Deceitful Heart : Jeremiah 17:9-10
Jessie Hodge “My Trampled Heart”
By Lance Howard
Jeremiah 17: 9-10 THV Version
9) The heart is the innermost core of self-existence and the seat of deep, primordial consciousness and intelligence, the bridge between mind and body, wave and particle, “heaven” and “earth” existence. The heart gives rise to your greatest hopes, dreams, strengths, and emotions. The heart is certainly trampled, swollen, and wounded by the injurious events a person must endure in this life. In it’s easily dis-eased nature, frail and feeble, the heart is the place from which the person acts desperately and harmfully. The true sense of self is covered and manipulated by pain and ensuing fear. It is utterly difficult to truly understand and become acquainted with the sickness of the heart and how it plagues the thoughts, perceptions, emotions, actions, and habits that flow from it.
10) I AM the Great “I AM”, Self of selves, Heart of hearts, The I in “I”, and I intimately examine the inmost mind, desires, and affections of the person. I AM well acquainted with the entangled roots of their deep-seated pains, struggles, and entangling knots that choke their way of thinking, perceiving, and expressing (living/existing). I investigate what has been planted within, imprinted upon the person's heart. I, The Field of Creative-Life, reflect back to you your own way of existing- thinking, emoting, feeling and acting. The conditions of your life are the time-released results and harvest of your own repetitive emotions and actions.
I want to start with the curious word in verse 10, “reins”, which comes from an ancient Hebrew word that can be translated as “kidney”. Ancient cultures of the East believed the organs were energy centers in which energy is stored and flows. It was their understanding that we must balance emotions (energy in motion) so they do not become extreme, while cultivating healthy energy and weeding out negativity and fear which grow like weeds, faster than the flower.
The relationship between the heart and kidney is mysterious yet vital. The kidney is said to be the organ most damaged by stress and has been considered as “innermost” as the heart. The connection between mental-emotional and physical health cannot be ignored.
The good news is: The Great “I AM” is Self of yourself, Heart of your heart, Intelligence and Wisdom of your intelligence and wisdom. That means you have access to the information of your existence and through concentration, a simple practice of inner-focus and awareness, you can access the knowledge of your own rooted torment, dis-ease, and lack of peace. You can also access the Reality of who you Are. You are part of and one with The I AM; not separate, not sufficient without. The I AM is Consciousness of your consciousness. The True I behind your “I”- as magical as the homophone itself. To ignore or be self-deluded about the One True Self is to betray oneself and, in some way, disconnect from your own life-source and functionality. Within the Great I AM you live and breathe and have your being. The Spirit or Breath of Life flows in and through you not as a result of your separation from the Divine but as evidence of your total connection. You are intrinsically connected. What “I AM”, Mind of mind, knows, you have access to because you are one. If you keep listening to “Bible Redefined” you’ll see that this message is repeated over and over, and over again throughout the pages of the ancient Hebrew scriptures and other ancient cultures. The problem is 1- our western-mindset and ideology 2- watered down translation 3- theology and religion. How can both the culture and religion be the problem when they are both saying the other is the problem when they are born from one another? They are a dysfunctional marriage and cannot be divorced because they are extremely codependent.
This passage makes it clear that we get what we give. We give, or sow (plant) into the soil of the Creative Field by thinking, feeling, and acting. This life is an utterly spiritual experience of creative expression. What we see in the physical realm, micro and macro, individual and communal, is but a reflection of the condition of our individual and collective heart.
Many of us have interpreted life’s hardships as a curse but what the actual message of the ancient Hebrew writings consistently report, when interpreted and read properly, is that hardship is a mirror of natural accountability that shows us where we need to improve. If the experience you are having is not loving, peaceful, or happy, there is a reason and that reason begins with you. It’s a beautiful truth! There is meaning behind the experience. You are meant to discover the answer and be part of the transformation.
