Heart Brain Coherence
When a fetus is forming we now see clear signs of what took many years for Science to discover, we see that the heart forms and starts beating before the brain begins to even form. An interesting fact once we start to see the connection between the heart and the brain.
The hearts electrical voltage is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical
activity produced by the brain and permeates every cell in the body. Using an ECG this can be detected by placing electrodes anywhere on the body, from the little toe to the top of the head.
The magnetic component of the heart’s field is approximately 5,000 times stronger than the
magnetic field produced by the brain (Russek & Schwartz, 1996) and is not impeded by the body’s tissues and easily radiates outside of the body. This field can be measured several feet away from the body with sensitive magnetometers (McCraty et al., 1998).
These energetic emanations and interactions provide a plausible mechanism for how we can “feel” or sense another person’s presence and even their emotional state, independent of body language and other signals (McCraty, 2004).
Research now is showing that information about a person’s emotional state is also
communicated throughout the body and into the external environment via the heart’s
electromagnetic field (McCraty etal., 1998).
Negative emotions, anger frustration etc., are associated with an erratic, incoherent pattern in the heart’s rhythms, whereas positive emotions, love, appreciation etc., are associated with a sine-wave-like pattern, denoting coherence in the heart’s rhythmic activity.
Positive emotions induce psychophysiological coherence, which is reflected in increased heart rhythm coherence. The greater the degree of emotional stability and system-wide coherence, the greater the facilitation of cognitive and task performance. This hypothesis is called the heart rhythm coherence hypothesis.”
Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., Mike Atkinson, Dana Tomasino, B.A., and Raymond Trevor Bradley, Ph.D.
HeartMath research also has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. This could explain possibly why we may often act impulsively and unwisely when we’re under stress. The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes, actually serving to reinforce the emotional experience of stress.
In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect—it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.
Heart Intelligence is defined as a “flow of intuitive awareness” by the HeartMath Institute.
So what does all this mean for us?
Well, in a matter of speaking it means that the more we become aware of our thoughts and intentions the more we can mindfully create the thoughts and intentions we wish to surround us in this world. With that said….this means that we need to hold ourselves accountable for the thoughts in our heads.
As far as our hearts are concerned, we ARE the thoughts we are thinking! Wouldn’t that be amazing if we had learned that as children?
The beauty of all this is, that we can make a change at any time! We can start paying attention to what’s going on inside our hearts and our minds! We have the power to influence our environment and we have the ability to do this in every single moment! What will you do with your next thought?