Why do we have a heart?

By Patrick Quanten MD

What a silly question! We have a heart because without it we would not be alive. Sure. But still, isn't it intriging that if you are shot in the heart and therefore the heart function immediately stops, that your brain and other vital organs still continue to function, to live, for a few more seconds? This would indicate that the heart is not the sole engine of our lives. There is something else that engages the heart and all other cells and organs and empowers them with life. This "something else" refers to the Life-force, the energy that is life itself and that mobilises our poor lifeless bodies into functioning. And the heart plays a vital role in that.

All physical life begins, if that is the right word, with energy. There is nothing natural in the physical world that has not got an energy field. Everything springs forth from energy. As the bible says: "In the beginning there was the Word". The word is here a representation of a thought, as nothing had as yet been created that could speak in a physical way. A thought, or its physical manifestation, a word, is the beginning of all creation. It is also nothing more than an energetic vibration. The thought does not reside anywhere. Although it may stimulate certain brain areas, it does not live there. It is non-local.

Everything that is created in our individual lives also begins with a thought. It is our energy field that directs and manifests our physical life. Everything that happens in our material lives is a direct representation of energetic vibrations.

The Physical Heart and its Function

In order to be able to evaluate better the way scientists present the heart function we need to outline the theory.

There is roughly five litres of blood in our vascular system. The level of pressure in the arterial bed is in a large measure dependent on two factors, the volume of blood ejected by the left heart ventricle per unit of time (the cardiac output), and the resistance to the blood flow offered by the vessels in the peripheral vascular bed. At any given level of cardiac output, arterial pressure is mostly dependent upon the degree of constriction of the smooth muscle in the walls of the arterioles, the small arteries. Though resistance to flow also varies with the viscosity of the fluid and the length of the vessels, alterations in these factors are ordinarily of only secondary importance. This already means that hypertension (high blood pressure) is primarily caused by increased tension in the muscular wall of the blood vessels themselves, not by a change in heart function.

Cardiac output is controlled largely by factors which regulate ventricular end-diastolic volume (volume of blood in the chamber just before ejection), the level of myocardial contractibility, and the heart rate. The major determinants of ventricular end-diastolic volume in the intact organism are the total blood volume, the atrial contraction and the distribution of the blood volume, which in turn is influenced by the body position, intra-thoracic pressure, the venous tone and the pumping action of the skeletal muscles.

At rest, the cardiac output with every contraction, the stroke volume, is on average about 30 millilitres. This means that in order for the whole blood volume to be oxygenised and send on its way around the body, the heart will have to contract about 200 times. At a resting pulse rate of about 70 beats per minute, it would take your body three minutes to fully oxidise. In order to get a rough idea what the impact would be on your life, just hold your breath for as long as you can. You now have lowered your oxygen level to such a degree that the body is starting to feel panicky about not being able to supply enough oxygen to the tissues for them to survive. From the moment you take your first breath it will take about three minutes to feel normal again. Really? I don't think so!

Now, can you imagine how many miles of blood vessels you have in your body? It is not important to get it right but everyone will agree that we have an awful lot of them, stretching way into space when put end to end. And we are made to believe that the pump function of the heart is responsible for the movement of the blood around our body. Each time the heart contracts, 30 millilitres of blood gets pushed down the main trunk of the blood vessels tree. There are millions of branches to this tree and this 30 millilitres is now divided into millions of directions, pushing the blood forward in the tubes. How much do you reckon the blood will move at the far end of this tree? Very close to not at all, I think! This means that with a pump that size it is impossible to move the fluid steadily through the pipe system.

The truth is that a long time ago it was calculated that for a pump to move fluid down a pipe system similar to our vascular one, it would need a pump too big to fit into an average sitting room. Compare that with the size of our heart and you might agree that the difference is phenomenal. This can only mean that the way we perceive the system to work cannot be right. Whatever the function of the heart might be it will certainly not be "to pump the blood around the body".

Organising Human Life

As we know, a human being, as all other natural life-form, is not contained within the constraints of the physical body. We stretch far beyond our skin, and it is in this way that religion has taught us that we are all one, that what we do unto others we do to ourselves. Science has proven this through modern imaging. Around the body, the aura can be photographed and is seen to be changing with our moods, our thoughts. We can visualise the energy field around the body and the way it changes.

Essentially the aura has seven layers from the body surface outwards. Each of these is connected directly to the body through seven separate chakras or energy vortices. The outer layer chakras penetrate through the lower aura levels to reach inside the body. These chakras are situated along the spine, roughly one at the very base of the sacrum, one in the pelvis or lower abdomen, one in the solar plexus (upper abdomen), one in the heart area, the throat, between the eyebrows and the very top of the skull. The base chakra connects with the first layer of the aura, the pelvic one with the second layer, and so on, with the largest one entering the body at the crown of the head connecting to the most outer layer of the aura. This explains why the head has the largest energy field of the whole body.

It has now been demonstrated that the initial creative impulse, that which happens in our lives, originates in the outer layers of our being. In other words, first there is the thought. This impulse has been shown to filter through the various layers of our energetic body, the aura, from the outside inwards and might eventually manifest in the physical reality of our lives. As the initial impulse travels down, the "feeling" becomes a thought, becomes words (some of them being expressed) and further down the body will start to manifest the energy in a physical way. This completed process, however, is not obligatory. The majority of thoughts either never reach the physical reality or do so fleetingly without leaving much of a trace. If, on the other hand, the thought is persistent then the likelihood of it showing as a physical manifestation becomes greater. This can equally happen when the thought is important to us, meaning it has a true impact. The individual meaning of a thought, the quality of the thought, is defined by our past experiences, which determines what is going to attract our attention. This is exactly why you manifest in the physical reality what you truly believe.

