Yes, you have two brains. There is the brain in the head as well as in the heart. The HeartBrain is the newest research discovery in neurocardiology by Dr. J. Andrew Armour of the University of Montreal, Canada. The HeartBrain is described as 5000 times stronger than the HeadBrain. Both brains have a thinking faculty functioning as a mind. Consider this. You may “lose” your mind in the head (go crazy) and keep on ticking. However, if the HeartBrain stops, the fat lady has sung, you have given your last will and testament, and you die.
The HeartBrain is the seat of the emotional or the feeling self. It has the capacity to love, express joy, fear or anger. In other words, your heart is one or a combination of the four primary emotions of love, joy, fear or anger. Hate is a secondary emotion that comes off fear. Consider this. People really hate what they fear.
This is why God looks on our hearts and not what we show outwardly (1 Sam. 16:7). The heart is the true self. We want to have a heart of love and joy like Jesus. The Bible has hooked up the HeartBrain and the CranialBrain in a verse that has intrigued me for many years. “For as he thinketh in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). I had always thought, how can the heart think when it is the seat of the feeling self? Now with this new intelligence, “HeartBrain” by Dr. Armour, I understand the verse completely. The CranialBrain can only think and create, but we both think and feel in the HeartBrain. Here is the ultimate gain my sisters and brothers. To think and to feel at the same time brings understanding. The Bible says, “get wisdom but with all thy getting get understanding.” (Prov. 4:5 & 7). Good feelings come off a HeartBrain of love and joy. Bad feelings come off a HeartBrain of fear associated with its hate or anger. Now here is a great connection. Feelings are thoughts internalized in the body.
So, we feel what we think. Change your thoughts and you change your feelings and your life. For as we think, so are we. How do we change our thoughts? It’s the process of disciplining the mind with the word of God. Now for another great connection; since feeling makes for understanding, an understanding heart helps us to heal our own pain. For to feel is also to heal. Then, we begin to see and feel ourselves in others’ shoes. We feel the pain of others as our pain and come to understand that if not for the grace of God, we would be walking in their shoes.
Consequently, we cease all judgement, condemnation and criticism of others’ behaviors.
“… because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.” (Rom. 5:5). We don’t know when or how we got to the place of having a HeartMind like Jesus Christ. But one day, a change came over us and the light from Heaven filled our souls.
God changed our “stony hearts into fleshly hearts of love.” (Eze. 36:26). The young people have a wonderful slang, “I feel you.” This means they understand and can place themselves in the other person’s position. This is what Jesus did when He carried out sins to Calvary. He knew we were lost and couldn’t help ourselves. So, Jesus suffered in our stead, bruised and wounded until death that we might be redeemed and reconciled unto the “… Father who gives eternal life and this life is in His Son.” (1 John 5:11) So God looks on our hearts and minds to be like Jesus. “Let this mind (Heart and Cranial) be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5).
Amen (Oh Yes!)
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