term that they put on it, but it was how I recognized it,”
says McArthur, who returned to full-time ministry after
working for HeartMath. He spent 14 years as senior
minister at Unity of Walnut Creek, California, before
retiring in September 2016.
Expanding on HeartMath’s discoveries by putting them
into a more spiritual context, McArthur developed a
three-step technique he calls the Heart Wisdom Tool. This
technique is designed to help access the spiritual heart—
an expression of the higher aspects of wisdom and power
that come from your spiritual self through your physical
heart. This wisdom, he adds, knows the answers to your
every question and is much greater than the wisdom that
resides in the brain.
Using his techniques provides a direct experience of
your spiritual self and transforms emotional conflict
into peace, while allowing you to live at a whole new
level of resilience, fulfillment, and spiritual awareness.
McArthur founded an organization called Accessing
Wisdom to teach this technique through individual
coaching and group presentations.
“People really do not know that they have this level of
wisdom within them,” McArthur says. “The heart is not our
natural mechanism. The brain is. So, as spiritual beings, we
have to make the choice to go to the heart. When we do,
that care, love, and gentleness is extensive.” Accessing this
not only changes our lives, he maintains, but the lives of
everyone around us.
Practicing the Heart Wisdom Tool, McArthur
says, is profound because “it takes us to a place where
we find the wisdom to take humankind to its higher
dimension of expression.”
For information about
including how to sign
up for personal wisdom
and online learning, visit
Rev. David McArthur’s
book, Your Spiritual
Heart, is available
at amazon.com. For
about HeartMath and
heart intelligence, visit
The Heart Wisdom Tool
When you feel stressed, pressured, or worried and are
not clear about what to do, that’s the ideal time to access the
wisdom of our hearts using Rev. David McArthur’s Heart
“I made it so focused and so simple,” McArthur says.
“My hope is that people will try the steps and find that
connection within themselves.”
Below is a brief overview of his three-step process; he
gives further detail in Your Spiritual Heart.
. Touch and Breathe: Touch your
heart with your hand to create a
heart connection—an invitation
to activate your spiritual
heart. Then take slow, deep
breaths, envisioning that you
are actually breathing through
your heart. This focuses your
attention on your heart and its
. Remember and Feel: Remember
a time when your heart was full,
such as when you felt a sense of
great appreciation or deep care.
Feel this emotion rather than just
thinking about the memory. Such
powerful feelings open your heart
and allow you to transform any
negative emotions, freeing you
from emotional reactions.
. Sincere Asking: Now that you’ve
established a connection with
your spiritual heart, ask it for
guidance using questions such
as “What is a more effective
response?” “What do you
want me to do?” or “What
is an effective next step?” By
asking, you are calling forth or
activating the wisdom of your
spiritual heart to give you a new
perspective on whatever situation
you’re currently experiencing.