“The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it” ~ Nisargardatta Maharaj
Scientific research about who we are and what makes us ‘tick’ is creating a quiet revolution in our understanding of the power of our Heart. Studies show now what the wisdom traditions have known for ages….the the heart is not only the center of our biology, but the source of our highest intelligence. More than one half our our heart (!) is comprised of neurons like that in the brain, and broadcasts an electromagnetic field 5000x stronger than the brain (in the same way a tuning fork radiates sound through a field). Imagine becoming an ‘intentional radiant energy field’. Well, that is your potential !
Often when the heart is referred to, it is minimized to represent an emotional or sentimental way of knowing; here I am referring to the heart as the hub of our spiritual perception. The heart radiates and picks up information in a holographic and integral way, interfacing and overlapping with ‘other’ holographic energy fields (aka, other sentient beings). We might say ‘the Heart goes before us’ – incoming information first impacts the heart. From there the info is sent to the brain to be processed and ‘translated’ further. The heart is our primary knowing.
It is helpful to realize that our culturally overdeveloped left brain is a binary operating system that creates a either/or sort of separation in the framework of time and space, and this can limit our creativity and synergy with others. The heart and the right brain, on the other hand, perceive the holistic view of our interconnectedness in the timeless present moment. We need both…when we are cut off from the knowing of the heart, we are disconnected from the meaning, magic and sacredness of life. We function best when our thinking mind is in service to the knowing heart.
Our beloved practices of meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and other body/mind wisdom arts put us in touch with our heart, our somatic intelligence and our innate wisdom. When the body is relaxed and open, a deeper heart/mind/body confluence comes alive, and offers us a more complete view of life and our place in it. We need this intuitive insight to grow, to thrive and truly connect. Even more motivating is the knowledge that everything we do to become more coherent and compassionate reverberates through the field to all. Awakening our heart is something we do for ourselves as well as for others, and brings our world to life in such a deep and fulfilling way. It is our true empowerment and the key to our wholeness.
“As great as the infinite space beyond is the lotus of the heart. Both heaven and earth, fire and air, sun and moon, lightening and stars are all contained therein. And whether we know it or know it not in this life, everything is contained in that inner space”
~ The Upanishads