posted on Dec, 31 2016 @ 01:46 AM
Researchers associated with the Heartmath institute have shown that an individuals heart rate variability becomes more robust when other people are
wishing them good feelings.
As beings with bodies and minds, it is an odd thing that we do not recognize the relationship between what we say and do and how we come to perceive
and become motivated to act in our relations.
The heart is a very special Human organ. The popular view is that its a pump - and since it beats and functions like a muscle, its a good theory.
However, it may be important to widen how we understand the heart, because the hearts other effect besides contracting is its a) electromagnetic
pulse, which emits as far out as 3 feet from the human body (as detectable by modern tools) b) its shape.
So much hinges on just what the heart is -- is it a pump, or is it a 'hydraulic ram', as the anthroposophist doctor Thomas Cowan argues? What about
the pulsation of the heart? Is it merely generating meaningless noise? Or is its every pulse intimately calibrated to the inside and outside - the
"conducting" of the Ego-Self - and the receptivity of the body's sensorial and energetic openness to other biodynamical systems?
Let's say the nervous system is itself a generator of knowledge - energetically and metabolically linked to thresholds in the non-nervous cells of
the body, to which the nervous systems electrocmagnetic nature computes solutions to. On the inside, over many many years of chordate and vertebrate
evolution, the nervous system sprouts a head, and a tail, a front and a back, and a "proximal" and a "distal" dimension to its structure.
The most amazing thing about this emerging creature is its sheer magnitude: 10 octillion atoms alone make up your body. That is a 10, with 28 zeros
behind it. Components wise - the Human body is made up of around 35 trillion cells, which have a hierarchical structure from the metabolic, to the
genetic, to the protein, in mutual self-regulation. In relation to these cellular dynamics, the neuron receives chemical signals to either turn on or
The neuron, it must be remembered, is not merely a 'mind factory'. It is a cell with unique chemical signatures specifically tuned to the activities
of the cells around it; for instance, species of divergent evolutionary lineage cannot share large structures like cells between one another, although
they may be able to 'share' genes or proteins. The cell is not compatible, and so is tagged as foreign and eliminated by the bodies defenders -
Back to the heart: does it pump, or does it make more sense to think of the cardiovascular system in terms of the xylem of trees. Humans have long
wondered, how does a tree feed water from the ground - against the laws of gravity - up the trunk to branches sometimes 100 feet high? The answer
comes in the form of xylem, a type of vascular system in plants and trees. The physicist Gerald Pollack, in a series of wondrous experiments at the
University of Washington, has shown that the intrinsic properties of water account for the transport of water up the xylem vessel towards the leaves
above. The secret lies in how water acts upon hydrophilic (water loving) surfaces, such as xylem (as well as blood vessels). In a situation such as
this, the positive charge of the surface draws electrons from oxygen, and in the chaotic remodeling that the surface induces, results in a 5 helical
structure of 2 oxygen (-4) and 3 hydrogen (+3) yielding a negative charge of -1, and so a 'structured" phase of water termed "the exclusion zone",
because its molecular packing is so tight as to exclude any solutes.
However, in the remodeling process a proton, or hydrogen atom, is released, which then becomes quickly gobbled up by an H20 molecule, to create
hydronium H30. This water tends to cluster around the middle of the volume, as the negative charge of the structured water along the surface pushes
hydronium atoms to the center. Simple, yes? Just positive and electrical charges, and the dynamical activity it can induce.
Now imagine water in a xylem vessel. The water that touches the cell surface becomes structured and negatively charged, which forces the positively
charged hydronium atoms to move upward along the xylem vessel as they try to get away from one another. And since negative charges are attracted to
positive charges, the structured water pulls up towards the chaotically pulling force of the positively charged hydronium atoms.
This new way of thinking is revolutionary because it really compels us to reconsider what the heart is - and what it does.
My theory invokes the heart not merely as a "hydraulic ram" that creates vortices in the bodies blood (the main argument of Cowans) but that the
heart has served as a satellite, as it were, serving to synchronize affective activity between interacting organisms.
This theory positions the heart and the brain stem as intrinsically interconnected systems: the brainstem regulates the heart, and the heart in turn,
regulates the body through its various gating processes. In this scheme, the mental state of the organism 'acts upon' the brainstem, which instantly
revises heart activity, which in turn turns upward towards consciousness.
The evolution of consciousness has this sort of feedback and feedforward behavior. As the mind-brain evolved, it always evolved with reference to its
last experience - its last moment - and so always operated in terms of a hegelian schema of thesis-antithesis - the world creating problems by its
changing, and the organisms computing solutions to the change.
I believe that within social organisms, the heart operated as a core synchronizing signal between that helped keep conspecifics in quantum equilibrium
with one another.
This phenomena has truly not been as unpacked as it deserves, because one main may as well wonder: why does a machine care to relate or know other
machines? What properties draw out organisms to play with one another, or care for one another, or worship with one another? These phenomena are
totally be "evoked" out of an external set of conditions, that generate possibilities that ultimately lead to the formation of a center that engages
in selfless behavior with other animals. This amazing, intrinsically mystical phenomenon makes space seem unreal: the systems connect because they
ultimately know one another.
So herein lies the "recipe" for the evolution of mind: Suffer - and then solution - love. Some species become 'stuck', while others discover, or
become the prototype, of a new, more enhanced and complex form of organization - the point that separates the African apes from the Hominins - which
separates from those which are able to accomplish a full 180 inward, to see the self, know the self, but know the self entirely and in terms of its
The human truly is weaker by itself, because its entirely evolutionary structure - the brain structure it possesses - is meant to be "metabolized"
in terms of a sophisticated inner understanding of self-experience, which it most assuredly is not being used for today. This statement is becoming
more and more defensible as neuroanatomy and neurodynamics show how the brain evolved, and which structures are most advanced in modern Humans
(answer: the brain behind your eye balls). It also makes sense: for evolution to advance and natural selection to maintain a structure, it needs to be
stable: stable states, as we