For nearly five thousand years, attention has been focused on the brain as the seat of human intelligence and even consciousness.
Scientific research reveals that the human heart is thousands of times more powerful and influential than the brain in sending signals and information to the rest of the human body. The human heart communicates with the brain and body using hormones, the nervous system, and an electromagnetic field generated by the heart. The brain also generates an electromagnetic field, but it is much smaller and much less powerful than the heart field. The heart field envelopes the entire body and extends fifteen feet or more out into the surrounding environment.
It has been proven that our emotional state has a direct and powerful impact upon the heart, and this impact influences the quality of information sent by the heart to the brain. When our emotional state is one of inner peace, gratitude, contentment, or other positive feelings, the brain receives signals that promote the ability to focus, solve problems, perform physical and mental feats, and that enhance creativity, intuition, and even spiritual awareness.
It turns out that the Heart pumps much more than just blood. It also pumps hormones throughout the body that regulate many functions, including thought and perception in the brain. The electromagnetic field that envelopes the body creates a kind of localized environment that has been proven to influence the behavior of DNA in our cells.
Most unusual of all, however, is the ability of the Heart Mind to convey actual ideas, information, and images to the brain, where these signals are converted into words, pictures, sounds and other forms that we can use to communicate, create, and relate to each other and our world.
Each of us, as we access the Heart Mind and receive this mysterious inner guidance, can experience the true nature of this very real and tangible connection. What is it that we are connected to? We all “know” what it is by direct experience. It is an infinite intelligence, a source of unlimited energy and abundance, a reservoir of so-called “past” experience and knowledge – all waiting for us when we take the time to focus on our Heart and open the gateway to Infinite Awareness.
Theoretical Physics – especially Quantum Physics – is beginning to help us understand on a mental level that this infinite field of energy and information really does exist. It is not just an idea, fantasy, or fairy tale made up to explain some personal mental and emotional experience. Using math and technology, scientists are beginning to form measurable hypotheses that can be tested, confirmed, and shared amongst colleagues and the greater population. Much of this research is being conducted at the Institute of Heartmath, but it also taking place at the Resonance Project in Hawaii, The Monroe Institute, and elsewhere.
If we can prove that the Heart is connected to a field of infinite energy and information, inner guidance, wisdom, and even inner peace, then just as most human technology has been inspired and shaped by examples in the natural world, the technology of the Human Heart could lead to a new level, a quantum leap, in our technology, our society, and how we live with each other and in our world.