When we glance at our teeth in the mirror, most of us are thinking only of our appearance. Our teeth probably get just a little more than 10 minutes of your attention each day. But, did you know that the connection between gum disease and heart attacks is higher than the connection between high cholesterol and heart attacks?
The idea of a link between oral health and the heart has been around for a century. But, the heart has played an important role in understanding the body since antiquity.
Soul is the imaginative possibilities of our nature
However, despite the ancient Egyptians knowledge of the human heart worn teeth, periodontal diseases, abscesses and cavities tormented the ancient Egyptians, according to the first systematic review of all studies performed on Egyptian mummies in the past 30 years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease will claim an estimated 600,000 lives this year, making it America’s number one killer. But, research suggests that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases — including heart disease have oral symptoms.
Art is the language that is the language of the heart
In Ancient Egypt notions of physiology and disease were all connected in concept to the heart. And, it was through the heart that God spoke, giving ancient Egyptians knowledge of God and God’s Will. For this reason it was considered the most important of the body’s organs.
Probably the most interesting aspect of the ancient Egyptian’s concept of the heart is that their ancient beliefs remain with us today, not as science, but within the very fiber of our emotions, our poetry and our song lyrics.
The Egyptians believed that the heart, rather than the brain, was the source of human wisdom, as well as emotions, memory, the soul and the personality itself. When we refer to our hearts in regard to love, or any other emotion, we are invoking a living memory of the ancient Egyptian belief system.
Knowledge was implanted in nature as there is a “connection between natural intelligence and the “intelligence of the One” and it is this knowledge that can rejuvenate the heart.
The heart got its crippling metaphor of a pump because everything in the heart is designed to make the blood circulate. What this metaphor leaves out is “Life”, as the blood spins in continues spirals of life. With each pulse of blood, imperceptible essential feelings travel into the physically intangible terrain of our being. “The healthy life of the soul depends, as does the circulation, on continual movement.
In addition to it physiological function, the heart has been traditionally seen as the seat of the emotion, especially of love and affection. On this note the heart is seen as a the seat or place of tenderness and affection and having the capacity for kindness and sympathy.
Throughout the Releasing Your Unlimited Creativity material the term heart is used. It is used to symbolize the flow of creative life energy that sustains our being and animates our life.
The flow of energy that sustains us arises from the intention for our life that caused us to come into physical existence. We look to the symbolism of the heart for this flow of energy that lies at the source of our being and sustains us much the way the heart lied deep within our being and sustains our physical body through the flow of life giving and life nourishing blood.
In reality, the emotions and what we love are actually determined by what we think and believe about what we feel which we label emotions. Similarly, it is our mind which determines the choice we make for, or against, tenderness, kindness and sympathy.
Nevertheless, these aspects have been traditionally identified with the heart as distinguished from the head. The head has been traditionally seen as the center of intellect, logic and reason. As you can come to see, there is a deep profound wisdom within the flow of energy that sustains us that leads us to create life and sustain life. Something that mind cannot do even if it thinks it can.
We are always enthusiastic and passionate about life and the creativity of life. However, it is our mind which shuts down that passion and enthusiasm. And at those times we are more of a walking zombie than creative life worth living.
Although most individuals do not talk about a creative spirit it is interesting to note how much of common language gives a different role to the mind and to the heart. Even without knowledge of the creative spirit, we see there are two parts to our being. One that is best characterized by the mind and another best characterized by the heart.
Using the heart as an organ of perception and seeing it as a meeting place of body, soul and spirit leads us into a forgotten world.
It is a world full of emotions, an immersion into an ocean of feeling states that are both within us and without us. By learning how to re-connect with the feeling states of our heart, we learn to think through the heart.
When we begin to think through the heart rather than our mind, soul development occurs. As our emotional intelligence strengthens we are able to connect with the soul of the world.
Perceiving the world through the heart gives us a poetic holistic lens born out of intuition and the feminine point of consciousness. The heart is the seat of imagination, beauty and love. All three contain soul properties that can connect us with the soul of the world and bring healing.
The pre-suppositions we hold in our brain through conditioning trap us into a narrow vision and determine what we see. By feeling our way through the world and using our heart as the primary sense organ, a different reality can begin to open up and a “super sensory knowledge” tapped into that can guide us intuitively forward.
“illness can be a call to soul. Eliminating it, rather than listening to it, obliterates the presence of soul”
By seeing through your heart you take in the world and it becomes coated in a luster. Each particular event has its own clarity, its own brightness. The mere appearance of things in the form they appear is beauty itself – each event has its own smile.
There is truth in feelings and we just have to remember how to feel, we need to learn how to feel the world.
Live and Learn. We All Do.
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