I was listening to a Hay House promotion of Gregg Braden's program Wired to Thrive, in which he was talking about how to link heart and brain, and I realized that such a thing had never occurred to me. I've been so focused on the heart that I didn't see the role that the brain plays, and in fact, I rather discounted it. After all, the brain has been getting enormous credit and attention from the scientific community as the premier organ of consciousness, ability and choice, and now we're just finding out that it is not the only, and not the strongest, either. The electromagnetic field of the heart is much larger and stronger than the brain, but we haven't been paying as much attention to it. Of course, I was on the side of the perceived underdog...or maybe I should say the unperceived underdog.
The first thing I noticed is that it's possible that Gregg Braden and I are not talking about the same thing when we talk about the heart. I am talking about "the heart space" as a very specific realm of awareness, in which there is no form; when he talks of the heart as where feelings of compassion and gratitude arise, it's pretty clear we're not on quite the same page. However, that doesn't mean both ideas don't work, they just maybe work a little differently....So I started to look, to find what I had not made room for in my thinking and teaching.....
Gregg talked about using gratitude, care, compassion and appreciation to link the brain with the heart. The language center is in the brain, so that might be enough right there. There are no words in the heart space; the experience is peace and awareness, but no objects, it is all pre-form. What the heart space brings is the experience of no separation, non-duality. It does not bring emotion, it brings space. It brings ground of being, from which the four attitudes can most easily arise. Is the brain where form happens? God knows, we formulate plenty, and I'm pretty sure that doesn't come from the heart. Appreciation, gratitude, compassion and care all presuppose perception, which means form. So yes, that will link brain and heart.
I can appreciate and be grateful for being in the heart space. Being in the heart space, the experience of it, then is the object. But when I am just in it....none of that exists...no words...no objects.
If I "bring in" a question, an open-ended question.....does that automatically link heart and brain? When I wait for the answer, I'm waiting on the heart space. The brain would have given me an answer more quickly, but it would have been from the same old file cabinet, and I want an answer from the greater intelligence. When the answer comes, in whatever form--symbolic image, words, fragrance or knowing--then the brain engages, with language, understanding, motor skills. Shopping in Michael's the other day, I was in the aisle of glassware and candles, completely unable to make a selection. Suddenly my hand reached out for a package of 3 square glass containers. My mind was confused, but my hand wasn't....there was a heart leap that moved the hand, completely bypassing my mind. That was brain and heart together. Frequently, while working my hand will clear what my brain can't see. No words, no recognizable perception (though there is some kind of knowing) and yet something is cleared. Is that brain and heart together? The hand moved, motor skills were involved, so yes......
If I "bring in" a person to the heart space...my sense of the person, what I usually call "my picture of _____" I am linking heart and brain. The brain holds previous experience--memory, and all the synthesizing functions that make up our perceptions--but dropping all that into the heart space allows room for change. The picture I hold can change, and due to the quantum nature of the heart field, the person pictured can feel it and respond to it. At the very least, I will see that my picture is not the only possibility, worth it in itself.
What's important about this?
For those of us with an insatiable curiosity about what's really going on, it's one more piece of "Ahah!" or maybe "Huh....." hopefully leaving room for other ideas to seed and blossom. But what I also recognize is the importance of acknowledging partnership, wherever it arises. What's available to see these days is that it's never just one thing, it's always more things, working in collaboration. It's heart and brain, and it's me and Gregg Braden, with our hearts and brains, all giving space and form to the birthing of more information, more ideas, more expressed experience to enrich our world. And by the way, Wired to Thrive is a brilliant program explaining the best of what we need to know to navigate the current chaos. Find it at www.hayhouse.com.