When disconnected, our brains and our hearts work against each other, paralyzing us and keeping us from the life that we long to have. However, when our heart-brain connection is functioning properly, its influence is extensive and its power in our lives is immeasurable.
The first way that this powerful influence of the heart-brain connection can be effectively harnessed is through intention. Intention is about the “purpose and awareness with which we approach [an] occasion.” Marcia Wieder defines intention as “to have in mind a purpose of plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” In other words, intention is “influencing one’s internal and external environment in a purposeful way.” It is harnessing the power of the mind and heart together to achieve even our most impossible dreams.
Intention works best when consciousness, thought and emotion are all united. “If one does not believe they can do something and do not emotionally connect with the intention in any other way then the intention has no momentum.” In the context of the heart-brain connection, “the research suggests that all components need to be in alignment for intention to result in targeted outcomes. When either thought or emotion becomes too strong they can inhibit the other, and disrupt the intention process,” but when thoughts and emotion are matched with consciousness, there is a “maximum potential of strength.” When our hearts and brains are working in tandem, we have almost unlimited potential to change ourselves and our lives.
Research has begun to demonstrate the power of intention in our physical bodies, especially with techniques such as guided imagery or visualization, but a more practical place where we can explore intention is in the realm of relationships. When we utilize the heart-brain connection to energize the power of intention, we become capable of changing our habitual, and often negative, relationship dynamics.
Alexander Dunlop, in “Creating Change by Leveraging the Power of Intention,” described this situation perfectly. Convinced that money always ruined relationships, he simply accepted the fact that “when money was involved, things got ugly.” But when another financial dispute arose with his ex-wife, Dunlop decided to use the power of intention to change the pattern. During the week before he met with his ex, he imagined only a good outcome of the meeting. Dunlop envisioned having a successful, pleasant conversation and productive communication with his ex-wife. And it worked. His intention changed the previous patterns of destructive communication, and their issues were resolved without a return to court.
Dr. Wayne Dyer, also known as the “father of motivation” has expressed in his book, “You have to just be. You have to let go. You have to allow. You have to be free and make this your consciousness.” He continues, “Basically, what you would see is a frequency (of energy) that manifests itself through the process of giving, of allowing, of offering and of serving. It asks nothing back.”
Of course, this is only one example, but the principle is a powerful one. We do have the power, because of the heart-brain connection, to use intention to change our lives. We can listen with intention, observe with intention, and think with intention. Building these habits, which require both the heart and the brain to work effectively, allow us to affect our environment, our bodies, and our relationships into new and positive realms of reality.