“The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak.” Rumi
Very often we can become afraid that if we listen to our heart we might lose our head.
Years ago, I went to study in person the Institute of HeartMath in California.
Their research shows that the electromagnetic field of the heart is 60 times more powerful than the energy field of your brain.
“The heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that enables it to learn, remember, and make independent functional decisions,” HeartMath Institute Director of Research Rollin McCraty reports.
Your vagus nerve – your tenth cranial nerve – connects your brain, your heart and your digestive tract.
That is partly why when you are emotionally upset, you may experience high blood pressure, increased heart rate and a multitude of gastrointestinal problems.
When you relax, your brain and heart come into entrainment, which is a phenomenon in which your brain waves and the electrical rhythm of your heart come into energetic coherence.
When this happens, you access a high degree of intelligence.
The HeartMath Institute reports: “Heart intelligence is the flow of intuitive awareness, understanding and inner guidance we experience when the mind and emotions are brought into coherent alignment with the heart. It can be activated through self-initiated practice. The more coherent we are and the more we pay attention to this deeper intuitive inner guidance, the greater our ability to access this intelligence more frequently. Heart intelligence underlies cellular organization and guides and evolves organisms toward increased order, awareness and coherence of their bodies’ systems.”
Given the scientific support for following your heart, you can rest assured that listening to your heart is a smart thing to do.
Here is a simple way I recommend to listen to your heart:
- Get comfortable. Either sit or lie down. Make sure you are warm enough. Prop yourself with pillows so that your physical body can completely let go.
- Practice breathing exercises for a few minutes until you feel deeply calm. I recommend yoga pranayama exercises for this purpose. You can learn how for FREE at this link on my website Unlimited Energy Now. Deep breathing is one of the quickest ways for you to come into entrainment because your breath controls your heart rate.
- Focus on your heart area. Relax!
- Imagine placing the person, situation or dilemma you have been wanting guidance about in your heart area.
- Notice what you see.
- Listen to what you hear.
- Allow yourself to feel the shift in energy.
- When you have finished receiving your guidance, go back to your deep breathing exercises. Finish by calming your heart as much as possible.
- When you are complete, write down your observations. Writing down the guidance you receive from your heart will help you integrate the information because you bring it back into language your brain can accept and understand.
From an energetic perspective, your heart may be either open or closed.
This happens when you are either punishing yourself for mistakes you feel you have made or if you are protecting yourself from further emotional pain.
If you close your heart down, however, you may be shutting down not only your emotions but also subtle degrees of intelligence.
It takes courage to feel.
When I practiced this exercise recently to receive my own guidance, my heart literally shuddered as I grasped the totality of the situation.
That is why you will want to begin and end with pranayama, allowing your breath to guide your heart back to a peaceful state.
Because your heart is so much more powerful than your brain, you may be surprised to discover the depth of information you receive this way.
Open your heart and have the courage to listen to what it has to say!