Summary of advanced Heart Coherence ("Heart Intelligence")
and Brain Coherence
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Concepts - Diagnostics - Training
for therapists, MD's, trainers, researchers
From "relaxation" to employing your higher resources:
bliss, resourcefulness, inspiration, creativity
self-awareness, mental clarity, discrimination, cognitive power
individual focus, commitment, determination
emotion and emotional coherence
PART I - BASICS
Advanced heart / brain coherence vs. classical
Increase your training goal from simple heart coherence for relaxation,
to employing your higher resources
BALANCE: the fundamental diagram of psycho-physiological coherence
balance related to heart and brain
BALANCE: subjectivity vs. objectivity, linking higher resources to
life style and social interaction
What empowers coherence: activate your base wave in heart and brain
PART II - GUIDELINES FOR HEART AND BRAIN COHERENCE DIAGNOSIS AND TRAINING
PART III - ADVANCED
The self-reinforcing cycle of psycho-physiology - general
The self-reinforcing cycle of psycho-physiology explaining the heart-brain
Psychology in the context of heart - brain coherence: defining archetypes
related to synthetic and systemic balance
PART IV - SUGGESTIONS FOR COGNITIVE TRAINING BASED ON MATRIX PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGY
PART I - BASICS
Advanced heart / brain coherence vs. classical psycho-physiology
Heart / brain coherence analysis is based on a unique and revolutionary
understanding of the GENERIC PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES that
underlie individual experience.
These principles are "SIMPLE" in the sense of not-complex
(like everyday thought and emotional experience) however SUBTLE.
They may psychologically be referred to as supramental or transpersonal,
or generally as pre-mental states. They form the universal resource of
individual experience, whereas their interactions create actual real-life
These principal states or resources are associated with EMPATHY / SYNERGY
on the one side, and COGNITION / INDIVIDUATION on the other. Both
have a subjective and an objective pole, so there are four principal states
Their combined diagram forms the powerful and inexhaustible matrix (or
CAUSAL MATRIX) of individual experience. In other words, it combines
the "empathy" vs. "individuality" principles of physiological
coherence, with the "subjective" vs. "objective" mental
poles, forming four well defined generic principles or pre-mental states.
This psycho-physiological matrix forms the basis of heart and brain coherence
diagnosis and training.
The causal matrix of psycho-physiology has profound implications in different
fields. The possibilities and benefits in diagnostics and training (e.g.
in a therapeutic or training setting) are summarized here.
TRUE HEART AND BRAIN COHERENCE TRAINING PUTS YOU BACK IN TOUCH WITH
THE OPTIMAL, ORIGINAL STATE OF BODY AND MIND - THAT WHICH WAS KNOWN IN
ANCHIENT TRADITIONS, IS NOW MEASURABLE AND SCIENTIFICALLY VERIFYABLE.
your training goal from simple heart coherence for relaxation, to employing
your higher resources
Increased, chaotic or even erratic heart rate is commonly associated with
EMOTIONAL STRESS, i.e. less empathy, less feeling of synergy and
connectedness, feeling of isolation, lack of focus, etc. There is a LACK
OF PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGICAL COHERENCE which on longer terms can also have
negative health effects.
There are DIFFERENT LEVELS of how the balance can be restored,
each with their specific benefits.
Basic psycho-physiological training is based on a regular (MONOTONOUS)
BREATHING technique. Depending on a person's health, the breathing
cycle is directly reflected in the heart rhythm. This is called the RESPIRATORY
SINUS ARRHYTHMIA, or RSA. Benefits of monotonous breathing
- It can improve the RSA strength
(especially when done as baroreflex training), which means improving
- It can improve the sympathetic
vs. parasympathetic balance
- Mostly because regular breathing
in practice means conscious, slow breathing, it has a calming effect
For the latter two effects
one would not necessarily need to measure the RSA, or measure anything
at all. A SIMPLE BREATHING PACER alone would suffice. If a biofeedback
cue is desired for the RSA, that is, if one would improve how well the
heart rate responds the breathing cycle, a blood flow (pletysmographic)
sensor can be used. This sensor only produces the physiological heart
beat intervals, i.e. not the full ECG spectrum, but this is sufficient.
