THESE ARE THE LAST OF THE BLOGS ON THE HEART & LOVE & HOW IT HELPS MANAGE THE DEADLY SINS OF KARMA
Why the emphasis by spiritual masters and ancient traditions on the heart?
Ramana Maharshi teaches ;
"When the mind stays in the Heart
the I which is the source of all thoughts will go,
and the Self which ever exists will shine."
The Ancestors teach that sadly the mind controls the heart which is one of our greatest spiritual challenges and Alfred Adler reminds us to;
"Follow your heart but take your brain with you."
"Brain is an apparatus which with we think, we think. Mind a mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain." A. Bierce
Neuroscience is now coming into alliance with ancient wisdom's teachings. The heart is the organ responsible for feelings and emotions and not just a muscular organ that pumps blood to the body. The electrical signals emanating from the heart in a ECG are far more powerful than those emitted from the brain in an EEG. Moreover the heart sends more information to the brain than vice versa. If by sensations Aristotle meant emotions he was correct a long time ago.
"And of course the brain is not responsible for any of the sensations at all. The correct view is that the seat and source of sensation is the region of the heart." Aristotle
Certainly the dorsolateral part of the frontal lobe of the brain as well as the amygdala and insula cortex have a part to play in experiencing our emotions but the heart initiates them. The heart uses neurological, biochemical and biophysical ways to connect to the Limbic system. The heart may be the intelligence behind our intuitive thoughts, feelings and emotions.
The heart's rhythms are directly affected by our emotions - good or bad. These can even lead to arrhythmias, the so called "Broken Heart Syndrome which simulates a heart attack but is not one and even sudden death in someone who already has heart disease.
We cannot separate our health from our Self or spirit any more than we can our heart from our brain. Emotions can destabilize the heart. The brain is responsible for memory and learning but erratic emotional signals sent by the heart to the brain recognized as negative or stressful block our ability to think clearly.
Apart from spiritual transformation spiritual practice is a way of modulating these negative feelings arising in the more primitive centers of the brain (Monkey/Narrow mind) by allowing the higher frontal brain centers (or Spacious mind) to predominate thus helping us with our emotional intelligence, our happiness factor and assisting us on the path to "Becoming." Our frontal lobes with the help of spiritual practice help us to get out of the fear driven emotions and the survival responses of Monkey mind.
The risk of heart disease is greatly increased in those who have no inner directed way of handling the hardships of life. Unhappy heart felt emotions also increase stress hormones coming from the adrenal gland, raise the blood pressure and depress the immune system as well as the bodies abilities to handle the deleterious effects of sugar or carbohydrates leading to pre-diabetes and diabetes.
Spiritual practice creates a parasympathetic nervous system or relaxation response to help modulate this excessive sympathetic nervous system override. This helps our heart and brain stay healthy and more in line with Self.
Healthy spirit - healthy heart - healthy brain but it best begins with intention for Spirit and some form of spiritual practice.
As the Ancestors teach;
"Information is not to be equated with knowledge, knowledge is not to be equated with understanding, understanding is not to be equated wth wisdom and virtue (purity) is not to be equated with holiness."
Mind stuff is information, knowledge and even understanding and can get in the way.
The heart, however, is the key and the high road eventually to wisdom, virtue and holiness and becoming into a Causal vibration.
This is my religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple. The philosophy is kindness.
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The Golden husks, the harvest of the Mind refer to Spacious Mind of the frontal lobe.
Be in Purity