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To a degree beyond belief, the heart performs the most influential role in the body.

We have been taught that it is only our brain that is in control, while the rest of our body obediently responds to its commands. Although the brain is important, this misconception is not the case and mainstream science has now revealed the full story.

The Institute of HeartMath, a nonprofit research and education organization, has uncovered these revolutionary findings and is continuing to research this significant relationship between the heart and the brain. With over two decades of scientifically validated research, their examinations serve to explain exactly to what extent the heart contributes to our daily lives.

Research from HeartMath has introduced that not only the brain, but also the heart itself is an intelligent system. These studies indicate specifically how the heart sends more information to the brain than vice versa.

HeartMath has recorded the heart to be approximately 60 times greater electrically and up to 5,000 times stronger magnetically than the brain. This awareness places the brain relatively weak in comparison to the heart.

Their studies show this powerful electromagnetic field can be detected and measured several feet away from a person’s body and between two individuals in close proximity.

In the HeartMath study, The Electricity of Touch: Detection and Measurement of Cardiac Energy Exchange Between People, researchers set out to determine whether the heart’s electromagnetic field, as measured by an electrocardiogram (ECG), in one individual could be detected and measured in another person when the pair either were seated within about three feet of each other or held hands.

The results of The Electricity of Touch experiment were positive: The data showed “when people touch or are in proximity, a transference of the electromagnetic energy produced by the heart occurs,” the study’s authors wrote.

They observed that although additional research should be conducted, there were potential important implications raised by this research when viewed in conjunction with the success of numerous healing modalities.

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Practices such as therapeutic touch, holoenergetic healing, healing touch, chi gong and reiki among others “are based upon the assumption that an exchange of energy occurs to facilitate healing,” according to the findings. “While there exists scientific evidence to substantiate the physiological and psychological effects of many of these treatments, science has as yet not been able to describe a mechanism by which this putative energy exchange between individuals takes place. This study, together with the work of (other research) … represents one of the first successful attempts to directly measure an exchange of energy between people.”

The Institute’s scientific breakthrough has also led them to new understandings about the link between the heart and emotions, revealing the significance of the heart’s electromagnetic field that changes according to emotional states.

In terms of emotional balance and health, HeartMath’s studies support a greater necessity in paying attention to how you feel. The better you feel, the more your heart and brain are working synergistically together. According to their studies, when you are feeling negative emotions the reaction becomes the opposite. In activating this synergy, the body can function more harmoniously by reaching a state of balance and clarity.

HeartMath has pinpointed the precise measure for the heart’s optimum signal of synergy with the brain, and they are dedicated to inform us how to activate it intentionally. By holding what the Institute calls “genuine core heart feelings”, such as gratitude or compassion, the heart emits a signal that they call coherence.

In order to help individuals under difficult or negative situations, the Institute of HeartMath has developed several techniques explaining how to align into coherence in an easy and practical manner.

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