On its path down our energetic body, the creative impulse gets influenced by what is already there, such as beliefs and previous experiences, and other simultaneous impulses originating from different areas of our energy field. All this changes the frequency of the original impulse, which now gradually becomes more and more your own. It gets personalised on its way down to your physical self.

The seven layers of the aura, each connecting to one specific chakra, have different functions and represent different aspects of life as we make it our own. Starting at the outer edges of our individual being, we find that the seventh layer is the house of miracles, manifestations of the purest form of the energy of grace. It contains unbridled mystical power. This is our base connection to what is generally referred to as the Universal Force, the Higher Spirit, or the Universal Energy. Here, we live in the present moment, and which makes all our energy available for high-voltage, miraculous connections. The sixth layer is about wisdom, which we gain through earthly experience. The motto here is "Seek only the truth". The fifth layer is about thought and the expression of it through the word. Thoughts are, as said, non-local but they can be brought into our physical consciousness or not, as the case may be. The fifth chakra is the seat of your power of choice and intention, your will.

The fourth layer connects to the heart. The foetal heart goes through four definite stages, each becoming more complex, more human. In the first development stage, the heart is like a tube and resembles a fish heart. In the next stage, it divides into two chambers and resembles a frog's heart. It then grows into three chambers, which is typical of reptiles such as snakes or turtles. In its final stage, it develops into the familiar four chambers typical of warm-blooded mammals' and the human heart, at the fourth level of power. The key issue here is love. The heart lies in the centre of our being and connects all aspects of our life to the God-figure, on whom we call to help us survive. Not only is this literally the middle layer of the auras and the central chakra, but the heart also in the physical body takes up a central position.

The third layer represents our mental state, and the motto of this chakra is honour oneself. The second shows our emotions and is about relationships. The first, which directly connects with the physical body, is the etheric body. The first chakra is about the tribe. It is from the etheric body that the creative impulse, with the way it has changed on its travels, is entering the physical body and expresses it in the physical reality.

Every material element not only receives this vibrational information from its environment, the aura, but because every material element is also alive, it is therefore also sending out its own vibrational frequencies. So, at any given moment in time, every element is "listening" to the vibrations of its environment as well as "talking" to its environment, telling it all about itself.

Conglomerates of material elements, such as organs or even the body as a whole, are constantly tuning in to the messages from their environment as well as telling the world about its own status. And in the human body, the heart lies at the centre of this communication. We have already seen how the creative impulse from the outer layers travels down the layers of the aura. The vibrational information this impulse carries relates to our higher consciousness, the spiritual, the Universal Force, the unconditional love, the collective truth and thoughts. The information that travels upwards from the physical body relates to the individual, such as our emotions, our mental and physical state and our individual past experiences. These two wave frequencies meet at the level of the heart, where the universe meets the individual. This is the place where our buttons get pressed. This is where we fire our emotions and determine whether or not the words or deeds that have come our way disturb us deeply or not at all. It all depends on the resonant wave which was set in motion as the two frequencies meet. It is this resonance that can deplete our energy, inflate it or leave it undisturbed, and this we will feel in the way we respond.

The heart is the only place in our body where the vibrational frequency results in a physically felt and registered rhythm, the heartbeat. The frequency and magnitude of this wave is an expression of what the whole body and all the elements within it are feeling. Anxiety, excitement, depression, physical stress, diseases, calmness and balance are all imaged in the pulse rate. And eminating from the heart this message goes out, not only to all elements of the body, but also to the Universe. This means that, indeed, your surroundings "know" when you are stressed, happy or angry. You don't have to say anything, it is very clear to everybody and everything around you what state you are in. We can all feel it, or as we might say, it is written on your face.

Your heart is the centre of your being. It beats out the rhythm of your life pretty much like the big drum on the ancient naval vessels, the galleys. In order to make the rowers work efficiently and to turn the whole boat into a well-oiled machine, the drum is the essential instrument. It is the beat that tells everybody on that boat what is happening, both on the bridge and below deck, and what needs to be done. The frequency of the beat (wave-frequency) and the intensity of the sound (wave-magnitude) carries its message way beyond the musical aspect of it. The drum talks in very specific terms and dictates the way of life within the body it beats.

Your heart beats the rhythm of life. Your life. It sends out the command messages to every corner of your being and makes every cell vibrate in harmony in order to establish the most efficient teamwork at each moment in time. When the heart fails, the ship sinks!

That is why you have a heart. It sends out the resonance message, which has been made up from the message coming from your higher level and the message coming from the physical level. Your heart is at any moment in time passing on this overall message to the whole of the system. Without this information the system fails to work as a whole, and will fall in disarray.

Your heart is the heart of your communication system.

November 2005

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Patrick Quanten has been a general practitioner since 1983. The combination of medical insight and extensive studies of Complementary Therapies have opened new perspectives on health care, all of which came to fruition when it blended with Yogic and Ayurvedic principles. Patrick gave up his medical licence in November 2001.
Patrick also holds qualifications in Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathy, Reiki, Ozon Therapy and Thai Massage. He is an expert on Ear Candling and he is also well-read in the field of other hard sciences. His life's work involves finding similarities between the Ancient Knowledge and modern Western science.

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