Heart intelligence

In 1991, Andrew J. Armour published a study in Neurocardiology about the powerful connection between the brain and the heart. Armour and his team of scientists found that about 40,000 specialized neurons, or sensory neurites, form a communication network within the heart which allows both to receive, decode and process intuitive information. It appears that the heart receives this information first.

Your heart actually has a much larger electro-magnetic field than your brain. It is the intelligence and energy of the heart in its peaceful, coherent state that positively affects you and others. According to Gregg Braden, the heart has a number of physical and metaphysical functions which include:

+ Direct heart communication with sensory neurites in other organs in the body

+ The heart-based wisdom known as heart intelligence

+ Intentional states of deep intuition

+ Intentional precognitive abilities

+ The mechanism of intentional self-healing

+ The awakening of super-learning abilities

+ And much more

The heart’s little brain has been found to function in two distinct yet related ways. It can act:

+ Independently of the cranial brain to think, learn, remember, and even sense our inner and outer worlds on its own

+In harmony with the cranial brain to give us the benefit of a single, potent neural network shared by the two separate organs

As we discover the power of our heart’s intelligence to heal ourselves and others, we begin to realize that the only block to our super human capacities for personal transformation is our limiting beliefs or false programs which have been imprinted into our subconscious. It is through our hearts’ wisdom that we are able to unlock the door to our subconscious and delete any programs which no longer serve us.

I recently had a client who had been getting body work for many years because she had severe lower back pain. She was referred to me by her body worker who intuitively felt that there was an emotional aspect connected to Martha’s pain (a fictitious name is being used to protect the client’s identity). Martha is a 60 year old woman in very good physical condition who teaches yoga. When I asked her what her pain level was from 1 -10 she shared that the pain was normally between 7 – 8, but in that moment she was at an 8. She told me about her life and I could already sense that her pain was strongly connected to a trapped emotion. I then asked her how long ago the pain began, and she recalled that it started about 35 years ago.

“What was going on in your life at that time?” I asked.

“I had fallen in love with the man who I believe was my soul mate, but due to our different cultural backgrounds and circumstances, it just didn’t seem possible for us to stay together.”

I guided Martha to access the love for this man and allow it to flow into her heart, moving it throughout her whole body until she felt completely filled with love. Then I asked her to direct this love to her lower back for self healing. This process only took a few minutes. I witnessed a change in her whole demeanor. Her face and body relaxed and there was a lovely smile on her lips.

“Please gently open your eyes, Martha.”

As she opened her eyes and met mine, I could see a peace that wasn’t present in the beginning of the session.

“I never knew that I could access that love again and utilize it in this way. That was amazing,” said Martha with deep appreciation in her voice.

I am always touched to witness someone’s healing and transformation. I believe that I am just a vessel and that my guides are working through me to serve the greater good, helping each person I work with to discover their own super human capacities. I don’t know why I was guided to use love as a mode for healing. I honestly haven’t done this type of healing very much as I have many tools in my repertoire which include Reiki, hypnotherapy, Shamanism and much more. And yet, that day with Martha I realized that our heart’s intelligence had far greater capacities to heal us then we give it credit for. This little brain is the key to our wellbeing and soul’s growth. The more we are able to connect with our heart and have a direct line of communication with our brain and vice versa, the easier it will be to navigate through our lives and discover true happiness.

The heart knows what we need, we just have to take the time to listen. So how can we cultivate more of our heart intelligence? Take the time to slow down and find time for yourself. Close your eyes and place your hand on your heart as you tune into the rhythm of your heart beat. Take a few deep, full body breaths and allow yourself to really move down into your heart and out of your head. Ask your heart a question like: “What do I need to know about my next steps in life?” Just sit silently and wait for your heart wisdom to arise. It won’t be a logical answer, but more of a knowing or understanding that you will receive. The heart speaks a very different language which is often more subtle or gentler than our logical brain. Our heart is the barometer for the soul. It is here that we can access our truth and open up to the beauty of who we truly are.



To all of you who have been following my column for a long time and for those who are new, thank you for your readership and for your willingness to open up to new and old ideas that have been presented in my past articles. I look forward to sharing more wonderful tools, interviews and insights with all of you in 2018 and beyond!


For questions or comments about this column, please email: mcempaka@gmail.com.

Michele Cempaka has lived on Bali since 2002 and is one of the authors of the book: ‘Journeys to Riches, the Benefits of Challenge.’ She is a Transformational Coach, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master, Hypnotherapist & Access Bars practitioner. Michele offers Reiki & Shamanic trainings and retreats both on & off Bali

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