The Body is Intelligent

by Dr Rachel Hall B.Ch.D (Uni Leeds), LDSRCS(Eng), MACNEM, Holistic Dentist, Brisbane, Australia

We traditionally are taught to think of the brain or the ‘head’ as being the intelligence of the body, communicating with the body and telling it what to do. Yet the body is in fact a massive network of nerve and energy pathways that communicate with one another, sending signals and instructions from one part of the body to another, cell by cell. Information travels to the brain from the body and from the body to the brain. We know that the brain sends signals to the body, but have you ever stopped to consider that your body may actually be communicating with YOU, sending you subtle messages and information for you to respond to?

The body is in fact an intelligent organism capable of acting independently of the mind via its own self-regulation and feedback systems. Within the body there are areas or foci of cellular activity which contain concentrated energy and nerve systems that are capable of sending signals to the brain and body and as such these centres or foci actually have a strong influence on the body, its reactions and our emotions.

One area of the body that communicates powerfully and extremely effectively with us is the heart. Have you noticed that in certain situations your heart may skip a beat, get palpitations, feel all warm and fuzzy; flutter or feel like it is about to burst or perhaps even stop depending on how you are feeling or what is happening around you?

Throughout history, philosophers, poets and prophets have regarded the human heart as the source of love, wisdom, intuition and positive emotions. We are all familiar with expressions such as, put your heart into it, wearing your heart on your sleeve, follow your heart not your head, find it in your heart, from the bottom of my heart, big hearted, warm hearted, heart-to-heart, open your heart and so on which suggest that the heart is more than a physical pump that sustains life.

The fact is that the heart is much more than just a pump, with a complex system of nerves and energy centres that send more signals to the brain than the brain sends to it and scientific research has found that the heart has the ability to regulate itself and the rest of the body. The human heart contains an intelligence independent from the brain that can be a source of guidance for our individual lives and for our collective potential as human beings. This is significant as we have a powerful intelligence right there in the middle of our chest with a wisdom that is vast, much more so than we realise. In actual fact, every cell in the body is intelligent with the heart being like a conductor for the cellular processes taking place within us in each and every moment. The heart is the overseer of the whole intelligence of the body and science is only just beginning to tap into and understand the wisdom of the heart, a wisdom that has been spoken of and recorded by many cultures, religions and scholars.

Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., Director of Research at The Institute of HeartMath, California has begun to examine the messages the heart sends to the brain and how the brain responds to them, exploring the role the heart plays in creating emotional experience and accessing intuition, as well as its role in the physiology of optimal function. Recent work in the relatively new field of neurocardiology has firmly established that the heart is a sensory organ and an information programming and processing centre, with an extensive in-built nervous system that confirms the heart is much more than a muscle pump and has a sophisticated intelligence that is much more advanced than previously considered or realised by science.  The heart’s circuitry enables it to learn, remember and make functional decisions independent of the brain itself. The heart is in continuous communication with the brain and body through multiple pathways: neurologically (through nerves), biochemically (through hormones), biophysically (through pressure and sound waves) and energetically (through electromagnetic field interactions). This makes the heart unique as it can act as the overall coordinator of bodily functions, synchronising the system as a whole because of the extent of the heart’s influence on physiological, cognitive and emotional systems.

The fact that there is a heart and brain connection, as first postulated by the psychologist William James, has been known since the late 1800s, but has largely been ignored. Whilst it is recognised that the heart signals that flow to the brain have a regulatory influence on many aspects of the nervous system, including most glands and organs, it is less commonly appreciated that they also have profound effects on the higher brain centres. Cardiovascular nerves have numerous connections to higher brain centres where they play a direct and important role in determining our perceptions, thought processes, and emotional experiences. It has also been shown that our emotions are reflected in the heart’s rhythmic patterns.

The heart also has an energy field, called the energetic heart, which is coupled to a field of information that is not bound by the classical limits of time and space. Experimental studies have investigated the proposal that the body receives and processes information about a future event before the event actually happens. One of these studies, conducted at the HeartMath laboratories, showed that both the heart and brain receive and respond to pre-stimulus information about a future event. But even more surprising is the finding that the heart seems to receive and/or respond to the intuitive information before the brain. This suggests that the heart is directly coupled to a subtle energetic field of information within the range of energetic fields in which the body is surrounded.

The fact that the heart appears to receive intuitive information before the brain is perhaps not as surprising as it first seems, it just confirms what people mean when they speak of the intuitive heart or the wisdom of the heart – something that has been a key component of wisdom teachings and mystical texts for aeons. The energetic heart is coupled to a deeper part of ourselves. When we connect to the heart we align with a deeper source of intuitive intelligence, which produces an increased flow of intuitive information that is communicated to the brain resulting in a stronger connection with our inner voice thus allowing us access to the largely untapped potential within.

