The Facts Behind The Fiction
The genesis of this story was influenced by two key
facts. One is the actual tribe of people who were the
original Bohemians (circa 2000 BC). The other is the
modern day scientific investigation into the separate
intelligence that resides within the heart.
Bohemian: A Brief History. The word Bohemian holds iconic stature in our society. While evoking disdain in some, to others it is an ideal state of being, defined as: a life unhampered by social convention, often artistic, with freedom to live as one chooses.
Where Did This Meaning Originate? While used as a moniker for starving artists in 18th century Europe and a synonym for gypsy vagabonds, neither are the Bohemian beginning. The term was first recorded in 600 AD when the territory we now know as the Czech Republic was claimed by the Slavic people, who named it the Kingdom of Bohemia in honor of the Celtic tribe of Boii who first settled the land. The word Bohemia translates to “home of the Boii”. Archeological and Linguistic researchers confirm a thriving Boii culture in the area around 750 BC, and some speculate they moved into the territory as early as 3000 BC.
Who Were The Original Bohemians?
By description, they dressed like modern day hippies in brightly colored garbs and ornamentation.
By profession, they were highly skilled craftspeople and traders, among the first to create bronze out of tin and copper, among many other art forms.
By culture they were independent and peaceful, expanding their families, businesses, and territory along the Vltava River, between Prague and the Danube River.
By lore they were master storytellers whose tales traveled far, with some scribed by Greek scholars.
And despite great population and political upheaval throughout Europe, their unique culture survived in that region until 50 BC, when they were attacked by a hired warring party (most likely Caesar’s) and forced out of their homeland. Many fled west and south to Germany, France, Spain and Italy, where Boii populations continue today, confirmed by DNA. Some may have “jumped the pond,” finding haven among the North Carolina Cherokee, where the “Celtic Axe” arrived to those Woodland Indians during that same timeframe. But it is also believed some of the original Bohemians must have stayed in their homeland, hidden away until the conquerors left. For how else would the land be named in honor of the Boii, 600 years after their supposed departure?
The prevailing logic is when the Slavic people immigrated to the vacated Boii land along the Vltava River; the remaining Boii emerged from the mountains to share their heritage and customs with their new neighbors, creating a valued bond. As a result, the land was named and remained Bohemia until 1919, when the spoils of World War One changed its name to Czechoslovakia.
What do Bohemians have to do With Modern Science’s Study of a Heart’s Code? Documentation of the wide range of innovation the Boii Celt’s created with their natural resources proves them to be a society that valued creativity. The longevity and prosperity of their culture suggests they encouraged tribe members to explore and develop unique skills and interests. If the culture’s ethnology and folklore stands true, the original Bohemians represent the epitome of the universal ideal: “Follow Your Heart.”
Fast forward to 1990, when scientists began an investigation of a separate intelligence residing in the heart and theorized that each heart contains a unique life map called: The Heart’s Code. The theory began in early 1980 with the discovery of the mechanics of how atoms, cells and the heart stored coded information. That led to the question: could the heart cells learn and carry one’s personal code? This theory was further supported though extensive clinical observations of heart transplant patients who admit to having dramatically new interests, tastes and preferences that identically matched the donor of their new heart (whom they’d never met). There is also the fact that in a fetus, the heart begins to beat on the 22nd day … 180 days before the brain is fully formed … and no one yet knows what causes the heart to start.
Universally, our soul’s wisdom has always been seated in the heart region, and, in a recent New York Times interview, TV host Dr. Oz considered the small white spot at the electrical center of the heart to be the soul. Despite centuries of cultivating our brain smarts, many humans still cling to an ill-defined yet intrinsic stirring within our chest, believing it holds the magic potion for finding life’s happiness. Science may now be catching up to our instincts, postulating a new revolution where the brain revolves around the heart, not the other way around.Something, perhaps, the Boii Celts understood, long, long ago. ~