By Kim T. Phetteplace, MA
The heart is a thousand stringed instrument that can only be tuned with love.
Awake to my heart and the treasures of light it offers me, I've remained open to resources that might help me to understand and integrate what I've experienced. Today, through the influence of various resources and authors, including the HeartMath Institute, I've come to understand that the heart is much more than simply a biological pump for the body's circulatory system.
Cayce authority and educator, Henry Reed, has developed a method of accessing and utilizing intuition, the Intuitive Heart process, which has roots in his mentoring work with dreamers including in small groups. Detailed in The Intuitive Heart: How to Trust Your Intuition for Guidance and Healing, Reed shares the sequence of unfolding events and experiences that eventually coalesced into this method. Interestingly, a dream of a circle dance featured in this process. Reflecting on the positive results of a community dream experiment conducted within the cooperative and spiritually supportive environment of the Association for Research and Enlightenment’s summer camp for youth, Reed was led back to a previous dream of his own:
"In my dream, a group of people gathered to search for enlightenment. In the dark, we bumped into each other in great confusion. Then we were inspired to begin dancing in a circle. Each person in the dance met and greeted each other person as they circulated in the round. Suddenly, a gushing fountain of sparks shot up in the middle of the circle, illuminating our space and enabling us to see. We realized that our search for enlightenment had been achieved by the circle dance. (Reed & English, 2000, Kindle location 430)
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 Western 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.
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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
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