In this chaotic world what can we do to affect change? This is no prosaic question. It is not the hackneyed, predictable call of the flower child, or the exclusive right of the Harvard graduate in neuroscience. While the .01 percent will have us believe there is nothing we can do to make this world a better place, scientific evidence proves that peace is not only possible, but palpably, physically easy to manifest.
Itzhak Bentov was a Czech born (1923) scientist, inventor, and mystic. He started out by selling his devices to the medical industry, but later became fascinated with the body and the secrets held within it, which the medical paradigms of his time (and even now) are completely ignorant of. His creation of a cardiac catheter helped create the biomedical engineering industry, but this was a miniscule accomplishment compared to what he would eventually add to the understanding of consciousness and our power to create peace. He wrote about these ideas extensively in Stalking the Wild Pendulum, and it has been one of my favorite books, that I return to time and time again for inspiration and insight.
Bentov was so curious about how the brain worked, especially when he was meditating, that he attached electrodes to his own head that were connected to a function generator. He would ‘play’ with different brain waves, and observe his own state when they were created. In time, Bentov found a curious connection between how the brain and heart behaved when he focused on loving, kind thoughts toward himself, the planet, or a specific individual. He discovered that the body was an electromagnetic, acoustical instrument that could create peace at will. This was not a woo-woo scientific theory meant for the dustbin of history, but an idea which has been corroborated by the work of Joseph Chilton Pearce, of the Heart Math Institute and detailed in his book, “The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit” which provides additional information on heart-brain coherence. Numerous others have since added to Bentov’s observations.
The heart is in fact its own ‘brain’ with an enormous electromagnetic field, consisting of a high percentage of neural cells, and which also produces hormones. This intelligent system is part of the heart’s method of transducing infinite non-physical light into electromagnetic fields, which are converted into electrochemical signals through the nerves and hormones.
Itzhak Bentov, and researchers at the Heart Math Institute alike have found that the heart sends out coherent energy patterns to the rest of the body, including the organs, the tissues, and even the brain when we focus on love and peace. As Dr. Richard Gerber points out, a new system is hypothesized as far as how the body communicates to itself, and to others:
“The coherent energy pattern of the heart center during moments of love apparently has the ability to influence energetic events of the body, as well as the potential to influence distant events . . . “loving meditators” with increased heart-rhythm coherence had the ability to voluntarily affect the winding and unwinding patterns of DNA in a test tube. They could do so whether the test tube was in the room with them or at a distance of one half-mile!”
It is perhaps this same phenomenon, this power of the heart, and mind connection – that is focus, and love – which accounts for the Maharishi Effect.
“The achievement of this very simple, very effortless formula will be to transform the society for all good. This is the achievement of this scientific age – that a simple formula has come along whereby a small group of 7,000 in one place will maintain the sunshine of the Age of Enlightenment for all times.” ~ Maharishi
If, in fact, a relatively small number of us (7000 at anyone time) can affect change over a half-mile away, and our hearts create an energetic field of love and peace as evidenced by Bentov, et al., then we have the power to change this planet, undeniably. If just 51% of us focus on loving, peaceful thoughts, we ostensibly can change the vibration of this planet. No matter where his message comes from, it is not without immense scientific merit.
Sources: Gerber, Richard, M.D., Vibrational Medicine. Third Edition, Bear & Company. Rochester, Vermont, ISBN 1-879181-58-4. Page 528.
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