As I write, I am on a train from Bergen to Voss, Norway. The snow has continued late this year in Norway, and it is Friday. So the train is packed with excited Norwegians carrying skis.

Traveling with my friends Ruth Buckingham and Phil Richardson, I’ll be giving a talk on emotional intelligence in Voss, hosted by KaDSCF4771ri Bye. Giving talks and workshops in many parts of the world, I’ve encountered a widespread sense of disconnect in people I’ve met. So many feel estranged from the deeper pattern of life on Planet Earth. I find a longing for a life that makes sense at the level of the heart, as well as at the level of the practical challenges that most of us face day-to-day.

RuthKariPhilThere is a primal bond that connects us to the entire pattern of Creation. It connects all living things to each other. It connects us to the very source of life within ourselves. It connects you and me right now. As I see it, this bond is what is at issue for so many people, whether or not they ever thought of it that way. The presence of the primal bond brings a sense of belonging to the circle of life and a sense of belonging in our own life. It brings an abiding assurance through the cycles of life and through all the comings and goings that occur in the human experience.

While there is a conscious component of the primal bond for us as human beings, most of our experience of this bond is known at deeper levels. For instance, through these words you may become consciously aware of my existence. But that alone is a surface thing. The connection between us as human beings carries meaning when we share in an attunement that is felt more than thought about.

Science is giving us evidence of the working of the primal bond. Researchers at a University in Israel have reported that a mother need only smile at her baby for their heartbeats to synchronize.

In Sweden, researchers have found that the heart rates of high school choir members became almost instantly synchronized when they sang together.


It has been well documented by Dr. Larry Dossey and others how our thoughts and feelings generate healing power that impacts others. In his book Healing Words, Dr. Dossey cites dozens of laboratory experiments that show that words of prayer heal.

While scientific research can reassure the skeptical mind that the primal bond is real, of itself, science doesn’t create this bond in personal experience. Learning about it doesn’t make it so for us. Because it operates primarily through the emotional body, something has to happen at a heart level for it to work in the human experience. A feeling dynamic has to be turned on.

For us, as human beings, the primal bond originally forms as infants when our mother embraces us and nurses us, and when our father holds us in his arms. One of my most vivid experiences of raising my daughter, Helena, was holding her close to me while she was crying and fussing, and refusing to go to bed. It didn’t take long, rocking back and forth in the rocking chair, before she felt a deeper peace and closed her eyes. She was attuning with me to an inner sense of belonging and well-being. That’s the primal bond.

infant mother smile

Certainly human beings have an ability to disrupt the primal bond. Unlike most of the natural world, which seems to be hardwired at an instinctual level to the circle of life, the human connection is fragile and easily broken by the conscious choices people make.

Ideally, our experience as infants is supposed to strengthen the energetic chords of connection that form the primal bond to a nearly unbreakable point. Often, it doesn’t. Who had the perfect childhood? Most of us come to realize that we received mixed messages growing up—part love, and part chaos, fear and anger. The truth is that most of us had parents for whom the primal bond had frayed significantly. There is no point in blaming them for that. Very likely, their own parents had a similar experience and inflicted it on them.

But what about us? What can we do to allow the primal bond to heal in ourselves? What I’ve learned about the primal bond tells me this: My conscious choices can either strengthen it or get in the way.

I notice that my own human mind can be an arrogant beast—all too ready to take matters into its own hands and rule the world of my existence like a petty tyrant. And I observe that most people’s minds have that same penchant for arrogance. It can forget that nobody made me in charge of the universe, not even this little patch of it. It can forget that there is an already-existing order to Creation that I am a part of.

I am truly happy when I am consciously humble—noticing the level of my own attunement with life at a feeling level, and choosing to nurture that experience. More and more, I pay attention to what creates a feeling of harmony with other people; what magnifies my sense of connection with the landscape around me. Most of all, I’ve learned the importance of expressing from my own deepest core the things that are most meaningful to me.

I’ve learned that emotional intelligence implies a quality of humble conscious thought—a kind of intelligence that leads us into a way of feeling that is healthy and productive. The foundation of emotional intelligence is knowing the primal bond. So what is the thinking that leads you to a greater experience of connection? You might ask, to what?

To everything! To other people, to yourself, to the larger reality of Being that some people call God. My experience is that when I am feeling connected, I am feeling connected to everything.

I love doing workshCircle IMG_2163ops that lead people into a deeper experience of the primal bond for themselves. I love seeing people open up, melt, laugh and sigh with relief, just because they are feeling that deeper connection within themselves. And of course, I share that same experience with them in the process.

So…how is your primal bond doing? Are you ready to let whatever has become broken or frayed in your connectedness heal? I believe we all have the opportunity to take a positive step in that direction simply by acknowledging the kindness within us that wants out.

