American Author, H. Jackson Brown Jr wrote “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” While this is a lovely poetic statement, there is quite a bit of truth to it as well.
There are many aspects of the heart and I’d like to focus on one that I find the most exciting – the heart torus.
The heart is a powerful electromagnetic generator. This isn’t woo woo fluff, this is scientific fact. According to studies published by The HeartMath Institute, the heart generates an electromagnetic field that is 60 times greater in amplitude than the electromagnetic field of the brain.
That’s wild, don’t you think?
This electromagnetic field is often referred to as the heart’s torus. It arcs out from the heart and back in the form of a torus (which looks a lot like a big fat donut). It’s axis extends from the pelvic floor to the top of the skull and the “field” has been measured with instruments, up to 12 feet out from the body (I have always felt that it extends infinitely) . This field is also holographic, which means that it can be read from every and any point in the torus.
Pause for a moment and ponder on this………
If every person’s heart creates a torus that extends (at least) 12 feet beyond the body, in all directions,, that means that whenever we are within a 12 foot (at least) proximity to another person, our heart field is coming into contact with their heart field. This means that you are literally touching heart fields!
(What?! Ewwwwwwww. I mean……OH WOW! Neat!)
Taking it a bit further, if the heart field is holographic, and that field can be read from any point within it, this means that when your heart field touches another’s heart field, and it creates subtle shifts and changes within yours (how could it not?) that it can be felt throughout the entire heart field. OF BOTH PEOPLE!
Have you ever been in a situation where you are standing in a checkout line at a grocery store and you are patiently and calmly waiting your turn, but can feel an encroaching sense of antsy frustration, and you turn to see the person behind you looking very annoyed and flustered (perhaps at having to wait longer than they would like to be waiting)? Did you feel the frustration before you instinctively looked to see where it was coming from OR did you look first and see the annoyed flustered posture that gave the emotion away? It could have been either, but chances are the reason you turned to look in the first place was because you FELT it.
This is a good example of heart fields interacting.
Pay attention the next time you suddenly turn for no clear reason. Ask, what was it that I felt that drew me to turn?
This is the same sort of thing as knowing that something is going to happen before you actually experience it happening. Was it psychic phenomena? Maybe. More than likely it was perceived through the heart field before the brain even recognized what was going on.
The heart itself is composed of around 40,000 neurons. The same type of neurons that are in the brain (and the gut!).
WOW….that’s amazing!….wait! What are neurons?
Neurons are nerve cells. Nerve cells are responsible for receiving input from the external world, for sending commands to our muscles, and for transforming and relaying electric signals.
What this means is that the heart has it’s own nervous system….which is exciting and fascinating…..and another topic for another time.
The heart usually perceives things first, before the brain does, and then sends signals to the brain and throughout the body. So pretty much everything you feel is first felt through the heart.
Put all of the teensy tiny bit about the heart that I have shared here together…..AND…….you have an organ with it’s own nervous system, that extends beyond the body – at least 12 feet, but I suspect infinitely – can read the environment (which will often include the heart fields of others), and then sends signals to the brain and throughout the body….and well…..you have an amazing organ of perception!
We really do “SEE with the heart, that which is invisible to the eye” and so much more!
I encourage you to tune into your heart field. Explore it. What does it look like? What shape is it? What is it’s texture? What color is it? Does it have a temperature? Are there any areas that look different than other areas? What is in those areas? What do they have to tell you?
I had this amusing thought in the midst of writing this piece – that we can put on a smile, do up our hair, put on snazzy clothing to portray a certain aspect of our personality, and the reality is our heart field is always out there, being completely vulnerable and authentic and showing the world EXACTLY how we are feeling. Which can sound a little bit scary and exposed. However, when you think about it, it actually is a magnificent pathway for healing and growth - Tending to your heart field!
For more information on this subject, along with a wealth of other fascinating information about the heart, I encourage you to visit The HeartMath Institute’s website. They currently are offering a FREE ebook called Science of The Heart.
Another wonderful resource, and my absolute favorite book ever, is Stephen Buhner’s The Secret Teachings of Plants. This book is mostly about the heart and heart perception. It is one of the most informative books on heart perception that I have ever encountered.
Second Tier (and up) Patrons will get to enjoy an exploratory process video later this month on the map of the heart and exploring the heart field. Third Tier (and up) Patrons will enjoy a video class on shifting the heart field with the use essential oils, gemstones, and herbs.