If the monotonous breathing rhythm is viewed as a BASIC BIO-EMPATHIC
WAVE (basis of physiological coherence), then training many such waves
together ultimately means achieving FULL PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGICAL COHERENCE.
This is heart coherence in the full sense of the term. It includes all
wavelengths of the empathic spectrum in a specific harmonic way, and this
is called HARMONIC INCLUSIVENESS, directly related to the PRINCIPAL
PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGICAL RESOURCES. Total Harmonic Inclusiveness is a
bit theoretical, like for example higher aesthetic and spiritual experiences,
i.e. beyond optimal everyday functioning.
Practical advanced coherence training aims at achieving a HEALTHY,
NATURAL AMOUNT OF FULL HEART COHERENCE, among moments of more differentiated
mental states which are also necessary to function normally. The benefits
of advanced heart coherence are:
- It is different than basic
coherence training but incorporates all its benefits
- It helps increasing empathy
(sharing yourself, taking part, etc..) while at the same time strengthening
your individual focus.
- It helps in getting aware
of, getting in touch with, accessing, utilizing and memorizing your
fundamental psycho-physiological states resp. resources; these states
are well defined
- As the higher states refer
to well described targets, it helps create a deeper and stronger foundation
for LASTING BENEFITS than mere relaxation
- Full psycho-physiological
coherence can be supported by effective COGNITIVE TRAINING based
on the same principles.
- From a certain viewpoint,
relaxation training alone may in fact INHIBIT TRUE MENTAL PROGRESS,
i.e. it is only beneficial in reducing emotional stress.
During moments of high coherence,
the heart rate appears "regular". But in this case it is the
result of Harmonic Inclusiveness, not of reduced health or old age. There's
a lot of dynamic power hidden in this apparently regular heart wave. Constant
regular heart rate however is UNNATURAL and very undesirable. It
is certainly not an indication of high coherence - rather is it pseudo-coherence.
Healthy regular heart rate is referred to as Internal Cardiac Coherence
(ICC). From the same point of view, constant monotonous heart rate
fluctuations as in the case of monotonous breathing training are equally
COHERENCE: FULL EMPATHIC SPECTRUM > ACCESS YOUR PRINCIPAL RESOURCES
BASIC COHERENCE: MONOTONOUS WAVE > RELAXATION
VERY LOW COHERENCE > EMOTIONAL STRESS
Regular meditators, depending on their type of practice, may also have
a more regular heart rate, especially during practice. If these persons
are healthy, that is, they otherwise have sufficient RSA strength resp.
heart rate variability (HRV), this can also be considered high psycho-physiological
Measuring advanced heart coherence, that is, Harmonic Inclusiveness, can
be done in two ways:
- Using a pletysmograhic (blood
flow) sensor, plus a very advanced algorithm that is able to detect
the amount of harmonic (fractal) patterning among the wavelengths of
the empathic spectrum. This is a simple hardware, but very complex software
- Using an ECG amplifier to
measure the full electrical spectrum, plus special algorithms to detect
and reward the natural amount of Internal Cardiac Coherence. This is
the principle of the CARDIOGEM.
SYSTEMIC BALANCE: the diagram of fundamental psycho-physiological
Empathy / synergy vs. cognition / individuation are the root cause and
resource of individual experience (..and of all management and leadership
theories, and of all health principles, and of life itself..). It is sometimes
explained as "STS" (Service to Self) vs. "STO"
("Service to Others").
In these resp. areas, psychology is deeply embedded in physiology and
therefore becomes diagnosable.
With respect to advanced heart and brain coherence, this is referred to
as "SYSTEMIC BALANCE", i.e.:
EMPATHY / SYNERGY <---> SYSTEMIC BALANCE <---> COGNITION
The pre-mental states or conditions can be referred to as the systemic
faculties. They are not themselves purely "psychological" in
the normal sense, but are essentially different types of PHYSIOLOGICAL
COHERENCE. It forms the substantial and inspirational resource of
differentiated individual experience.
