heart’s energetic field is the first thing to detect this stimuli. While the study’s results show that both the heart and brain receive and respond to pre-stimulus information about future events, the data indicates that the heart receives intuitive information first, and then sends different patterns of afferent signals to the brain. The research also indicates that we are more “tuned in” to stimuli (future event) that is emotionally important to us – someone or something we care about. As we talk about what’s happening between the heart and the brain, I find it useful to clarify that in our work, we have identified three types of intuition, and that practicing being in a more coherent or aligned state facilitates all three. The first type is usually called implicit knowledge, which is where we learn something and forget we learned it, or didn’t know we learned it. Say we are faced with a new problem and we do not have a solution to it. After we ponder it some, maybe a day or two later, usually at a time when we’re not thinking about it, like in the car driving or in the shower, the solution
suddenly pops into our consciousness, and we have an insight or intuition. Expert knowledge is also in this category, which is why the vast majority of academic writings on intuition are limited to discussing implicit processes. The second category of intuition is what we call energetic sensitivity, meaning our nervous system’s ability to detect real signals in the environment – one person’s brain waves can actually synchronize to another person’s heartbeat. It also covers an important aspect of empathy, and when you are able to feel someone staring at you without looking with your eyes. Lastly, the third type, which is what we were talking about in the experiments I’m referencing, is non-local intuition. Non-local is the type of intuition that you cannot explain through implicit processes or energetic sensitivities – the mother who knows her child is in distress non-locally, two bedrooms down, or on the other side of the planet. It’s really interesting that when we ask about people’s personal experience with this type of intuition in our law enforce-
Wonders of the Heart Wonders of the Heart is the twenty first book of the third quarter of Abu Hamid alGhazali’s Ihya Ulum al-Din (Revivification of the Sciences of Religion). Al-Ghazali was a Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher and mystic born in 1058 A.D. in Khorasan, Iran. He wrote the Ihya upon returning home after more than ten years of seclusion and meditation in search of truth. The book is widely regarded as one of the great works of Muslim spirituality, and seeks to create a balance between religion and reason. In Wonders of the Heart, al-Ghazali speaks of human beings’ capacity for “the highest of all kinds of knowledge,” the seat of which is the heart. Described as the center for both psychic and physical actions, the heart is said to contain threads that bind thought to act, and human to the Divine.
Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 2
A journal for people of the heart.