3. Follow your heart

1. Our heart - a measuring device

Did you know that it is possible to sense how high (or low) the vibration of information is? To do this, however, you need a special tool, a tool that you have already integrated into your body system: your heart - to be more precise... your heart chakra. Your heart chakra is (also) a highly sensitive measuring device!

2. Chakras

Graphics of the Chakras as vortexes

The word chakra, which comes from Sanskrit, means 'wheel' and refers to funnel-shaped, rotating energy centers in our subtle bodies.
The 7 main chakras (see graphic) are located in the etheric (or emotional body) but also penetrate the other bodies and are located along the spine. Among other things, they are responsible for transforming vibrations/information from lower to higher or from higher to lower bodies. Each of the main chakras is also in charge of certain life themes. For example, the root chakra is responsible for the topics of grounding, security, material things, etc.
Graphic of the 7 main chakras

3. Instructions

1. Bring your awareness into your heart

As you learned before, the first thing you do is focus your attention on your heart, and not the physical heart, which is located a little to the left of the center of your body in the chest area, but on the front heart chakra (as opposed to the back heart chakra), which is Located at heart level in the middle of the chest in the etheric or emotional body (see the green chakra in the graphics above).

How can you bring attention to the heart chakra?

Much of your attention is usually in thinking, as we discussed, and physically in the area behind and above the eyes in the head (in the frontal lobe of the brain), which you can perceive better when you close your eyes. From there, guide it down through the throat into the heart center. See that you bring all of your attention from behind the eyes down into the heart until you feel like you are now perceiving or feeling everything from the heart center. As an additional help, you can also place your hands on your heart, as this will automatically direct a certain amount of your attention there.Picture of me meditating

2. Now feel what is happening in your heart chakra when you think about the information

When you are in your heart chakra with your attention now, just think about the information whose vibration you want to measure and feel how the heart chakra reacts. If you can't feel anything like that yet, you can also optionally say the formula 'With my heart chakra, I am going into resonance to ... (insert the information you want to check here)', while you feel in your heart chakra what is happening.

Note: This formula and this exercise were given to us by Maryam from puramaryam.de.

Depending on how free your heart chakra is and how well you can focus your attention, you will feel more or less subtle changes there. High vibrations always feel free, open, and generally good, and lower vibrations always cause the heart chakra to contract to a greater or lesser extent. Essentially important to truly perceiving the vibration is that you are able to let go of preconceived notions about the information/topic in your mind and simply observe what movement the heart chakra is making.

At first, you may find it easier to use the optional technique, but as you become more proficient, you will eventually be able to simply just 'feel' towards something with your heart chakra to feel the vibration of it. All chakras actually have this ability, but the heart chakra is best suited to feeling vibrations. You will be amazed (and often surprised) at the information your heart gives you. It should also be mentioned that there is not only the  absolute truth on the one hand or an absolute lie on the other, but often many levels in between; e.g., there might be some truth in it, but in general, the information is false.

Now practice a bit to learn this skill.. think while you are with your attention in your heart, e.g., first:

'My name is... (say your real name)' - how does that feel in the heart chakra? And now: 'My name is... (now say a fake name)' - and... how does that feel?

Now think: 'I am small and unworthy' ...what happens to your heart chakra then?

And now for comparison: 'I am love' ...and?

Now you have already gotten an indication from your own experience of who or what you really are!

Picture Heart Chakra

Now practice with different examples that come to mind.
Tip: You can even use this technique when shopping, for example, by feeling the vibration of the products with your heart chakra.

Since our heart chakras can be very limited in their function due to various blocking energies, if you don't feel any difference yet, you can first cleanse/heal/make your heart chakra more free, as described under 3. The emotional body.

3. Listen to your heart and trust it!

Graphics Heart

The entire self-healing and self-knowledge process is also about freeing ourselves from the filtered perception of ourselves and the world through our conditioned mind and coming more and more into the heart. Say: Feel everything within yourself and around you with the heart center, without mentally naming it, without having a preconceived opinion about it, without rejecting it (judging it) or clinging to it (wanting to keep it in your reality) - just perceive it as it is.

