Accessing the Heart’s Intelligence

From ancient cultures to today, like a thread through the needle of time, the heart appears as a symbol and source of health, wisdom, and intuition. As a symbol, it transcends time, place, and culture, and it’s a commonly accepted that when we are connected to the heart’s inner knowing, it’s wisdom can be used as a source for love and higher, intelligent guidance. Beyond it’s obvious imperative in sustaining life, the heart is not simply a muscle or a physical pump that moves blood throughout our body, but an organ capable of influencing and directing one’s emotions, morality, and decision-making ability.

Since 2013, we’ve gone to great lengths to measure and quantify coherence and transformation, and central to both coherence and transformation is understanding the heart’s role. Almost everyone knows the elevated feelings of the heart—love, compassion, gratitude, joy, unity, and so on. These are feelings that fill us up and make us feel wholeness, connectedness, and oneness, rather than the feelings of stress that divide communities and drain individuals of vital energy. The problem is that often the elevated feelings of the heart occur through chance—dependent upon something external in our environment—rather than something we can produce on demand. What we’ve found in studying the many facets of the heart, however, is that in fact we can regulate our internal states, independent of the conditions in our external environment. Just like developing any skill, it requires knowledge and practice.

We know that in order to create a new future, a person needs to marry a clear intention (coherent brain) with an elevated emotion (coherent heart). With the intention or thought acting as the electrical charge, and the feeling or emotion acting as a magnetic charge, this is how we change our energy­—and when we change our energy, we change our life. It’s the communion of these two ingredients that begin to produce a clear effect on matter by moving our biology from living in the past to living in the future. Only then can we cease being a victim of circumstance and begin living as a creator of our reality. This is the process whereby we create a new personal reality.

The benefits of heart coherence are numerous, not the least to mention lower blood pressure, improved nervous system and hormonal balance, and improved brain function. The bottom line is, if you can maintain and sustain elevated emotional states, independent of the conditions in your external environment, you can access higher intuitive states that can result in a better understanding of ourselves and others, help prevent stressful patterns that occur in our life, increase mental clarity, and promote better discernment. It all begins with the creation of heart coherence through cultivating, practicing, and sustaining elevated emotions like gratitude, appreciation, thankfulness, inspiration, freedom, kindness, care, compassion, love, and the joy for existence.

History has left in its wake an endless trail of mismanaged emotions. Whether the result is a Shakespearean tragedy or a World War, mismanaged emotions such as blame, hate, fear, and retribution have left an endless, unnecessary loop of suffering throughout history. The good news is, this is a moment of time where we have the technology and understanding to actually learn how to more efficiently and effectively manage our emotions, and studies have shown that if we can do this properly, we can achieve healthier relationships, improved prosperity, feelings of joy and wholeness, and even personal and global peace. Then, instead of acting out of division, a lack of understanding, and the mechanical responses of stress—responses that drain us of our energy—we can replace them with emotions that give us energy, fill our spirit, and leave us feeling wholeness, connection, and unity. This is what it means to access the heart’s intelligence.

It doesn’t take much time to get heart centered. Simply find a quiet moment in your day and find stillness in your body and mind by paying attention to your breath. Each time you take a breath, slow it down, place your awareness where your heart is, then practice cultivating those heightened, elevated emotions that connect us to everyone and everything. Just as we unconsciously cultivate fear, jealousy, anger, or sadness on a regular basis, if we practice feeling elevated emotions every day, who knows—it might just become how we normally feel. When our heart is open, we are more intuitive, more patient, more connected, more present, more forgiving, and more knowing. That’s why I like to say the brain thinks, but the heart knows.



  1. Cathie April 1, 2017 at 3:46 am - Reply

    The hearts knows says it all
    Thanks Dr Joe .
    I read this and it makes me smile and remember practice is a gift I give myself and then sharing that reminds me we are all connected.Grateful for the knowing

  2. Tyler April 1, 2017 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Love hearing about the power of the heart and its effect on our emotional state. After reading your book, You Are The Placebo, I have been working on finding still time every morning to cultivate emotions of gratitude, thankfulness, and love. I can’t explain how powerful this ritual has become. Finding time and space to create a great emotional state seems to completely transform the day and all its interactions. It’s a practice I truly think all can benefit from and if we could all find this time it may just have profound impacts on the world like you mentioned above.
    Thank you for the great read!

    • Julie April 1, 2017 at 7:08 am - Reply

      So very well put. I agree with you entirely.

    • mina lucchese April 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      I love the last sentence Dr. Dispenza The brain thinks the heart know the truth.

    • Daniel Kelly April 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      I wrote something below but it is right in line with your comment thanks.

  3. Terri April 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Yes, I’m very grateful to finally have the information to learn how to awaken. Blessings from my heart to yours!

  4. Stephanie April 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    When I touch my heart area lightly for a few moments, I feel my heart energy activate. It is discernable. It makes me wonder if this isn’t related to the quantum field where all possibilities exist.

    Gregg Braden has said that though + feeling + emotion = manifestation. I have activated my heart energy and tried this as a meditation for manifestation. I haven’t noticed anything yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if heart energy is directly related to manifestation.

    If anyone out there has any ideas or suggestions about this theory, I would love to hear them!

  5. norma sanchez April 2, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    I have read your book and I try to practice some exercises on that line. MY partner has just past away and I find it hard but I try to make time and overcome my feelings of loss and pain. No doubt with practice I will get there.

