The science of the heart

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.

science of the heartHeartMath measure this electrical field by using an electrocardiogram (ECG) which is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain waves recorded in an electroencephalogram (EEG).

 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.






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  • Guadalupe

    I dont’t know english very well but I know love is the answer to all our conflicts and sadness. What I dont’ know is why people is so selfish and anger most of the time! And I can fell it from my heart and it hurts me. Now I know this is a real thing, all this time I thought I was kind of crazy for feeling this things. I’m mexican, sorry if I dont’t write very well, but I felt the need of telling this to somebody who feel the way I feel.

  • The main reason for so many people being so selfish is the way in which children are treated by ‘civilised’ Society – Society,Religion, Ideology tells children what to think, and imposes sanctions to control any dissent. This undermines the natural child’s innate intelligence and forces the child to ‘adapt’ to another’s world view.

    Thus obedience is dishonest, and disobedience is honest.

    To fit in to this Society the child has to become emotionally blind to her or his own FEELING, and that makes him or her also blind to others feelings, sensings…

    We are told that unless we learn we will not get a good job, a good mate, a good house; all the ‘stuff’ that makes us feel comfortable in a bad society is waved before us, as a lure, back up by threats.

    Thus we are forced to compete where we would naturally co-operate. This conditioning has been going on for such a long time that it is now normalised.

    We are not born expecting this society – we are born with natural expectations, few of which ever are met in this society.

    The philosophy of the treatment of children as ‘blank slates’, as ‘destructive and wilful, and needing mastering’ has a long history in this society.. and is the basis for Compulsion Schooling.

    These are the reasons for much selfishness…

  • As Chairman of the “Imagine Gathering” committee in Phoenix Az (see Face Book Fan Page “Imagine Gathering”) I am excited about uniting our team with your team. We “get it!” And we are acting on it! Hope it catches on and is duplicated all around the world.
    Blessings to all,
    Tony Arnold

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