The Energetic Heart Is Unfolding

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 Energetic Heart ebook

“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.

Energetic Field 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.

Father and Child

The results of “The Electricity of Touch” experiment were positive. The data showed “when people touch or are in proximity, a transfer of the electromagnetic energy produced by the heart occurs.” This is why I find this subject so fascinating.

The study’s authors observed that although additional research should be conducted, there are potential important implications raised by this research when viewed in conjunction with the success of numerous healing modalities.

Practices such as therapeutic touch, holoenergetic healing, healing touch, qigong and reiki, among others, “are based upon the assumption that an exchange of energy occurs to facilitate healing,” according to the findings. “While there exists scientific evidence to substantiate the physiological and psychological effects of many of these treatments, science has as yet not been able to describe a mechanism by which this putative energy exchange between individuals takes place. This study, together with the work of other research …represents one of the first successful attempts to directly measure an exchange of energy between people.”

The Heart and Emotions

The heart’s electromagnetic field contains information or coding — which researchers are trying to understand — that is transmitted throughout and outside of the body. One of the most significant findings of IHM’s research related to this field is that intentionally generated positive emotions can change this information or coding in a way that benefits the entire body.

That discovery raises the question whether the cardio-electromagnetic field information transmitted from an individual who is angry, fearful, depressed or experiencing some other negative emotion, is changed when it is influenced by positive emotions. Also, is the care, compassion, love or other positive emotion transmitted throughout an individual’s body as the cardio-electromagnetic field radiates through it also transferred externally as well to people in close proximity or, perhaps, even over long distances?

Energetic Heart and the Planet

Although HeartMath is studying the effects of human electromagnetic fields over large distances, researchers say that self-regulated positive emotions are beneficial to one’s own self.

“Through the use of tools and technologies that foster positive emotions and psychophysiological coherence, individuals can effectively initiate a repatterning process, whereby habitual emotional patterns underlying stress are replaced with new healthier patterns that establish increased emotional stability, mental acuity and physiological efficiency as a new familiar baseline or norm,” as stated in the paper “Emotional Stress, Positive Emotions, and Psychophysiological Coherence.” The paper, written by IHM researchers McCraty and Dana Tomasino comprised a chapter in the 2006 book, Stress in Health and Disease, published by Wiley-VCH.

Although additional research will be required to determine the nature and function of this energy or information the heart sends out, IHM’s researchers have conducted numerous studies on how positive emotions can affect us. Participants in several studies, and indeed thousands of people worldwide who are using the HeartMath System of tools and technology, can attest to a broad range of benefits resulting from intentionally shifting to positive emotions, which HeartMath calls emotional self-regulation.

Next: Assessing the Energetic Heart

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.

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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.”

26 comments

Jessi A.
Jessi A.4 years ago

fantastic!

Sara C.
Sara C.4 years ago

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.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

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.

Thomas B.
Thomas Bridges4 years ago

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."

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog4 years ago

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 :)

Moneim A.
Moneim A.4 years ago

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!

Alicia N.
Alicia N.4 years ago

noted with thanks

Ellen Mccabe
ellen m.4 years ago

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

Fiona T.
Fiona T.4 years ago

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

Lidia F.
Lidia E F.4 years ago

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