THE Cheyenne say that “our first teacher is our own heart,” but mainstream science offers few apples to that master teacher.
To our Western medical mainstream the heart is no more than a mechanical blood pumping device.
That view is beginning to change. The medical community is being challenged to expand its thinking holistically to incorporate human spirituality, biology, health, and wellness.
Leading-edge research in holistic medicine, biophysics, bioenergetics, and biocentrism all point in the same direction — showing that our bodies are more than physical molecules and chemicals.
Explaining why and how we are more, H. P. Blavatsky asserted in The Secret Doctrine (2:149) that “The whole issue of the quarrel between the profane and the esoteric sciences, depends upon the belief in, and demonstration of,
the existence of an astral body within the physical, the former independent of the latter.”
“Apart from Cosmic Substance, Cosmic Ideation could not manifest as individual consciousness,” Blavatsky wrote, “since it is only through a vehicle of matter that consciousness wells up as ‘I am I,’ a physical basis being necessary to focus a ray of the Universal Mind at a certain stage of complexity.”
[A physical candle would never be confused for the light, nor for the flame which energizes it — but clearly, without the physical candle no light would happen!]
“Again, apart from Cosmic Ideation, Cosmic Substance would remain an empty abstraction, and no emergence of consciousness could ensue. The ‘Manifested Universe,’ therefore, is pervaded by duality, which is, as it were, the very essence of its ex-istence as ‘manifestation.'”
“The Hindus say that the Universe is Brahma and Brahma, for Brahma is in every atom of the universe, the six principles in Nature being all the outcome — the variously differentiated aspects — of the seventh and one, the only reality in the Universe whether Cosmical or micro-cosmical.”
“And also why the permutations (psychic, spiritual and physical), on the plane of manifestation and form, are viewed by metaphysical antiphrasis as illusive and Mayavic. For although the root of every atom individually and of every form collectively, is that seventh principle, or the one Reality, still, in its manifested phenomenal and temporary appearance, it is no better than an evanescent illusion of our senses.”
A comparable concept to the occult teaching is explained by today’s frontier science in the ‘biofield’ concept – a human body-field that is described as a structured web of information and energy that underlies and informs our physical body, and rules our state of health and well-being.
“The astral body is made of matter of very fine texture as compared with the visible body, and has a great tensile strength, so that it changes but little during a lifetime, while the physical alters every moment.”
“And not only has it this immense strength, but at the same time possesses an elasticity permitting its extension to a considerable distance. It is flexible, plastic, extensible, and strong. The matter of which it is composed is electrical and magnetic in its essence.”
“The astral body has in it the real organs of the outer sense organs. In it are the sight, hearing, power to smell, and the sense of touch. It has a complete system of nerves and arteries of its own for the conveyance of the astral fluid which is to that body as our blood is to the physical. It is the real personal man.”
“There are located the subconscious perception and the latent memory, which the hypnotizers of the day are dealing with and being baffled by.
The astral body is the guiding model for the physical one, and all the other kingdoms have the same astral model.”
“This term comes near to the real fact, since the substance of this form is derived from cosmic matter or star matter, roughly speaking. But the old Sanskrit word describes it exactly — Linga Sarira, the design body — because it is the design or model for the physical body.”
William Q. Judge, The Ocean of Theosophy, Ch. 5
Mainstream Science is still myopic to the emerging cognitive evidence that consciousness may not be dependent solely on the physical brain.
The Heart Field
But the heart is the primary contributor, regulator and overseer of our uniquely dynamic web of consciousness. “Electrically, the heart generates over 500 times more electricity than the brain,” writes BioCare Certified Neurofeedback Provider, Helena E. Kerekhazi, MS, NRNP. “It is the biggest generator in the body.”
“We have to subtract out the heart artifact from the brainwaves when we record, so strong is the signal.”
An Underlying Pattern
The Heart Field
“If thought is to rise further, it must be thought without a brain.”
