BRAIN, HEART, GUT CONNECTION
These organs are more powerful than their outward appearance. Each has its own location in the body and each does a particular function to stabilize and keep you alive.
Science has given us tons of information about the action and job of each organ. And within each organ, we know there is sub-jobs and other activities going on.
These organs maintain the function and flow of the body on a much deeper level than the western medical Newtonian view.
Behavioral modeling expert and author Marvin Oka says – that we actually have three brains. Science has shown us that there are three massive networks of neurons in the body and each has a very distinct role. The three reside separately. One in the head, one in the heart and one in the gut. This can help explain the clash between what we think and what we often feel. One area may be receiving and interpreting information differently than the same information’s interpretation from another area. Only by understanding the three brains can we arrive at a place where this concept of thinking and feeling can make sense help drive change and get us to a point where we make better decisions.
Did you know a brain has over 100 billion neurons and controls your all of our thinking? The brain controls all of the internal functions of the body- Involuntary things like digestion, breath, heart rate, blood pressure, immunity – the ability to fight germs and keep you from illness.
But, you get the idea- the brain in your head has a lot of cells and does a ton of different functions. It is broken down into parts and hemispheres labeled by what science has figured out it does. It is home to what we consider the conscious mind. It also houses the subconscious mind. The last two, the conscious and subconscious are not actually matter in the brain but mere concepts or ways we have been given to help us understand ourselves as humans. With thoughts, emotions, frequencies, and spirits.
With your help and thought, the brain creates neuroplasticity- and the pathways are laid down so you can create patterns and habits. It is in these neuropathways we can understand the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is a storage locker for all of your memory’s. All of the issues, situations, and things you have seen, tasted, smelled, toughed, witness, things you couldn’t understand and things you keep trying to figure out.
Your subconscious mind not only is the vault for information that is tactical to memory- it also stores the corresponding feelings– and in a moment’s notice give you back the original set of chemicals (your body’s production) – from something painful, scary, hurtful, confusing…or the opposite, happy, fun, wonderful… And your body responds and goes into the known action or reaction.
In the western world, we have been thought that everything comes from the head. We think with our head, feel with our head, act with our knowledge. We were taught knowledge is powerful, and it is – but it is nothing and can be draining and lonely without feeling.
The gut has around 500 million-nerve cells and 100 million neurons and it is much smaller than the brain in your head. This brain produces more of your feel-good chemicals than the brain in your head. And has the ability to “talk” to your head brain not only chemically but also electronically by way of one of the largest nerves in the body, The Vegas Nerve. The purpose of the electronic signals of the Vegas nerve is to relay information and status of internal organs, as it innervates with all the major organs as it winds its way from the brain down the body to each organ and ending in the gut.
This nerve is the connection between the head brain and the gut brain. We may think that we primarily communicate and “think “in our heads, but do we?
The action of the neurons in the gut are for the daily grind of digestion. This extremely complex processing system gives our body physical energy by way of digesting and breaking down food, absorbing nutrients and moving them to where they are needed via the blood and also expelling the waste. When functioning properly, you feel great!
When it’s clogged or blocked or full of chemicals that are poison to the system- it will get sluggish, become inflamed and may cause a fight for your right to live. You will not feel so good, and if not taken care of early, you may end up with even bigger problems. Like chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases that can take a bit of effort and time to heal.
This autonomous nervous system of the gut allows it to work independently from the brain. The flow of information is mainly from the gut to the brain by way of the Vegas Nerve-which may surprise you, as we are always told that it is chemicals in our head that are off when we are depressed or having issues with anxiety.
These chemicals, both, produced in the head and the gut are what we have called feelings. Happy, sad, angry, hurt, frustrated, confused, let down, silly, joyful… By the production of the chemical and the feeling it gives in the body along with the sensory input and societal knowledge, we give it a respective name.
With these feelings, we experience the world- based on these chemicals, the associated label and society’s stigma we decide if something feels good or bad, is nice or not so much- or is so bad that our systems go into degrees of shock and never are able to feel good again.
