Merlinda Pillsbury Arnold
The Importance of the Heart in Healing Trauma Part 2
The heart feels every impulse and then the message goes on to the brain, not the other way around. The brain follows the heart. The early Egyptian and Sumerian texts say the heart is the seat of the memory. Opening the seals of the trauma and ancestral pain that cover heart immediately transforms its energy and brings about self-love, wisdom and clarity.
The Goddess Maat, the Goddess of Truth and Love (depicted above with the feather crown) in Egyptian mythology is depicted in the Egyptian Book of the Dead as the goddess who weighs the heart on the Scales of Life against the Feather of Truth. If one’s heart is able to balance the ostrich feather, the soul is allowed to enter into the Land of Amenti, an idyllic abode similar to our ‘heaven.’
If one’s heart is heavier than the ostrich feather, the soul must reincarnate again and again until it becomes light as a feather. Maat's consort, Thoth, the great scribe, writes down the Judgment of the Great Scale in the Book of Life.
The SaRa technique can be likened to a healing session that lightens the heart. More intriguing are the dramatic positive changes that occur when techniques are applied that increase coherence in rhythmic patterns of heart rate variability. These include shifts in perception and the ability to reduce stress and deal more effectively with difficult situations. We observe that the heart acts as though it has a mind of its own and profoundly influences the way we perceive and respond to the world. In essence, it appears that the heart is affecting intelligence and awareness.
The heart affects mental clarity, creativity, emotional balance and personal effectiveness. Our research and that of others indicate that the heart is far more than a simple pump. The heart is, in fact, a highly complex, self-organized information processing center with its own functional “brain” that communicates with and influences the cranial brain via the nervous system, hormonal system and other pathways. These influences profoundly affect brain function and most of the body’s major organs, and ultimately determine the quality of life.
It is no coincidence. What’s really fascinating is that the heart contains a little brain in its own right. Yes, the human heart, in addition to its other functions, actually possesses a heart-brain composed of about 40,000 neurons that can sense, feel, learn and remember. The heart brain sends messages to the head brain about how the body feels and more. When I first heard about this scientific research, it intuitively made sense. I had felt for a long time that the heart has its own mysterious way of knowing.