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Heart knowledge has evolved over time rather slowly and often has forgotten what the ancients already understood about the function and nature of the human heart. Modern science is only slightly further along in a comprehensive understanding of the cosmic significance of the human heart and its nature as a supersensible organ of perception.
The ancients had the advantage of being clairvoyant and could “see” what was actually happening in the heart. They used archaic images and descriptions of heart functions and pointed at mysteries concerning the ultimate nature of the heart.
They placed the heart above all else in the grand picture of human evolution. Following this path through history is quite instructive and demonstrates that the ancients may have used poetic language to describe the heart, but their insights were just as useful now as they were then.
In 1920 a Scottish writer Daivd Lindsay wrote a book ‘Voyage to Arcturus’ that became the central influence on C. S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy and through him on J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s a book that Douglas highly recommends.
This mystery of the heart is little known and even less understood. Dr. Rudolf Steiner was very keen on this idea and believed that the evolution of the heart was a key factor in the overall development of humanity. The significance of this heart evolution is critical to expand human awareness and consciousness of the inside and outside world of the individual. As humans expand beyond the awareness of the inner world of the human body, a larger, more universal perspective must arise in a new form.
Only when one is able to understand the world through twelve perfectly valid, but different, World Views, is the individual able to become a universal citizen of the cosmos. Broadening and expanding human consciousness to encompass the entire world of the stars that ray in from the twelve cosmic directions opens the heart to the new shape it will become as the heart develops into a greater and greater sense organ of the entire universe.
Douglas has selected passages on the heart from Rudolf Steiner’s immense library of wisdom. This is Chapter Five of the online book ‘The Human Heart is a Supersensible Organ of Perception’.
In Chapter Four of Douglas Gabriel’s book on the human heart, we examine the thought of great thinkers about the nature of the heart.
According to Rudolf Steiner, it is important that mankind creates a spiritual compensation, a counterweight to the past, when the heart was a God-given, a God-protected organ. Human beings must connect the separated etheric heart to the spiritual world through a transformed thinking and feeling life. In our age they need to find a new Michaelic (Archangel Michael) path on which they search for the truth, then they will find the right way to this cosmically created third etheric heart.
This new spiritual and dynamic path gives man the possibility to structure his etheric heart organ as a sense organ ever more in the greatest possible diversity.
The heart is an amazing organ. As it opens, you will begin to perceive a world that you never knew was around you. Like a person who might be given sight or hearing for the first time and sees and hears things never experienced; those sights and sounds were always there, but the person didn’t have the proper organ of perception.
This chapter of Douglas Gabriel’s book – The Human Heart is a Supersensible Organ of Perception – you will learn about the amazing fire in the heart that keeps it working – both at the physical level, as well as the spiritual.
Learn how suffering opens the heart to spiritual insight and learn about the “cube” around the heart that the ancients saw as a fiery box that fell from heaven to Earth.
Learn to eat and live optimally by knowing what blood type you are and the best food and exercise for that type.
Douglas Gabriel has written a book on the heart, entitled The Human Heart is a Supersensible Organ of Perception. In this next section of the book, you will learn about the chambers of the heart and the secrets they hold for your personal ascension.
It is only recently that the intelligence system of the heart was discovered. The heart is not a pumping machine. It is an intelligence system. It is the most intelligent system of all our brains, with its own receptors, its own electromagnetic force, from 45 to 70 times more powerful than the brains of the neocortex, and the only force capable of changing our own DNA.
It can turn the mortal into immortal, glial cells into heart cells, mortal center into immortal walls in any cell.
It is, in fact, the heart that turns each one of us from dying cells into living cells. No one of us is human until the heart beats. And vice-versa, that first beat of the heart is what makes us human.