Over the years, there have been many a joke made about how the adult male has 2 brains. One is located in his head, while the other is located…a..um…well, you can guess. As it turns out, those jokes may have contained more fact than fiction.
Current Medical Science has been doing a bit of research on the intelligence of the digestive system––the solar plexus area––also know in Traditional Chinese Medicine as the Lower Dantien. That area houses the reproductive organs, digestive system and eliminatory channels. In Eastern Philosophy it also contains the first 2 chakras.
Research is now showing that the gut communicates to the brain, often giving the brain information with which to formulate thought that is then sent on to your conscience where it is registered and perceived. The gut (digestive system of the body) has close to 500 million nerve cells and 100 million neurons and is almost the size of a cat’s brain. Not only does the gut “talk” with the brain chemically (by releasing chemicals which are then taken to the brain by blood) but also by sending electrical signals via the vagus nerve.
Vagus nerve is one of the longest nerves inside the body whose central purpose is to relay the information and status of internal organs like gut and heart to the brain. The area of the gut sends warnings about the potential level of danger it perceives, along with intuitions and premonitions and other bits of self-protective information required for your safety and security. You even may have said to yourself at some time that you had a gut feeling about something that later resulted in an unpleasant experience.
G. I. Gurdgieff, (1866-1949) the famous Russian mystic and spiritual teacher, wrote in his book, “All and Everything: Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson,” that the humans on planet earth were 3 brained beings. He wrote that most humans do not posses a unified mind-body consciousness and thus live their lives in a state of hypnotic “waking sleep.” But, what are the three brains to which he refers, and how do we unify that mind-body consciousness?
You have read about the 2 brains of man, but now Medical Science is also exploring the intelligence of a third center––the heart center. The heart has nearly 2 billion muscle cells and 40,000 neurons. The heart neurons are very few in number compared to those in the brain (100 billion) or gut (0.1 billion). Nevertheless these neurons transmit heart’s signals and its condition to the brain. The heart is, in fact, a highly complex information-processing center with its own functional brain, commonly called the heart brain, which communicates with and influences the cranial brain via the nervous system, hormonal system and other pathways. These influences affect brain function and most of the body’s major organs and play an important role in mental and emotional experience and the quality of our lives.
The heart’s magnetic field, which radiates outside the body, carries information that affects other people and even our pets, and links people together in surprising ways. The heart’s electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain. Furthermore, the magnetic field produced by the heart is more than 100 times greater in strength than the field generated by the brain and can be detected up to 3 feet away from the body.
Similarly, in Qigong, the energy body is divided into 3 Dantiens or plexuses. One is located in the gut, as mentioned above. The second is located in the heart area and comprises the 3rd and 4th chakras, and the third is the brain, located in the cranium and includes the remaining chakras.
Just how these centers communicate with one another is still a complex theory, but evidence shows that the Vagus nerve and hormones play an important role in the process. They appear to be the conduit that transfers the information generated by each of the three “brains.”
Recent studies, as described by Anil K. Rajvnshi, director of the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, “have shown that the heart sends signals to the brain that are not only understood by it but also obeyed. Scientists have discovered neural pathways and mechanisms whereby input from heart to brain inhibits or facilitates brain’s electrical activity – just like what gut is capable of doing. Thus both gut and heart mind help in overall thought process.”
In summary, the gut nerve center is responsible for our sense of protection and security. It also is the seat of the Kundalini energy written about in tantric literature. Here is where the upward spiral of spiritual energy begins, ascending the spine until it passes the heart and enters the area of the Third Eye. When this area is fully opened, great sexual satisfaction is often experienced, along with an increase in intuition and vision and possibly Self-Realization.
Again, the third “brain” is the heart center. This area is responsible for providing us with a sense of beauty, compassion, love and altruistic feelings. It is truly a “coming from the heart.” When this area opens you’ll find yourself at peace with the world, a world that has already passed the scrutiny of the gut brain and found you to be safe and secure. You, then, will find new meaning in your daily live, new depth in your senses and new ways of perceiving beauty.
Finally, all of the transformed information acquired from the gut and heart brain is sent to the cranial brain to be processed into thought and perception. With that new and improved worldview, the brain can then help you make decisions based on clear, balance information. That is the start of unifying the mind-body consciousness. Next, you can learn several techniques that facilitate and develop that connection.
- Next time, when you have a few moments where you can quietly think, ask yourself to explore what it feels like to “think” with your gut. See if you can actually sense an intelligence emitting from the solar plexus. Feel it become alive and conscious. Start by asking it if you are “safe.” Then, merely wait for a response. Acclimate yourself to this new way of perceiving reality. Then, experience how it feels to live with this new perception.
- Next, go on to your heart-brain and give it permission to do all of your thinking. Feel how it adds a sense of beauty and comfort to your perceived environment. Ask that area what it senses; what is it interpreting from your environment? See if you can experience the warmth and love it adds to your life. Try to remain neutral in your headspace for now.
Finally, combine the intelligence of all three brains into one Super-Brain. With time and practice, you will develop powers and strengths you never thought possible. The linear, rational cranial brain no longer will hold you hostage. The ego will meld into the heart, while your lower nerve center will keep you safe. You then will become balanced in the way humans were meant to be––with complete mind-body conscious.
You have the POWER!