Finding Truth and Meaning – A Battle of Heart vs Mind
I need to start with a science-based fact … your heart is not a sensory device! The phrase "heart vs. mind" is a metaphor. Your heart does not think. Used in the context of heart vs. mind, the word "heart" refers to feelings and the word "mind" is referring to cognitive processes that occur in your brain. Why am I "feeling" compelled to mention it?
Your heart does not think.
I came across an online article published by the Conscious Lifestyle Magazine entitled "Accessing Your Heart Intelligence: How to Strengthen Your Intuitive Heart Brain Connection" by Gregg Braden. For whatever truths there are in Mr. Braden's article, or his book from where the article is an excerpt, they have nothing to do with research or knowledge of brain and heart physiology, and each organ's functioning within the human body. His spurious claims of heart intelligence and exercises of "Ask Your Heart a Question" are nothing but pure horse manure.
When you have something to share and to convince people that it's important for them to know and believe, using good communication techniques is important. However, to my knowledge, nowhere is it said or written that good communication includes the fabrication or distortion of facts. Maybe I'm putting too much emphasis on what is good. Based on what I have witnessed in today's political and religious environments, I have to wonder what even acceptable communication really means.
Truth is relative.
It is my opinion that truth, is relative to the beholder.
To judge something as true, we must accept either evidential data, perceived value, or some combination of both.
Clever communicators recognize this and attempt to make a connection between what we feel and what we know. In other words, they try to build a bridge between our Emotional Thinking and our Analytical Thinking. They know that solid bridges can achieve greater traffic flow and allow for the connections to larger and often hidden destinations that the communicator might have in mind for us.
Communicators, who are willing to distort and fabricate the information they provide, distrust and even hate critical thinkers. To them, the people who ask questions and report real truths are trouble makers. Socrates got in big trouble over asking too many questions and ended up paying the ultimate price. I only mention it as a "heads up" reminder to those of us who are concerned with reporting the truth … throughout history, same story different day.
Since you are reading my thoughts on this matter and you have gotten this far, I don't want you to believe that I'm saying, only critical thinkers tell the truth. For all I know, Gregg Barden could be a critical thinker and he really believes that the human heart is a sensory organ and it holds the neurologic ability to store feelings based emotional triggers. But let me pose a couple of questions …
Mr. Barden, do heart transplant recipients have changes in their phobias? You know, achluophobia, acrophobia, aerophobia, claustrophobia, etc. Have studies shown a correlation between heart transplants and a risk of losing belief in God?