Psychological complexity i.e. differentiated thoughts and emotions emerge
solely from the interactions resp. balance between these basic physiological
Increasing access to, and benefiting from your basic resources means,
shifting the systemic balance from:
- Empathy vs. individuality
as a DICHOTOMY > "crude" basic life experience; little
empathy and social feeling; emotions but no significant emotional coherence;
"intelligence" in a species sense but individually only plain
behavioral responses, to
- Empathy vs. individuality
being COMPLEMENTARY > social and intellectual capabilities in
normal life to
- Empathy vs. individuality
being AS ONE > esthetics, bliss, intuitional and other higher
The heart and brain are the
physiological locations where:
- psychological states are
- physiological coherence
can be measured
This is obviously no co-incidence,
but nature has been benign indeed to allow this type of direct access
to her innermost workings.
Deeply understanding the principles of systemic balance is a powerful
method to create transparency in a person's psychology, and insight in
how well a person is capable to ACCESS AND UTILIZE THEIR PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGICAL
The physiological principle of these resources (psychologically referred
to as transpersonal or supramental) is "simple" in the sense
of not complex as during differentiated experience, thought and emotion.
Therefore it is relatively easily diagnosable. It is only the real-life
dynamism, interaction and balancing between these states which creates
psycho-physiological differentiation and complexity.
The psychological meaning of empathy resp. cognition, that is, the systemic
balance, is different in relation to the heart resp. the brain.
balance related to heart and brain
The traditional (social) perceptions "heart means empathic"
and "brain means cognitive" ("she follows her heart,
but he's too stuck in his head to even notice it..") are somewhat
dogmatic and biased.
THE HEART IS ALSO COGNITIVE AND THE BRAIN IS ALSO EMPATHIC.
However, the reason the heart is commonly found to be more (socially)
"empathic", is that the HEART BALANCES EMPATHY AND
COGNITION. In other words, there may be less or more coherence, but
either way the psycho-physiology of the heart represents INTRINSIC
SYSTEMIC BALANCE. This is the holistic ("sacred") effect,
the basis of a feeling of IDENTITY.
The reason the brain is found more (socially) "cognitive" is
that it CAN TREAT EMPATHY AND COGNITION INDEPENDENTLY. In
other words, the psycho-physiology of the brain represents INTRINSIC
SYSTEMIC DIFFERENTIATION. This has an autonomic effect, creating the
basis of PERSONALITY.
Thirdly, for the sake of argument one could say that at the abdominal
level, there is neither differentiation nor balance between the systemic
faculties. They are utterly mixed-up, creating a basic existential feeling
and causing instinctual behaviors.
So, it is better to say that, in terms of psycho-physiology or simply
socially, the THE HEART IS HOLISTIC AND THE BRAIN IS AUTONOMIC.
The cognitive function of heart refers to individual focus, commitment,
determination and courage ("Lionheart"). The empathic function
of the brain refers to creating (social etc..) synergy and unity (which
is the ONLY way to truly create something in the first place - all else
is just re-assembling..), i.e. in a social context sharing yourself, creating
team spirit, service mindedness, being inspirational, creating a sense
of purpose, meaning and goal, etc.
Therefore, one can say that heart empathy plus brain cognition tells how
people ARE, while brain empathy plus heart cognition tells how
SYNTHETIC BALANCE: Understanding subjectivity vs. objectivity,
linking higher resources to life style and social interaction
In a psychological sense, "subjectivity " and "objectivity"
are usually understood as resp. "personal interpretation" and
"absolute fact". With respect to advanced psycho-physiological
coherence, subjectivity and objectivity have a broader meaning.
In the context of psycho-physiological coherence, the "subjective"
- "objective" orientation is referred to as the "SYNTHETIC
- OBJECTIVE -
Obviously, "synthetic" here does not mean "artificial"
but "integral", etc.. The evolution from lower developed mind
to higher, is referred to as SUBJECTIVE SYNTHESIS.
