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Excerpted from Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Heart’s Intuitive Guidance for Effective Choices and Solutions; Chapter 5, Raising Our Vibration to Access Our Higher Potentials, by Doc Childre

Many spiritual cultures agree that inner stillness creates an energetic environment for supporting our advancing consciousness which can unleash the transformational power of our love.

That’s why from the beginning of HeartMath, many of the tools and especially the coherence technology have been designed to facilitate easier access to stillness and its connection to our natural inner wisdom and guidance.

Think of inner stillness as a practical asset for deeper listening. How many times have we told children or others to get still inside and listen up, because we have something important to tell them?

This is because we instinctively know that inner stillness plays a part in the quality and depth of most people’s hearing ability. So why not use it the way it can count the most— to quiet our own mental and emotional static so that we can hear the counsel and wisdom from our heart’s intuitive guidance.

When our mind quietens, inner stillness is where we land. From there we can reset and upgrade our life’s experience. We often hear ourselves and others say, “If I had more foresight, I would have handled that situation differently.” Stillness is a primary source for increasing our foresight and discernment. Inner stillness is a place where our heart can speak without the mind running it off the road. In order to “be still, and know” we first have to be still enough to listen.

It’s highly effective to schedule times for practice of inner stillness to allow our heart, mind, and emotions to experience a relaxed time-out from competing over the choices we make. Stillness softens our determined mental and emotional traffic so that our heart-speak can be heard. This requires practice because the mind will try to occupy any available space if the door is left cracked. However, if stillness practices didn’t produce high-value results, think of all the centuries of time that meditators and spiritually conscious people would have wasted throughout history.