1A. The Physical Heart
When you first manifest into physical being, you started off as a cell (sphere). You start by multiplying inwards, before expanding outwards. Then it becomes what is known as the Egg of Life as a Star Tetrahedron.
A Star Tetrahedron is 8 cells, which is considered the basis of the 8 major chakras in our body. As it keeps expanding, the heart becomes the first organ of your body, to appear in physical reality.
1B. The Heart’s Electromagnetic Field
Both the brain and the heart are electromagnetic generators. However, the electromagnetic field of the heart is way more powerful than that of the brain. The heart is 100 times electronically stronger and up to 5,000 magnetically stronger than the brain.
Serious heart-blowing stuff!
Together they make up the reality that we live in, electrical and magnetic = electromagnetic field.
The electromagnetic field of the heart not only has a profound effect around the human body, but also on its surroundings.
The heart’s signals have a
profound effect on the brain.
1C. HeartMath Institute (HMI)
The nonprofit HeartMath Institute is an organization with over 19 years of research on the physiology of stress, emotions and the connections between the heart and the brain. Their studies have revolutionized the way we can live.
The spaces between the heartbeat is called the Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Regardless of whether we are healthy or otherwise, our hearts beat irregularly.
By understanding the way our hearts are beating, we glean a better understanding on our adaptability to our environments.
If new input from the environment causes you tension, e.g. your partner picking a fight with you, it will show up in your heart rate as a volatile chaotic mess.
So what are the implications here?
- Firstly, HRV shows your physiological resilience (Functional ability to cope with stress).
- Secondly, it indicates your degree of behavioral flexibility (Behavioral adaptability to situations).
HeartMath Institute (HMI) has found that one of the factors that affect our heart changing rhythm is …. our feelings and emotions! When our varied heart rate is plotted over time, the overall shape of the waveform is called the heart rhythm pattern.
The emotions that we are feeling directly impacts our heart rhythm pattern, which reveal to us how our body is functioning.
2A. Negative Emotions
Negative emotions such as anger, frustration causes the heart pattern to be chaotic and jagged. Physiologically speaking, it indicates that the heart is not harmonious with itself.
It’s like trying to run on the treadmill on an uphill terrain, with a sprained ankle. It is inefficient and unproductive. Not to mention, potentially harmful and dangerous for the body too.
Similarly, when negative emotions arises, it also causes our body to function in an inefficient and unproductive manner. It uses up all our internal resources, and causes rapid wear and tear to our system.
The problem escalates if you are experiencing these negative emotions frequently, or for an extended period of time.
2B. Positive Emotions
On the other hand, when we experience uplifting emotions, our heart rhythm pattern becomes highly ordered, smooth and harmonious. Our wave forms start to imitate that of a rainbow or uplifting music.
That’s when we are aligned with a more efficient body system. We also connect better with others, with Mother Nature, and with our environment. The interaction is harmonious and synchronistic.
3. Emotional Self-Regulation
Studies by HMI has shown that maintaining positive emotions shifts the entire body system. This phenomenon is known scientifically as psychophysiological coherence.
Woah what a big word! Let’s break it down.
- Psycho = psychological meaning mental and emotions
- Physiological = physical body
- Coherence = ‘systematic connections’ = harmony
- Therefore, psychophysiological coherence = Harmony between body, mind and emotions
The Heartmath quick coherence technique can be used to balance thoughts and emotions, you can achieve energy, mental clarity and feel better.
Otherwise, you can focus on any kind of breathworks, to generate psychophysiological coherence.
Because your breathing is intimately connected
with your heart.
So if ever you find yourself in a place of mental or emotional chaos, work on
- Your breathing, and on
- Generating positive, loving emotions.
- Focus on your heart as you do long and deep breathing.
- Recall a loving moment from the past, or
- think of your pet or loved ones, or
- a beautiful place in Nature,
- and generate feelings of love, gratitude and appreciation.
In the field of neurocardiology, scientists have discovered that the heart possesses its own intrinsic nervous system, a network of brain cells with over 40,000 neurons.
What does that mean?
It means that the heart has the ability to independently sense and process information. It can make decisions, and even learn and remember. It is an intelligence system in and of itself. In short,
YES! You can think with your heart!
4. Heart and Emotions
Studies have shown that the heart is the key component of the emotional system. The heart not only responds to emotions, but the signals it sends out dramatically affects the quality of the emotion experienced from moment to moment.
Our heart is vital in
accessing our intuition.
Contrary to popular beliefs, the real boss is our heart and not our brain. The brain receive orders from our heart, rather than our heart taking orders from our brain.
4A. Healing of Trapped Emotions
When your negative emotions run wild, you will lose the ability to think clearly, remember lessons, reason and make effective decisions.
That is why it is important not only to be mindful to not allow negative emotions to take control of the present moment, it is also crucial for us to process and release negative emotions from the past, that is still influencing our thoughts, beliefs and behaviors, hindering our goals and intentions.
There are plenty of ways that you can do that. You can do psychotherapy, meditation, journaling and energy healing, just to name a few.
For example, Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT) identifies the negative memories, thoughts and feelings from the past. These thoughts are processed and released through the use of essential oils in a 12 steps psychotherapy process.
Emotion Code does that by identifying and releasing the trapped emotions, by communicating with your subsconscious mind.
Intention is the seed of all dreams and desires. It is the driving force behind the fruition of our wants and needs.
The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads declares,
“You are what your
deepest desire is.
As your desire is,
so is your intention.
As your intention is,
so is your will.
As your will is,
so is your deed.
As your deed is,
so is your destiny.”
An intention directs your consciousness, your will, your mind and your personal power into a specific direction.
By aligning with your heart, connecting with the feelings stirred by your desire, and committing to inspired actions, you nurture your intention, like a seed into the humble beginnings of a seedling, that can grow and flourish.
6. Aligning Intention and Emotions with Your Energetic Heart
So just for a moment, imagine this. By using breathwork, slow down your hectic mind, and connect with your heart. Generate uplifting feelings and the expanding sensation of gratitude.
From that powerful place of peace and coherence, set an intention that you want to manifest into the world. Using the power of your energetic heart and your daily inspired actions,
What of your heart desires
would you be able to manifest?
Hope this post helps inspired you to set a heart aligned intention for the brand new year ahead.
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Be courageous dear brave-hearts and be well.
Have a most blessed rest of 2017 and a fruitful heart-satisfying 2018 ahead! 🙂