We have a saying in Spanish, ‘Ver los toros desde la barrera.” What it means is that watching the bulls run from behind the fence l is not the same as running with the bulls.
Similarly, knowing a lot about heart intelligence, is not the same as experiencing it. The key or essential element for you to master Heart Intelligence awareness is embodiment.
When I talk about embodiment, I’m not talking about taking better care of your body or even telling you to get out of your head and into your feelings. Though these are important aspects of embodying your heart intelligence, this is not all of it.
Embodiment is taking information and turning it into an experience. It is the structure and form of who you really are in movement, and in action.
I believe that ‘Who you really are’ is the capacity to think, feel, sense, have, long for, want, desire, do, and experience. You are literally like a container, where all of these thoughts, feelings, sensations, desires, longings, and experiences are like waves in an infinite ocean.
Thus, embodiment is really about being more fully YOU, in the flesh, and in every aspect of your humanness. While many types of meditations encourage you to transcend your body, emotions, and other human aspects of yourself, living a heart intelligent life is really about being more fully alive in your own body, and in every aspect of your humaneness.
Without embodiment, Heart Intelligence is just another concept or philosophy. Fully embodied, it will transform your life.
The 3 Steps to Embody Heart Intelligence
True embodiment has at least three central steps or processes. I first learned about these steps from Integral Coach and Author Robert MacNamara in the book Integral Life Practice. Leave one out and your embodiment erodes, causing you to become less in the physical and emotional reality of your life. The three processes are embrace, inhabitation and movement.
The process of embracing means to literally reach and hold ‘what is’ real, present, and alive in you and others each moment. This means also embracing the contradictory polarities that will inevitably exist. For example, excitement in your belly and heart may be embraced while its polar experience of anxiety and dread may not. Embracing means closely witnessing your experience wherever you are, paying special attention to what is also being rejected, or repressed.
When you inhabit something you are on the inside. For example, looking at your body, witnessing your mind, interpreting your physical and emotional sensations through a series of conditioned stories and habitually conceptualizing your experience. This is a very limited perception of total reality. Since perception originates from the inside of you, embodiment practices require you to inhabit more of your experience and experience from the inside each sensation, or emotional texture moving through you, as a particular kind of thought stream and/or your simple open awareness.
Every facet of your form involves movement. All of you is an ongoing flux starting with the high-speed movement of each atom inside your body. Participating with the movements that resonate with your larger integrity and vaster complexity as a human being is fundamental to living a heart intelligent life. Movement indicates your ability to let each though, each feeling, each sensation, and every longing or desire to act move through you, with inspiration, receptivity and inspired action.
The deeper you embody, the more aliveness you experience. And, this aliveness is no other than the intelligence of your own heart unfolding moment by moment as your full human experience.