4 facts to know about the heart, the smartest organ in your body.
I have always found the heart to be the most interesting organ in the body. I have the privilege of listening to the beating hearts of my patients every day as a part of the physical exam.
Each “lub-dub” I hear speaks volumes about a person’s health, mind, body and spirit.
In preparing for my upcoming book, The Heart of Being, I’ve been doing some research about the mystique, miracle and wonder of the human heart.
1. The Origin of the Heart Shape
Do you know where the heart shape comes from? Before starting my research, I assumed the origin of the heart shape related to Valentine’s Day. The origin of the heart shape is not so obvious.
According to Art and Object , the heart shape may have been used as a decorative symbol in ancient societies as far back as the Indus Valley civilizations It was often in use in decorative jewelry, and the shape appears to derive from the heart shaped plants such as fig leaf, Ivy or water lily, These plants have heart-shaped leaves.
According to History, a theory concerning the origin of the heart comes from the silphium. This is a form of a giant fennel, that once grew in North Africa on the coastline near the Greek colony of Cyrene. The ancient Greeks and Romans use silphium as a food flavoring. Silphium worked as a medication to alleviate cough.
The silphium was most famous as a form of birth control. Ancient writers and poets scribed about silphium for its contraceptive powers. These plants power to work as a contraceptive lead to over-cultivation, and eventual extinction around the first century A.D. The seed pod of the silphium seems to resemble the traditional heart shape.
The heart shape’s origins are a mystery. Although this popular symbol is ubiquitous, its origins may been a cough suppressing plant that could function as birth control. Maybe the association with love is that as a contraceptive, sex could be enjoyed without fear of an unwanted pregnancy?
2. The Heart Develops on the 21st Day after Conception
The heart is the first organ to develop and function in the human embryo. The baby’s heart will start beating about 21 days after conception.
The healing art of Reiki honors 21 days is an important time after the first attunement. The new Reiki practitioner will perform Reiki on themselves for 21 days in a daily basis. During this time, the new Reiki student goes through a process of transformation and healing.
I find it interesting that 21 days seems to be a significant time of transformation in life, as in conception, as well as personal transformation.
3. The Heart is Intelligent
Did you know that your heart has its own nervous system? The heart actually has to have its own little brains.
These small brains are call nodes. There are two nodes, the Sinoatrial Node and the Atrioventricular Node. These are collections of nerves that communicate with the Vagus Nerve. Together, they determine how fast and how intensely the heart beats.
“Your heart is connected to your mind, your mind controls everything, control your mind to heal your heart.”-Dr. Kathy Hays, Interventional Cardiologist
According to my dear friend, board certified cardiologist, Dr. Kathy Hays, “your heart is connected to your mind, your mind controls everything, control your mind to heal your heart.”
She tells me that she often longs to share with her patients the importance of calming their mind to ease their cardiac symptoms. She shared with me recently that she is surprised at how much psychology she practices in cardiology. Over the years she’s frequently share with me how often patients come in with anxiety as the source of their palpitations.
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4. 4 Chambers of the 4th Chakra
The Heart Chakra, also known as Anahata, is located in the chest. The Heart Chakra is the Chakra in a 7 Chakra system of Ayurveda.
The heart has 4 Chambers.
According to Numerology, the number four is typically associated with order with service.
The positive attributes of the number four include being highly organized and grounded, being dependable and reliable, trustworthy with attention to detail and manual dexterity, dexterity.
Positive attributes of “4”
- Being Grounded
- Being Dependable
The negative attributes of the number four are limiting beliefs, being “boxed in”, stubbornness with tend to change being shaky or unstable, or unable to create a solid foundation to support goals and desires and being untidy.
Negative attributes of “4”
- Being disorganized
- Being Untidy
When your Heart Chakra is open, it is easy to give and receive love. Compassion comes easily. You can easily love yourself and others.
A blocked heart chakra is often associated with many of the negative attributes of the number 4; being stubborn, closed off, and lacking of empathy for self and others.
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