Many believe that consciousness originates in the brain on its own. Scientific research suggests that consciousness actually emerges from the brain and the body acting together. A growing body of evidence suggests that the heart plays a particularly important role in this process.
Much more than a simple pump, as was once believed, the heart is recognized by scientists as a highly complex system with its own functional “brain.”
Here is an interview with Annie Marquier, one of the most influential researchers of consciousness in recent years, who explains these discoveries in a very clear way.
That the heart has a brain is a metaphor, right?
No. The heart has been found to contain a well-developed, independent nervous system with more than 40,000 neurons and a complex and dense network of neurotransmitters, proteins, and supporting cells.
Is it smart?
Thanks to these elaborate circuits, it seems that the heart can make decisions and take action independently of the brain; and that you can learn, remember and even perceive. There are four types of connections that start from the heart and go to the brain of the head.
Neurological communication through the transmission of nerve impulses. The heart sends more information to the brain than it receives, it is the only organ in the body with this property, and it can inhibit or activate certain parts of the brain depending on the circumstances.
Does that mean that the heart can influence our way of thinking?
It can influence our perception of reality and therefore our reactions.
Second connection …
Biochemical information through hormones and neurotransmitters. It is the heart that produces the ANF hormone, which ensures the general balance of the body: homeostasis. One of its effects is to inhibit the production of the stress hormone and produce and release oxytocin, which is known as the love hormone.
Biophysical communication through pressure waves. It seems that through the heart rate and its variations, the heart sends messages to the brain and the rest of the body.
Energetic communication: the electromagnetic field of the heart is the most powerful of all the body’s organs, 5,000 times more intense than that of the brain. And it has been observed that it changes depending on the emotional state. When we feel afraid, frustrated or stress become chaotic.
And it is ordered with positive emotions?
Yes. And we know that the magnetic field of the heart extends around the body between two and four meters, that is to say, that everyone around us receives the energetic information contained in our heart.
What conclusions lead us these discoveries?
The brain circuit of the heart is the first to process the information that then passes through the brain of the head. Is this new circuit not another step in human evolution?
There are two kinds of heart rate variation: one is harmonious, broad and regular waves, and takes that form when the person has positive, elevated and generous emotions and thoughts. The other is disorganized, with incoherent waves.
Does it appear with negative emotions?
Yes, with fear, anger or distrust. But there is more: brain waves are synchronized with these variations in heart rate; that is to say, that the heart drags the head. The bottom line is that the love of the heart is not an emotion, it is an intelligent state of consciousness.
You see, the brain of the heart activates in the brain of the head completely new higher centers of perception that interpret reality without relying on past experiences. This new circuit does not go through the old memories, its knowledge is immediate, instantaneous, and therefore, it has an exact perception of reality.
It looks like science fiction.
It is proven that when the human being uses the brain of the heart, it creates a state of biological coherence, everything is harmonized and works correctly, it is a superior intelligence that is activated through positive emotions.
Well, it seems that nobody uses it …
It is an unactivated potential, but it is becoming accessible to a large number of people.
And how I can activate that circuit?
Cultivating the qualities of the heart: openness to others, listening, patience, cooperation, acceptance of differences, courage …
24 hour saints?
It is the practice of positive thoughts and emotions. In essence, freeing oneself from the spirit of separation and from the three primary mechanisms: fear, desire and the lust for dominance, mechanisms that are deeply anchored in the human being because they have served us to survive millions of years.
And how do we get rid of them?
Taking the position of witnesses, observing our thoughts and emotions without judging them, and choosing the emotions that can make us feel good. We must learn to trust our intuition and recognize that the true origin of our emotional reactions is not what happens outside, but inside us.
Cultivate silence, contact nature, live periods of solitude, meditate, contemplate, take care of your vibratory environment, work in a group, live simply. And ask your heart when you don’t know what to do.
In short, these scientific discoveries only confirm that the human being carries with him an extraordinary potential of consciousness, intelligence, wisdom and love.