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Spirituality and Science

The Aligned Heart:

A Science of Love and Wisdom Far more than a simple pump, the human heart emits pulsing waves of energy encoded with information that literally gives shape to the activity of all bodily functions, and coordinates and synchronizes the body as a whole.1 What’s more, these waves can also be detected outside the human body, experienced between people, and shown to correlate with rhythms in the natural world. While much attention is focused on the functioning of the brain, and its impact on how we experience and come to know ourselves and the world around us, emerging research offers insights that encourage us to reorient the landscape of our questions to include the heart. Research in the new discipline of neurocardiology shows that the heart is a sensory organ and sophisticated center for receiving and processing, as well as sending, information. By current measure, the heart has a magnetic component about 5000 times that of the brain, which permeates


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every cell in the body.2 The nature and scope of this magnetic field is just beginning to be understood by science, and, as Dr. McCraty describes below, has far-reaching implications for how we understand communication, health, energy, and the relationship between human beings and the larger universe. One of the epicenters of this research is the Institute of HeartMath in Boulder Creek, California, an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education center, where innovative science is offering another way into living in greater Love and Wisdom. Over the decades since its founder, Doc Childre, and Dr. McCraty began the Institute, researchers at HeartMath have asked new questions about the capacities of the human being. They have developed systematic protocols and technologies with which to conduct rigorous studies of the heart’s rhythmic field, as well as tools for maintaining an optimal state throughout the day, for use by

Sufism: an inquiry - Vol16.2  
Sufism: an inquiry - Vol16.2  

A journal for people of the heart.