What is exactly the "mind" and what is exactly the "heart"? For me mind is termed the logic and what is right for the many. Heart is your feelings and what personally makes you feel good or happy inside regardless of the opinion of others.

Me, I often follow my mind but I get hurt eventually.

In your personal opinion regarding general decision-making, what do you often choose? following Mind over following heart or following heart over following mind? Can you explain your answer?

asked 04 Mar '11, 13:44

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Angelfire 1

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Feelings and senses or logic and reason, one's way of lies, the other of treason. To overcome chains with which their calling beckons, is to turn all your years, months and days into mere seconds

(07 Jan '13, 07:03) CalonLan
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Beyond the metaphorical/romantic perspectives, there is, in my view, a fairly concrete answer to this.

The Mind is the sifter and controller of the limited 3D physical perspective we have all chosen to experience.

The Heart is the portal to the true, infinite, multi-dimensional beings we really are.

Without the Mind, we could not play the game of experiencing physical reality (and the insights it brings us) because we would keep remembering our unlimited natures and that would negate the value inherent in experiencing a tightly-focused limited perspective.

It's a bit like knowing how a magic trick is done...the fun of it is when you don't know how it is done. After the secret of it is revealed, it's all a bit boring and you are looking for another one :)

The Mind, therefore, is a necessary instrument to create the game-board of physical life onto which we all choose to collectively project and play.

Which to use? ...

  • When you want to play the "game" (of physical reality), focus through your Mind.

  • When you want to remember who you really are again (for a while), focus through your Heart.


answered 05 Mar '11, 00:00

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Awesome statement Stingray

(05 Mar '11, 01:41) you

Very nice answer Stingray!

(05 Mar '11, 06:41) Angelfire 1

sorry stingray to have told you the magic trick.smile.

(06 Jan '13, 08:46) white tiger

"When you want to remember who you really are again (for a while), focus through your Heart" Love it!

(05 Mar '13, 09:57) ele

pretty good @stingray, but what if i tell you that even in your infinite self you still need to progress and that is the reason you come in this 3 d world to experience linear time and grow in awareness and understanding of truth. even above in the kingdom of light only the father have the awareness and understanding of the truth of all that is from the beguinning to the end.And the children are still growing to reach that perfection.And even now as we speak the holy father is still growing.

(06 Mar '13, 08:42) white tiger
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What is exactly the "mind" and what is exactly the "heart"?


Our heart is the center of our emotions and it knows what’s in store for us in future. If we choose to follow the feelings which truly feel good to us, we’ll never go wrong. Our heart or our center is the true reliable guide in our life and if followed will lead us to all good things :)

At any point in our journey where we decide to and choose to follow our heart, we may not necessarily consciously know that following our feelings at this time will result in what’s best for us in our future, but our heart always knows. Thus when we have faith, believe in and trust our feelings it’s impossible for us to go wrong.

For greater clarity on our emotional guidance system, check out Abraham’s
‘The Astonishing Power of Emotions’

Physical Mind

Our physical mind is the perceiver of our experience of life on Earth. Our mind is a recorder of past experience and it retains that information as memory that it instantly (faster than any computer) recalls to protect our body or being from harm in this physical environment. Our physical mind is a tool that we (our total being) use during our experience in physicality.

Our physical mind cannot see the future as its function is to perceive the now and record the past. When we demand and rely upon our physical mind to navigate into our future, we unconsciously burden it to do a job it was not designed to do. Thus we tax our physical mind and this causes stress throughout our being. Memory is knowledge. All knowledge, by its very nature is from the past. Thus knowledge is always limited.

In short: our heart is unlimited whereas our physical mind is limited.

The Rational Ego-Self Personality Construct of the Physical Mind

Through our past conditioning we’ve been led to believe, and so we believe that our rational mind is in control. Not understanding the different functions of our heart and mind, an error in understanding, is the primary cause of our woes here on Earth.

While we may believe that our personality structure or ego-self is something bad that we need to get rid of; in my view this understanding is flawed. Our ego-self is comprised of memories from our past. If we rely upon and grant our ego-self power that it was not designed to wield and doesn’t know how to handle, we render it lost and out of control.

Of and by itself and in its natural state our ego-self is not bad. It’s a tool to be used by us but has become a virtual, fictitious illusional personality construct that controls us. By observing our mind we become aware of its activity and behavior, and can then choose to laugh at and love it, thereby removing the power that we ourselves have unconsciously granted to it.

While there are countless programs that assure us of an awakening if we’ll only follow the 3 steps, 7 steps or 21 steps etcetera; I say there’s only one step needed - awareness of the action of our mind. This step naturally leads us to anything else we need to know or to anywhere else we need to be. Thus the first step is the only step.

Between “Mind over heart” and “Heart over mind”? What will you choose and why?

For best results know your physical mind and then release the burden of navigating into the future from it. In other words release all control and the reliance upon fixed states of thought to get to the future you desire. We don’t consciously know what’s in store for us, but our heart always does. Therefore, when we follow our feelings we are on track for a wonderful future.

Releasing all burdens from our physical mind enables it to function as it was designed to and in a stress free manner. Being free of stress and functioning as it was designed to, our physical mind naturally fulfills its role as an advisor to self and no longer tries to control everything.

So really it’s not necessary to choose either of the choices you propose, because our physical minds and hearts should and will function as integrated, harmonious units if we choose to allow them to. And once we’ve made that choice each will function and serve us as they are designed to.

Operating from an integrated state allows us to always follow the path with heart while listening to the advice of our physical mind along the way :)


answered 05 Mar '11, 05:55

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@ Eddie I like your answer very much :)

(05 Mar '11, 06:31) Angelfire 1

Thanks Angelfire :)

(05 Mar '11, 08:42) Eddie

Brilliant answer Eddie :)

(05 Mar '11, 12:55) Michaela

Thanks Michaela :)

(05 Mar '11, 13:37) Eddie

I love reading Eddie!

