all the previous examples). It’s also why superstitions in some places are considered normal where in other places they would be deemed ridiculous, crazy or [any other number of things].

    Interestingly, and to be fair to you, if you were referring to emotions and thoughts and how they’re linked, then there would be no complaints as indeed they both change and interact with each other. But what allows us to interpret things is our brain and there’s a reason why neurons communicate as well as why the brain is involved in “I want to move my right hand so it now is moving” and so on. I think everyone knows that emotions do change the way people act and think but it isn’t because of the heart – not the organ anyway. I understand also that you are referring to the heart as a symbol but logically speaking you invalidate it when you then refer to it having neurons (because what symbol has neurons)? That’s ridiculous: a neuron is a cell with no meaning by itself (sort of need that synapse and other neurons…). If my intent of this paragraph isn’t clear: I see how you might perceive (there it goes again…) this response as an attack and therefore trying to explain it (and be fair to you) in a less aggressive way. Bottom line is this: neuron does not necessarily imply brain (nervous system?) so to call the heart a brain (in the truest sense of the definition of brain) is flawed. If you want to call it a brain in how it functions well, yes, the human body is a most fascinating thing and despite what we know, there is so many more surprises to discover (many of which might at first be hard to believe how [whatever] works, because it is so fascinating and intelligent). In that way, fine, call it a brain (just like computers, calculators, …). But to liken it to THE human (or any organism’s) brain is very different.

    Edit: Yes, I write too much and I have extra time as I don’t really have a social circle (by choice… I have thought about it in the past but I just don’t see that happening). So apologies on the length (what can I suggest other than I was really bored? That is the truth actually).