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What is Heart Intelligence?

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Doc Childre founded the Institute of HeartMath (IHM) in 1991 to study heart intelligence. Scientists at IHM posed a theory that heart intelligence actually transfers intelligence to the emotions and instills the power of emotional management. In other words, heart intelligence is really the source of emotional intelligence. In the book The HeartMath Solution, written by Doc Childre and his associate and longtime HeartMath spokesman Howard Martin, they explain:

“From our research at the Institute of HeartMath, we’ve concluded that intelligence and intuition are heightened when we learn to listen more deeply to our own heart. It’s through learning how to decipher messages we receive from our heart that we gain the keen perception needed to effectively manage our emotions in the midst of life’s challenges. The more we learn to listen to and follow our heart intelligence, the more educated, balanced and coherent our emotions become. Without the guiding influence of the heart, we easily fall prey to reactive emotions such as insecurity, anger, fear and blame as well as other energy-draining reactions and behaviors.Frustratin Appreciation Graph

Early HeartMath research found that negative emotions throw the nervous system out of balance. When that happened, heart rhythms became disordered and appeared jagged on a heart monitor. The heart communicated that disorder to the brain and the result was cortical inhibition. Positive emotions, by contrast, were found to increase order and balance in the nervous system and produce smooth, harmonious heart rhythms that enhanced people’s ability to clearly perceive the world around them.

HeartMath research defines heart intelligence as the flow of awareness, understanding and intuition we experience when the mind and emotions are brought into coherent alignment with the heart. It can be activated through self-initiated practice, and the more we pay attention when we sense the heart is speaking to us or guiding us, the greater our ability to access this intelligence and guidance more frequently. Heart intelligence underlies cellular organization and guides and evolves organisms toward increased order, awareness and coherence of their bodies’ systems.

Today there are dozens of scientific papers on HeartMath’s research in heart intelligence and dozens of universities studying its applications for emotional self-regulation, health, academic performance, intuitive development and more.


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Sara, from the HeartMath Institute

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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1:53PM PST on Dec 7, 2013

Very interesting. I remember,a few years ago, I was being treated by an osteopath who was still working and teaching in his 90's. He often spoke of the heart as being the emotional brain.

8:07AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013


8:03AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

The way I understand this the mind can go on and on, expand, explore and infinitely go places and imagine things only the mind can.. etc etc.. thus the heart plays a balancing role in the mind activities; the mind is balanced, attuned, poised, adjusted by the heart.

10:12PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013


4:48PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Interesting article! Thanks for sharing.

8:03AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

7:55PM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

The heart is the body's pumping system, feeding all connecting parts. How is it, then, that some are so loving while others are so hard-hearted -- artery blockage?

1:01PM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

Are we back on the dark ages.Who in their right mind would believe that.

8:46PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

This was very insightful and helpful.

4:45AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Thanks for posting

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Thank you for reminder.

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