My whole website revolves around the fact that our heart is more than a pump. By way of processing emotions, it basically governs the kind of life we lead. Although the consequences of this discovery are far reaching, most of today’s science and society still looks at the heart as a mere pump. But for those with an open mind, I want to break new ground and define a paradigm shift.
The new science of the heart changes your world view radically.
Why is it so important? Because every time you’re dealing with humans, privately or professionally, the new discoveries around the heart define all interactions, no matter if you recognize it or not. Especially when the relationship to certain individuals or a group is crucial for the outcome of your endeavor, be it in the role of a teacher, counselor or physician.
What Is a Shift in Paradigm
When I focus on the connection from heart to heart, then I’m not just falling for the line of touchy-feely talk for lack of better arguments or scientific background knowledge. With a PhD in Systematic Theology from the renowned University of Basel in Switzerland, I have the tools and credentials to evaluate such a statement. In fact, using the example of the heart, I can demonstrate the great paradigm shift we’re currently in.
Please understand this one thing, the starting point of every intelligent and humane endeavor: The study of the heart leads us beyond the old materialistic paradigm into a new spiritual one. A paradigm describes the way we look at our lives, the basic concept upon which we build our knowledge in order to see us through the puzzling diversity of this world. Let me clarify it with a few bullet points:
- Old Paradigm ==> New Paradigm
- material ==> spiritual
- rational ==> symbolic
- atomistic ==> holistic
- theoretical ==> poetical
- quantity ==> quality
- technical ==> organic
- competitive ==> cooperative
These are just a few hints I don’t have the time to elaborate on. If you want to dive deeper, read The Structure of Scientific Revolution by Thomas Kuhn (1962). But I hope you’ll get the drift of what I’m trying to endorse. With the following examples and facts, it’ll become much clearer.
Amazing Science Fact
For our purpose, I want to propose two scientific discoveries which are behind the initial statement that our heart is more than a pump. First, the investigation of the blood circulation in a chicken embryo, and secondly the revolutionary discovery in the heart itself.
- Autonomous blood circulation: At Harvard in 1932, J. L. Bremer analyzed the blood circulation in a chicken embryo. To his astonishment he found out that the blood moves even before the heart is built out. In other words: the blood moves in a self propelled mode. You can read the study here. (See: American Journal of Anatomy, Vol. 33) Thus the question arises: What is the purpose of the heart?
- Brain in the heart: In 1991 scientists discovered about 40’000 neurons in a human heart. This unique heart intelligence has the potential to sense, learn and conclude, totally independent of the brain. In ways I explained here, both heart and brain work together, they communicate with the body, with other humans and the earth itself. Consequently, the quality of emotions is at the center of health and wellbeing.
When we consider only these two amazing facts, then the way we look at the governing principle in human existence is turned upside down. The old question concerning the relationship of body and mind appears in a new light. No longer can we reduce human thoughts and behaviors, consciousness as a whole, to mere biochemical processes. In that sense, materialism in the shape of genetic determinism for example is a dead end.
To sum it up, perceiving, describing and molding the world we live in is first and foremost an emotional procedure. In the end, it’s all a question of the state of your mind and thus of mindfulness. By the way, basic insights of quantum physics confirm the strange notion of mind over matter.
Therefore, the most important question is: To what degree are you aware of the quality of your consciousness? Can you see the freedom in all of this, can you feel the enormous power of this paradigm shift? Let’s go a step further.
Earth Magnetic Field Effect
What does the earth magnetic field have to do with the connection from heart to heart? More than you probably think in your dreams! This aspect reveals the purpose of the heart. Remember that the heart is the very organ that produces the strongest electromagnetic field in the body.
Now, the nature of electromagnetic fields basically consists of transmitting information. They are carrier waves of biological relevant information connecting all living systems. As such, the heart is the strongest sender and receiver. Whatever is in your heart, be it uplifting or depressing, has an equivalent first in your body and then in the world around you.
This is the scientific background of the somewhat stereotyped notion that everything is connected with everything. Once you understand the pivotal role the heart plays here, then it is simply logical to care about the heart much more than before. Pay attention to that which is in your heart, to your feelings, because it indicates the vitality of yourself as well as the world around you.
Heart Centered Rebalancing
Finally, let me consider the consequences of the paradigm shift we established here for best natural stress relief. If we look at the heart as a switching point rather than a pump, then a huge potential can be unlocked. On the contrary, it’s no longer a surprise why so many people suffer from cardiovascular distress or even cardiac arrest.
The state of your heart is just as important for yourself as it is for the world around you. That’s why the emotional balance is not just your private business. If you start improving a balanced connection of your heart with all aspects of life, the so called heart coherence, the easier it gets for those around you. And the more care about heart centered rebalancing, the healthier the world is going to be.
If the personal, social and global coherence are interconnected, then new chances arise which rearrange our priorities. Do you grasp the dignity which is bestowed upon you? Even if you’re chained to your bed, by the power of your heart you can connect with likeminded friends around the world and make a difference. The Global Coherence Initiative is one platform, that promotes a lifestyle based on this new paradigm (sign up and you’ll see more details).
Understanding the paradigm shift using the example of the heart is one thing, another thing is to adapt your life accordingly. It starts with the decision to focus on the heart as the prime connection to your body, to others and the surroundings. Keep it simple and listen to your heart regularly and attentively.
Start with a total new approach to life, or resume the truth you always felt deep inside your heart. On my website HeartBasedPower, you’ll find many inspirations and much support. I wish you joy and passion discovering the source of life! Take care of you heart, spread the news if it changed your life and leave a comment below.
I’m looking forward to meet you here, Stefan