Le Coeur a ses raison que la raison ne connais pas–the heart has its reasons that the reason can not know.
It sounds like ancient history to some of us who have heard that phase many times. But the truth is this: the heart and the mind do not communicate, in fact they hardly know of each others existence. It is like having a twin across the world that you never knew you had.
Discovering where and how the heart functions in the arena of mental health and in the arena of psychoanalysis specifically, is a job well worth undertaking. Psychoanalysts are among the best trained people to take on this issue. We are not the only people who know about this human dynamic, but we are among the top few disciplines that even consider the subjective to be scientifically understandable.
Psychoanalysis has as its primarily mission the uncovering of unknown, knowns. We specialize in following thought to where the thoughts originate both in the body and in the mind/brain matrix. Eastern philosophies are also greatly equipped to search out the internal mechanisms that operate when we create a thought, and act on it. This very fact begins to encourage the future. Thoughts, well before they become action, inform and encourage the future. We are always at the cutting edge of our extension into life.
Thoughts and subsequent decisions are many times autonomically generated. Like the other autonomic systems of the body, we have little consciousness of the steps that our bodies take to keep us alive. The mind and the body function as one unit with a specific mission to keep ourselves from premature death and self-destruction.
However, if as adults we are formulating thoughts that have as their antecedent unconscious history, we may become at the mercy of exactly the very “thing” that we were wanting to avoid. Humans are not constructed by blue-print the way computers are constructed. We evolved more in the manner that a jungle evolves. Tangled and snarled our neuro-pathways twist and curve to form connections with other aspects of the body. The heart, as the most basic example of this fact, had to carve out its connection to the brain while still a young fetus. Looking at this we might thinks that it should be time that we start understanding the intelligence of the heart.
We understand the intelligence of the brain, not very well yet, but certainly more than the neurology of Freud’s time understood. The intelligence of the heart however is still greatly under studied. I am sure that are many reasons for this, not the least of which is sciences own peculiar way of deciding what is appropriate content for its examination. At the turn of the 20th century, dream analysis was considered content appropriate for gypsies and shamans. Freud had much difficulty being accepted in the scientific community,
When a piece of our knowledge is heart-felt, we experience that knowledge with a sensation that is akin to wisdom. The aha—aha moment, the slight tingle up and down the spine or the appearance of goose-bumps on your arms, these are indications that your body is registering a feeling or thought. The ego on the other hand usually says something like, “Oh yea, I knew that”.
Learning to access heart-felt knowledge requires discipline in much the same way that exercising the body requires discipline, or in the way that meditation requires us to be actively deliberate about the process.
Also, because we are so identified with our thoughts, we find it hard to dismantle a thought we have been having over and over again for nearly a life time in some instances. The further back in time that we can remember thinking a certain way indicates the extent to which the body and the mind will regress to maintain a hold on a thought. We do not want to know if something that we think is not true. In other words, the mind (ego) will fight the heart.
If the mind (ego) maintains a steady diet of winning, the heart will eventually “lose-heart” and give up trying to find the most effective way of experiencing our well-being. In time accessing the heart is not even a consideration as we have become hostage to our mental ruminations leaving little room for the instincts to run and play in a creative way. Creativity, not necessarily fine-art, is the most effective measure of our vitality. And, out vitality is a measure of our drive, our desires. To exist with no heart-felt way to meet our dreams is to have given up on the basic human instincts. We have abandoned our deep, richer selves to a corporate take over by the ego.
Heart-felt solutions are not difficult positions to take. But heart-felt solutions will always be subject to the ego’s destructive nature. If our anger is experienced as ineffective, it will stay in the body and attach itself to some psycho-semiautomatic condition.
As we move forward in an analysis, we move inward as well as forward. In many ways the internal universe is as ever expanding as the external universe; and as such it will always have a new outlook, a fresh take on the matter if we can learn to allow access to our hearts in the same manner that we have allowed access to our egos.