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The heart is a mysterious organ. To some it’s simply a very efficient pump; to others it is the seat of the soul. But there isn’t a human being on earth who doesn’t know what it means to feel something in your heart, to have a heart that’s bursting with joy or a heart that’s broken.
When I want to access my intuition (inner teaching), I drop my awareness into my heart. I don’t really understand why it works, but it does - my mind stills, I stop telling myself stories and cut to the truth.
I’ve long been fascinated by the research conducted by the Institute of HeartMath and its latest study is about the heart connection between mother and child. It showed that when a mother placed her attention on her baby, she became more sensitive to the subtle electromagnetic signals generated from the infant’s heart, as detected in her brainwaves.
It’s not commonly known that the heart develops and begins beating in the foetus, before the brain is formed. Or that the human heart possesses a complex energetic system that processes electromagnetic information that can be detected up to 3ft outside the body.
IHM’s research shows that the heart produces 40 to 60 times more electrical amplitude than the brain. The heart acts like a director, and much of the rest of the human body follows its lead.
“The heart puts out a powerful, rhythmic signal that the brain responds to,” IHM Director of Research Dr Rollin McCraty has explained. “In a way, we could say that the heart and brain ‘talk’ to one another, and together they set the rhythms for the entire nervous system and body.”
The concept that the heart directs the brain is a profound one, and perhaps provides a glimpse as to why I feel connected to my inner wisdom when I’m in my heart. And it makes it even more important to listen to the heart’s rhythm and keep it healthy.
But I don’t think the heart will be giving up its secrets any time soon.