But, is it possible to teach your body to feel different than what it is used to?
Can you teach yourself to feel different and make that new feeling your default instead of the feelings you go to every day?
I say yes! And I see people do it all of the time. Sometimes by merely changing their “mind”, Or one might say changing their thoughts. Sometimes they need help. Sometimes the change occurs because of a shock to the system that jolts the person to want things to be different. And so they “feel” different.
Other times it takes a specialized therapist that can aid and guide the person through the process.
The connection between the head and gut can mean the health of the person. If there is trauma, the person takes a hit and the body suffers not just with head chemicals.
We are taught to feel with our head. But our head does the thinking- not so much feeling. Your head is storage- it stores information from the past and gives you back that information. Including the chemicals that you got from the original issue. These later translate into your feelings. Feelings are not usually new information.
The heart feels, the gut feels, the cells know- but most western people are taught that it all comes from the head and so that’s where we try to feel from. When a person can stop thinking From their past and stop trying to feel from the head and feel from the gut instead, many things can change.
When you are thinking and trying to understand something that has happened in your life- you begin to tell yourself stories. These stories are a way to soften the blow, to find a way to relate, or understand and find comfort.
Inside these stories, you can conjure up all kinds of emotion. Some very unrealistic to the original issue. If the stories and thoughts to the issues are coming out of your head and not connected to the heart and gut the person will eventually feel lost and spin out of control.
The gut doesn’t seem to store information like the head does. So it feels based on the neurochemicals expressed. It feels based on extrasensory information in the field of energy around the person. The gut has the ability to read this field. It can also sense and read information from others. The chemicals produced reach out beyond the physical body. Is this part of the spirit of the person?
We tend to say that the information from the gut is for protection. And it defiantly is. You have all heard the gut is what gives you “that gut feeling”. It’s the feeling you get walking down a dark street or past a dark alley, and suddenly the hair on your next stands up and you think in your head I should run- but then convince yourself its ok, and instead do nothing and a minute later you are attacked and bludgeoned to death…
Many spiritual practices and religious reference to the gut as a “spring where living waters flow”.
The Bible references the gut as a place for those who seek a relationship with God as the belly where water flows, a river of life runs through the belly- this is a spiritual reference to the Holy Spirit and one of the manifestations of God.
Here is how I have come to interpret “That Gut Feeling.”
THE SPIRIT ASPECT
The spirit is intangible. You can touch it. We aren’t really sure where it is. Is it a concept like the subconscious mind? The spirit is an aspect of the human experience that either gets overlooked, feared, or is misunderstood. Everyone has his or her own interpretation. Like everything else we have made understanding the spiritual nature and what it is or how it works harder than it needs to be. The aspect of the spirit is the nature of God- love, and compassion. Very simple. But for some reason, a very hard thing for most too.
For right now we are talking about that ‘Gut feeling” as related to the spirit.
If you are a church person or have ever been in one – I am sure you have all heard many people say, “I had a witness from that pastor’s preaching today.” or something to that effect. It’s like the preacher or person talking looked into your heart and was talking right to you. Some people say that the inner witness is a “knowing without any shadow of a doubt.” They will use the old slang expression, “You know, that you know, that you know”
On the spiritual side, people call that inner knowing an illumination, an enlightenment, or a download. All of a sudden, you receive supernatural insight, message, illumination. Some kind of supernatural enlightenment on something, maybe new information or just a good idea. I personally like the term, “inner knowing,” to best describe how the (Holy) Spirit supernaturally communicates to us in this life. It is that gut feeling- the same gut feeling we associate with walking down a dark alley and feel that weird feeling.
I believe this is a piece that most people have missed or are just are not engaging with.
It is those times when you get information and you can’t explain it. Maybe you start talking and words are coming out of your mouth that shock you and everyone around you. Or it’s a feeling you get and just by holding onto someone or standing next to them you can convey the feeling to them. It can change the way they feel, act and even invoke healing.
