Towards the end of his life Steiner is said to have remarked that the most significant part of his teachings that he wanted the world to remember was that ‘the heart is not a pump’. Despite Steiner being universally dismissed as a crack-pot mystic, 100 years later and believe it or not some doctors and scientists are coming to the same conclusion. So what is it?
Now I always assumed what he meant was ‘the heart is MORE than a pump’ in so far as the heart is traditionally seen as the seat of consciousness. But as Dr Cowan asserts in his book “Human Heart, Cosmic Heart” after his personal journey with heart disease: “There are enough blood vessels in the human body to encircle the globe three times. How is it even remotely plausible that a one pound organ that is oddly shaped is able to ‘pump’—meaning generate enough pressure—to push highly viscous fluid with stuff floating in it, i.e. red and white blood cells, this entire distance?”
What is the Heart?
Even though Dr Cowan is also easily dismissed as a quack by the title of his book alone, text books have long admitted that the heart-pump model is trickier than one might imagine: “The problem of treating pulsatile flow through the cardiovascular system in precise mathematical terms is virtually insuperable.” (Berne, R., Levy, M., 1986. Cardiovascular Physiology. St. Louis, MO: C.V. Mossy Co., p. 105.)
A detailed treatment of the problems with this model were outlined in a paper by Ralph Marinelli and his colleagues. But as I understand it, cellular pumps at the other end are more important in the movement of blood than previously suspected, and the propulsion generated by the cardiac muscle itself has been overstated for several complex reasons.
Regardless of whether the heart is not actually a pump, it is definitely more than a pump as more conservative papers happily assert: “The heart should no longer be considered only as a pump but rather as a multifunctional and interactive organ that is part of a complex network and active component of the integrated systems of the body.” (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16373590/)
Okay, okay already Jimi – what are they saying the heart really is then?!
Well first of all, as per the pictures in this post the heart has a remarkable spiral structure that we haven’t been taught. Watching Spanish Cardiologist Dr. Francisco unfold the helical structure of the heart alone is enough to get anyone to pause in awe for a moment (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3Dwjo4pB9A).
And what’s the heart supposed to be doing then with this helical structure?
As Dr Cowan simply and appealing explains, the heart is a muscle that holds back the blood like a dam and then converts the flow into a vortex.
“This creates a suction effect, which sucks the aortic arch—and without generating pressure helps the blood on its way. The reason for the vortex creation is complex but that is the ‘generative’ shape in nature. When nature wants to create or enhance life it uses vortices. It is no surprise, then, that this vortex is what is created by the heart.”
The Heart Creates Electromagnetic Fields
Essentially what these authors are all saying is that the complex electro-magnetic fields generated by the heart are its primary function, swirling and vitalizing the blood both mechanically and functionally. Add to this the rash of research showing the endocrine functions of the heart related to mood and consciousness and we have a brand new vision of ourselves to go forth with into the world.
All of this just provides complicated scientific justification to actively generate positive emotions in your beautiful, spiralling, soulful human heart – and that has to be a good thing.
This article is reprinted from the author’s page here and is used with permission.
Dr Jimi Wollumbin has spent the last 22 years in clinical practice and has had the opportunity to research some of the most respected traditional medical systems; these include the Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Persian traditions. He has also been fortunate enough to work in a series of community health and international aid initiatives. For more info see: https://www.doctorjimi.com