Modern science now knows the mind and body are connected. The emotional centers of the body are completed connected with the nervous, immune, and hormonal systems. Emotion (energy put into motion because of belief) is something we feel. It is obvious we don’t feel with our brains. We feel with the body. Emotions trigger changes in the body, including the organs therein. Unexpressed emotion leaves stored energy in the body. Suppressed emotion leads to physical suppression, and then sickness. All organs and systems are connected with the brain via the nervous system. The mind and the body (all its parts, systems, and organs) are in communication.
Modern science also knows the heart is a brain. It has a system of nerves that function like the brain but in a more sensitive and intuitive way. Both the brain and the heart put out electromagnetic energy. When they are in sync, or coherent, you have a sense of being at one-ment; whole, congruent. When they are out of sync, incoherent, you feel scattered and uncertain; unorganized.
The gut is more than part of the digestive system. It is a system of immune-organ, protecting you from bacteria and toxins. It is also sensory. It picks up, or senses, information from the environment and sends it to the brain. This is how we have “gut-feelings”. The gut is more likely to be more accurate in sensing than the brain. The brain is more an information processing organ than a sensing organ. The gut senses without words and sight but with waves and energy within the environment on a macro-scale. We must be careful about what we think we feel in our “gut” because most of us have no understanding of the language of the body. We are habitual thinkers and believe our mind and body are who we are. Therefore, what we may call “gut-feelings” are almost always strong, ego-centered (negative, fearful) emotions centered around unresolved trauma rather than true sensing of/in the body.
The pattern that most of us have been conditioned with, from childhood, is to suppress true gut-feelings (what is true) so not to agitate others. We are more likely to play this out continually rather than not, especially when a situation that makes us uncomfortable presents itself. The situation we find ourselves in is not what needs to be questioned. Why we are uncomfortable does. There is a big difference here. Questioning the situation absolves you of personal responsibility- childhood playing out. Being curious about your discomfort puts you in the driver seat, and in the best way, to own the best version of control possible and to make new personal discoveries. Feelings of fear, negativity, anxiety, or out of control are never your friends. They do not tell the truth, but they are proof that you need healing and transformation. Curiosity is where that process begins.
What I am saying is, “gut feelings”, more times than not, are a delusion that works to avoid expressing ourselves as we truly are, in order to suppress emotions we do not want to deal with.
H3820 lêb, labe; a form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything:—care for, comfortably, consent, × considered, courag(-eous), friend(-ly), ((broken-), (hard-), (merry-), (stiff-), (stout-), double) heart(-ed), × heed, × I, kindly, midst, mind(-ed), × regard(-ed), × themselves, × unawares, understanding, × well, willingly, wisdom.
H3824 lêbâb, lay-bawb'; used also like H3820 the heart (as the most interior organ);:— bethink themselves, breast, comfortably, courage, (faint), (tender-) heart(-ed), midst, mind, × unawares, understanding; the soul, life; the seat or center of the senses, affections, and emotions of the mind; the seat of will and purpose.
Aramaic- lebhon/leba; Any center from which life radiates – a sense of expansion plus generative power: vitality, desire, affection, courage and audacity all rolled into one. Refers not simply to the physical heart, but figuratively to the center of one’s feeling or intelligence, the pith or marrow of what we would call our mental – emotional life.
H6121 ʻâqôb, aw-kobe'; from H6117; in the original sense, a knoll (as swelling up); in the denominative sense (transitive) fraudulent or (intransitive) tracked:—crooked, deceitful, polluted; a hill, acclivity (an upward slope); a hill is said to be so called from its retarding and keeping back those who go up); fraudulent, deceitful; trodden (trampled) in blood, i.e. full of bloody footprints.
H6117 âqab, aw-kab'; a primitive root; properly, to swell out or up; to seize by the heel; figuratively, to circumvent (as if tripping up the heels); also to restrain (as if holding by the heel):—take by the heel, stay, supplant, × utterly.
 H605 ʼânash, aw-nash'; a primitive root; to be frail, feeble, or (figuratively) melancholy:—desperate(-ly wicked), incurable, sick, woeful; sick, ill at ease; used of a disease or wound, such as is scarcely curable; of pain; of malignant disposition of mind.
