Monday, February 26, 2007

The Body's Heartfield
I'm quoting some snippets from an article from the Institute of Noetic Sciences' SHIFT Magazine, called The Body's Heart Field, by Rollin McCraty:
  • The heart is now recognized as a highly complex system with its own functional "brain."
  • The nervous system in the "heartbrain" enables it to learn, remember, and make functional decisions independent of the brain's cerebral cortex.
  • The signals the heart continuously sends to the brain influence the function of higher brain centers involved in perception and emotional processing.
  • Compared to the electromagnetic field produced by the brain, the electrical component of the heart's field is about 60 times greater in amplitude, and permeates every cell in the body.
  • Information pertaining to a person's emotional state is communicated throughout the body via the heart's electromagnetic field.
  • Negative emotions are associated with an erratic, disordered, incoherent pattern in the heart's rhythms.
  • Sustained positive emotions appear to give rise to a distinct mode of functioning, termed psychophysiological coherence.
  • One person's brain waves can actually synchronize to another person's heart.