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What is Heart Intelligence?

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Heart with Wings

During the 1960s and í70s physiologists John and Beatrice Lacey conducted research that showed the heart actually communicates with the brain in ways that greatly affect how we perceive and react to the world around us. Today, more than a half century after the Laceys began their research, we know a great deal more about the intelligent heart:

  • The heart sends us emotional and intuitive signals to help govern our lives.
  • The heart directs and aligns many systems in the body so that they can function in harmony with one another.
  • The heart has its own independent complex nervous system known as “the brain in the heart.”
  • The heartís independent brain and nervous system relay information to the brain in the cranium, creating a two-way communication system between heart and brain.
  • The heart makes many of its own decisions.
  • The heart starts beating in the unborn fetus before the brain has been formed, a process that scientists call autorhythmic.
  • Human beings form an emotional brain long before a rational one, and a beating heart before either.

Researchers at various institutions began showing in the 1980s and í90s that success in life depends more on an individualís ability to effectively manage emotions than on the intellectual ability of the brain in the head. These findings naturally resulted in people wanting to know how to infuse emotions with intelligence.

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Sara, from Institute of HeartMath

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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2:17AM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

Thank you!

5:16AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

The holistic form of Chinese Medicine, many centuries ago, regarded the heart as the "brain" of the system. The "Shen" (spirit) resides in the heart, the conciousness and all mental functions are housed here including memory, and the heart is closely connected to our psychological and emotional state. Western Medicine has much to learn and is only now slowly catching up with what this ancient practice knew over 2,000 years ago. How beneficial it would be for western medicine to acknowledge the tremendous part other medicines havey in maintaining our health, and guiding current practice, rather than ignoring them or sidelining them to "alternative" and then claiming their discoveries as "new"!

11:28PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

interesting. I was expecting an article about emotional IQ. This was better.

8:12PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Yes, believe in the power of the heart. Those who do chakra meditation and healing firmly believe in the power of the heart. From our hearts , we send out love and compassion, learn to let life flow, we express, we articulate what is in our hearts. Our voice is calm when in sync with the heart, but when agitated, voices are raised as the heart beats faster and faster.

8:12PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Yes, believe in the power of the heart. Those who do chakra meditation and healing firmly believe in the power of the heart. From our hearts , we send out love and compassion, learn to let life flow, we express, we articulate what is in our hearts. Our voice is calm when in sync with the heart, but when agitated, voices are raised as the heart beats faster and faster.

12:24AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

It's good to hear that organisations are open-minded enough to research the intelligence of our hearts.

5:28PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

fascinating

6:21AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

1:05PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thanx.

12:38PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

I've always followed my heart but sometimes have trouble controlling my emotions. Every time I listen to my heart things turn out beautifully and easily.

For those of you who are protecting your heart by putting up a barrier, are missing out on a very healthy and exciting way to look at things & live.

Whenever I get caught up with too much fuss and worry with my brain...I try to calm myself & go back to listening to my heart. Our heads can carry us into negative places, tell us to turn the wrong way, get us into trouble by saying things we later regret & so on & so on.

Thank god for the intelligent heart!

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