Allow your head and heart to help you be yourself

Through the centuries the heart has been regarded in literature, poetry, art, song and society as a symbol of love, faith, courage and more. It has been used to describe emotional connection with another, nature, your true self and much more, as a direct reference to one’s heart as a major part embedded in emotion, feeling or experience.

Nature never did betray the heart that loved her
William Wordsworth

The Egyptians had a special relationship with the heart and resurrection, which can be seen in their art and culture. It was of key importance in their passing through to the afterlife. Five gods Anuis, Ammut, Henefer, Ma’at, Osiris and Thoth would greet the person in the afterlife to conduct the weighing of the heart ceremony. The heart would be weighed against the feather of Ma’at, only if it were lighter than the feather would it show they had lived a good and truthful life, allowing them to pass on to eternal life in the kingdom of Osiris. Their relation to the heart and terms of good and truth reflect a perception of the heart’s purpose and value.

It has long been recognized that the heart can indicate an emotional state by beating faster in a moment of panic or crisis, anxiety, fear and even love. As noted in the methodology of use in lie detection tests. We experience this ourselves when our heart races in a moment of expectation such as being in love. An incredible vital organ that beats from the moment of its creation until the day we die. Never skipping a beat, until you meet the love of your life or encounter a near death experience. Otherwise, it works away 24 hours a day 365 days a year, never stopping or resting. Knowledge and understanding of how it works to keep us alive and healthy is expanding considerably through Quantum science,  but not complete yet.

If prior generations had an understanding of the heart, which still has elements relevant to society now, then why hasn’t it been explored and encouraged for our betterment. Is it one more thing that has been excluded from our lives? Is it something that could really allow and provide a way where we could achieve a high level of empowerment, a natural sense of purpose, and allow us to contribute in the world on such an amazing level? Imagine for a moment that it were really possible, that we could be and live a life that we chose from the beginning! Perhaps that may be pure speculation on my part or not, although I doubt I will live long enough to learn one way or the other. For now, simply holding onto that potential for time being will have to suffice.

The existence of neurons in the heart and brain

Science has established that the heart contains neurons, much the same as does the brain, which is formed in the embryo during the early stages of growth and before much of the body has begun to fully develop. The heart is directly connected to the brain and receives information when the mind sends signals to the brain and other parts of the body so it can function as a whole when needed. I pose the question, that if the heart can react to a physical or emotional situation, could it be possible that it affects a great deal more than we presently believe? It feels like a sensible and logical thought progression. It also helps to explain how it has been used throughout history in relation to many emotional aspects of life, from love to courage, to gaining satisfaction by ‘putting your heart into something, or someone’ that you are passionate about and feeling a love towards them. The heart produces a powerful magnetic field than is 5000 time stronger than the brain, it’s electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain.

So many people spend much of their life in a job they feel trapped in, or in other situations that do not synchronize with who they are, their passions and desires, their sense of purpose in life. Those who find their way into a career and or life that integrates well with their heart’s desire find it can lead to a fulfilled existence. It can grow and even develop into a passionate activity that consumes you completely. Doesn’t that just sound like a better way for people to live?

Instead, we are educated in ways that can overlook any personal qualities or natural abilities. Unless it is seen as a commodity for business and profit. I am fortunate to know a few people who have natural skills, despite the educative process. They have gone on to make that their choice of employment. The self-employed, who are largely those who have chosen their own career and direction, can find it difficult to progress. However, self-employment can be at a high personal cost, with long hours far beyond a 9 to 5 job, becoming a seven day working week, something that is becoming an accepted standard in the western world and for less pay.

If you believed that your heart played a greater part in your life, would you have a different respect for it? Would you take care of it by eating more healthily, partaking in regular exercise, consuming less or no alcohol, not smoking and avoiding stressful situations daily? Be more aware and value your body, heart, and mind with the respect that you owe yourself and nobody else.

Look after your head and heart and enable it to look after you.

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I began this journey the day I opened my eyes for the very first time. I found this site at a time when I needed support more than any other point in my life. I had chosen to transition after years of internal turmoil, failing to be able understand or accept who and what I was. My life moved on at a pace that I found hard to deal with at times, but I managed. Living alone in the South West of France life was far from simple or easy then. Then, I discovered this oasis online, finding love, understanding and support unequalled to anything I have previously come across. Dare I suggest, my other family! So, why return after leaving about two years back? At the point, my life was changing dramaticaly, everything I had believed, understood and built my life around, up until that point, changed almost overnight. I am very settled in my life now living as a woman, with friends and a social life, all while being the happiest I have been. I am in the medical system here after overcoming many obstacles, now with the hope of surgery very soon to complete my transition. I have returned here in the hope that my experiences and knowledge can be of help to others in this community. When very young, I dreamed of being a girl, going to bed at night hoping I would awake as a girl. After realising that wasn't going to happen, I shut down that wish and lived a repressed existence from that day. It took a lifetime of unintentionally hurting myself and others, regretfully! Perhaps the one true regret of my life!

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