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Connecting Hearts: Sherry Anshara reveals it's time to look at heart problems and heart disease from a different perspective

Aug 01, 2012 02:13PM ● By Sherry Anshara

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of all ages and backgrounds in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is number one for African Americans, Hispanics and whites and number two (after cancer) for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Asians or Pacific Islanders.

Leading contributors can be the “not-so-good” fast foods, chemicals and toxins that are found in the everyday food or the air we breathe. Everyone must become more conscious about what they are putting into their bodies. It is important to be personally cognitive, but it is also important to realize how heart disease affects the entire family. Heart disease not only impacts the person who is given the diagnosis, but every member of the family, as well.

For example, if it is the father who is ill, the emotional and physical strain on the mother can be overwhelming. She is expected to hold down the fort, overburdened or not. The children, other family members and even friends may also feel helpless in the situation. The fact is it could be anyone who, regardless of age or stage of life, is personally affected by a heart condition. Heart problems are ageless.

Perhaps it is time to look at heart problems and heart disease from a different perspective and consider what could be another factor that contributes to heart issues and disease. Could it be that at the core of heart disease there is an emotional component that cannot be seen using tests and technology? An emotionally broken heart does not show up on an X-ray.

A heart condition could be the literal result of a broken heart that occurred at sometime in the patient’s past. It could have been an intense emotional experience that was so traumatizing it emotionally and physically affected the heart, although it was not evident at the time to what extent.

Abuse, no matter whether it is verbal or physical, affects the body at its deepest core. When a child is deeply hurt or experiences extreme trauma, it is so evident when the child is sobbing from the inner recesses of their chest and heart. The chest heaves so strenuously that the child can hardly breathe. From both a physical and emotional standpoint, the heart is “broken,” and the child goes into an unrecognized shock that is embedded in the body. The shock remains buried in the heart.

Every experience, good or bad, that we have, is recorded in the body as cellular memory. The body “remembers,” while the brain forgets. If emotional and physical traumas continue at various junctures in life, an emotional and physical buildup occurs in the body, sometimes resulting in heart disease. Illness, disease and a broken heart begin at some point in a person’s life that might have been ignored or simply not acknowledged at the time of the incident. Emotions are bottled up in the body, affecting the health and well-being of a person, and the emotional component cannot be denied.

If the person’s weakest area of the body is the heart, heart disease can result. Looking at a person’s family history where heart disease is a risk, emotional traumas of the past and the present times affect the body. When the emotional issues are not recognized and only the normal protocols of treatment are given, the person is challenged in the healing process. The more acknowledgements there are in the body, mind, spirit and heart connection, the faster the healing occurs.

Knowing how experiences shape the health and well-being of the heart, treating each other with loving kindness and compassion and not judging each other will create stronger heart connections and physically healthier hearts. With deeper heart connections, especially within the family, there will be more meaningful and beneficial relationships, with more supportive and loving bonds between parents and children. Healthy, vibrant children make healthy, vibrant adults.

Healthy hearts make healthy lives and healthy lives make significant contributions, both personally and eventually, professionally. Stay in your heart, let go of any hurts or traumas of the past, and you shall have a more fulfilled life.

Sherry Anshara is an author, medical intuitive and founder of the QuantumPathic Center of Consciousness and the QuantumPathic Energy Method, in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-609-0874, email [email protected] or visit

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