Kerwin Rae Explains How To Maintain Optimal Flow For Peak Performance

Hello once again fellow entrepreneur. Today we have a very interesting article based on an interview I had with Kerwin Rae last week. For all those who have been reading this column from the beginning, you will notice that Kerwin has already appeared twice previously, once in an article on Creativity and Influence and the other on Inspirational Leadership.

In one of the articles, I mentioned seeing Kerwin presenting in such a powerful state of flow, that he literally seemed to have the audience in the palm of his hand. I found out later that he made around a million dollars from that 90 minute presentation, which exemplifies how powerful congruency and flow are in relation to our business.

When I asked Kerwin about this accomplishment, he told me it has taken about ten years to get to that level of expertise in his presenting skills. This led us to discuss something I have heard him reiterate numerous times, that success is never an overnight phenomenon, and it’s always the long distance runners who win in the end.

Endurance Beats Speed

Kerwin went on to say that in many areas of business, you hear people talking about overnight success, but business and wealth creation needs to be committed to for the long term.

Kerwin has studied wealth creation for decades. The penny dropped after one of his mentors asked him to read the BRW Rich 200 and start studying billionaires, rather than listening to people who talk about making money. He noticed all these guys were 50+, and only started to really crack money game in the mid 40’s. He also noticed that a lot of them were 60, 70 and 80 years of age.

At that point, it really hit Kerwin that if he wanted to figure this out and do it properly, he needed to let go, relax, do the work and realize it was going to take some time. One of the most useful things Kerwin uses to keep his mind in the right place for wealth creation is to keep his expectations in the short term realistic and stay focused on the long-term goal.

Staying focused on the game for life, not moment to moment, keeps him in the state of relaxation and flow he needs to keep jumping his business to higher levels.

What is particularly fascinating about this is that Kerwin has cracked the game of wealth and business at a level many people only dream of, those who attain this degree of success in business, often do so much later in life. (I can’t be quoted on this, but I think Kerwin is the same age as me, and that’s mid-thirties.)

But he did this by shifting his focus, working smarter not harder, and learning how to maintain a state of coherence and flow within himself, and as we shall see in the next paragraph, without the latter, none of it would have been possible. That is fascinating! I think that equation could be worth noting for all of us.

How A Life Threatening Situation Led To Greater Coherence

In his early thirties, Kerwin suffered a massive stroke, he told me that the stroke turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of his life. To explain this, he went on to cite the difference between elite athletes and business people.

If you look at most business people, it’s almost a complete reverse model to an athletes model, we spend 80% of our time competing in our business, maybe 5% training, and if we’re lucky, 15% in rest and recuperation. This is actually a burn out model, and Kerwin said he has burned out many occasions.

One of the techniques Kerwin had to learn was moderating his energy levels. Like many business people, he used to become quite intense and run on adrenaline in his activities. Much like the sprinter, he was very effective very quickly, but suffered from exhaustion because of maintaining such an obsessive focus.

The greatest tool Kerwin found for moderating his energy levels and finding flow was something called “Heart Math“. Heart Math is based on the science of neurocardiology, which concentrates on the messaging system between the heart and the brain. Various meditation and spiritual disciplines create an alignment between the brain and the heart. Heart math is a scientific approach to accessing and accomplishing these same results.

Heart Math focuses on coherence, helping people find a channel or a link between chaos and coherence as quickly as possible in stressful situations. Ultimately, it trains us to recognize coherence as a state being and access it on demand.

Heart Math has played a phenomenal role in Kerwin’s life, especially in his recovery from stroke. For three months after his stroke, Kerwin had no short-term memory, and he would be grappling to remember things constantly. He said it was like torture to live in this state for three months.

But one of the things heart math gave him was the ability to access information that was not neurologically based. So when Kerwin became panicked at not remembering things, he found he could use heart math to access the information, it would just come to him without him having to remember it. This happened through the process of aligning his heart and brain, so he could access information without having to use his brain to think about or remember the answer, it was more like using intuitive memory.

Heart math has enabled Kerwin to bring focus to his heart in stressful situations, and put his heart back into a coherent state, which then sends messages to his mind, then through the rest of his body to return to a state of relaxation and flow for optimal performance.

When we relax, we give ourselves the ability to find flow. This is often the missing link when we are trying to be successful in our work, we’re so intense and focused, we can lose the natural flow that is there for us.

The Curious Case Of Our Inner Oracle

Kerwin explains that the heart sends 16 times more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart, our heart is communicating to the brain constantly. Our heart perceives information in the environment well before the brain does, and it communicates that information directly to the brain.

Using heart math is one way to get access to information that is available in the environment to everyone, but very few people are tuned in to it. As many of you will have read in my previous articles, I talk a lot about using play to access creativity, and how our creativity gives us the ability to access information that is not present to the senses, in other words, it’s intuitive knowledge.