When the (Holy) Spirit communicates something directly to you through this inner witness, it will be a knowing without any doubt. When you receive one of these for the first time, you will know that it has come directly from the (Holy) Spirit due to the strength and conviction of it. I know people who call this an “upgrade”.
It comes with a powerful feeling. A lot of times people are looking for the word association. They want to hear the audible voice of God for example- but the feeling is how our internal bodies operate based on the chemicals and hormones made in the system, and these feelings are a communication to God.
After you start to receive these kinds of inner knowing’s from the (Holy) Spirit, you will soon learn how to discern when one is really coming in from Him, or when one is just coming in from your own natural imagination and emotions.
A true, inner witness from the (Holy) Spirit will come out of YOUR spirit – it will not come out of your head, your imagination, or your emotions. It is a true connection to God- It is a resting place, you rest in that place of connection where your spirit meets Gods spirit.
That will be the first way to tell that what you are receiving is coming directly from the (Holy) Spirit. A feeling of rest or peace.
This is where there are a distinction and a separation of human knowledge and our struggle in our heads- the struggle with emotions and the fight inside our own souls. We have tried to do life without engaging the spirit. We want to think by our own human design we can muster up enough power, strength, knowledge to become more. And you can- lots of people do. And lots of those people say they feel empty or like they are missing something.
Could it be that what you are missing is that connection to the spirit? Could it be that you are struggling so hard with knowledge and emotions that you are not feeling or hearing the spirit- Not only your spirit but Gods. That “inner Witness” is a natural part of your being that a lot of us were taught to not listen to.
Back to that gut feeling-
Some people refer to these inner witnesses as a “gut knowing or gut feeling.” How many times have you heard people use the slang expression that their “gut” was telling them what they needed to do, and then, later on, it turned out to be right? Those “gut knowing’s” or “gut feelings” are many of the times the inner witness from the Spirit. It is not always your body’s chemicals sending you into fight and flight- with the right amounts of each chemical suddenly cortisol becomes a helper in communication- with serotonin and the connection to the brain into the pineal gland suddenly you are talking to and hearing from God. Without it, you are hearing and trusting what you’ve learned and using the knowledge stored in your head.
Here is an example you’ve all heard before-
Have you ever gotten a strong, gut feeling not to get on a plane, and you then decide to heed that warning and hours later, that plane ends up crashing, then you know that gut warning was coming in direct from the (Holy) Spirit since you do not have the ability to see into the future. Or I feel that with a connection to the spirit- you do! Some call this intuition.
Many, many people have received those gut warnings not to do something specific, and many of the times, those gut warnings turned out to be 100% accurate, which again means that many of them were coming in direct from the (Holy) Spirit Himself. These are things that you in no way could have known otherwise.
On the opposite end, those gut knowing’s can be positive and beautiful. Have you ever felt the need to go to a place- and you were not sure why. And maybe even when you got there- you still were not sure why. By just by being there something amazing happened. God guided you to a place of rest, or to a person that gave you a witness to something you needed to hear- we like to call that intuition too. Where does intuition come from? That is probably a good question.
Those who know me know what I think. It comes from the spirit we were laid in connection to at Jesus death.
Now I do want to clarify- I am a Believer in the Gospel- I love the Bible – the stories in it and truth. I talk to the Holy Spirit all day- I believe it is why I can do what I do so well, My calling to heal and help people get out of their past and their own minds come from my engagement in the spirit.
Our bodies are a powerful way to connect to each other. They can heal properly with the right information. It is the way they are made and the way they are supposed to operate.
THE HEART BRAIN
The Science documentary filmmaker David Malone explores the human heart, looking at the modern scientific view of the heart as a mere pump, versus its long history as a symbol of love and the center of innate wisdom and human character.
Malone interviews Consultant Surgeon Francis Wells, who talks about the mechanistic and bioelectrical workings of the heart, doing an open-heart surgery. The functional work of the physical heart is well documented. In Dr. Wells’ view, the heart is a pump, and nothing more.
On the other side, there is the poetic view of the heart as a source organ of love, hope, and inspiration with an intelligence all its own.