There is a greater love present within you and within me, desiring expression. When we acknowledge it and honor it, we have connected. When we give it voice, it strengthens. When we act on it, it becomes real for us. We have taken our place in the web of life that is formed by the primal bond.

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Michel Vaillancourt
Michel Vaillancourt
April 26, 2016 11:53 am

Dear David,
Thank you for this update on your travel and for sharing with me the dept of your experience with primal bond connection.As I became intuned with your travel, my love and blessing went with you and our beautiful friend on your trip to Europe.Being open to this greater awareness you were sharing with the people of Voss,I thrive to touch the spirit that inspired you. I know your offering to the seekers will creat wonderful bounds, transforming there world into a fantastic and meaningful one.Blessed be the ones that offers the Lord spirit in their lives and teaches other to do so.
One with You, Michel

Kari Bye
Kari Bye
April 26, 2016 1:45 pm

Thank you for your talk and workshop in Voss!
You really led us into a deeper experience of our primal bond! The deeper Connection With ourselves and each other brought forth our inner strength, individually and collectively. There is energy available when we Connect to the pattern of creation.

Babette Lewis
Babette Lewis
April 26, 2016 2:04 pm

That was quite perfect for me. Yes, it does pull us closer together on a higher plane, a more harmonious plane of existence. I appreciate your sharing, always.

Bill Assad
Bill Assad
April 26, 2016 4:34 pm

Yes!Thank You for sharing your thoughts. I comment here now with what I’ve learned during my journey of growth,which once brought me to your door.
When connected with a primal bond in Body we are Earth,In Spirit we transcend above and beyond the very universe.
Be well my Brother!

Vicki Edwards
Vicki Edwards
April 26, 2016 6:29 pm

Thank you David for these words that have come deep from your Soul. I resonate with your passion and commitment. Blessings to you on the journey and to all those who come into your/our field of love.

Linda Moore
Linda Moore
April 26, 2016 8:20 pm

Dear David,,
As I write precious rain fall in the High desert of Bluff.

So good to hear of your journey in speaking of emotional intelligence. The widespread sense of disconnect encountered comes in loss of the dream, trying to prop up unreality of an unreal nightmare. This unreality can only go so far before hitting the ceiling or the wall. No way through and it hurts. Prayer comes then, answered. Go deeper.

I, too find a longing for ‘a life ‘that makes sense at the level of the heart as well as at the level of practical challenges’.

Primal bond can only be a reality seen, visioned when realizing something is missing….oh it’s me!. The natural process calls forward the attunement we share because this is present through Creator of creation through us.

By choice arrogance gives way to humility of the open door of the web of life formed by hands and voice of the living God, being in our appointed place.

My best to you, Ruth, Phil and Kari in your journey of living light.

April 27, 2016 1:03 am

Thank you for putting yourself on the line to let true connection deepen. I look forward to your time in Birmingham and will think of you all as you are travelling with love janet

Irene de Groof
Irene de Groof
April 27, 2016 2:40 am

David It is so special to picture you and others in the train from Bergen to Voss in that beautiful country. I have done that a few times too. I love traveling with the train through Europe too.
Also what you opened up with the 4 of you together and how you touched in to the deeper heart. I wish you well on your further travels and hope to welcome you here next year here in the Netherlands.
Today its Kingsday; freezing cold, but in spite of that there many people in the streets who are celebrating.
But here I talk to you expressing the true qualities of being a King or Queen and inviting others to do so too A big smile, Irene.

Jane F Anetrini
Jane F Anetrini
April 27, 2016 11:42 am

Beautiful David, Thank you. It seems easy to see the tyrant outside of ourselves and I welcome seeing my disruptive thinking as a tyrant I can address. As you say it can be an arrogant beast. I welcome the experience of humbleness allowing my mind to be loved and to serve it’s true purpose. My primal spirituality is in place even when I have forgotten to pay attention. Thank you for the reminder and the guidance.

atom Terpening
atom Terpening
April 30, 2016 10:30 am

Thanks David,
Thanks for being on the front line. For putting out the effort and effortless radiance. For the diligence in your contemplation, the willingness to follow that golden thread to wisdom.
I recognize the heart intelligence of the primal bond consciously in your words and then through my heart as I appreciate your journey to think, feel, inspire and share.
Travel Well – Atom

Shareen Ewing
Shareen Ewing
May 2, 2016 10:49 pm

The power being released in this tour is so evident–you carry us all with you and we can provide a strong backing as we carry that same Tone in our lives, wherever we may be.

I love sharing all your photos on Facebook as well! Thank you!

My love and blessing is with you all,

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