What is particularly interesting about this is until my conversation with Kerwin last week, I’d never heard of Heart Math, but a very weird thread of similarity ran through the things he spoke about and what I wrote about in my book on creativity.

My first book was literally written from my intuition, I even say in the introduction:

“I would often go in search of this book in the outer world, asking people if they knew of a book like one that was already imprinted in my own heart.”

Of course, I researched and cited the work of many leading authorities and scientists on play and creativity in the text, but the information I intuitively knew was only being reinforced by their findings.

The reason I’m telling you this is to show you that we all have access to our intuition, and the information is already sitting in our environment waiting for us to pick up on it. The trick is finding whatever works for you to access this and then doing it.

Both Kerwin and I are on the same page about the heart being the crucial instrument we need to get connected and coherent with in order to make this happen. The more open our heart is, the more open we are to intuition, then the challenge is to have that information transported to the brain and interpreted in a way that we can receive it clearly. That’s where coherence comes in.

How Coherence Gives Us An Edge In Business

We need to create coherence within the communication system, and then be able to recognize the information that’s being sent as different from our thoughts or ego.

Kerwin teaches Heart Math in his program, Power to Create. During the program, people find out how to read other people’s intentions, so we can pick up on people’s intentions in any scenario. Our heart can receive information, but it can also send information. This may sound a bit unusual, but the truth is, we’re all doing it all the time in our lives anyway. We may not be doing this consciously or effectively, because we have not consciously aligned our heart and brain frequencies for coherence.

Kerwin explains that our heart has the most enormous amount of charge compared to any other part of our body. Every time it beats that pulse, it goes through the entire body, the thumping of the heart acts as a regulator, regulating the entire body organism.

He goes on to say that we’re constantly giving off heat in the form of photons. Our body is literally producing light, and depending on what we’re doing and thinking, our body is producing different levels of light. Every time our heart beats, it is imprinting information on the photons that are leaving our body. So whatever we hold in our hearts is being communicated to the rest of the environment.

Kerwin says that 85% to 95% of the time in his Power to Create program, people can read into situations, events, occurrences in people’s lives just by putting themselves into a state of coherence. The applications for this in our business are phenomenal. Most successful business people I know work from gut feeling and intuition when deciding on potential business partners.

Sir Richard Branson says he knows within a few seconds of meeting someone whether or not he will do business with them, this is based on intuitive knowledge. By sensing another person’s intentions and level of coherence, we can decide immediately whether or not the other person’s intentions are coherent with our own.

Again, we all do this sometimes; none of us would do business with someone who didn’t “feel right” to us. It isn’t rocket science, it’s just common sense. Unfortunately, we’ve been trained to ignore or discount our intuition when really, if we are tuned into it properly, it’s a far more accurate method of discernment than relying only on material data alone. (There is an entire article in this that I could write on marketing and perception management, but I’ll leave that for another time ;))

This article has blown out to being much longer than I’d planned, and I haven’t even come to the end of the information I transcribed from Kerwin’s interview! As much as I love this topic, I’ll have to finish up here and continue with this in another article.

I hope the information shared by Kerwin has created some new insights and avenues of thought for you, and as I’m sure you can tell, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. Kerwin travels all over the world doing presentations, trainings and workshops, and if you would like to find out more about his work, check out his website for details.

Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear your comments at the end.

Cheers, Neroli.

About Neroli Makim

Neroli Makim is an intuitive artist and writer who loves exploring Creativity and its relationship to personal fulfillment and professional success. She educates people about Creativity, what it is, why it’s important and how to access it within themselves. For more information, visit

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  • They might say that those people who talk about aura and feeling peoples’ energy are crazy, but bodies do give off energy in the form of photons, like you mentioned, heat, electrical impulses (brainwaves), etc.

    Thoughts, feeling and emotions are actually going on in someones brain – so who’s to say we cannot tap into a system of seeing or feeling those like we see and feel emotions through a face.

    Speaking of hearts, though, there is evidence of people having significant personality changes, become like their donor, after a heart transplant.

    Wild stuff: Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors

    • Hey Graham, I’ve heard about those amazing stories in relation to transplant organs carrying cellular memory form their owners. Pretty wild hey? It’s very fascinating, I love this kind of thing;) Cheers, neroli

  • Great article Neroli, I like the idea of using the heart as a tool in a much more congruent manner. I face challenge often over-using my head so it’s a great time for a reminder to look to this area as well for guidance.

    • Hey yaro:)

      You’re definitely not alone with that over active mental energy, I do it far too much for my own good, & I wrote a book on intuition! Don’t ask me how that works:) It’s interesting for me to see how working more intuitively has worked wonders for other business people like Kerwin though, helps me get more clarity. I guess it’s a balance between both that helps more than anything.
      Cheers:) neroli

    • When it comes to reaching out to your target the heart is really more effective…

  • Great post! I really like the idea of this article. I’ve been juggling lots of stuff lately and havn’t been thinking about the future or long term plan much. After the read, I’ll have to get to it very soon. Thanks!

