Friday, December 21, 2012

Out of the Heart

Proverbs 4: 23:  "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."

Out of the heart are the issues of life. What could that mean?  Is it really possible that the issues of your life are due to, and come from what is within your own heart?  There's trouble everywhere in our world, but the most far-reaching trouble is the kind in your own heart.

How troubled are peoples hearts these days?  Not just physically with heart disease, but with anger, hurt, sadness, regret, pain, hopelessness and despair.  The state of our society can sometimes be an indicator of the sate of our collective hearts.  It's no wonder that out of the heart are the issues of life. 

In our culture it's not always common for your external circumstances to be consciously connected to what is in your heart.  But imagine if we made that connection, and explored it. Imagine what could be revealed?  Imagine how much more responsibility and thus influence we would all have in our own lives.  Imagine the doors that would open for progress  The heart is a tender place, with defense mechanisms akin to a large country and with a logic all it's own.  But it's often not all that complicated.  It's simple, but requires humility to to unlock.

We each know our own heart.  We know what is in there, we keep things hidden that we think no one else knows about.  We may even forget the things we have kept hidden.  But they affect our lives whether we recognize it or not.  The past burdens, the pain, the anger, the bitterness that has been locked away, and for the most part forgotten about effects every moment of our life for good or bad.

If we are to "keep our heart", we may need to treat it as we treat "keeping" the commandments (Hebrews 8:10, 2 Corinthians 3:3).  It can bring us freedom.        

The implications of Proverbs 4:23 are profound.

There is some interesting research being done and being published about the heart and the mind.  Here's an interesting sample of some of the scientific research on this topic.

"In 1991, one of the early pioneers in neurocardiology, Dr. J. Andrew Armour, introduced the concept of a functional "heart brain". His work revealed that the heart has a complex intrinsic nervous system of its own. The heart’s brain is an intricate network of neurons, neurotransmitters, protein neuropeptides and support cells identical to those found in the head brain. Its elaborate circuitry enables the heart to act independently of the cranial brain – to learn, remember, to feel and sense.

Since 2004, scientists like Rollin McCraty have researched the bio-electricity of the heart. Electromagnetic fields generated by the heart permeate every cell of the body and may act as a synchronizing signal for the body in a manner analogous to information carried by radio waves. This energy is not only transmitted internally to the brain but is also detectable by others within its range of communication. The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body. The electrical field as measured in an electrocardiogram (ECG) is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain waves recorded in an electroencephalogram (EEG).

The magnetic component of the heart’s field is 5000 times stronger than that produced by the brain. It is not impeded by tissues and can be measured several feet away from the body with SQUID* based magnetometers. (*Superconducting Quantum Interference Device)"

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