Recognizing that our intelligence is not only coming from the brain in our head and that we have multiple sources of wisdom allows us to better understand how we are wired.
Put Your Heart Into It
Recent studies show that the heart is more than a mere pump and has a major role in forming our human consciousness. Researchers have been exploring the role the heart plays in creating emotional experience and accessing intuition. It has been discovered that the heart sends significantly more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart, and that our emotions are reflected in the heart’s rhythmic patterns.
The nervous system within the heart enables it to learn, remember, and make functional decisions independent of the brain’s cerebral cortex. Furthermore, research has demonstrated that the signals the heart continuously sends to the brain influence the function of higher brain centres involved in perception, cognition and emotional processing.
To illustrate the heart’s far-reaching power, researchers theorize that the heart’s autonomic functioning and intelligence is the explanation for memory and personality transfer in heart-transplant recipients.
That Gut Feeling
The enteric nervous system, (ENS), embedded in the wall of the gut, works independently and in conjunction with the brain. The ENS controls digestion and plays an important role in our physical and mental wellbeing.
Like the heart, the information flow between the gut and the brain is mostly one-way, from the gut to the brain. Scientific evidence suggests that the chemicals and nerves in the gut likely influence our emotions. For example, 95 percent of the body’s serotonin, a neurotransmitter contributing towards feelings of wellbeing, is found in the gut.
The chemicals and nerves in the gut partly determine our mental wellbeing. Needless to say, our diet directly affects our mental and emotional state.
Recent scientific studies are now providing evidence to suggest that human consciousness emerges from the brain and the body acting together, thus pointing to a holistic model of body intelligence.
The direct links between the brain, the heart and the gut indicate an intricate whole-body phenomenon long known to metaphysical and natural healers.
This brings to light an expanded and deepened awareness of our consciousness; of the body’s internal physiological, emotional and mental processes; and allows for a greater sense of self-awareness and understanding.
Karen Gay, A-Roaming Bodyworker, is a holistic health practitioner practicing in Hanoi. For information on the types of services provided, visit a-roamingbodyworker.com