    • Great idea Yoot:) Glad the post helped remind you to look into the long term, might save you a lot of time in the end.
      Cheers, neroli

  • I think you definitely need to have a sound body, mind, and soul to succeed, but further to that point you also need that to enjoy the success. If you are obsessed with making a million dollars, once you make it you still won’t be happy, then you will just want more and more.

    I’m not focused on becoming a billionaire, or studying billionaires. I enjoy making money online and the freedom in my life that it gives me. Making a few hundred per day is enough for me to live a great life, I am always pushing to make a bit more but I don’t let it take over my life.

    This is a great article that helps people understand that balance in their life is important for your own well being and for your success!

    • Thanks Jeremy, that’s a really good point you made about enjoying the process and not obsessing over it. I also think that those people who do love what they’re doing & enjoy the process not only have more fun, feel more fulfilled, but actually experience far greater levels of success in all areas.

      It sounds like know know how to play the game:) If you ever get to see Kerwin in action, he definitely plays it that way. He has as much fun presenting as the audience does cracking up at his jokes!

      Cheers, neroli

  • It’s interesting, when someone believes and focuses on something, it becomes possible. Kerwin uses his heart as an object of his success. Some people use talismans, or any other object to improve their success.

    Kerwin has reach a level of being self assured, he believes strongly in what he says, and he’s so focused on his mission.

    My bet is Neroli got charged by being in his presence. People like that emanate an aura of energy that brings you up.

    Believing makes it possible.

    Good job N!


    • Thanks Tony:) You’re right about feeling inspired being around people who are certain about what they do and are focussed on their mission. I get this feeling around Kerwin and a lot of the other speakers and business people I encounter in my line of work, and I love it.

      I find I get even clearer and more focussed as a result, and inspired to push myself to greater levels of challenge and fulfillment. All in all, I have a lot of fun and get a lot good stuff from this:)
      Cheers, neroli

  • Very good article. Again, for me, it comes to balance. Wisdom, experience, business rules and the gut feeling all contribute in every business decision.

    • Thanks Lily:) You’re so right, balance is key, we need both polarities. Thanks for your wise words, cheers, neroli

  • Hi Neroli,
    The topic of using intuition in business has been going around lately. I know that listening to our heart instead of our mind will place us exactly where we need to be.

    Kerwin’s story about running on adrenaline and working like a sprinter resonates with me because I tend to do that as well. Life and business are a marathon, not a sprint.

    Thanks for the cool article and I look forward to visiting Kerwin’s site.

    • Ha-ha Justin! How did I already KNOW that you would resonate with running on adrenalin? I think it might be from the comments we’ve bounced back and forwards over time, I gathered you might like the odd flat out sprint. It can be fun & exhilarating until it’s exhausting:) I’m learning to work things better myself, still learning…

      Hope you found some cool things over at Kerwin’s, if ever you get a chance to see him present; I think you’d really click with him. I’m planning on finding a way to interview him some more for this column anyway:)

      Cheers, neroli

  • Hard work is never overnight…that’s why it’s HARD…wonderful article!!

    • He-he, yep, that’s about it in a nutshell hey Zach πŸ™‚ Thanks for checking out the article, cheers, neroli

  • we’ve all heard the story about the tortise and the haire but soon forget the very important message in that story.

    Endurance beats speed.

    I just realized I sprinted through my first business venture and that was one of the main reasons I failed. I step back and take the time to train and recouperate.

    Great lessons to take on to my next venture. Thanks.

    • thanks Andy, I need reminding all the time of things that make my life much better if I just follow them! Glad to hear you are taking the rest and recovery model into account this time around;) Best of luck in game two!

      Cheers, neroli

  • Nice post Neroli, interesting point about how much business owners work and how much they train compared to athletes.

    • Thanks Anthony, and I know! Wasn’t that comparison cool? I’ve never thought of that before, but it makes such perfect sense! I don’t feel bad about letting myself do the rest and recovery time I need to now:)
      Cheers, neroli

  • Very interesting read. So are you saying that we have to put our brain and heart together to function at maximum power and unleash our creativity? I think I can do that. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Codrut:) that’s how it works best apparently. I’m sure you can do it, I think we were made to work like this, we just haven’t been given the right training before:) cheers, neroli

  • I think if Kevin was able to get great results by “working smarter not harder” someone “working smarter and harder” could expect pretty good results too πŸ™‚

  • Tyler

    This is INCREDIBLE.
    I’m so shocked to come across this information about the heart yet again, and about cellular memory. I’ve come across this things before, but coming across in on a totally different platform – an entrepreneur site, is great.

    I don’t know what else to say, besides this information about the heart has been a missing piece of knowledge in my attempts to understand the mind that I truly needed. I feel that this information will allow me to dramatically change the way I approach life. I thank you greatly for sharing this knowledge!!!

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