(05 Mar '13, 09:56) ele
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For me, following my heart over my mind has always worked for me even when at that particular moment it didn't seem the wisest thing to do. Each time I followed my mind over my heart I paid a great price for it even though at that particular time seemed the most logical answer.

I'll give a small example. There was a time when I was financially very poor and lived hand to mouth with my children while my husband worked far away from us. My younger sister who had problems with drug addictions/mental illness/men issues needed a place to stay after finishing a rehab program. Logically, based on her history, I should have kept her as far away from my children as possible and thus ignored her need after all no one else wanted to deal with her drama. However, my heart couldn't permit me to do that. I opened my home for her and gave her our bed while I slept on the floor with my two youngest daughters. Having her in our home with my children made us realize how much we all love and need each other. We all have something to offer and the concept of the bad apple is not valid.

Whenever in doubt, just follow your heart. Thank you, namaste


answered 04 Mar '11, 15:34

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I like to follow chance, coincidence, the road less travel.Leap in to the unknown. Doesn't mean that I always do.
Always fun to have that option. Take a walk in the rain without your umbrella....(better in summer rain ;) ).
Sure we can go bungee jumping this weekend.How logical is that?
Whats a journey if it's not fun .A commute.
I'd rather have a journey through life than a commute.
(Wow I like that one.)


answered 04 Mar '11, 15:09

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and me too!

(05 Mar '13, 09:39) ele

@ursixx - thought it was a fitting thread for a heartfelt thank you for all your 'appreciation' & kind words last night. Thanks for the best answer on the other ? - guess blu was out of the running - lol. Let's Jump!

(06 Mar '13, 06:21) ele

@ele the "appreciation" is mutual :D

(06 Mar '13, 06:46) ursixx
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In the Name of Allah, The Most Compassionate Most Merciful.

The heart is the centre of emotional intelligence.


answered 05 Jan '13, 16:14

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There over 40,000 neurons in the heart or in other words, there are cells in the heart that are communicating with the brain. While the brain sends messages to the heart, the heart also sends messages to the brain. The brain receives signals from the heart through the brains amygdala, thalamus & cortex. The amygdala relates to emotions, while the cortex relates to learning & reasoning. So you could say the heart is the center of emotional intelligence. (It was on my to do list of ? & A)

(05 Mar '13, 09:35) ele

When I saw your answer earlier this year, I recalled a book by Hamza Yusuf; who is considered the West's most influential Islamic Scholar. I thought perhaps it was the reason for you stating "the heart is the center of emotional intelligence." What I posted came from his book. This well known Religious leader supports his statement by mentioning research done by 2 physiologists back in the 1970's as well as ongoing research. I was very interested when I read this; so much so, (cont)

(06 Mar '13, 06:11) ele

(cont) so much so, I did a bit of research. Seems there is No science to back this claim up. hmmm... food for thought?

(06 Mar '13, 06:12) ele
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No because you are confusing your heart with your gut. That is why it is called gut instincts.

Example: you are about to make a merger and all the facts pan out. This looks like the deal of a lifetime! You stand to make a huge profit because the company that wants to merger is one of the best.

But your gut instincts says NO! You do not know why but it does say no. You decide to go with the facts and forget your gut feelings. Three months down the road the company you merged with goes out of business and pulls your company down into oblivion with it. They were trying a last ditch effort to save the company by merging with your company. It didn't work and cost your company to boot.

Had you have said "no" you and your company would be king of the market right now since your biggest competitor went out of business. However you choose to go against your gut so now you are both out.

Weigh the facts but trust your gut. By the same token do not do something just because you feel like it, back it up with facts first then trust your gut.


answered 07 Jan '13, 15:27

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Wade Casaldi

edited 07 Jan '13, 15:34

@ele what lengthy explanation?

(09 Mar '13, 01:53) Wade Casaldi

@Wade Casaldi - I don't follow? I don't understand your question at all. Please enlighten me?

(09 Mar '13, 02:20) ele

@ele as you said I asked you on the wrong thread. lol

(10 Mar '13, 17:18) Wade Casaldi

@Wade Casaldi What can I say? Like attracts like or it could be contagious & we need to be quarantined before it infects the entire site.. They say both puzzles & mazes are very good activities to keep the brain young. Thanks for the puzzle & the maze, dear Wade. It makes me laugh. Was fun.

(10 Mar '13, 19:08) ele
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both the mind and the heart have their logic and both of them are you in equal mesure. then why would you ask what to choose and why? could it be that you have a division in you between your heart and mind? then why do you not solve that division in truth? also is it the heart and mind of the water? or the heart and mind of the light? or did you not solve that division yet so the water and light become one? i am not a divider am i? if you drink the water from my mouth that water will become a everlasting spring in you. if you are ready to strive to enter the narrow gate,you will need to strive for over 40 days,you should meditate be aware make thine eyes with focus and concentration, lift the stone and properly split that pieces of wood.make the water pure and calm until you see the light on the water let the light that you are guide you in all truth. until all division are solved. then the water and the light will become one and you will have life giving water to everlasting life. so let there be light,Be the light that you can be,experience and enjoy.

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solve your duality in truth. then there is no more division.

The Tiger - a poem by William Blake

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


answered 05 Jan '13, 21:46

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white tiger

edited 06 Mar '13, 08:49

Zebras, Butterflies...

(06 Mar '13, 06:22) ele

I found an interesting answer to this question here and hence thought of sharing it here. What should one go with when deciding between mind and heart.



answered 05 Jan '13, 12:21

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