    • Hali April 2, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      I don’t usually comment but I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve experienced a lot of deaths in my life, most recently my mother, a year and a half ago. I think in spiritual circles some people have the attitude that you shouldn’t grieve, that somehow you’re less “enlightened” if you do. When you have loved a person very deeply, feelings are not there to overcome but to be felt, and then you get through it, especially in the early days and weeks. And YES, Joe’s meditations REALLY help! Sending kind thoughts your way . . . . <3 Hali

    • Barbara Jedovnicky April 8, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Dear Norma, I am so sorry for your loss! Just wanted to let you know that last year I have experienced a severe burnout and developed serious health issues. But not only that, I have experienced a complete emotional shutdown from all that was happening in my life. So it took me a while to start feeling anything, especially elevated emotions, but just wanted to encourage you that you will get there for sure! Just follow dr. Joe’s meditiations and you will break through! Sending you my love!

  6. Francesca De Matteis April 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Love to read you! I am currently listening to “how to break the habit of being yourself” and it is allowing me to understand myself and others much better. Today I can attribute a lot of inner peace, patience and understanding to the daily practice of being still and contemplative of all the beauty that surrounds me. Thank you Thank you Thank you, from the bottom of my Heart ❤️

  7. Leda Lu Muniz April 2, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Dr.Joe , Thank you .You make history

  8. estelle April 3, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Thank you Dr Joe
    from my heart to yours and to the hearts of all the people on this planet involved in creating a new and beautiful future for all!!!!

  9. Jeannette Howard April 8, 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you thank you. But please, those of us who are grammar-sensitive are cringing at the use of it’s instead of its. 😉

  10. Daniel Kelly April 8, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Great article! I’ve been getting up to go to the gym at 510am before work. It’s my quiet time each morning to set my thoughts and heart. I have been stopping during times at the gym and breathing deeply which kind of is happening anyway from the workout and saying to the Father:
    “I open my heart to you today. I invite you inside to fill me. To influence my thoughts, acrions and emotions”
    There have been times I find myself with tears running down within moments of saying this and a great sense of awareness to the needs of others and a sense of wholeness, peace and connectedness.

    • Kathleen Clark December 26, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      I love that you address the Father. Sometimes I think we don’t give credit to the source of this miraculous body and brain.

  11. Marilyn April 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr Joe!

  12. Martin Neil Campbell April 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Very true…and very well said. Thank you.

  13. Joanie Kirk April 8, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Dr Joe,
    Thank you for the reminder of the simplicity of creating a heart centered space. It is so enjoyable to enjoy to embody joy, for no other reason than to experience this instead of that, here now instead of then, always us instead of them.

  14. Veronica West April 8, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    How timely your message. Just a few weeks ago Pa’Ris’Ha Taylor talked about this very thing.. The importance of the heart. I appreciate seeing it here as well.
    All Good Things

  15. Lola Comella April 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Dr. Joe, I came back home this week, from taking the Progressive workshop in CDMX. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learn in those 3 days. I am in the process of healing myself from cancer, and I am so exicted I have found you! I know I have a lot of homework to do, start changing the old me for the new me. My meditations this week have been awsome. I will try to see you in June for the Advanced workshop.
    With much gratitude. Abrazos,

  16. Diane April 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Dr Joe, since becoming aware of your teachings and how to centre my mind and heart in a position of gratitude and love I have become more content and focussed on more important issues in life. I find kindness is my mantra – kindness to all interactions in my daily actions. I am so looking forward to the Advanced Workshop to be held in my own State.

    Diane – Western Australia

  17. Luz Maria Cortés April 9, 2017 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Dr Joe,
    I attended the Progressive Workshop in Mexico City last weekend . I have no words to explain how it shook me.. This was definitely a milestone for me: I’m so grateful,

  18. Meghann April 9, 2017 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Love it, and thank you. I’m so proud of you!

  19. Meghann Hurst April 9, 2017 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Meghann April 9, 2017 at 2:56 am – Reply

    Love it, and thank you. I’m so proud of you!

  20. Gisela Unbehaun April 9, 2017 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Supertoll alles wird klarer! Ich freue mich in Berlin und in Bonn dabei zu sein.

  21. Densue April 10, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Thank you to all of you for sharing

  22. Connie Diano April 11, 2017 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Thank you Dr Joe, i have been a follower of your work for a while now. Have read your books “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” and the “Placebo” I have attended one progressive workshop and two advanced workshops have purchased making your mind matter on line course and have listened to your CD’s watched your DVD’s and many Youtube clips. Have directed so many people to you who have followed in my footsteps and followed you with as much enthusiasm. I love what you do and how you do it. You have been a huge help in my development. The experiences i have had through my meditations and the experiences in my life have all been thanks to you and your work. Much Gratitude, Much Love.

  23. lyn willmott April 11, 2017 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Since reading The Heart’s Code I have been able to access my heart’s intelligence, although I must admit this connection only happens when I am peaceful and calm. I have noticed that thought, stress, or anger drown out my heart’s message…….but lately I have had great success making a heart connection with my present life and a few other lives I have/am living. This melding of the 2 hearts given enormous joy.

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  25. ERNESTO July 20, 2017 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Your description is a real poem made reality.

  26. Hassim Adnan February 9, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Interesting article. Really made me stay for awhile in your blog and read this plenty of times. -Almentor

  27. Jeanice Weber August 18, 2018 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    You are truly a leader, I thank you for all the help you have given me . I have learned a lot from you ,oh how special you really are , so i just wanted to share this with you, I have never learned so much in one spot wow. Thanks again for what you have learned you are sharing with us who have been sent to your videos,and your web page much love sent your way.

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