Learning the secrets of the heart
NSL visits the founders of the HeartMath Institute, who share the wisdom of their decades of research.
We packed our bags and headed toward the town of Boulder Creek, Ca – hidden in the vast wilderness of the Santa Cruz Mountains – in search of the fabled HeartMath Institute and its legendary founders. These are the visionary heart field researchers who have scientifically proven that it is the heart that makes the brain tick and not the other way around.
The mission of the HeartMath Institute is to help people bring their physical, mental and emotional systems into balanced alignment with their heart’s intuitive guidance. This unfolds the path for becoming heart-empowered individuals who choose the way of Love, demonstrated through compassionate care for the wellbeing of themselves, others and Planet Earth.
We left the HeartMath Institute inspired by their transformational work accelerating our collective shift into the Love Paradigm. They’ve taught us that the fundamental component in coming from a Love source is to live from our heart center.
Watch our interview videos from the visit, and be inspired by the wisdom shared by these scientific experts.
Defining the Love Paradigm
Director of Research Rollin McCraty offers his own interpretation of what The Love Paradigm means, and what life could potentially look like if we made that fundamental shift in consciousness leading us to a more cooperative and peaceful world of individual and collective success in thriving.
He proposes that LOVE may very well be the “organizing intelligence of the Universe”, and that the love “domain” or “spectrum” also takes many forms (brotherly love, romantic love, love for a child or close friend, etc.). Could he be right that if we live in closer alignment between the heart and mind we would make decisions that are good for ”the whole”, and that most of our social and environmental problems would simply be gone? Wouldn’t that at least be worth a shot anyway? If this shift in consciousness is what’s required, what will it take for us to accomplish it?
Calming the War Within
HeartMath Institute experts Brian Kabaker and Rollin McCraty share some insights into how tools and techniques they’ve developed over years of research is at play out in the “real world”. These guiding principles and effective tactics can help us better self regulate our emotions, especially in the heat of “battle” of one kind or another. In as far reaching places as Syria, and of course here in the United States, everyone from refugees to military and first responder personnel are employing the effective methods of shaking off emotionally impactful experiences in order to face the new moment with a renewed calm. Brian refers to law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics as “care givers of an extraordinary type”.
The work being done at HeartMath Institute on understanding the body and how it works has helped develop methods that are making a real impact on the lives of people who use it, as well as those with whom they interact in the line of duty or just the course of their day.
Katherine Floriano, Vice President of Advancement of Major and Planned Gifts, has been alongside Dr. Childress since he first dreamt the Heartmath Institute into being in the late 80’s. As one of the founding members, she is in the perfect position to share how this unique non-profit organization evolved.
After a friend set up an initial meeting with Doc, and she learned the mere concept he had in mind, Katherine new she was “in”. Although his HeartMath Institute was in the most preliminary stages of being imagined into being, what truly resonated with her was Doc’s vision for heart-based living. She was initially tasked with finding the perfect location for the institute, and – as if by conscious design – found their breathtaking homebase nestled in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where they still seek to realize the full potential of Doc’s dream today. From choosing the property to developing the land, setting up the whole operation, and – perhaps most importantly – keeping it funded all these decades, Katherine has been a key player from day zero.