Buddha is said to have twin doctrines, referred to as the heart, and the head (or eye doctrine). The Buddha began his teaching in the Dhammapada declaring that “All that we are is the result of what we have thought” — establishing first and foremost the principle that our lives are governed by dynamic energy thought fields.
“The Doctrine of the Eye is that of the brain consciousness, composed largely of external impressions,” Robert Crosbie wrote:
“The Doctrine of the Heart is of the spiritual consciousness of the Ego — not perceived by the brain consciousness.”
“…until right thought, and right action which sooner or later follows it, attune certain centers in the brain in accord with the spiritual vibration.”
“Memory has no seat, no special organ of its own in the human brain,” Mme. Blavatsky affirms in her article Psychic & Noetic Action, asserting that the principle of memory “has seats in every organ of the body.”
Importantly, she pointed to the “seat of memory” as being “assuredly neither here nor there, but everywhere throughout the human body.
“To locate its organ in the brain is to limit and dwarf the Universal Mind and its countless Rays…which informs every rational mortal.”
“The brain is such a complex thing,” she continues, “both physically and metaphysically, that it is like a tree whose bark you can uncover layer by layer, each layer being different from all the others, each having its own special work, function and properties.”
The Non-Local Field
Compassion is the motivating force in both Mahayana Buddhism, and in The Theosophical Society. Noted Zen Buddhist scholar, Dr. D. T. Suzuki, wrote of H. P. Blavatsky’s The Voice of the Silence:
Undoubtedly Madame Blavatsky had in some way been initiated into the deeper side of Mahayana teaching and then gave out what she deemed wise to the Western world as Theosophy.
– Dr. D. T. Suzuki, The Eastern Buddhist (old series) 5:377
“The meaning of the path is a paradox wrapped up in paradoxes. Individually we are the path leading to the heart of the universe: ‘Thou art THYSELF the object of thy search.’ Yet collectively, as human beings we are all on the path together, learning the lessons that belong to our state of self-consciousness. But being self-conscious is not synonymous with being aware of our spiritual promise. The challenges and opportunities are different for each one, according to the ‘Karmic progeny of all our former thoughts and deeds.'”
“It is the ‘I am I’ which we call the true individuality; and we say that this ‘Ego’ or individuality plays, like an actor, many parts on the stage of life. Let us call every new life on earth of the same Ego a night on the stage of a theatre,” from Macbeth, Shylock, Hamlet, Romeo to Prospero the magician.”
The Heart Rules
The brain’s complexity appears to derive from the influence of the greater heartfield picked up by the brain antenna. We would never describe our true feelings as arising ‘from the bottom of my head.’
Native Americans always placed their hand over the heart when referring to themselves as ‘I think.’
“When doing any duty,” William Q. Judge taught his students, “put your whole heart into it.” He clearly meant the primacy of our feelings, thoughts and motives as driving everything we do.
The Buddha practiced and taught the duty of striving to have every thought purified by the heart. The opening verses of the Dhammapada declare:
ALL that we are is the result of what we have thought: All that we are is founded on our thoughts and formed of our thoughts.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain pursues him, as the wheel of the wagon follows the hoof of the ox that draws it.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought happiness pursues him like his own shadow that never leaves him.
Doctors Are Baffled
Three-year old Chase Britton was born prematurely, and legally blind. When he was 1 year old, doctors did an MRI, expecting to find he had a mild case of cerebral palsy.
Instead, they discovered he was completely missing his cerebellum, and the Pons — the part of the brainstem that controls motor skills, balance and emotions, and links the medulla oblongata and the thalamus. It connects upper and lower parts of the brain, and without the Pons, the brain would not be able to function because messages would not be able to be transmitted,or passed along. It also plays a key role in sleep and dreaming, where REM sleep, or the sleeping state where dreaming is most likely to occur, has been proven to originate in the Pons.
What You Feel
“So our immediate response to a stimulus is very basic: our heart either sees it as something to avoid or to embrace, attach or detach, and ascribes this feeling content to it,” Helena Kerekhazi, MS, NRNP Brainmapping and Certified Neurofeedback Provider explains. “The brain stores this initial impulse and refers to it historically when it sees the same or similar.
