Neurological Heart Cells
We now know that heart cells are neurological in nature and that the heart sends more information to the brain than it receives from it. The heart influences the brain’s perception, decision-making and other cognitive activities. It can even inhibit or activate certain parts of the brain. Perhaps the most outstanding evidence that the heart has a brain is all of the stories that heart transplant patients tell.
The Heart Brain Remembers
When heart transplants started being practiced, recipients related amazing stories about their tastes and personalities resembling the traits of the donors. The most well known story is from Claire Sylvia. She wrote a book about her experience, Change of Heart. In 1988 she received a heart and lung transplant. The donor was an 18-year-old young man who had died in a motorcycle accident. After the operation, Sylvia noticed her habits, taste and attitude had changed. She started behaving in a more masculine manner, craving foods that she previously disliked, like beer and green peppers.
Dr. Paul Peasall’s article, Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors, which was published in the magazine Near-Death Studies in 2002, in which 150 heart transplant patients were interviewed, includes stories that show the heart remembers. One 8-year-old girl received a 10-year-old girl’s heart. After the transplant, she started having terrible recurring nightmares in which she was being murdered. The donor had been killed. Thanks to the precision of the little girl’s dreams, police were able to capture and prosecute the killer. Dr. Paul Peasall´s study concludes that they had found changes in the patients’ likes for food, music, art, sexual preference, idleness, humor, vocabulary, and philosophy. Preferences of career choices that coincided with those of the donors, and also the perception of names, memories, places and experiences specific or relative to the donors were also found.
Influence of the Heart
The electromagnetic field of the heart is very superior to that of the brain and it doesn´t only influence the brain, it also sends information to the rest of the body. This magnetic field is not limited to the body. In fact, it extends out about 6 feet in diameter around the body, sending and receiving information from and to others. That is the reason that when we enter a place, or meet someone, we instantly can feel affinity or not. This is the intuition. It is the heart´s language. But the heart is not limited to influencing the people who are physically near. It has been discovered that if a person feels love for another, their heart beat appears in the brain waves of the person to whom they are feeling love, no matter how far away they are from each other.
The heart has always been regarded as an essential part of the body, and it has been said to be where the Inner Being and Love reside. The spiritual men of the indigenous societies all over the world pray without words. They center themselves in their hearts and they feel in it the prayer already done. These prayers are amazingly effective. Ironically, we are only now, in “the first world,” starting to understand the strength and the nature of the heart, something that our ancestors knew about, maybe because they trusted the messages from their hearts, and the communication with the Inner Being was open.
Dr. Bradley Nelson, creator of The Emotion Code, has discovered a phenomenon that affects 93% of the population, called the Heart-Wall. This blockage of the heart may be the reason we seem to be disconnected so much from our hearts, and why it is hard for us to hear the information that is constantly shared with us but easier for us to only hear with our minds.