What does it mean when someone says “be in your heart”? Does it mean to be loving? To be kind? Understanding? Compassionate? Yes, it does. But there is so much more. It also means to have clear boundaries, to be empowered, and to be unstoppable in the pursuit of your dreams.
It might sound like a tall order. “You want me to be compassionate and unstoppable?” I can hear you say. “You want me to be kind and have clear boundaries?… Ummm???”
But here’s the magic… this is not a predicament meant to be solved with our minds. It’s an experience that comes from being in the heart. So, in order to “be in the heart” let’s take some time to understand the heart both as an organ and as an electromagnetic field. Once we do this, we begin to reckon with the fact that we all have a super-power inside of us; and this super-power is something that has been with us from the very beginning and will be with us to the end…
Let’s take a look at a few incredible facts about the heart, so we can expand our knowledge and understanding of this vital organ and powerful vortex of possibility. With this information, you will be able to understand what it means to be “in the heart” and why it’s so important. Here we go…
- In the embryo, the cells which form the brain are the same cells that form the heart.
- We have up to 40,000 brain-like cells in the heart that think, feel, and remember independent of the cranial brain cells.
- The heart starts beating in the unborn fetus before the brain has been formed; thus, humans form an emotional brain long before a rational one
- The heart makes many of its own decisions.
- Oxytocin, the “love” hormone, is manufactured in the heart, not in the brain.
- The heart has its own electrical impulses and can continue to beat if taken from the body.
- The heart has the biggest electromagnetic field of any organ in the body.
- The heart’s electromagnetic field is called the Torus and can stretch up to 60 feet in diameter.
- Shifting the electromagnetic field of the heart sends messages to the brain about how to think and feel.
- The heart sends more information to the brain through the nervous system than the other way around.
- Scientist, psychophysiologist, executive vice president and director of research at HeartMath Institute, says, “We found that from the body perspective, the heart is the first to receive non-local signals or intuitions that are then passed to the brain. It’s a result I wouldn’t have predicted. The heart has access to information outside the boundaries of time and space. It’s been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.”
- Finally, Gregg Braden shares on how to establish heart-brain coherence by saying, “There are four keywords for coherence: appreciation, gratitude, care, and compassion. When we practice moving into states aligned with one of these words, or some combination of the four, we create communication between the heart and the brain.”
Thus, we can begin to understand that by practicing appreciation, gratitude, care, and compassion, we expand the physical electromagnetic field of the heart, influencing the neurological signals in our brain and supporting us to feel and think more positively. When we begin to treat our heart’s intelligence with respect and reverence, we change our lives for the better; healthier, happier, and in coherence.
So go ahead, let your heart lead!
Here is a heart-centering meditation I made for you…