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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, The HeartMath Solutionwritten 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 GraphEarly 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.

In next week’s Care 2 column, Deborah Rozman will write about new research on the spiritual, energetic heart.

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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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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!

12:28PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thank you

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