  • This research demonstrates that the heart has its own intelligence, that the heart IS intelligent, is capable of giving instructions to the brain and communicating directly with us. Thus it is now being affirmed by science that “instinct”, “sixth sense” and “intuition” come from the heart.

One of the philosophies that come from the Esoteric Medicine presentations by Serge Benhayon is that the inner-heart is the seat of intelligence for the body and that the body does have its own knowing or wisdom. From this philosophy emerges the concept of connecting to yourself and listening to your heart and your body, which, as even science has demonstrated, has the ability to communicate with us. If we were to stop for a moment and feel we would realise the body actually talks very loudly.

At first this may seem a strange concept, however, what I found when I experimented with this was that quite amazingly when I sat quiet and still, simply breathing gently I could feel a beautiful warmth in my chest where my heart resides. I discovered that I could use that feeling of warmth as a barometer of what is true for me or not. I noticed that when I made choices that were more caring and loving, the feeling of warmth increased and the opposite occurred when I was less considerate of myself and the warmth diminished and felt less evident. In addition I found I could rely on my heart when making decisions and to discern if my thoughts were from my body or not. I was able to better gauge situations and remain unaffected by events and people around me.

So what if we chose to listen to the messages from our body, especially our heart, and made lifestyle and dietary choices based on those messages rather than waiting until we become ill? Why wait for science to play catch up to what the intelligence of the body already knows and is communicating to us – but which we are not listening to?

So much credence has been given to listening to our mind however, as we have seen, it is not the only site of intelligence in the body and yet it is the body that has to live with the consequences of all the choices made from our mind. The mind in fact is a central processing unit that receives and processes all the messages from the body. Our body, and every single cell within it, is able to work innately without having to rely on the mind, in fact the foci in the heart and other areas of the body are wiser than the mind, yet we simply ignore or overrule their messages and signals. The heart however works as the “mastermind”, the overseer and coordinator for the rest of the body, with its own energy field and the ability to regulate the processes and reactions of the body and respond to external energy even more rapidly than the mind. The mind as we know it can lead us astray, can override the messages of the body to allow us to carry on behaviours which are harming for the body. Thus, although the mind is a great central processing unit for all the messages in the body, it is not the true source of intelligence that we have been falsely lead to believe it is. As such we should be giving the heart more precedence over the mind and any gut feelings, as only the heart acts on the higher centres of the mind bringing intuition, intelligence and connection to our inner voice.

The body is a whole system where all the parts are communicating and interacting with each other and where change in one part affects the whole. It is detrimental and incorrect to see the body as separated parts working in isolation to each other and it is important to realise that any lack of regard or consideration for one part of the body will affect the whole body system. The body therefore has intelligence throughout it, rather than discrete isolated sections working independently to each other which is the impression we get when we only focus and rely on the brain in separation to the body.  The heart exists as the true source or centre that feeds the mind which we can then choose to either listen to or override and ignore. An important aspect is the discernment of the messages from the mind and whether they have come first via the heart or not.

As this is the case, why then are we not taught to listen to or tune in to the wisdom within our body? Given that the body is innately wise, surely it would make sense for us to pay attention to it, to listen to it and in particular the messages from the heart such that we may live more instinctively and intuitively?

Listening to and feeling the feedback of the body via the heart can allow for more supportive and harmonious choices that lead to better health and improved moods and energy levels. If we choose to live, eat and care for ourselves based on what the body and the heart are telling us, then perhaps we might realise that true intelligence resides in the whole body and not in the head!

Give it a try – you might just surprise yourself as to how intelligent and naturally knowing the body really is.

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432 thoughts on “The Body is Intelligent

  1. This blog takes me back to a time when I discovered HeartMath and was fascinated by its research programme and discoveries. I can see now how this earlier seeking was preparation for a time when I would meet Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. Serge presented on heart and whole body intelligence in a way that confirmed the knowing I already had, but went further: he also offered a way to bring this truth into our lives. From theory to integration – The Way of The Livingness. My life changed forever.

  2. We place such credence on our minds, yet it is one removed from where we feel and of course it can re-interpret what we feel, and yet we can feel, so why ignore it through our mind’s reinterpretation. The body knows and we know this. Why not live it?