 H3045 yâdaʻ, yaw-dah'; a primitive root; to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.):—acknowledge, acquaintance(-ted with), advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, (un-) awares, can(-not), certainly, comprehend, consider, × could they, cunning, declare, be diligent, (can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, familiar friend, famous, feel, can have, be (ig-) norant, instruct, kinsfolk, kinsman, (cause to let, make) know, (come to give, have, take) knowledge, have (knowledge), (be, make, make to be, make self) known, be learned, lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, × prognosticator, regard, have respect, skilful, shew, can (man of) skill, be sure, of a surety, teach, (can) tell, understand, have (understanding), × will be, wist, wit, wot.
 H2713 châqar, khaw-kar'; a primitive root; properly, to penetrate; hence, to examine intimately:—find out, (make) search (out), seek (out), sound, try; to search, to investigate; the primary idea is that of searching in the earth by digging for roots. To explore, to search out the mind of any one.
 H974 bâchan, baw-khan'; a primitive root; to test (especially metals); generally and figuratively, to investigate:—examine, prove, tempt, try (trial).
H3629 kilyâh, kil-yaw'; feminine of H3627 (only in the plural); a kidney (as an essential organ); figuratively, the mind (as the interior self):—kidneys, reins; used of the inmost mind, as the seat of desires and affections.
H3627 kᵉlîy, kel-ee'; from H3615; something prepared, i.e. any apparatus (as an implement, utensil, dress, vessel or weapon):—armour(-bearer), artillery, bag, carriage, furnish, furniture, instrument, jewel, that is made of, × one from another, that which pertaineth, pot, psaltery, sack, stuff, thing, tool, vessel, ware, weapon, whatsoever.
H3615 kâlâh, kaw-law'; a primitive root; to end, whether intransitive (to cease, be finished, perish) or transitive (to complete, prepare, consume):—accomplish, cease, consume (away), determine, destroy (utterly), be (when... were) done, (be an) end (of), expire, (cause to) fail, faint, finish, fulfil, × fully, × have, leave (off), long, bring to pass, wholly reap, make clean riddance, spend, quite take away, waste.
 H5414 nâthan, naw-than'; a primitive root; to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.):—add, apply, appoint, ascribe, assign, × avenge, × be (healed), bestow, bring (forth, hither), cast, cause, charge, come, commit, consider, count, cry, deliver (up), direct, distribute, do, × doubtless, × without fail, fasten, frame, × get, give (forth, over, up), grant, hang (up), × have, × indeed, lay (unto charge, up), (give) leave, lend, let (out), lie, lift up, make, O that, occupy, offer, ordain, pay, perform, place, pour, print, × pull, put (forth), recompense, render, requite, restore, send (out), set (forth), shew, shoot forth (up), sing, slander, strike, (sub-) mit, suffer, × surely, × take, thrust, trade, turn, utter, weep, willingly, withdraw, would (to) God, yield; to cause to receive; to allow, to permit
 H1870 derek, deh'-rek; from H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb:—along, away, because of, by, conversation, custom, (east-) ward, journey, manner, passenger, through, toward, (high-) (path-) way(-side), whither(-soever); a going, walking; a journey, a way, a path.
H1869 dârak, daw-rak'; a primitive root; to tread; by implication, to walk; also to string a bow (by treading on it in bending):—archer, bend, come, draw, go (over), guide, lead (forth), thresh, tread (down), walk.
H6509 pârâh, paw-raw'; a primitive root; to bear fruit (literally or figuratively):—bear, bring forth (fruit), (be, cause to be, make) fruitful, grow, increase.
H5953 ʻâlal, aw-lal'; a primitive root; to effect thoroughly; specifically, to glean (also figuratively); by implication (in a bad sense) to overdo, i.e. maltreat, be saucy to, pain, impose (also literal):—abuse, affect, × child, defile, do, glean, mock, practise, thoroughly, work (wonderfully); to drink again, after a draught, in order to quench thirst fully; to drink again and again; to drink deep; to glean; to satisfy one’s desire; to perform a work; to accomplish; to put forth all one’s power.