“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.
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The Participants & What They Did
Each participant provided a small amount of saliva into glass test tubes, and after doing so, they focused on feelings of appreciation and compassion, while “radiating these feelings into the planetary field environment.”
Now, keep in mind, this isn’t the first time that human intention, or factors associated with consciousness and how they can alter affect physical material reality in a measurable way, has been studied. The famous “double-slit” experiment is a great example, and has been used numerous times to demonstrate this. (For a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies of psychic phenomena, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click HERE.)
Several drops of saliva from each participant were applied on a microscope slide with a syringe, and then allowed to air-dry on their own. A Zeiss Universal transmitted-light microscope with a 10-fold magnification objective was used to view the saliva drops and a camera (model No. G41-140/Ie) was used to photograph the dried saliva samples. After donating the the sample of saliva where distant intentions were applied, the 20 participants in another intention setting, heart coherence practice, together as a group. “All participants shared the same room for their coherence practice. After the Heart Lock-in, saliva samples were taken again, air-dried on a Heart Coherence Increases Order of Crystallization Patterns in Dried Saliva Study 5 microscope slide and photographed”
To view the full results, you can refer to the full study HERE.
Below are a few examples from the study, but there are multiples within the study.
Other Fascinating Results Seen From Water Structure & The Effect of Human Emotions & Intentions
One of the most notable researchers in this area was the late Maru Emoto, who froze water and examined the resulting ice crystals after distant intention was applied to it. His work has led to both acclaim and controversy. Dean Radin, the Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, along with Masaru Emoto, Takashige Kizu, and Nancy Lund, designed an experiment that tested this hypothesis. This work was featured in the popular documentary, What The Bleep Do We Know.
As the study’s description reads:
Over three days, 1,900 people in Austria and Germany focused their intentions towards water samples located inside an electromagnetically shielded room in California. Water samples located near the target water, but unknown to the people providing intentions, acted as “proximal’” controls. Other samples located outside the shielded room acted as distant controls. Ice drops formed from samples of water in the different treatment conditions were photographed by a technician, each image was assessed for aesthetic beauty by over 2,500 independent judges, and the resulting data were analyzed, all by individuals blind with respect to the underlying treatment conditions. Results suggested that crystal images in the intentionally treated condition were rated as aesthetically more beautiful than proximal control crystals (p < 0.03, one-tailed). This outcome replicates the results of an earlier pilot test.
You can access the full study here.
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