I recently was asked to speak at a local educator’s event about the power of the heart. Coming from an energy healer background, I’ve experienced the very real energy field of the heart. Sweeping my hands over the heart chakra of a client on a treatment table, I’ve tapped into emotional information. Deep love and deep sorrow can be discerned, as real as a hug or a punch in the gut. I remember tapping into the love a client felt for her little dog. Not being a great dog lover myself, I’d never really empathized with people devoted to their dogs. In those moments when I stood with my hands above my client’s heart chakra, all the emotions for her dog flooded through me and I finally “got” it. Dog love. It’s real.
Needing material for my talk, I learned the most amazing scientific discoveries about the heart. It is so much more than a pump. Canadian neurologist Dr. Andrew Amour discovered a complex neurological system within the heart and dubbed it the “little brain.” Growing evidence suggests some memories are stored within the heart. Emotions truly do affect the heart electromagnetic field in measurable ways. There are even a growing number of anecdotal stories of heart transplant recipients seemingly taking on traits of their donors–food cravings, favorite hobbies, even personality changes. The heart stores information.
What’s even more astounding is the power of the heart energy field. The HeartMath Institute has been studying the multidimensional aspects of the heart. It is some 5,000 times stronger than the energy field of the brain. Machines have detected a field two feet wide and five feet deep, but that is only as far as their machines can measure. There is no mechanical ability at this time to measure the true distance. One thing is for sure, everyone is projecting an energetic field from their heart all the time.
Not only is it projecting, it is gathering information. HeartMath scientists wired the hearts and brains of test participants and sat them in front of a computer. Every six seconds pictures changed randomly to elicit an emotion. Some pictures were graphically disturbing, others peaceful and harmonious. Heart and brain responses were measured and timed.
The most intriguing finding was the heart began anticipating the pictures’ emotions seconds before they actually projected. The heart intuitively tapped into information BEFORE it was visible to the test participant. The heart appeared to be sending signals to the brain, not the other way around. From there the brain interpreted the information and sent signals to the rest of the body.
In Reiki we are told we can send healing energy in several ways–through the hands, through the mind, through the eyes, and through the heart. Most of us concentrate on the hands, but I’m beginning to see gaining a greater awareness of the energy and intelligence of the heart could greatly enhance healing abilities. It’s definitely an avenue to explore.
More importantly, this information has made me aware that the power of our emotions are always being projected through the heart chakra in a wide arc. What am I projecting? Anxiety? Anger? Fear? What am I stepping into as I pass other people? Their anxiety, anger, or fear? Can I influence my surroundings simply by consciously projecting positive emotion from the heart–love, gratitude, and joy?
Poets and song writers have long written of the power of the heart. Science is beginning to confirm it. Understanding the power of the heart energy field is a major step in taking control of your life. Don’t just use your head…use your heart!
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Thanks for this very informative and lovely post, Dana!