    1. The mind is the tool of the incarnated human spirit that separated from the oneness to explore its own creations, whereas in the inner-heart resides the connection to the oneness that we have never lost but simply disconnected from. We need to return to an understanding that we are multidimensional beings and so so much more than the physical function we can see.

  3. The wisdom of the heart is a support and guidance in my life which even in the darkest times, it has never failed to be there for me. The difference between the intelligence of the heart and of the mind for me, is there is a feeling of settledness and surrender when the heart leads, it is very warm and still, but there is a feeling of unsettledness and often panic when the head leads, it is like turning in circles repeatedly without end.

  4. Thank you Rachel for getting to the energetic heart of the matter. We are so much more than our physical body.

  5. Before I came across Universal Medicine I didn’t regard the body as a whole seeing the mind as separate to the body and what’s more I never questioned it although I distinctly remember feeling the separation in my body. It showed me how I was living my life overriding my body and listening to the mind but this abusive way of being eventually caught up with me with a diagnoses of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1995.

  6. True intelligence comes from the body and the heart is of so much importance it simply makes sense. Giving power to the mind as we are taught is devoid our our natural innate connection to the universe and needs to be learnt when we have it all inside our bodies waiting to be connected to. How beautiful is this 🙂

  7. We are taught from a very young age that our intelligence comes from our minds. We are taught to overlook the body and we learn to hide or bottle up our feelings. So sadly by the time we are 5 or 6, much of what we know to be true is gradually replaced in favour of the mind.

  8. I feel that we have always known that the heart is so much more than a pump, yet somehow modern medicine has managed to reduce it from its awesomeness to a mundane piece of function. The marriage of modern western medicine with esoteric medicine will restore the cardiocentric understanding of the human being as Pythagorus taught over 2500 years ago.

    1. It’s true Doug. When we only look at a small part of something instead of the whole, as so often is done in modern medicine and scientific research, we run the very real risk of reducing it into these parts and ignoring the magnificence of the whole.

  9. There is growing evidence, as you have shared here, that the heart has an intelligence that is far more acute and reliable than that of the brain. When we start tuning in to this, and let’s include the Inner Heart, of which Serge Benhayon speaks, it has us wholeheartedly( pun intended) living our life from the truth of who we are, resonating with absolute truth and true love.

  10. I always thought that my brain was my best attribute and the source of all my intelligence. How wrong I was! I have discovered how my body is much more intelligent than my head and it never lies whereas my head is constantly lying to me and anyone who will listen.

  11. The layers of the heart and body is our number one point of call in showing us the way to understanding true health and vitality. When choose to stop and take a moment to make this the source of our movements we are then offered a whole lot more in the quality in which we heal and grow.

  12. I used to live as if my head was all there was. The disconnection with my body apparent with constantly tripping over or knocking myself and very little co-ordination. Everything felt rigid and separated from the warmth, connectedness and fluid movement I feel in my body now. Thank you Serge Benhayon for giving me the opportunity to make different choices and begin to return to the truth of who I am / we are.

  13. The inner heart has shown me the way for over a decade now, providing insights and readings on life and being a guide that I can without exception rely on.

  14. The heart as the conductor of the body is a powerful image. It occurs to me that the brain/mind like to be the puppet-master, in absolute control of it’s subject, whereas the heart leads the whole to work in true harmony together.

  15. A great point you have highlighted Rachel, that it is worth considering that “our body may actually be communicating with YOU, sending you subtle messages and information for you to respond to.” If we deeply consider this as possible, it opens our awareness to build a deeper relationship with our body and to really listen and respond to the inner wisdom of our body when it is communicating and guiding us on how we are living that either supports the body to maintain harmony and balance or not.

  16. One great and simple way to listen to and connect to our heart is to very gently tip our head forward towards our heart – the opposite is to tip our head backwards which actually cuts us off.

    1. True meditation is all about connection – connection to ourselves, our body and our inner-heart. Never is it about escaping or checking out. Funny (not) how many “meditation” photos you see with people tipping back their heads back and lifting their jaw up which is a posture of disconnection or people sitting in a torturous position which is again not in connection to the body.

  17. A very insightful article around the body, the heart, the mind and their intelligences. As with everything it makes more sense to consult or take care of everything and not just hone in on one part. The basic current mode of thinking is around the brain being the central intelligence we have and yet if we have a real look around us we are getting more and more unwell. Coupled with the fact that the brain sits on top of the body even maybe an indication of where we should be looking. There are more and more studies showing how intelligent and connected our heart centre is to everything and also we are becoming more and more aware that how we are going about things is seriously hurting us. Perhaps and as this article talks about, it is beyond time for us to make a change.

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