Below practical approach is adapted from Robert Dilts, referring
to levels in neuro-linguistic programming (original terms in brackets):
- OBJECTIVE -
The empathic vs. cognitive (i.e. systemic) balance essentially works on
all levels, that is, in all subsequent planes of subjective synthesis.
Generally, GROWTH IN SYNTHESIS = GROWTH IN SOVEREIGNTY = EVOLUTION.
However especially on the levels of "capabilities" and "discrimination",
the systemic balance becomes more obvious with respect to LIFE STYLE
and SOCIAL INTERACTION.
Specifically, heart coherence
diagnosis and training is aimed at restoring and increasing the systemic
balance, building a basis for a healthy, integrated personality. Brain
coherence is aimed at personality itself. I.e. specifically empathic or
cognitive capacities can be evaluated and entrained. When personality
is more developed, the difference between empathic and individualizing
tendencies become more evident. This can have a fundamental impact on
choices and opportunities with respect to life style and social behavior
Combining the psycho-physiology of systemic balance with the mental stages
of synthetic balance or subjective synthesis generates the complete CAUSAL
MATRIX OF PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOCAL COHERENCE:
The Causal Matrix of individual experience
The causal matrix of psycho-physiology, resp. individual experience can
be worked out deeper in terms of psychological characters and their corresponding
mental states. This can be used as a guide for therapists themselves,
and for cognitive training.
What empowers coherence: activate your base wave in heart
Heart: HEART RATE VARIABILITY (HRV). HRV is the result of various
autonomous, hormonal and physiological influences. With respect to coherence,
HRV specifically indicates emotional engagement, i.e. actively taking
part in the various aspects of life. Many years research have shown that
healthy HRV is a longevity predictor.
Important: as long as the HRV power is healthy, its actual power
is not so relevant for systemic balance, in this case, heart coherence.
In case the HRV power is either exceptionally high or low, it overrules
the systemic balance and becomes itself defining for pseudo-incoherence
resp. pseudo-coherence. Whereas "healthy incoherence" has a
purpose in its own right, these HRV-power defined states are not considered
truly psychologically functional anymore:
Brain: "ALPHA WAVE". The alpha frequency peak
(in the range of 7 to 13 Hz) is commonly associated with "mental
idling" which essentially means wakeful relaxation. In other words,
it lies in-between the more complex mental tasks (beta range) and the
generally subconscious (deep concentration, dream, trance, ..) ranges
(delta and theta).
Without HRV, resp. without alpha "there is nothing to become coherent".
Therefore, to be able to do heart resp. brain coherence diagnosis and
training, HRV power resp. alpha power are verified and if needed improved
PART II - GUIDELINES FOR HEART AND BRAIN COHERENCE DIAGNOSIS AND TRAINING
The unique quality of coherence diagnosis and training is that IT TAKES
A PERSON OUT OF ISOLATION - BACK IN TUNE WITH THE SAME COHERENCE PRINCIPLES
OF NATURE AND THE UNIVERSE.
Coherence in psycho-physiology is about REAL LIFE, and one might
even argue that real life is all about coherence.
Common physiological and even psychological parameters are per definition
isolated, in terms of time, space and person, from the rest of the universe.
Psycho-physiological coherence is not a "parameter" - it fully
appreciates the entire person in his or her entire periphery - with the
idea that both are essentially one and the same.
For example blood-pressure or skin-resistance tells something about
a person. PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGICAL COHERENCE IN SOME SENSE "IS"
THE PERSON - IN ALL HIS OR HER ASPECTS.
This means that a therapeutic or (auto) training session should be as
natural, personal and "real-life" as possible. It is not merely
a form of "data-acquisition", but a powerful, holistic help
with diagnosis, to gain insight, create unprecedented transparency and
GET (BACK) IN TOUCH WITH THE NATURAL WISDOM OF BODY AND MIND.
For health professionals, this means that you will use coherence
training highly INTUITIONALLY, and not in the first place analytically.
