To Ancient Egyptians, it was the heart and not the brain that was the seat of emotion, thought, will and intention. Chinese philosophy indicates that the heart is an organ of perception and that we ‘intuitively see’ with our hearts. When we say things like “my heart told me to”, “I felt it in my heart”, or “my heart wasn’t in it.” These phrases show us that as humans we need to feel an amount of empathy with a situation in order to derive some sort of emotional fulfillment.
It appears that we are intrinsically designed to be feeling, emotional creatures in accordance with a Universe that favors the emotion of love over judgment. In the developing unborn fetus the heart starts beating before the brain has been formed, a process scientist’s call autorhythmic. Humans form an emotional brain long before a rational one, and a beating heart before either. We associate the heart with true, unconditional love and the healing powers that come with forgiveness. There is no escaping the feeling of your heart as it beats to keep rhythm with your emotions. When you are excited the heart beats faster and when you are depressed you almost want to take your own pulse to make sure that there is still a sign of life.
The heart is where we hold our true abilities to heal on all levels, spiritual, mental and physical and this is apparent especially through healing physical touch, such as Reiki and also through the healing “touch” of heart felt sentiments, thoughts and intentions that comes across the heart’s magnetic air waves. When people touch or are in close proximity, transference of their heart’s electromagnetic energy occurs, and the two fields begin to entrain or resonate with each other. The result is a combined wave created by a combination of the original waves. This combined wave has the same frequency as the original waves but increased amplitude since its power and depth are increased. This resonating frequency can connect you to the emotions, beliefs, and creations of others.
Studies show that the heart wave of one person can register in the brain wave of another and form a type of intuitive communication link. The closer we are to someone the more entangled our energy fields become and form interconnectedness with the other person. Physicists call it entanglement, the “spooky stuff”, of quantum physics. Entanglement is a term used in quantum theory to describe the way that particles of energy/matter can become correlated to predictably interact with each other regardless of how far apart they are. On a consciousness level you become entangled in the energy of everyone you deal with and close interpersonal relationships will energetically enmesh you more so because of the shared emotional and physical intimacy.
It is possible to get stuck in someone else’s emotional “stuff” causing it to trigger your own emotions due to a resonating factor that tunes you in to their created realities and drama. When one person's heart waves register in another person's brain waves, the impact of their emotional energy may be strong enough to have a residual effect on the other person. We begin to take on their emotional energy through entanglement which is different than empathy. Empathy is willingness to share and understand someone’s emotions but emotional entanglement is like catching a cold from someone because it can seem like an emotional attack with disregard for your personal boundaries. You more or less become a magnet for their emotional chaos. The energy waves may be entrained but extremely ungrounded leaving you to feel exhausted and emotionally drained. A lot of past life issues, past relationship energy, fragmented thought forms and other unusual phenomena are present in entanglement because on a quantum level, consciousness displays not only exiting awareness but also past and future perceptions.
When you are really close with someone an inner knowing that comes from the heart clues you in on things that logically don’t seem plausible or possible. A type of empathy is developed that enables you to pick up on and feel the emotions of someone else. Almost everyone can say that at one time or another they had a feeling that they had to contact someone close to them only to find out that the person was in need or distress. This happens a lot with mothers and children who share a close bond that is entrained in the energy of their heart’s electromagnetic field. Both the intuitive mind of the heart and rationalizing parts of the brain work in tandem to create the sensation of empathy,
The emotional energy we experience from any given situation feeds information that is carried back and forth between the energy fields of the heart and brain and sometimes we experience an enhanced form of intuitive sensing because on an energy level our emotions share a resonance with each other. By tuning into someone’s emotional energy via the heart’s electromagnetic field it is possible to connect into one of their created situations. The more emotionally connected you are to someone the clearer the perceptions are as to what is going on.
We think who we are through our brain but we find who we really are through our heart. In order to achieve spiritual awareness through heart consciousness it is first necessary to come face to face with our own hurts that lower our vibration so we can begin the process of forgiveness to both ourselves and others. The positive emotional imprints carried within our consciousness don’t block the spirit from shining through but the dark imprints from hurts, grudges and unresolved trauma block the light of our spirit, cloud our aura and block our chakra system. Why do we hold on so tightly to things that hurt us and keep us tangled in in the past and locked into the same patterns of behavior?
In an article that appeared in the New York Time on March 23, 2012, there was a piece that verified that we tend to hold on to the negative emotions longer than the positive ones.
“The brain handles positive and negative information in different hemispheres,” said Professor Nass, who co-authored “The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What Machines Teach Us About Human Relationships” (Penguin 2010). Negative emotions generally involve more thinking, and the information is processed more thoroughly than positive ones, he said. Thus, we tend to ruminate more about unpleasant events — and use stronger words to describe them — than happy ones.” This is true. Negative emotions associated with corresponding memories keep playing themselves out over and over again like a record that skips. You cannot get past the repeated pattern until you stop dwelling on them and remove the block.
The heart holds the code for love and forgiveness and shifting into the “heart mind” opens up the communication to the brain so decisions are made with a balance that blends reason with empathy, insight with understanding, and feelings left unshattered. The “heart mind” enables us to tap into the unseen parts of our consciousness and draw upon an inner wisdom of empathy where we are all connected –I am you and you are me. Emotions can create and distort our created reality when they are out of balance and the easiest way to achieve balance is through awareness, love and forgiveness. So how do we shift into a heart awareness and become more empathetic and less reactive?
- Forgiving yourself of all the stress or hurt you may have caused others. The key and cornerstone of emotional healing is forgiveness starting with you.
- Meditate even if it is only for 5 minutes during your morning shower and tell yourself positive affirmations about yourself. There have been recent studies that show how positive affirmations, intentions and emotions actually adjust codes in the hearts electromagnetic field and improve the functions of our body. Additionally the intuitive communication that goes on between the heart and the brain actually improves mental performance when the messages received are positive and stress free.
- Forgive the people who have hurt you or disappointed you and thank them for giving you the experience so you can begin your own emotional healing that comes with awareness. Imagine being in the presence of the one that had hurt you and you formally and lovingly forgive this person.
- Smile at yourself in the mirror and laugh out loud-I’m not kidding-this exercise reminds you what it feels like to experience joy. The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor defines humor therapy as :" any intervention that promotes health and wellness by stimulating a playful discovery, expression, or appreciation of the absurdity or incongruity of life's situations [and can] be used as a complementary treatment of illness to facilitate healing or coping, whether physical, emotional, cognitive, social, or spiritual."
A great gift that comes from heart awareness and knowing yourself is having empathy for others and realizing that we are all connected into an intelligent field of energy, the consciousness of the Universe.