I wanted to share one of my favorite subjects with you. We all have this amazing human heart, the organ that pumps life-giving oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood throughout our bodies on a precise schedule. Now, we are learning that this marvelous machine — the size of a fist and weighing on average less than 10 ounces — also possesses a level of intelligence that we are only beginning to understand. Evidence shows that our heart plays a greater role in our mental and emotional processes, as well as physical, than previously thought by scientists.
“The heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that enables it to learn, remember and make independent functional decisions,” Institute of HeartMath (IHM) Director of Research Rollin McCraty wrote in the paper, “The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Communication Within and Between People.”
Scientists at IHM have been conducting research for more than two decades on the heart that has shed light on what researchers now characterize as the “energetic heart.”
Power of the Heart’s Electromagnetic Field
The heart, like the brain, generates a powerful electromagnetic field. McCraty explains, “The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body. The heart’s electrical field is about 50 to 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical field of brainwaves, and the heart’s magnetic field is about 5,000 times stronger.”
HeartMath studies show this powerful electromagnetic field can be detected and measured several feet away from a person’s body as well as between two individuals in close proximity.
In the HeartMath study, “The Electricity of Touch: Detection and Measurement of Cardiac Energy Exchange Between People,” researchers set out to determine whether in one individual the heart’s electromagnetic field, as measured by an electrocardiogram (ECG), could be detected and measured in another person when the pair either were seated about three feet away from each other or held hands.