“If we are in a pattern of seeing the negative in certain things or the positive, this entrains our system.”
“The brain just follows suit to those patterns we’ve created and helps to perpetuate them, for better or worse later.
“Then we have knee jerk reactions to things,” Kerekhazi notes, “so it is very important we think in terms of the [Theosophy] teachings that we analyze what rhythm we set up based on our reactions to things.“
“Expansive thoughts of brotherhood are actually healing — contractive thoughts and feelings create disease and illness.”
“The body’s natural impulse is towards self-protection but this can easily tend towards contractiveness and down the slippery slope we go. Trauma also sends us down this road.”
“Humor, music, the arts, relationships, mythology, nurturing cultivate the expansive side of our nature .”
“… and connect us to the Universal Ideation,” neurofeedback specialist Kerekhazi says, “from which we can draw more ‘intuitive’ spiritual connections to the great chain of being.”
Putting all this into practice leads us not only to greater personal healthy states, but exponentially to those close to us, and then to society in general. But where do we start?
“Set aside time each day to quiet your mind – with nothing in mind,” says Robin Stephens, Licensed esthetician, professional organizer, wellness coach, and fitness trainer:
“Don’t Just Do Something –
“No work to do, no goal, nothing you are supposed to think or feel. For 10 minutes your mind is free to just be,” Robin says:
“Let it go where it wants to go and if you start to worry, fret, or think about the day’s concerns, just gently let it go to wandering freely again.”
“When you let your mind free to walk by itself,” she writes, “it will return to you refreshed and renewed. You can’t wait for the time to occur naturally because it never will. Don’t underestimate the power of just sitting.”
“Leroy Robert ‘Satchel’ Paige was an American Black league baseball, and Major League Baseball pitcher, who became a legend in his own lifetime by attracting record crowds wherever he pitched.” (Wikipedia)
Satchel Paige shared many words of wisdom, in one of them he famously exclaimed:
“Sometimes I sits and thinks,
and sometimes I just sits.”
Our brains are hooked on networking, some neuroscientists say. “The brain network behind daydreams and a sense of self is no slacker,” Tina Hesman Saey says about what’s called the brain’s “default network.”
“One of the most important, mysterious and well-connected networks of all.”
“…and it is responsible for what the brain does when it is doing nothing in particular. It’s the brain’s core, both physically and mentally.”
“I think the default mode network is the most exciting thing that has happened in cognitive neuroscience in quite some time,” says Peter Fransson, a neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
In a study on the resting-state networks in the infant brain, researchers found “five unique resting-states networks in the infant brain …
these results suggest that resting-state networks driven by spontaneous signal fluctuations are present already in the infant brain.
Also that: “In the absence of any overt task performance, it has been shown that spontaneous, intrinsic brain activity is expressed as systemwide, resting-state networks in the adult brain.”
More information about research on the functional connectivity in the brain, in particular during resting-state conditions, go to: PNAS Journal
The Golden Rule
“Science without religion is lame,
religion without science is blind.”
– Albert Einstein
Our biology seems clearly a reflection on this plane of consciousness of a divine plan. What can we extrapolate from this but that we should apply the Golden Rule, compassion, in all that we do together as a society?
In a perfect human world The Golden Rule would always be our measuring stick for all thoughts, behavior, art, culture and careers.
Intolerance and bigotry arise from “the perfection of selfishness and the curse of separateness. It is the ‘world of illusion’ that man has created for himself,” theosophical writer William Q. Judge declared.
A Charter for Compassion
“The Charter brings together the voices of people from all religions. It seeks to remind the world that while all faiths are not the same, they all share the core principle of compassion and the Golden Rule.”
“It will change the tenor of the conversation around religion, and will be a clarion call to the world.”
Join the world at https://charterforcompassion.org/ to promote the Charter for Compassion. (Film Director: Jesse Dylan, Producer: Priscilla Cohen, Theresa “Sparky” Pomeroy)
“Compassion is no attribute it is
the Law of Laws”