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heartYour heart is the greatest power within your physical being, your emotional being, your mental being and your spiritual (or energetic) being.

Within your physical body, your heart is part of the circulatory system, the endocrine system and the nervous system.

As the core of your circulatory system, your heart generates the waves that transport nutrients and waste materials to and from every cell of your body.

Your heart responds with feelings to what is going on in your life. Feelings and emotions are intimately connected to your endocrine system.

As part of your endocrine system, your heart secretes hormones, that stimulate the stress response, or like dopamine and oxytocin, that make you feel good and connect you with others. Scientist, Dr. Candace Pert, has called these neural hormones molecules of emotion.

Where things get really interesting is the power of the heart over the brain.

Recent research has found that the heart also has its own nervous system or brain. It is sometimes called the intrinsic cardiac nervous system.

One of the most important recent discoveries in the new field of neurocardiology (the heart’s brain) is that “the heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart.” (p. 5, Science of the Heart, Vol. 2. Publ. by HeartMath Institute, 2015)

Limbic Brain and the amygdalaA key player in the information from the heart streaming through the limbic system (sometimes called the emotional brain) is the amygdala.

“The amygdala is the key brain center that coordinates behavioral, immunological and neuroendochrine responses to environmental threats. It also serves as the processing center for emotional memory within the brain…the amygdala makes instantaneous decisions about the familiarity of incoming sensory information and because of its extensive connections to the hypothalamus and other autonomic nervous system centers is able to ‘hijack’ the neural pathways activating the autonomic nervous system and emotional response before the higher brain centers receive the sensory information…Since emotional processes can work faster than the mind, it takes a power stronger than the mind to bend perceptions, override emotional circuitry, and provide us with intuitive feeling instead. It takes the power of the heart.”

(p. 29, Science of the Heart, Vol. 2. Publ. by HeartMath Institute, 2015)

Because the amygdala can hijack the thinking mind in the cortex, there is no amount of training based on logic that can release the hijack. But the heart can.

The heart is capable of creating coherence between itself and the brain. That is, they both work at the same frequency. The result is that the heart creates an override of the amygdala response and opens access to the cortex, or your thinking brain.

Another fascinating area of research involves the energetic communication of the heart. Your heart communicates through the electromagnetic field through and surrounding the body.

Scientists at HeartMath Institute have discovered “information about a person’s emotional state is encoded in the heart’s magnetic field and is communicated throughout the body and into the external environment…experiments have led us to conclude that the nervous system acts as an antenna, which is tuned to and responds to the magnetic fields produced by the hearts of other individuals…We also propose that this type of energetic communication between individuals may play a role in the therapeutic interactions between clinicians and patients that has the potential to promote the healing process.”

When a person is in a coherent state, they receive more accurate information from the fields of others.

Then there is the multi-dimensional capability of the heart to connect at the more non-physical aspects of our being. Your heart communicates with your soul, your purpose in life and so much more.

In much of the developed world, we live in a very brain-focused culture. However, ignoring the enormous power of the heart keeps us from engaging in the depth and beauty ever present in our lives.