In our blog posts and e-newsletters we’ve consistently written about our “energetic reality” and how it affects our lives. Most of you know that the idea that the body is not only matter but vital energy as well has origins in India and further developed in China going back several millennia.
This fundamental idea was mostly ignored in the Western world until the advent of quantum physics and quantum chemistry which revealed the fundamental fact that matter is ultimately energy vibrating at speeds such that it appears to us as solids and liquids, and further, that vital matter is made vital by the presence and intelligent activity of vital energy. That vibrational activity is now measurable with highly sophisticated equipment.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a particularly practical model known as the Five Elements Theory to explain the workings of not only our environment but our physical and emotional bodies. Energy medicines have in common this holistic approach that pays attention to physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms.
What has become evident is that as each one of us is a web of energy fields that projects outwardly. When we get energetically in contact with the energetic fields of others (people, animals, trees and plants, etc.), we influence them and they influence us in return.
In this sense, we have a social responsibility vis à vis others and our environment that we shape in great part by what can be called our “state of consciousness” about self and others.
HeartMath Institute, a non-profit organization whose objective is to help the development of “heart-brain-coherence” says, “The Spiritual Heart is in a way a little like a smartphone, invisibly connecting us to a large network of information. It is through an unseen energy that the heart emits that humans are profoundly connected to all living things. The energy of the heart literally links us to each other. Every person's heart contributes to a 'collective field environment.' This short video explains the importance of this connection and how we each add to this collective energy field. The energetic field of the heart even connects us with the earth itself.”
We recommend you take a few minutes to watch this video from HeartMath Institute, a short white-board video for a unique understanding of coherence and social coherence. See how they make sense within your circle of family and friends and today’s global community.
When individuals are not well self-regulated or are acting in their own interests without regard to others, it generates social incoherence. Stressful or discordant conditions in a given group act to increase emotional stress among its members and can lead to social pathologies such as violence, abuse, inefficacy, increased errors, etc. It has become increasingly clear that the leading sources of stress for adults are money issues and the social environment at work. More than 9 in 10 adults believe that stress can contribute to the development of major illnesses such as heart disease, depression and obesity, and that some types of stress can trigger heart attacks and arrhythmias. While awareness about the impact stress can have on emotional and physical health seems to be present, many working Americans continue to report symptoms of stress with 42% reporting irritability or anger, 37% fatigue, 35% a lack of interest, motivation or energy, 32% headaches and 24% upset stomachs due to stress.
"Science of the Heart - HeartMath Institute." Heartmath.org. HeartMath Institute, 2016. Web. 06 Nov. 2016.