You can replace your heart with an artificial one, and it won’t affect your ability to love. Yet the idea that your heart is somehow an emotional organ remains.
IS The Heart — an Organ of Truth and Emotion? Or is it just an organ?
Like other organs, I think there is way more going on here than we can imagine and definatley more than we know.
Sayings like “I love you with all my heart,” and “my heart swelled with joy,” or the reference to someone being “broken-hearted” or “cold-hearted” — how much of this poetic language is based on something real?
Are these kinds of sayings references to something biologically true, stated in poetic terms? If so, why can we replace a heart with an artificial one and not lose the poetic ability?
This is the question Malone seeks to answer in this film, and the reason he thinks the answer may be important is because he believes the way we see our heart is a reflection of how we view ourselves as human beings.
I believe it is more and an area as of yet undefined by science. Perhaps more an issue of spirit.
The ancient Egyptians saw the heart as an organ of truth. And indeed, your heart does seem to be able to tell you the truth about how you feel and what you think is right or wrong. on a physiological level- when you lie, for example, your heart rate tends to speed up. When you are in peace, it slows down. To bring your heart and brain into alignment is what Dr. Joe Dispenza calls coherence. This is when the waves each produce a match and can be laid side by side and look the same. Inside a body, it feels like peace, a great calmness, and easiness in life.
Great thinkers of our time and times past all scours the latest science and continue to search to find out whether our feelings and emotions really come from our brains, or whether they might actually originate in our hearts.
The ‘Brain’ Within Your Heart
David Paterson, Ph.D. a professor at Oxford University straddles the two areas of the brain and the heart. His work shows that your brain is not the sole source of your emotions, but indeed, your heart and brain work together in producing emotions.
Your heart actually contains neurons, about 40,000 neurons that can sense, feel, learn and remember. Similar to those in your brain, and your heart and brain are closely connected, creating a symbiotic emotional whole. The heart has its own brain. The heart-brain sends messages to the head brain about how the body feels, what it needs and more.
It is understood that when your heart receives signals from the brain via the sympathetic nerves, it pumps faster. And when it receives signals through the parasympathetic nerves, it slows down.
While this seems to support the view that the heart simply follows the orders of the brain, the reality is far more complex. Your heart also contains thousands of specialized neurons; they are predominantly located around the right ventricle surface, forming a complex network.
Why did nature put them there?
Neurons are what allow your brain to form thoughts. So what are they doing around the right ventricle of your heart? While much about the neurons in your heart are still unknown, the poetic license that talks about the heart may speak volumes.
The Neurons in Your Heart Makes Decisions Too
Professor Paterson does an experiment with a piece of heart tissue from a rabbit — not the whole heart, just a piece of the right ventricle, where the neurons are clustered.
Kept in a tank with nutrients and a steady flow of oxygen, this suspended piece of heart tissue beats all by itself, even though it’s not attached to a living organism, and there’s no actual blood pumping through it.
By sending an electrical impulse into this tissue via an electrode, Professor Patterson demonstrates how the heart tissue immediately slows its contractions; a “decision” made by the neurons in the tissue in response to the stimulation.
This experiment shows that it’s the neurons in your heart that decide how the heart will behave, not the neurons in your brain. What Professor Patterson is finding again shifts our view of the heart back toward its more poetic and philosophical origins.
While the heart is a pump that responds when the brain asks it to- it is not enslaved to the brain. The hearts relationship to the brain is just that, a relationship … with each dependent on the other, they work side by side to create you. Malone Says “It seems science is now restoring to the heart something that rightfully belongs to it: Our emotions.” And while these to coordinate together to help us feel like- it is thoughts and the mind along with free-will choose that truly creates who you are. This biblically is the definition of the soul.
Intense Negative Emotions Puts Your Heart Health at Risk, positive emotions can heal your heart (and your body for that matter). Positive emotions, positive feeling- the neurochemicals of love and expectation can heal you and make you feel great and connect you to God.
