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CAN YOUR HEART REMEMBER AND THINK?
Can your heart remember things or even think on its own? New science is revealing that the heart isn't only a pump, but a wondrous organ that can remember things such as a heart donors past likes being passed on to the heart recipient. Also, the heart can "pass" on instructions given to it by the brain and follow it's OWN instructions or even issue instructions to the brain! Studies show that the heart may have "self-contained brains" in the thousands of neurons contained in it. The heart contains about 40,000 neurons that can sense, feel, learn and remember
It's also been shown that the heart has cognitive abilities. The heart, not the brain, reacts to something first, like knowing the next card in the deck to be turned over. Research has shown that the heart communicates to the brain in four major ways: neurologically (through the transmission of nerve impulses), biochemically (via hormones and neurotransmitters), biophysically (through pressure waves) and energetically (through electromagnetic field interactions).
So when someone says they have a heartache because they miss a loved one, they really do. No one ever holds their head and says, "I love you" because it's coming from your brain because it's coming from your heart (if they really mean it). Studies show that the heart talks to the brain more than the brain to the heart. This has been astonishing science as we thought it to be that the brain did everything.
There has even been cases of people who've had heart transplants and took on several characteristics of the donor. Here are a few:
A 47-year-old man who was a recipient of a 17-year-old boy's heart that was killed in a drive-by shooting. The boy loved classical music, and the patient now did as well.
An extreme example of heart memory was the case of an eight-year-old girl who received a heart from a ten-year-old girl who was murdered. The organ donor recipient had vivid nightmares about an attacker and a girl being murdered. The psychiatrist believed that her memories are genuine and due to the recurring dreams, the recipient could describe the events, and the murderer was later apprehended by the police.
Some recipients who were heterosexual before the heart transplant became homosexual after only to find out that the donor was homosexual and vice-versa has also happened, gay to straight.
Some transplant recipients have also taken different attitudes, temperament, vocabulary, philosophies, patience levels, and tastes in music and food of their original owners. Creepy, huh?
Although not typically thought of as an endocrine gland, the heart actually manufactures and secretes a number of hormones and neurotransmitters. One thing it makes is atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) that helps balance the electrolytes, blood vessels, kidney and adrenal glands. It has also been discovered that the heart contains cells that synthesize and release catecholamines (norepinephrine, epinephrine and dopamine), which are neurotransmitters once thought to be produced only by neurons in the brain and ganglia. More recently, it was discovered the heart also manufactures and secretes oxytocin, which can act as a neurotransmitter and commonly is referred to as the love or social bonding hormone. So there is a lot more to this thing than ba-thump ba-thump for sure!
What does the Bible have to say about the heart? (KJV)
Matthew 6:21 - For where your treasure is , there will your heart be also.
Proverbs 4:23 - Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Psalm 37:4 - Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Matthew 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
To read more about this (and quite in-depth) see: HearthMath.org - science of the heart.
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