As coaches, counselors, therapists, teachers, HR professionals, organizational leaders, or team members, it is essential we learn how to access and use our Heart Wisdom. The more skillful we become, the better our lives, as well as those around us, become.
We experience the world primarily through the three intelligences of our mind, our body and our heart and they operate in union. It is always worth stating that these three intelligences are linked together, so whenever we attempt to discuss one of them, we must keep in mind that the other two are connected and at work as well.
In short, the Heart Wisdom is the realm of our emotional experience and our interrelatedness to the world and all that is in our life from the past, present and future. All of our emotional experiences are in present time, regardless of what is creating the emotion:
• When we remember a past experience and have an emotional response to it, we are having a present-moment emotional experience of the past.
• When we imagine a future experience and have an emotional response to it, we are having a present-time emotional experience of an imagined future.
• When we are in a real-time situation, we are having a present-time emotional experience of that situation.
Our Heart Wisdom is a gift we can learn to use in a good way, but the vast majority of us never really take the time to learn how to use this gift. Instead we often ignore or push away an emotion rather than embrace it and allow that energy to inform us. With emotional energy, it is important to learn to experience the emotion fully, so as to reveal the root source of the emotion and release that energy. We must allow it to move through us, rather than avoid it or create an addiction to it by attaching ourselves to a particular emotional experience, and then recreating it over and over to feed that addiction.
While the Mind Intelligence leads us forward with great ideas and vision, it is the Heart Wisdom that leads us with resonance, yearning and energies of “being drawn towards” someone or something. The “voice” of Heart Wisdom is not based upon a language nor a rationale that the mind can understand. Therefore, there is often a conflict between what the heart wants and what the mind understands. The Heart Wisdom is fueled by the desire to be in relationship—in resonance—with what is important for the human. It is like radar for purpose and meaning. The heart is naturally open and generous, joyous and loving, and we need to learn how to return to this resonant state.
By Patrick J. Ryan, author of #1 bestseller book, Awakened Wisdom: A Guide to Reclaiming Your Brilliance, which blends Buddhist, Native, and collected wisdoms into a beautifully crafted healing message for our modern culture. Patrick is an executive coach, leadership trainer, Vision Quest leader, author, and former Buddhist monk. To order his book, or to learn about the Awakened Wisdom Experience programs for corporate leadership, coaches, personal development or the new Vision Quest programs, go to www.AwakenedWisdom.com
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