For clients under supervision,
this means that besides diagnosis and (biofeedback, life style, and /
or psycho-therapy or other) training, you can get professional cognitive
training based on matrix psycho-physiology, to get insight in where you
are, where you want to be and how to get there.
For a private (home) user, typically in a longitudinal auto training
course, you will use the biofeedback in a same way. There's nothing you
need to do actively. Let it accompany you and GUIDE you. Your subconscious
mind has the wisdom to know what it going on and how to respond. It is
just the same as feeling the rush of attraction in nature, or in "sacred
geometry", or in the night sky. That's obviously why it is called
"sacred" in the first place..! Everything we perceive as
beautiful, good and profound is based on the same geometric principles
of creation as psycho-physiological coherence. It is not an academic
or clinical thing - IT HELPS YOU REMEMBER HOW IT FELT TO BE WHOLE.
Obviously, the best use of heart / brain coherence diagnostics and training
is supervised auto training, combined with cognitive training with professional
evaluation and advise.
A FEW SHORTHAND GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:
- Familiarize yourself
with the backgrounds and be open to a new, holistic yet measurable approach
to individual experience aimed at improving life style and social interaction.
- Familiarize yourself
with the equipment and software, and evaluate results while first doing
sessions with yourself and people you know well. This is sure to be
a great learning experience.
- Work with your client
on a one-to-one basis, meaning explaining what you do, why you do it
and evaluating the experience together.
- Work intuitionally in
the first place - only then analytically.
- Be equally "cognitive
AND empathic" as psycho-physiological coherence itself is.
- Especially for evaluation
and life style etc. advice, and cognitive training, familiarize yourself
with the advanced topics (below).
- Ask advice on how to
implement heart and brain coherence diagnosis and training in your own
practice, or to enhance and deepen your personal method.
III - ADVANCED
The self-reinforcing cycle of psycho-physiology - general
A person's (and verily every living entity's) empathic vs. cognitive capabilities
(systemic balance) are obviously correlated. This relation is not coincidental
but very specific and forms the basis of the mental process, which is
verily, the mind.
In other words, the PHYSIOLOGICAL or systemic states (of coherence) are
MENTALLY correlated. Thus it can be said that mental expression / individual
experience is the continuous effort of CONNECTING AND ADUSTING THE
COMPLEMENTARY SYSTEMIC STATES.
This is in fact logical, with the understanding that the mental correlations
in this context are well defined.
Every type of mental expression is a projection from SUBJECTIVE TO
OBJECTIVE. Therefore, in a general sense:
- the empathic subjective
projects / results in the cognitive objective (expression of intelligence
- this is how people ACT) and
- the cognitive subjective
projects / results in the empathic objective (expression of emotion
- this is how people ARE)
This unique "cross-linked"
and cyclic approach was given by the Indian philosopher and social revolutionary
P.R. Sarkar, in a series of discourses in 1987.
cycle of psycho-physiology
It is important to understand that emotion is always a personal expression,
whereas intelligence is a rather universal quality. For example a chimpanzee
is obviously more intelligent than a rabbit. Both animals however are
basically guided by the same emotions. Only, a chimp has a higher level
of emotional integration, that is, emotional coherence. This is not an
individual, but a universal quality. In effect, the chimp seems itself
more intelligent, but this is universal (evolutionary, ecological, environmental)
intelligence, expressing through individual emotional responses. Thought
is nothing but coherent emotion and sensory-motoric (perceptual) skills
are its most basic form. On the human level it is essentially the same,
only there is in most cases a much higher level of subjective synthesis.
Cognitive or analytical skills and knowledge alone are not a definition
of intelligence. Cognition or knowledge cannot conceptualize or create
anything, it can only discern things which are already conceptualized
or created. Intelligence in the true sense is as much an empathic as a
cognitive capacity. Only together they make the mind advance on the path
of evolution, that is, achieve higher levels of subjectivity.
Therefore we should not cultivate any ego about being intelligent - intelligence
is not ours, it is not something we can gather or store or possess. It
is a universal quality, based more on connectedness than on distinction.
