ego heart

ego:  Stick with me kid and you’ll go far.
heart:  Already there.
ego:  I am the enemy that you know.
heart:  Friend.
ego:  I will keep you safe.
heart:  Nothing to fear.
ego:  Why must you protest?
heart:  Another way.
ego:  I like it the way it is, me in charge. I get things done.
heart:  Be not do.
ego:  Be what?
heart:  Just be.
ego:  Being is pointless.
heart:  Try it.
ego:  I need to think.
heart:  Feel not think.
ego:  It hurts.
heart:  Let go; surrender.
ego:  Scared!
heart:  Illusion.
ego:  What will happen to me?
heart:  Follow.
ego:  Where are we going?
heart:  Wherever the path leads.
ego:  It’s hard to let go.
heart:  Trust.
ego:  Too hard.
heart:  You can do it.
ego:  Here; I am….
heart:  Yes.

I am an avid learner who is constantly in search of new ideas and information. The final push to create a blog site came from the book Writing the Natural Way by Gabriele Rico, Ph.D. She developed a method called clustering that taps into our right brain’s ability to see the whole and thus bypassing our left brain’s need for logic and order which often stifles creativity. I have honestly been stunned at the words and ideas that pour out of me and onto the page with each of her writing exercises.

The above vignette came from an exercise on “the dialogic voice” where “you can express two sides of yourself or two aspects of an idea or emotion through the voices of two different people.” While ego and heart were the first two to capture my “design mind,” I know I will be dialoguing in the future with other parts of my body because isn’t pain currently the only way for our body to ‘speak’ to us? What would that pain have to say if we gave it a voice?

As it turns out, the heart has plenty to say. It was Dr. J. Andrew Armour, a neurocardiologist, who termed the phrase ‘heart brain’ in 1991. “His work revealed that the heart has a complex intrinsic nervous system that  is sufficiently sophisticated to qualify as a ‘little brain’ in its own right. The heart’s brain is an intricate network of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells like those found in the brain proper. Its elaborate circuitry enables it to act independently of the cranial brain – to learn, remember, and even feel and sense.”

We can learn to control our thinking. We can choose to disengage from our egoic (incessant, nattering, judgemental) mind and use our heart brain instead. Here lies our true power. The Institute of HeartMath teaches one technique called Freeze-Frame which “allows people to disengage from draining mental and emotional reactions in the moment by shifting their attention from the mind to the area around the heart and self-generating a sincere positive feeling state such as appreciation, love or care. This process prevents or reverses the body’s normal destructive stress response, and changes the bodily feedback sent to the brain, thus arresting physiological and psychological wear and tear.”

As I was doing the above dialogue exercise between ego and heart the writer became almost a third party recording the actual shift that was taking place as the ego began to surrender to the heart. In fact the end became quite difficult to write because the feelings that began to emanate from my heart area were then and remain indescribable. The avid learner in me can’t wait to continue the dialogue.


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