On a health level (repurposed from Dr. Merolca)
The interplay between your brain and heart can be seen when looking at how your emotional and mental outlook colors your health — especially your heart health. Intense anger, for example, boosts your heart attack risk five-fold, and your stroke risk three-fold.
Intense grief after the loss of a loved one also raises your risk of having a heart attack. The day immediately following your loss, your risk of a heart attack goes up by 21 times and remains six times higher than normal for several weeks.
Research also shows that people exposed to traumatic experiences, for example, combat veterans, New Orleans residents who went through Hurricane Katrina, and Greeks struggling through financial turmoil, have higher rates of cardiac problems than the general population.
A positive outlook reduces not only your heart attack risk but also other disease issues.
If negative emotions have the potential to harm your heart, it would stand to reason that positive emotions may heal it, and this indeed seems to be the case. In a study of nearly 1,500 people with an increased risk of early-onset coronary artery disease, those who reported being cheerful, relaxed, satisfied with life, and full of energy had a one-third reduction in coronary events like a heart attack.
Those with the highest risk of coronary events enjoyed an even greater risk reduction of nearly 50 percent. This was true even when other heart disease risk factors, such as smoking, age, and diabetes, were taken into account. Separate research has similarly found that:
Positive psychological well-being is associated with a consistent reduced risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).
Emotional vitality may protect against ailments of all kinds in men and women.
Cheerful heart disease patients live longer than pessimistic heart patients.
Very optimistic people have lower risks of dying from any cause, as well as lower risks of dying from heart disease, compared to highly pessimistic people.
Yes, Your Heart Also Affects Your Mind. Your thinking in correlation to neural heart activity can send information out from your body and into the universe.
Researchers have been able to pinpoint the precise brain region affected by the heart, this is the amygdala — an area known to be associated with threat perception. Your amygdala processes fear in combination with the signaling from your heart. Does this become the healthy aspect of fear? This brain-heart connection is also at work when you experience feelings of compassion and empathizing with other people’s emotional states.
We assign terms of good and bad, right and wrong to feeling and emotions- when the signals are all coming and going from the same places with the same chemicals- maybe it is our thoughts and designation in terms of the feeling that is blocking us and causing our problems.
If you learned to feel your heart and allow its response to your life and get the organs of interest in harmony, emotional labels could be different. Maybe in sync or out of sync would be a more responsible way to address our emotions.
Instead of anger- and the feeling along with the societal response to our anger, maybe I’m out of sync with my bodies chemical response to what is going on around me- Anger that stays in your head gets worse. Anger that goes through each neural organ transmutes and our perception changes.
As Malone says, “it is our heart working in tandem with our brain that allows us to feel for others … It is ultimately what makes us human… Compassion is the heart’s gift to the rational mind.”
Anger in the brain- and compassion in the heart to the same subject bring to vastly different results.
Let me ask you this, Can you stay in Compassion? It is a better combination of chemicals. It feels better, heals, helps, and gives all at the same time.
Your heart holds a spiritual aspect of love that will carry your future into emotional well-being better than the brain by itself- training your system to feel from the heart is not only important it is vital to full expression and experience of life. Can you bring your heart and brain into coherent compassion and teach it to be there? No matter what is going on around you?
Brain, Heart, Gut Connection
Now, how do you connect the three? Brain, Heart, and Gut. Can they work coherently together to create a better you?
Can you direct your awareness to each of them separately and feel them. Run them through different memories and then feel the feeling of the memory in each area.
It’s a good exercise. I call it the ladder of awareness. You can go to my youtube channel where I walk you through an exercise on how to do it.
Head Brain- stores and processes information. Retrieves and gives information that has already been learned. Takes care of body function. Send information to all areas of both including gut brain and heart-brain
Heart brain- feels- knows- senses- sends out information to the world and receives information from the environment- receives information from the head brain
Gut – inner knowing, receives information from the environment and interprets it. gets information from the head brain, and sends information to head brain.
Mind (Spirit) – send new information to each center as necessary, hears from God, speaks to God.
You can go to my youtube channel where I talk about clearing memories from the past and other things.
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Blessings and Peace Christy