By Kim T. Phetteplace, MA
The heart is a thousand stringed instrument that can only be tuned with love.
Bourgeault underscores this understanding of the heart as an organ of spiritual perception by quoting the modern Sufi master, Kabir Helminski:
"We have subtle subconscious faculties we are not using. Beyond the limited analytic intellect is a vast realm of mind that includes psychic and extrasensory abilities; intuition; wisdom; a sense of unity; aesthetic, qualitative and creative faculties; and image-forming and symbolic capacities. Though these faculties are many, we give them a single name with some justification for they are working best when they are in concert. They comprise a mind, moreover, in spontaneous connection to the cosmic mind. This total mind we call 'heart.'” (Helminski as quoted in Bourgeault, 2016, p. 54)
Childre also elucidates the ongoing importance and benefit of heart coherence, especially during times of personal or global stress, and equates this with spiritual realities:
"Our soul nudges and supports us in becoming more coherent as this is the optimum frequency and vibration for creating harmony, better choices and fulfillment. ... The soul and true self are aspects of our being that vibrate at a higher frequency of consciousness than our standard human awareness—until our awareness merges with that higher vibration over time. ... This creates an energy field that supports a coherent, harmonious foundation for creating peace and a world that thrives, not just survives. ... Our higher mind and heart are primary receiving stations for the wisdom and guidance from our soul, although our soul energy permeates our whole being." (Childre, D., 2016, p. 192)
The synergy between his observations of the camp community dream experiment and his renewed reflections on this circle dance dream facilitated Reed’s recognition of a possible design for group intuitive work.
"It occurred to me that I could harness the power of bystander dreaming by putting the person who was seeking guidance at the center of a circle of dreamers who had agreed to dream for this person." (Ibid)
Another fascinating link between heart intelligence and dreaming is the account of an 8-year-old girl who received the donated heart of a 10-year-old girl. Chronically disturbed by severe nightmares of being chased by a man trying to kill her, the heart recipient was eventually referred for psychiatric care. Impressed by the vivid and convincing details of the young patient’s dreams, the therapist researched information on the donor, which substantiated that the 10-year-old donor had been murdered. Remarkably the details of the recipient’s dreams contributed to solving the crime. (Pearsall, 1998)
This controversial, but well-documented account reveals the capacity of the “memory” and intelligence stored within the tissues of the heart to influence the subtle workings of the unconscious dreaming mind even when the original frightful event occurred to another individual. It also might lead one to ponder the energetic bond between the souls of these young girls—one incarnate and the other not.
Equipped with the understanding of both Western and Eastern contemplative traditions, which in turn is supported by contemporary science (particularly the work of the HeartMath Institute), I encouraged individuals – in the exploration of their dreams and in waking life – to receive and trust the intuitive wisdom that might arise from within the inner sanctum of their own hearts. I’ve come to understand the heart as a portal for the agency of the sacred, as a doorway of interface amongst the most essential layers of our beings. Through this portal, this window to the inner sanctum of our souls, the energetic dance of the Divine awaits our response to the intuitive wisdom and rejuvenescent healing offered there and often revealed through our dreams.
Bourgeault, C. (2016). The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. Boulder, Colorado: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Childre, D., Martin, H., Rozman, D., & McCraty, R. (2016). Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart. Waterfront Press.
Pearsall, P. (1999). The Heart's Code: Tapping the Wisdom & Power of Your Heart Energy. New York: Broadway Books.
Reed, H., & English, B. (2000). The Intuitive Heart: How To Trust Your Intuitive for Guidance and Healing
Thurston, M. (2004). The Essential Edgar Cayce. New York, NY: Tarcher/Penguin.