But we may feel good about having the state of mind that allows us to
share ourselves with that universal wave. This in itself is in fact a
far more effortless and therefore truly intelligent approach.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert
Einstein, collected quotes.
The self-reinforcing cycle of psycho-physiology explaining
the heart-brain connection
The (psycho-) physiological states referred to as "empathy / synergy"
vs. "cognition / individuation" (systemic faculties) are somewhat
simplified and do not exclusively apply to the heart or brain.
For the heart as well as for the brain within itself, the complete self-reinforcing
However, the best approach is to apply the psycho-physiological cycle
to the COMBINED HEART AND BRAIN. This profoundly explains the long
sought for TRUE HEART BRAIN CONNECTION.
Evolutionary, we had a functioning heart before we had a brain. Mentally
or psychologically, evolution is a process of SUBJECTIVE SYNTHESIS.
That is, ever new planes of subjectivity are discovered and integrated.
This process of subjective synthesis has various physiological counterparts.
That is, evolutionary it is the universal attractor that creates biology
(specifically the glandular and peripheral and central nervous systems).
At the same time, subjective synthesis is reflected in achieving coherent
states of heart and brain.
In evolutionary terms as well as psychologically, the heart's psycho-physiology
constitutes the (relative) objective counterpart of individual experience,
and the brain the subjective counterpart.
Only within this extended physiological frame of HEART PLUS BRAIN,
the causal matrix of individual experience gets its full significance:
(bliss) feeds heart-cognitive (determination, commitment,
a goal based on an inspired vision
Brain-cognitive (self-awareness) guides heart-cognitive (determination
pursuing your goal i.e. through developing cognitive capabilities
Brain-cognitive (self-awareness) feeds heart-empathic (emotion)
into your physical and psychic environment
Brain-empathic (bliss) guides heart-empathic (emotion)
your emotions to be sorted out and get balanced, to grow in empathy
This means that heart and brain are psychologically as well as mentally
intimately connected. With regard to full-grown, mature psychology, the
heart and brain can only theoretically be separated.
Systemically, the brain guides the heart cognitively through the
RIGHT VAGUS NERVE (controlling regular rhythm through the sinoatrial
node) and guides the heart empathically through the LEFT VAGUS NERVE
(controlling HRV through the atrioventricular node). The vagus is one
of the main parasympathetic nerves of the Autonomous Nervous
System (ANS). The parasympathetic system is (evolutionary) a more
developed function, compared to the sympathetic system, in the sense that
IT ALLOWS HIGHER MENTAL FUNCTIONS TO "TRICKLE DOWN" TO THE
The left and right vagus functions with respect to heart / brain coherence
are not fundamentally different than in the classical explanation, however
the coherence aspects are emphasized. One could say there is a different
Synthetically, the heart-brain connection is facilitated by the
sympathetic nerves of the ANS. This is evolutionary a basic function,
just creating speed of the heart. It is referred to as a synthetic connection,
because the sheer activation of the heart forms the objective basis of
all (higher) heart-brain psycho-physiology, without being specified otherwise.
Yet, in the context of heart-brain coherence, the sympathetic activation
does not only imply basic emotional response. It definitely also implies
EVOLUTIONARY AND ECOLOGICAL INTELLIGENCE. This can ideally be understood
as the bliss of authentically being part of the great natural world. In
other words, ideally the natural environment and local ecosystem imparts
evolutionary intelligence into each and every living being, which is reflected
in its HRV waves. This is the "great wave of life"!
Riding that great wave of life marks the difference between "living
in a zoo" or "living in the wild". It is also the basis
of healthy HRV.
Heart - brain connection in the cycle of psycho-physiology.
Note although the Vagus controls the heart, in an evolutionary
sense the arrows point toward the brain as attractor.
Side note: although in terms of healthy psycho-physiology the brain is
facilitator (of mental projection) AND controller (of heart
coherence), biologically as well as psychologically within its own field,
the heart can more or less do without the brain. But not the way around.
In other words, there is no way how a healthy "brain-psychology"
can develop without a natural heart, because it will have no objective
basis and feedback. Despite functioning senso-motoric organs it will never
feel that the world is real and therefore meaningful. This is why in mystical
terms, the heart is considered sacred and the seat of ensoulment. For
it is the heart and not the brain that makes the world and others real.
