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The Energetic Heart Is Unfolding

A Heart Cloud over a Field

Assessing the Energetic Heart — Near and Far

In one of HeartMath’s most recent studies, researchers examined whether there is an energy exchange, in this case heart-brain interactions, in one of the most intimate of human relationships.

The Proof of Concept Study: Heart-Brain Synchronization between Mother and Baby” explored the potential to measure energetic heart-brain interactions that may be occurring between a mother and her infant. Researchers were able to show that the mother’s brainwaves synchronized to that of her baby’s heartbeat.

In this experiment, the baby was lying in the mother’s lap with a blanket placed in between mother and baby. In the summary of their findings, the study’s authors wrote, “This preliminary data elucidates the intriguing finding that the electromagnetic signals generated by the heart have the capacity to affect others around us. It appears that when the mother placed her attention on the baby, she became more sensitive to the subtle electromagnetic signals generated by the infant’s heart. These findings have intriguing implications, suggesting that a mother in a psychophysiologically coherent state became more sensitive to the subtle electromagnetic information encoded in the electromagnetic signals of her infant.”

Graph of Mother and Baby

The top wave (blue) in the graph is the mother's signal averaged electroencephalograph (EEG) or brainwave signal. The bottom wave is her infant's signal averaged electrocardiogram (ECG). Signal averaging is a technique for detecting synchronization between two signals. In this example, the mother's brainwave is clearly synchronized to her baby's heartbeat.

One of the questions being explored by the science-based Global Coherence Initiative (GCI), launched in 2008 by the Institute of HeartMath, is whether human electromagnetic fields can be influenced over much greater distances.

The GCI, which has an international membership of about 34,000, is utilizing advanced magnetometer-sensing technology to observe changes in the earth’s magnetic field from mass human emotions, among other possible effects.

The GCI’s greater purpose is “to unite people worldwide in heart-focused care and intention, to facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace,” and the Institute of HeartMath believes that mission will be served as scientists gain greater insight into the energetic heart.

Visit IHM’s Research Library for other Energetic Research publications

In this experiment, the baby was laying in the mother’s lap with a blanket placed in between mother and baby. In the summary of their findings, the study’s authors wrote, “This preliminary data elucidates the intriguing finding that the electromagnetic signals generated by the heart have the capacity to affect others around us. … It appears that when the mother placed her attention on the baby, she became more sensitive to the subtle electromagnetic signals generated by the infant’s heart. … These findings have intriguing implications, suggesting that a mother in a psychophysiologically coherent state became more sensitive to the subtle electromagnetic information encoded in the electromagnetic signals of her infant.”

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Sara, from Institute of HeartMath

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.

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4:19PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

fantastic!

3:28PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Thank you for all the feedback and comments on this article.

For Thomas B., thank you for bringing the error to our attention. It has been corrected.

11:50AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Moneim A, your post is confusing to me. I am not a Muslim. What are you saying??? You said, "the more unchallenged
proof we (Muslims) get that this Quran was in no way to be MADE UP or CONCOCTED by any MAN but -- ALLAH - The All Knowing .. The All Wise .. The Almighty. So SUBHAAN
ALLAH!! (Glory Be to HIM). Can you explain to me why these
same chantings were cryed out during the beheadings of Americans in Iraq that were all over the internet. They took videos of the beheadings and they are everywhere on the internet. Is this your idea of "GLORY TO YOUR GOD?", killing
the "infidel", cutting peoples' heads off? Please answer.

6:51AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

My comment is picayune, and I'm sorry. But this is a subject which will meet with skepticism. And poor grammar in the article does the opposite of dispelling skepticism and building confidence.

Please avoid "laying" when you mean "lying."

4:49AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

One of the most interesting articles I have read on Care2 (and that's saying a lot)!! Thanks for sharing - I fully believe in energy medicine and energy healing, and science is getting that much closer to proving it with these experiments :)

11:11PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

This is going to be a relatively long comment, please, hold your breath and read up to the last line. Thank you so much, Sara. This was so interesting and informative to me-especially- as a Muslim man. In our book, the QURAN; in so many verses Allah (God) refers to the heart as the organ which is primarily responsible of the cognitive processes i.e. perception, sound judgment and reasoning!! Take this for instance: "Many of the Jinns and men we have made to hell: They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle-nay more misguided: for they heedless (of warning)" 7:179. "Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts may thus learn wisdom And their ears learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes That are blind, but their hearts which in their breasts" 22:46. I have noticed that the more we advance in our scientific researshes and the more we make scientific breakthroughs, the more unchallenged proof we (Muslims) get that this QURAN was no way to be made up or concocted by any man but ALLAH- The All-Knowing, The All-Wise . . The Almighty. So, SUBHAAN ALLAH (Glory be to Him).
Again, thank you sincerely, Sara for sharing this invaluable fascinating piece of information with people. Also, I'd like to extend my thankfullness to director of Research Rollin McCraty and his brilliant team. I have decicded to buy this paper as I believe it's a scientific masterpiece!

2:04PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

noted with thanks

1:38PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

An interesting article, but my mitral valve isn't having any of it..thanks

1:09PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Really informative, thankyou. Nice to have a heart to heart!

1:08PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

For once Marie has done something positive for ME.YAY!.

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