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Did You Know Your Physical Heart is Intelligent and has a Memory?

Uncategorized Nov 20, 2019

There are a lot of Scriptures that mention the human heart.  When we do Bible Study – when we are in that “mode,” if you will – we seem to understand that these Scriptures that speak of the heart, are talking about our spirit – a spirit that can think, feel, yearn, make decisions for good or ill.  The Bible tells us this, and we believe it.  Do you know what I mean?

Stay with me here.  Follow my line of reasoning, as I explain what I’m thinking.

  • Psalm 19:14 says “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer,” as though the human heart can meditate and therefore think.
  • Psalm 37:4 says “Take delight in the Lord, and he shall give you your heart’s desire,” as though the human heart can yearn.
  • Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight,” as though the heart can believe.
  • Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and will save those whose spirits are crushed,” as though the human heart can be broken.
  • John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid,” as though the heart can worry and be anxious.

Of course those of us who are steeped in Holy Scripture do believe all those things about the heart.  Our experience in Christ teaches us that they’re true.

Yet when we think in 21st Century medical terms, we speak of the human heart as an internal organ that pumps blood, as though that’s its only function.  And of course, in that world, the heart doesn’t have thoughts and feelings of its own.  That’s what the brain is for, right?  What gives?  Can we reconcile these two images, these two definitions of “heart?”

I have recently come across the Heart Math Institute, which is a highly respected research-oriented organization.  One of their journal articles that I’ve read, says this: (hold on to your hats -- this is BIG!)

Their scientifically controlled studies have shown that the physical heart does indeed have the ability to think, feel, and have memory!  It has an intelligence and it remembers things!  The successful heart transplant patients that they have followed have developed personality traits and interests post op, that they never had before the surgery.  When the follow through was conducted, they discovered that the heart donor had had exactly those traits and interests.  Hmmm…

I’m still “digesting” this idea and want to do a LOT more reading.  But I am totally intrigued.

So, it makes physical sense, to “feel” grief and brokenness, to “feel” joy and  elatedness  in our chests.  We’ve really know this for a long time, haven’t we.  And the medical world is just now discovering that truth.  I love it!

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