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What is your heart thinking?

14 November 2010 2 Comments

There’s a secret place inside of us where our heart and mind are in a continual dialog with each other, trying to sort things out in a way that will make us feel good, but not always succeeding at it. Our thoughts and our emotions are constantly discussing issues and events that are effecting us in a personal way, and trying to decide what to do about it …

If someone does and says something that is hurting our feelings, our mind will immediately start a conversation with our heart to talk it over and decide whether to let it go, or retaliate in some ways that would make things seem fair. On the other end, if we meet a situation that stirs our compassion, our heart will start a conversation with our mind to see if there’s a way that we can help it or an excuse to justify ourselves for not doing anything. All of this happens in that “holy place” called “soul”, where we exercise our majesty of choice!

The question is whether our heart is actually able to think and process any kind of information, and it’s interesting to note that Proverbs 23:7 does not exactly say: “As a man thinks in his mind …”, but it says very clearly that: “As he thinks in his heart, so is he”!

There are many verses in the Bible indicating that the heart actually has its own thoughts. For example, in the Old Testament Daniel told king Nebuchadnezzar “…that you may know the thoughts of your heart (Daniel 2:30). And in the New Testament Peter told the sorcerer to repent, so that: ‘…the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.’ (Acts 8:22b)

There are more than 400 places in the Bible where the word ‘heart’ was used to indicate a place of intellect, thought, emotions, character, love, compassion, etc … but the interesting thing is that Science has also recently discovered that the physical organ that pumps blood through our veins is actually able to think, and it does have emotions!

I recently read an article, titled Yes, the Heart Really Can Think and Have Emotions!“, that reported a English TV broadcast on Channel 4 (June 26, 2006), titled: “Mindshock: Transplanting Memories?”, where they interviewed scores of recipients of heart transplants who were experiencing memories that did not belong to them, but were instead part of the deceased donors’ lives, as it was confirmed by their loved ones! In other words, the heart contained “memories” that were transferred from the deceased person to the receiver…

The same article named a heart specialist, Dr. Andrew Armour, Ph.D., who discovered the presence of neurons in the heart, and that it contains a complex nervous system of its own. He realized that there is a much more intimate connection between the heart and the brain than it had previously been known… Dr. Armour claims that the heart actually sends more information to the brain than the other way around!

The publisher of his “Anatomical and Functional Principles stated that ‘Groundbreaking research in the field of neurocardiology has established that the heart is a sensory organ and a sophisticated information encoding and processing center, with an intrinsic nervous system sufficiently sophisticated to qualify as a “heart brain”!  By providing an elaborate anatomy and physiology of the cardiac nervous system, this monograph contributes to the newly emerging view of the heart as a self-organized system that maintains a continuous two-way dialogue with the brain and the rest of the body.

It certainly seems that our heart has thoughts of its own, and therefore not only our mind needs to be renewed, but even our heart might have memories that need to be healed! … The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was not only sent to preach the Gospel to the poor, but also “to heal the broken hearts and set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).

“He heals the broken hearts, and binds up their wounds!”  (Psalms 147:3)

In the coming weeks we will look deeper into this conversation that happens between our thoughts and emotions, and how we can all experience the healing of our heart!
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