Living with Heart and Intuition
I have lived my life thinking that intuition is a gift that only a lucky few are born with. Those of us and I included myself in the lucky ones could feel something different, we could predict what was going to happen, when it was going to happen and sometimes why it happened. It seemed like a gift to know that we could see into the future or past and attach a level of certainty or why, to the uncertain. We could feel things about people, like knowing when to phone a friend, a gut feeling on when something wasn’t right for us or when we didn’t want to spend time in someone’s company. An instinct, a knowing, something magical or mystical.
But what if the unknown is more accessible or understandable than we have been led to believe. What if we are all intuitive and we all have the “gift”. The question would be “how do I access that gift”. In my search for knowledge I have been led to study at the The Institute for Intuitive Intelligence. This study has led me to look more closely at intuition and how we can develop it or even better how we can just trust in the process and let it find us.
What have I found so far?
It is thought that intuition starts in the heart centre, so when we make heart felt decisions are we automatically tapping into our intuition? According to HeartMath Institute, a leading researcher into the psychophysiology of stress, emotions, and the interactions between the heart and brain, “more and more people sense the heart is connected to a higher-capacity guidance system for creativity, clearer decisions and choices and especially for deeper, more caring relationships with others.” The HeartMath Institute has over 25 years of research into the heart/brain connection. They state “The heart, is in fact, a highly complex information-processing centre with its own functional brain, commonly called the heart brain, that communicates with and influences the cranial brain via the nervous system, hormonal system and other pathways”. An interesting fact is that the heart releases a hormone commonly associated with LOVE – oxytocin, how amazing. Intuition or inner guidance lives in our heart centre.
The more coherent we are and the more we pay attention to the deeper intuitive inner guidance, the greater our ability to access heart intelligence more frequently. One of the practices I have come to use daily to be more coherent is the Heart Congruence or Coherence method. This practice has had an incredible impact on my wellbeing. HeartMath Studies have shown that by using the heart coherence practice for 3 minutes you can get benefits for the next 6 hours. What are the benefits of being in coherence, your body’s nervous system, cardiovascular, hormonal and immune systems start working together more efficiently and harmoniously. Why is this important to accessing our intuition? The more coherent we are the more we can hear our intuition or inner guidance. Another positive effect of heart coherence is it triggers positive hormonal release – who doesn’t love that!
Here is the technique to try:
Quick Coherence Technique
Heart Focus: Focus your attention in the area of your heart, in the centre of your chest. Place 2 fingers on your heart centre.
Heart Breathing: As you focus on the area of your heart, imagine your breath flowing in and out through your heart. Try breathing in for 5 and out for 5, lengthen your breath.
Heart Feeling: As you continue to breathe into your heart, recall a positive feeling, a time when you felt good inside, and try to re-experience it. It could be feeling appreciation for the good things in your life, or the love and care you feel for someone. I am always swimming in the sea with the sun on my face and the salt on my skin.
Continue this for 3 minutes letting the feelings of joy and gratitude flow into every part of you and your energy field.
The beauty of this practice is you can really do it anywhere. I practice this when I am walking the dogs, sitting in the car, before going to bed – anywhere really. You don’t need hours of meditation to get benefits. I think I am slightly addicted to the blissful feeling that comes from doing this practice.
Spend some time accessing your intuition and if you are interested in learning more about the fascinating world of intuition and the heart, spend some time at https://www.heartmath.org/ you will be amazed at all the information available.
I will leave you with a favourite quote:
“As more of humanity practices heart-based living, it will qualify the ‘rite’ of passage into the next level of consciousness. Using our heart’s intuitive guidance, will become common sense — practical intelligence.”
Doc Childre, HeartMath founder