The heart is universally known as a symbolic expression of love.
Expressions such as ‘heartfelt appreciation’, or that something ‘came from the heart’ or ‘heart wrenching’ show that strong emotion is felt in the area of the heart.
But what most people don’t know is that the heart produces the body’s most powerful electromagnetic field, that can be detected several feet away from the individual.
The Institute of HeartMath has been carrying out detailed research into the science of the heart for several decades now, and their findings support the notion that our heart plays a much more important role in the body than we first thought. Their research suggests that our heart’s field is a carrier of emotional information and a mediator of bioelectromagnetic communication, within and outside the body.
The magnetic component of the heart’s field, which is around 5000 times stronger than that produced by the brain, is not impeded by tissues and can be measured several feet away from the body with Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID)-based magnetometers (which measures small magnetic fields).
HeartMath’s research has also discovered something revolutionary- that a person’s emotional state is also communicated throughout the body via the heart’s electromagnetic field. But how?
Well, the rhythmic beating patterns of our hearts change significantly as we experience different emotions.
So negative emotions, such as anger or frustration, are associated with an erratic, disordered, incoherent pattern in the heart’s rhythms. In contrast, positive emotions, such as love or appreciation, are associated with a smooth, ordered, coherent pattern in the heart’s rhythmic activity.
HearMath have also found that these changes in the rhythm of the heart create corresponding changes in the structure of the electromagnetic field radiated by the heart, measurable by a technique called spectral analysis. During the coherent state (induced by sustained positive emotions), heart rhythms exhibit a sine wave-like pattern and the heart’s electromagnetic field becomes correspondingly more organized.
But there’s more. They’ve also discovered that when two individuals touch or are in proximity, one’s electrocardiogram (ECG) signal is registered in the other person’s electroencephalogram (EEG). This essentially means that the ‘heart field’ affects other people’s brainwaves. The transmission of the signal is strongest when people are in contact but the effect is still detectable when subjects are in close proximity without contact. HeartMath conclude that this unconscious ‘signal’ from the heart to the brain is electromagnetic in origin and that some part of it is radiated.
This ‘energy exchange’ between people is further amplified if the person is in a state of physiological coherence, and therefore could be an indicator of a biological basis for the exchange between healers and patients.