Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Heart - An Organ of Relationship

I've been very slowly reading through "The Heart's Code." This book was written by Dr. Paul Pearsall who, through his study of transplant patients, came to believe that the heart is more than an organ that pumps blood. He believed that the heart has memory and that it, not the brain, is the organ that is meant to determine how we relate to our environment as well as everyone and everything in our environment.

I found it interesting because I see this book, written by a medical doctor, as supporting my understanding that we are meant to be heart people with our brain working to support our heart. Religion has taught us that our hearts are deceitfully wicked and can't be trusted. However, that's an Old Testament teaching which is nowhere taught in the New Testament.

The truth is Jesus died to redeem our hearts so, in this New Testament era, we've been given new hearts which are now a reliable source of guidance. To be quite honest, I'm coming to believe that our new heart is actually the only source of guidance that we've been given since it's are now infused with God's life and Spirit and he can now direct us through its desires and promptings. He may provide other things to confirm those promptings but our source of guidance is now always meant to be our heart.

This book, while written in technical language, has many gems in it that confirm my understanding of the importance of our heart. I believe the following quotes from this book will encourage those who are seeking to once again connect with their good and noble heart.

1) The heart is an organ of connection and seeks interrelationship.

2) The heart seeks lasting connections, abhors disconnection, and cannot laugh when it is losing connection. Research shows that lack of humor and shared laughter is one of the earliest and most predictive signs of a failing relationship.

3) Through its energy, the heart draws other hearts to it and is drawn to other hearts. Unlike the brain's sardonic humor that can drive people away, healthy humor, the kind that leads to strengthened immunity, healing, and cardiovascular health, is "attracting humor" that narrows social distances.

4) The heart enjoys making other hearts "feel good." Healthy humor makes everyone feel better, but the brain's humor is often intended to disparage others to make itself look good.

5) Unlike the brain, the heart knows that it alone cannot be "the mind" but that together with the brain and body it forms a Mind of which it is a key part. By its nature, the heart is a partner seeking to "be a part of" rather than "in charge of." By contrast, the dominating brain's humor is often a "control device" it uses to assume superiority over other brains.

6) The heart loves and uses humor to express love. The brain's humor is often used to express its dislike of another person.

7) When the brain is quieted, the heart is free to laugh.

8) Those moments we are laughing the hardest are likely to be those when we are the most directly tuned in to our heart's code.

9) The word "silly" derives from the Greek "selig" meaning "blessed." There is something sacred in being able to be silly. Cardio-energetics teaches that it is healthy to be childish if childishness means re-enchantment with living and the ability to "get beside our cerebral self" to join hearts joyfully others.

10) The more you find yourself laughing at others, the more likely it is that you are dealing with the brain's code. The more you find yourself laughing with others, the more likely it is that you have tuned in to the heart's code and are receiving one of the most neglected presents our bodily system has to offer--a joyful, happy heart.
The truth about our new hearts has been hidden from us by faulty religious teaching. To learn more about our new hearts, I would suggest reading Jim Robbins' book, "Recover Your Good Heart," and Darin Hufford's new book, "The Misunderstood God."excellent books that wunderstanding the truth


Jim Robbins said...

Hi Aida -- as you can imagine, the idea that science backs up what God already knows is a great confirmation that our hearts are central to our life.

You can tell when someone is relating from the heart or not. I want to be around *those* people.

Thanks for sharing this resource with us!

Aida said...

That book is a real eye opener. Since it's written by a PhD., some of the language is technical but I've been having a really good time wading through the technical jargon to find all of the gems that are scattered throughout.

Unfortunately, the church has been held back since it has erroneously thought that the heart is evil. It does make me wonder how different this world would be if we had learned to follow the promptings of our heart instead of the brain.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jim.

bibl774 said...

When we are born our hearts are "evil". When my little angel was born I didn't have to teach him how to be bad but just the opposite. So the teaching in the Old Testament is for us. When we repent of our sins and believe the Gospel, God replaces the heart of stone with a heart of flesh. One that "will" respond to spiritual stimuli. Our new hearts will respond to the Word of God. We need both to live a close relationship with our Lord.


Aida said...

I wouldn’t say that we’re born with an evil heart but I do believe that it’s a heart that is separated from God. So, since the Old Testament believers had no way to hear from God, the law was put into effect. Today, as you said, God has replaced that heart of stone with a new heart which is now filled with his life and his spirit. That new heart is responsive to God so the old heart has been done away with. It’s no longer necessary. I’m a bit confused as to why you think we would still need that old heart.

bibl774 said...

"Both" meaning our new hearts responding to the Word of God.

Aida said...

Oh! I get you now. Sorry about the misunderstanding.

I’m not sure what you mean by the Word of God. If you’re thinking that the Word of God is the Bible, then I really don’t agree.

While I do believe that the Bible is an excellent resource to help us know God, I no longer believe that it’s necessary. I think God has a myriad of ways to make himself known and he may choose to use the Bible but he may not. He knows that we’ve all been uniquely created so he’ll make himself known in ways that will work with our unique temperament.