What does the science say about it?

The intelligent heart

Many of the changes in bodily function that occur during the coherence state (=a scientifically measurable state characterized by increased order and harmony in our minds, emotions, and bodies) revolve around changes in the heart’s pattern of activity. While the heart is certainly a remarkable pump, interestingly, it is only relatively recently in the course of human history — around the past three centuries or so — that the heart’s function has been defined (by Western scientific thought) as only that of pumping blood. 

Historically, in almost every culture of the world, the heart was ascribed a far more multifaceted role in the human system, being regarded as a source of wisdom, spiritual insight, thought, and emotion. Intriguingly, scientific research over the past several decades has begun to provide evidence that many of these long-surviving associations may well be more than simply metaphorical. These developments have led science to once again revise and expand its understanding of the heart and the role of this amazing organ.

Heart Brain Graphics

In the new field of neurocardiology, for example, scientists have discovered that the heart possesses its own intrinsic nervous system — a network of nerves so functionally sophisticated as to earn the description of a “heart brain.” Containing over 40,000 neurons, this “little brain” gives the heart the ability to independently sense, process information, make decisions, and even to demonstrate a type of learning and memory. In essence, it appears that the heart is truly an intelligent system
Research has also revealed that the heart is a hormonal gland, manufacturing and secreting numerous hormones and neurotransmitters that profoundly affect brain and body function. Among the hormones the heart produces is oxytocin, well known as the “love” or “bonding hormone.” 

Science has only begun to understand the effects of the electromagnetic fields produced by the heart, but there is evidence that the information contained in the heart’s powerful field may play a vital synchronizing role in the human body — and that it may affect others around us as well. Research has also shown that the heart is a key component of the emotional system

Scientists now understand that the heart not only responds to emotion but that the signals generated by its rhythmic activity actually play a major part in determining the quality of our emotional experience from moment to moment. As described next, these heart signals also profoundly impact perception and cognitive function by virtue of the heart’s extensive communication network with the brain. 

Finally, rigorous electrophysiological studies conducted at the HeartMath Institute have even indicated that the heart appears to play a key role in intuition. Although there is much yet to be understood, it appears that the age-old associations of the heart with thought, feeling, and insight may indeed have a basis in science.

The Heart–Brain Connection

Most of us have been taught in school that the heart is constantly responding to “orders” sent by the brain in the form of neural signals. However, it is not as commonly known that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect on brain function, influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.

The effect of heart activity on brain function has been extensively researched over the past 40 years. Earlier research mainly examined the effects of heart activity occurring on a very short time scale — over several consecutive heartbeats at maximum. Scientists at the HeartMath Institute have extended this body of scientific research by looking at how larger-scale patterns of heart activity affect the brain’s functioning.

HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. (This helps explain why we may often act impulsively and unwisely when we’re under stress.) The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes — actually serving to reinforce the emotional experience of stress.

In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect — it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence by sustaining positive emotions not only benefits the entire body but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.

This article is provided by HeartMath LLC.
For further information, please visit www.heartmath.com.

In this regard, I would like to further mention an extremely interesting experiment that was also carried out by the HeartMath Institute.
Brain Heart Graphics

In one study, participants were exposed to various images to analyze communication between the heart and brain. The images ranged from emotionally stirring scenes to tranquil landscape shots. Fascinatingly, the results suggested that before an image was even shown, the heart seemed to already know what type of image would be shown to participants.

There was a slowing of the heart rate when emotionally disturbing images appeared, about 5 seconds before they were randomly selected and shown. Less slowing was observed for less disturbing images. This suggests that the heart appears to have access to some kind of intuition that is not limited by space and time.

The results further suggest that the flow of information occurs from the heart to the brain and then to the body, although one usually only becomes aware of it with the physical reaction. This phenomenon has been confirmed by other independent laboratories worldwide. However, the question of where this intuition comes from and how we can use it still remains to be clarified.

Original video: YouTube

More information about this and the true nature of our heart center can be found in Section 5. The Causal Body and beyond
And now we move on to... II. Five Bodies Yoga - Part 1: SELF-Healing