“This study showed conclusively that heart coherence could affect saliva and increase crystal structure and order. We know from 20 years of research at HeartMath that heart coherence has many positive health benefits, including helping to reduce stress and improve cognitive function.” – HeartMath Institute
The “power of positivity” is no joke. Studies are emerging every single year in multiple fields of science, and have been for decades. The science of consciousness, also known as “non-material science” is now more popular than ever. Despite all of the empirical evidence that’s emerged, in the form of an UN-countable amount of reviewed studies, professionals in the field, although well aware, are still reluctant to discuss this type of thing openly. But not all of them.
I recently conducted an interview with Dr. Mario Beauregard, a neuroscientist currently affiliated with the University of Arizona. He is one of approximately 100 scientists from within academia bringing light to this issue. He, along with Gary E. Schwartz, PhD (University of Arizona), and Lisa Miller, PhD (Columbia University), in collaboration with Larry Dossey, MD, Alexander Moreira-Almeida, MD, PhD, Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, and Charles Tart, PhD developed The Manifesto for Post Materialist Science. The Summary Report of the International Summit on Post-Materialist Science, Spirituality and Society can be downloaded here: International Summit on Post-Materialist Science: Summary Report (PDF).
That interview will be posted in our Explorer’s Lounge.
When it comes to quantum physics, I love pointing people to this quote:
“A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.” (“The Mental Universe”; Nature 436:29, 2005)
The HeartMath Study
The HeartMath Institute is an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization comprising multiple renowned scientists. They are one group who is and has published multiple pieces of research dealing with heart-brain interactions, and what is now known “heart coherence.”
What is heart coherence? According to the Institute, “One important way the heart can speak to and influence the brain is when the heart is coherent – experiencing stable, sine-wavelike pattern in its rhythms. When the heart is coherent, the body, including the brain, begins to experience all sorts of benefits, among them are greater mental clarity and ability, including better decision making.”
They’ve published multiple studies showing that negative emotions create nervous system chaos, and the heart and the brain react very differently with each other, and it’s the exact opposite when we’re experiencing positive emotions. Their research shows that the heart actually sends signals to the brain, that it’s not just the other way around.
You can access their research by visiting their website, linked above.
They’ve also published another very interesting study, back in 2013 that complements previous research done in the area, which we will get into later. It was published by Annette Deyhle and Jackie Waterman.
20 volunteers participated in the study in order to determine the effect of coherence practice on the order of crystallization patterns in dried saliva drips. The hypothesis tested was “that states of high heart coherence would result in increased order and complexity in crystallization patterns.”
In 18 out of 20 participants, heart coherence actually increased “the ordering and complexity of crystal structure.” As a result, the researches believe that this is one out of several examples that show a solid method for displaying the effect of practicing coherence in one’s life, which is induced by positive emotions and feelings of gratitude and appreciation. They also believe that it demonstrates the effect heart coherence can have on the information that is embedded in our own bodily fluids. This is interesting, because the human body is primarily made up of water, and the studies regarding water, its properties and what it is capable of holding and transforming is truly remarkable, but that’s a topic for another article. After all, as the study points out, saliva consists of 99 percent water.