The Head and the Heart
In Kundalini Yoga, it is said that there are actually 3 brains. One is in the head, one in the gut and one in the heart. Every being has an electromagnetic field that surrounds the body and within that field, there are two separate fields that can be measured scientifically; one is of the brain, the other is of the heart. The electromagnetic field of the heart is said to be 5000 times stronger than that of the brain. The following will be an exploration of the notion that the heart is an underutilized source of intelligence that we can easily begin to connect with and strengthen through meditation.
The HeartMath Institute defines heart intelligence as “a flow of intuitive awareness” that comes when the heart is unimpeded in its natural function of bringing harmony and balance to all the systems of the body. In this state, we are able to enjoy more clarity, focus and a sense of heightened awareness.
We know that when we feel fearful or frantic, the heart rate will accelerate and can therefore see the link between how we feel and how our hearts are beating. What science can now prove is that there is a two-way communication between the heart and the brain. In fact, it is said that the heart sends more information to the brain than the other way around. Here’s how this can affect our state of being:
“If we experience negative emotions, the heart will send a signal via its rhythmic pattern to the brain which will mirror these feelings. Therefore, this negative emotional experience will be reinforced. In fact, the type of chemicals that are released into our bodies depend on the quality of the emotional signal sent from the heart to the brain” – Stephane Clement for Gaia Meditation
What this means is that if the signal of the heart is incoherent, the brainwave patterns are likely to be incoherent as well. The term ‘coherence’ is commonly used among scientists to describe the most efficient and harmonious functioning of and cooperation between the nervous, cardiovascular, hormonal, and immune systems. The term ‘brain coherence’ is perhaps more familiar within the meditation conversation and simply refers to the state in which various parts of the brain are able to communicate effectively and efficiently with one another. It is said that this state is achieved when we are able to remove the static of our incessant thinking (meditation). The trouble sometimes is that the heart rhythm is inhibiting the ability to remove the static.
In Joe Dispenza’s work, there is much reminding that the head and the heart are inextricably linked in that once we enter a certain heart rhythm or feeling state, the thoughts or brainwaves will be altered to match the way we are feeling. If we can accept that the human body and all of its systems are naturally designed for and constantly seeking balance, and that the heart is sort of like a conductor of all of this- we can easily see why there would be great value in working with the heart.
In tonight’s meditations I would like to offer a more focused connection to the heart in 3 different ways: one will involve resting the attention in the heart and listening for the rhythm, the second will use the mantra ‘yam’ which is the vibrational sound for the heart chakra, and the third will be a guided visualization to invoke feelings of appreciation, gratitude, satisfaction, and love.