In every culture, various organs of the human body are endowed with special powers. Many schools of medicine base diagnosis and therapy on the state of the principal organs. Equilibrium is achieved by manipulating those organs. Literature frequently mentions the heart. The pump. The heart is the universal symbol of life. It is controlled by the autonomic nervous system and does not require our conscious thought in order to function. We distinguish our species from other similar animals. We are homo sapiens. Thinking man. We are very proud of this. If our brain is damaged, we cease to function at our full potential. However, our body can remain alive after our capacity to reason has ceased. The brain is a computer and constantly adapts to the environment. With each subsequent generation, the brain is improved. This ensures our survival. The heart is very different. It has worked perfectly, without any big adaptations, for a very long time. Now we take this discussion into the spiritual realm. Much of our spiritual understanding depends upon our beliefs. Why? Because it is intangible. Our brain uses the five physical senses to acquire data and this is a handicap. Why? Because the information comes from the physical realm. In the same way that a sightless person increases their power of hearing, our hearts have developed spiritual counterparts of our physical sensory organs. Our physical senses can be easily impaired or manipulated. With this imperfect data, we try to understand the world. Our five physical senses constantly misinform. This is the cause of many of our problems. Our hearts are superior sensory organs, but we must utilize all parts of our being. We cannot harvest much from life, if we use only our hearts and not our brains. The two of them must be used in concert. Our hearts are always worthy of our trust. Our brain is only a computer and has veto power over our heart. This is our freedom. Because our heart can perceive the truth, our character is defined by the choices we make. Freedom is often difficult. It is a walk through a fire. If we begin to make small choices, we make ourselves ready for the important choices to come. Fire can destroy or harden a piece of wood. I think of a king. King Brain. His advisers are the Physical Senses and the Heart. If the king bases his decisions on faulty advice, he is a bad king. If he bases his decisions on truth, he is a noble king. The heart confers nobility to the brain and maintains dignity in life.
Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.