The term is magnetoreception, and it applies to the ability to perceive magnetic fields. In the animal kingdom, there are numerous instances of animals using the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate their way over long distances: dolphins, honeybees, migratory birds, sea turtles, lobsters, among many. They have a magnetic compass that enables them to interpret the information contained into magnetic fields. However, the mechanism of action is poorly understood. How they use it, sense it, and what information they get from magnetic fields remains pure speculation.
Joe Kirschvink, a geophysicist at the California Institute of Technology who is currently researching sensitivity to magnetic fields in humans, believes “it’s part of our evolutionary history. Magnetoreception may be the primal sense.” A study he published in the Nature Communications journal gives evidence that protein from the human retina, when transplanted into fruit flies, gives them the ability to detect magnetic fields. The research indicates that it can serve as a magnetoreceptor, but whether humans make use of it is still unclear. “It poses the question, maybe we should rethink about this sixth sense. It is thought to be very important for how animals migrate. Perhaps this protein is also fulfilling an important function for sensing magnetic fields in humans”, University of Massachusetts Medical School researcher, Steven Reppert says.
In one of his experiments, Kirschvink passed a rotating magnetic field through the study participants, while measuring their brain activity. He concluded that when the magnetic field is rotated counterclockwise, certain neurons responded to the change, which consequently generated a spike in electrical activity. This is suggestive of a possible magnetic sense in humans.
Nevertheless, the results raise more questions than they answer. One of them is whether the heightened brain activity is evidence of a sixth sense, or perhaps something else. Even if the human brain detects magnetic fields, it’s no definite evidence that it processes the information. The mechanism of action, i.e. the way the brain and body react to these signals, and where such sensors are located, is yet to be discovered.
The HeartMath Institute is an international, non-profit research and education organization, working on helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions and to accumulate energy and resilience to live a healthy and happy life. One of their research focuses is to explore how we’re all energetically connected to each other on the planet, and how we can make use of this interconnectivity to increase our personal vibrations and create a better world. The hypotheses posed by this project are as follows:
- The Earth’s magnetic field carries biologically relevant information that connects all living organisms.
- Every person affects this global information field.
- Collective human consciousness affects the global information field.
- Large numbers of people creating heart-centered states of love, care and compassion create a more coherent field environment that can help others, and can help mitigate planetary discord and incoherence.
- There is a feedback loop between humans and the Earth’s energetic/magnetic systems.
- The Earth has several sources of magnetic fields that affect us all. Two of them are the geomagnetic field that emanates from the core of the Earth, and the fields that exist between the earth and the ionosphere. These fields surround the entire planet and act as protective shields that block out the harmful effects of solar radiation, cosmic rays, sand and other dangers of space weather. Without these fields, ice, as we know it, wouldn’t exist on Earth. They’re a part of the dynamic ecosystem of our planet.
Scientists have known about these energy fields for a while, and the notion that solar activity and the rhythms of the Earth’s magnetic fields influence human health and behavior, is deeply rooted in scientific literature. The literature is also in line with the hypothesis that some physiological processes and collective behaviors are not only synchronized with solar and geomagnetic activity, and that disruptions in the same work adversely on human health and behavior.
When the Earth’s magnetic field environment is disturbed, it may cause a lack of energy, mental confusion, edginess, sleeping problems or a feeling of being overwhelmed, for no obvious reason. At times when the fields are stable, and some solar activity is increased, people have reported increasingly positive feelings, creativity and inspiration. This might be a result of a coupling between the human brain, cardiovascular and nervous system with the resonating geomagnetic frequencies.
The Earth and the ionosphere generate frequencies that range from 0.01 to 300 Hertz, some frequencies of which are identical to those occurring in the human brain, cardiovascular system and the autonomic nervous system. This might be one explanation behind the phenomena of influence of the Earth and Sun’s magnetic fields on humans. Fluctuations in these fields are known to affect brainwaves, heart rhythms, memory, athletic performance and overall health, and changes occurring as a consequence of solar activity have been linked to some of humanity’s greatest creations of art, but also with some of the most tragic events of history.
We have an idea of how these fields affect us, but we have no clue about how we affect them. Scientists believe that because brain and heart rhythm frequencies overlap the Earth’s field resonance, we’re not just receiving biologically relevant information, we’re also emitting it. We feed information into the global field, thus creating a feedback loop with the Earth’s magnetic fields.
“Human emotions and consciousness interact with and encode information into the geomagnetic field and this information is distributed globally… We are suggesting in essence that this encoded information is communicated non-locally between people at a subconscious level, in effect linking all living systems. Magnetic fields act as carrier waves for this information, which can influence all living systems – positively or negatively – within the field environment as well as our collective consciousness.”
The heart emits electromagnetic fields which change according to our emotional state, and they can be measured even from several feet away from the human body, and they affect not only us, but also those around us.
Research on this topic, though fairly new, brings great implications to our understanding of the human condition. It supports the notion that our attitudes, emotions and intentions matter in the big picture, and they affect life globally. By practicing love, gratitude and appreciation, and working on coherent, cooperative intentions, we have the power to influence global events and improve the quality of life Earth.
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