When I was a practicing psychologist, sometimes when I’d be working with a client who was confused about an issue or decision, I’d ask, “What would your heart say?” I often adapted a gestalt technique using two chairs. When the client was sitting in one chair, I asked them to speak from their heart and talk to their mind sitting over there in the other chair. Then I’d have them switch chairs and speak from their head, talking to their heart, telling their heart the mind’s views and concerns. It was like two different people talking. The heart spoke from genuine feeling and authenticity, in the present. The mind spoke from opinions, fears, shoulds and shouldn’ts. I had them switch chairs several times, until they had an epiphany. Very often the client would realize their heart’s voice was their true self, a voice that offered both more intuition and common sense intelligence.
This is no coincidence. What’s really fascinating is that the heart contains a little brain in its own right. Yes, the human heart, in addition to its other functions, actually possesses a heart-brain composed of about 40,000 neurons that can sense, feel, learn and remember. The heart brain sends messages to the head brain about how the body feels and more. When I first heard about this scientific research, it intuitively made sense. I had felt for a long time that the heart has its own mysterious way of knowing.
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