News flash … you’ve got a heart beating in your chest. For most of us the rhythm is precise and for all of us it is magical, unconscious, vital. But wait … there’s more to it. The process of heart coherence comes with a technique that may not save your life, but can surely improve your life and your intuition.
Heart Coherence is described as “the state when the heart, mind and emotions are in energetic alignment and cooperation,” Dr. Rollin McCraty of HeartMath Institute says. “It is a state that builds resiliency – personal energy is accumulated, not wasted – leaving more energy to manifest intentions and harmonious outcomes.”
HeartMath Institute has scientifically proven that intuition exists. HeartMath has been at the forefront of research since 1991 to scientifically develop tools to help people make the connection between their hearts and minds. Intuition is a measureable physiological process and according to HeartMath’s research this process begins in the heart.
Gregg Braden, scientist, author, speaker, and advocate of heart based intuition states “creating heart brain coherence empowers us to experience deep states of intuition and to do so on-demand.”
Taking a closer look at the human heart and the cardiac cycle you discover that whenever your heart beats, it creates the largest source of electromagnetic energy produced in your body. Energetically, that’s a big deal. These electromagnetic waves produced by the heart transmit information out into the external environment where it interacts and resonates with others.
Scientific equipment is currently able to measure the phenomenon of transmitting information via electromagnetic waves up to three feet away. The actual distance these waves travel is unknown because modern equipment is limited to accurate testing within three feet.
Your emotions produce different information patterns within the heart’s electromagnetic field. Think of your heart as a radio transmitter. Your heart rate is sending different information when you are feeling frustration versus feeling appreciation.
Part of the magic of heart coherence is that the state of heart coherence is very stable. With heart coherence you are not as likely to be influenced by someone else’s energetic field. Built-in protection – you’ve got to like that.
HeartMath’s Director of Research Rollin McCraty Ph.D. has found compelling scientific evidence that intuitive information first comes into the heart. The heart then sends a neural sequence to the brain and the brain signals the body.
That’s when you experience “gut feelings” or “hairs standing up,” or other subtle physiological events or body signals. Without the body changes to alert us, we may not be conscious of the signals. If we are not tuned in or in heart coherence, we can miss the whole event as this intuitive process unfolds outside of our awareness.
This particular piece of information is significant for me. After colon cancer, a colostomy and a successful reconnection, I have definitely experienced unexplained “gut feelings”. Occasionally, I can clearly relate the sensation to an event either in the moment or soon thereafter. Most often, the significance of the gut feeling is totally confusing and obscure. I often ask, what was that and why?
In light of this information, what is especially important are the times when there is a definite gut sensation but no clear path to what or why. I’ve been trying to decipher this for awhile to discern what feelings produce which outcomes. I’m trying to find the pattern: I feel X and that tells me Y.
I’m thinking the unexplained gut feelings I’ve not yet identified is intuition knocking on my door. It’s telling me to pay attention — something is coming. Just this morning before this research was revealed I had a gut feeling I could not identify. I’m keeping a journal about gut feelings and I’ll report later how this theory holds up.
Back to the Conclusion of Research and the
HeartMath’s Dr. McCraty’s scientific conclusion states:
- Intuitive processes have access to a field of information that is not limited by the boundaries of time and space.
- Intuitive experience suggests that some aspect of our perceptual apparatus is continuously scanning the future.
- The heart is a portal for the spirit.
- Practicing heart coherence will lead to being more positive and it is very common for intuition to increase.
If your emotional system is full of anxiety, fear, tension, and frustration there’s too much noise for the system intuition uses to communicate. Heart coherence increases the flow of communication much like tuning into a radio station.Think of intuition as the flow of communication or information from spirit through your heart and then into the brain system.
HeartMath’s Quick Heart Coherence Technique
This can be done anywhere, at any time. Creating coherence will
- relieve stress
- balance emotions
- achieve a neutral state for clear thinking
- provide a feeling of ease and inner harmony
Step #1 Focus on your heart, the area around your heart, the center of your chest. The first couple of times it may help to place your hand on your heart or over the center of your chest to help focus your attention on your heart.
Step #2 Heart Focused Breathing is deeper and slower than normal. Feel your breath flow in through the heart. Feel the breath flow out through the heart. Find a rhythm that feels good.
Step #3 Activate a positive feeling by thinking about a time when you felt good and try to re-experience it. It can be a special place, loved one, family member, or beloved pet.
A guided audio is available with a little more detail about HeartMath’s Quick Coherence Technique. It’s really as basic as the steps above but if you want to be sure you get every detail it’s best to go to the source.
You can also read how a women’s valleyball team in California uses QC (Quick Coherence) to improve their athletic performance.
Additional information on the Quick Coherence Technique can be found in an article written by the founding members of HeartMath Institute.
The research referenced in this article came primarily from a webinar provided by HeartMath. The webinar is rather technical and scientific and covers the specifics of research involving tracking heart waves and brain waves and is complete with diagrams and explanations. The webinar can be found here in its entirety on HeartMath’s website.
And now I’d like to ask you, intuitive reader, are you listening to your heart?
In the comment section below, tell us what have you done to get closer to heart-based intuition? Have you tried Hearthmath’s exercises?
What advice do you have for others who wish to connect with their heart?