Psychology in the context of heart - brain coherence: defining
archetypes related to synthetic and systemic balance
The four pre-mental states together forming the Causal Matrix of individual
experience are psychologically viewed as "supramental" or "transpersonal",
or in a general sense as "pre-mental". In other words these
primary states all by themselves do not define a person's character and
personality - they are the same for everybody.
Psychologically, a person is formed through birth as well as social and
The Dutch neuroscientist Dr. Swaab went as far as to state "You
are your brain" (this is his book title). This is obviously
based on lab conditions, as it denies the practical reality and usually
longitudinal process of subjective synthesis. We possess the capacity
of discrimination (Yogic "viveka") which means that we are also
guided and attracted by higher intelligence. In real life, we ideally
learn to nurture positive impulses and ignore negative, and that is what
makes us grow.
We can also learn from Robert Dilts' categories that human psychology
comprises more than just behavioral patterns. Our (potential) intelligence
is not merely embedded in our heart and brain, it is also implied in our
environment. The phase of mental progress from the levels of behavior
and capabilities, to discrimination is typically a phase of coping with
morality. This is the working field of a healthy society and of standard
religion. But from the level of true discrimination and beyond, it is
intuitional science - it is not a belief system.
Question: should the objective pre-mental states (emotion
/ emotional coherence and individual focus / determination) be considered
"supramental" or "transpersonal"?
Answer: from a systemic point of view, yes. From a progressive
point of view (subjective synthesis), terms like "supra" etc.
imply the subjective level. I.e. increasing subjectivity is "the
place we go to", whereas the objective level is "the
place we came from". The Causal Matrix of individual experience,
resp. of heart-brain coherence, is a systemic-synthetic approach. It is
used progressively, but it is not intrinsically progressive. Therefore,
with respect to heart brain coherence, the pre-mental objective states
are also considered "supramental", however are appreciated as
a basis, not as a goal.
As the heart's psycho-physiology refers to the objective part of individual
experience, heart coherence training is essentially about building a basis.
That is, building the fundament of an increasingly coherent and integrated
identity. Brain coherence is related to subjective experience and
is aimed at building an increasingly coherent personality:
Brain Coherence > Personality
Heart Coherence > Identity
- OBJECTIVE -
In the context of heart - brain coherence, a person's psychology is defined
in terms of synthetic balance (i.e. subjective - objective) plus systemic
balance (i.e. empathic - cognitive). In the "STO vs. STS" systemic
line of thinking, the synthetic orientation could be referred to as "Service
to the physical existence" vs. "Service to Spirit, or to God"
(that is, "STE" - "STG"). The following socio-psychological
archetypes related to the Causal Matrix of experience are proposed:
Matrix of socio-psychological archetypes
These archetypes should of
course be taken quote-to-quote and with caution. They are meant explanatory
or as trends and open to discussion. Heart / brain coherence is empathically
not about putting labels. Extreme characters could be understood as to
totally ignore or lacking the traits of all others, and especially opposites.
In the socio-psychological matrix, compare opposites, especially the cross-opposites,
and see how different character types evolve along the line of subjective
Each mental state has its unavoidable
counterpart, however the polarization becomes ever less fierce along the
lines of progress (synthesis). Below, in the greater context, the Matrix
applied to society resp. civilization as a whole.
IV - SUGGESTIONS FOR COGNITIVE TRAINING BASED ON MATRIX PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGY
The matrix of psychological archetypes and their typical mental states,
based on systemic and synthetic balance can be used with cognitive training.
The suggested approach is: "where are you, where could you be,
where do you want to be, how can you get there, what choices and challenges
can you expect?".
The synthetic scale (vertical) is indexed to indicate the amount of coherence.
The systemic scale is primarily related to differentiation due to brain
psycho-physiology, i.e. personality.
Thus the different character types, their mental states and changes can
easily be indexed. This is a new subject, further developments can be
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