Understanding the Heart’s Code

The Heart’s Code by Paul Pearsall

This book was written well before the Institute of HeartMath and Doc Lew Childre spread the science of the heart widely. Pearsall is a psychologist who studied heart transplant patients, finding that the recipient of a donated heart would frequently take on the dietary likes and dislikes, and memories, of the donor. In one amazing case, a little girl who received the heart of a child who was murdered had nightmares about the attack, and was able to identify the killer.

Our brains have evolved over millennia for survival. This meant that traits like competition, control, and hypervigilance toward threats won out through natural selection. The heart is different. It is a generator of energy and information that sends and receives messages to and from all living systems in nature. Its role is connection, and it can tune into other hearts. It can be thought of as the place where the soul speaks, Pearsall notes. Every major religion holds the heart as sacred.

Pearsall refers to the heart’s energy as “L” (life) energy. What energy do we send out to other hearts? Chronic hostility, impatience, and emotional reactivity to stressors are indicators of toxic heart energy.

The brain assigns blame when bad things happen, and sees the self as a victim. The heart sees the self as part of the brain-body-heart Mind, and perceives that collaboration and connection are the keys to success in life.

The heart’s mission is to balance the sometimes harmful brain-body interaction, in which the brain’s toxic thoughts attack the body. The heart continuously pumps biochemical messages; it is the body’s primary organizing force and most powerful organ. All hearts exchange information with other hearts. Memories are stored in heart cells, as well as other cells.

The heart’s electromagnetic field is 5,000 times more powerful than that of the brain. The heart’s energy does not diminish over time; it is formative and integrative. The heart pumps patterns of energy containing information that tells every part of the body how to work. And the heart’s subtle energy is “non-local.” There have been over 70 studies demonstrating the powerful results of intercessory prayer (prayer for another’s wellbeing). Subtle energy, which connects all hearts, causes healing at a distance– free of time/space limits.

The Heart’s Memories

“A millennium in which the gifted brain is moderated and instructed by a gentle heart could bring us a shared paradise on earth,” writes Pearsall. “By listening to our heart for the echoes of the ‘better,’ more sane way to live, it can retrieve the cellular memories that draw a map back to paradise…The info-energy from those who may have been less rushed and more connected than we moderns may still influence us as cellular memories…The brain neglects the heart’s cellular memories left within us as a loving legacy from those that went before us and who were more enraptured and connected with their chance to live on planet paradise… We all share common cellular memories, all memories are forms of energy and therefore can never be destroyed, and what the cells remember is the code of the eternal collective soul as represented in this energy we share with everyone and everything.”

Pearsall suggest we practice a heart meditation, or “cardio-contemplation:”

  1. Be still and focus on your heart
  2. Lighten up
  3. Stop talking, ignore brain chatter
  4. Resonate, listen
  5. Feel and sense
  6. Learn from and by the heart
  7. Connect with other hearts, via invitation and receptivity.

 Conflict between spouses is typically initiated by the woman complaining about a problem she senses in her heart. The man, whose brain may see the complaint as his failure, tries to think of a way to quickly fix the problem. His heart may “flood” (speed up by 10 or more beats per minute) and his brain will tell him to block off her energy to protect himself. At that point, frustrated in her desire to connect at the heart level, the woman’s brain wants to punish the partner with criticism, sulking, etc. In self-defense,the man stonewalls or withdraws even more, becoming unresponsive. The negative energy from the woman bounces back to her off his wall. Then her heart floods; she tends to internalize the energy, which can lead to symptoms and illness.

Long, restful, quiet periods of heart to heart contact are essential for energetic connections that keep love alive. Three habits of the heart are: connecting, nurturing and integration. We can choose to laugh at the ridiculousness of the brain’s illusion of control. Pearsall’s advice: Laugh easily, often, and hard!

“Take time daily,” Pearsall suggests, “to receive the energy those you love give off; let your heart take in that energy, store it, and recall it as often as you can.”