Results of a recent study suggest that humans can tap into a magical sixth sense, magnetoreception, that allows us to perceive magnetic fields.
Several animals including sea turtles, honey bees, and migratory birds use magnetoreception and their magnetic compass to guide them as they travel long distances by aligning with the Earth’s magnetic field.
According to Joe Kirschvink, the geophysicist at the California Institute of Technology who is testing humans for a magnetic sense, magnetoreception is part of our evolutionary history and may be a primal sense.
Kirschvink’s study, published in the journal Nature Communications, revealed that when the protein from the human retina is placed into fruit flies, it displayed the ability to detect magnetic fields. The research claims that it can serve as a magnet sensor, but whether or not humans actually use it in this way is unknown.
“It poses the question, ‘maybe we should rethink about this sixth sense,’” University of Massachusetts Medical School researcher Steven Reppert told LiveScience. “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.”
In one of Kirschvink’s recent experiments, a rotating magnetic field was passed through study participants while their brainwaves were measured. He discovered that when the magnetic field was rotated counterclockwise, certain neurons responded to this change which, in turn, generated a spike in electrical activity. This suggests a possible magnetic sense in humans.
Yet, this finding leaves many questions unanswered such as if the shift in neural activity evidence was evidence of a magnetic sense, or if there was another variable responsible. Even if the human brain responds to these fields in some way, that doesn’t mean that information is being processed by the brain.
Perhaps the biggest question that remains is what mechanisms are in place within the brain or body that receive these signals. If the body does indeed have magnetoreceptors, the next step will be for researchers to identify them.
Kirschvink’s study is one of many delving into the impact of magnetic fields on human beings. The leaders of this research can be found at the HeartMath Institute, an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions, and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives, HeartMath tools, technology, and training teach people to rely on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with that of their minds at home, school, work, and play.
Researchers at HeartMath have begun what’s called The Global Coherence Initiative (GCI), an international cooperative effort to help activate the heart of humanity and facilitate a shift in global consciousness. It aims primarily to invite people to participate by actively adding more heart-coherent love, care, and compassion into the planetary field. The second focus is scientific research into how we are all energetically connected with each other and the planet, and how we can utilize this interconnectivity to raise our personal vibration and thereby help create a better world.
The researchers hypothesize that:
- The Earth’s magnetic field is a carrier of biologically relevant information that connects all living systems.
- Every person has an impact on this global information field.
- Collective human consciousness affects the global information field. Therefore, large numbers of people creating heart-centered states of care, love, and compassion will generate a more coherent field environment that can benefit others and help offset the current planetary discord and incoherence.
- There is a feedback loop between human beings and 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 Earth and the ionosphere. These fields surround the entire planet and act as protective shields blocking out the harmful effects of solar radiation, cosmic rays, sand, and other forms of space weather. Without these fields, ice as we know it could not exist on Earth. They are part of the dynamic ecosystem of our planet.
Additional Evidence That Humans Can Sense These Fluids
Scientists recognize the existence of magnetic fields and the notion that solar activity and the Earth’s magnetic fields have an impact on health and behavior have long been documented in scientific literature.
Furthermore, scientific literature supports that several physiological rhythms and global collective behaviors are not only synchronized with solar and geomagnetic activity but that disruptions in these fields can create adverse effects on human health and behavior.
Disruption of the Earth’s magnetic field environment can cause sleep problems, mental confusion, lack of energy, or feelings of being on edge or overwhelmed without reason.
Conversely, when the Earth’s fields are stable and measures of solar activity are increased, people report increased positive feelings, creativity, and inspiration. This is likely due to a coupling between the human brain, cardiovascular, and nervous system with resonating geomagnetic frequencies.
The Earth and ionosphere generate frequencies that range from 0.01 hertz to 300 hertz, some of which at the exact same frequency range as those occurring in our brain, cardiovascular system, and autonomic nervous system. This could explain why fluctuations in the magnetic fields of the Earth and Sun have the ability to influence us.
In fact, changes in the Earth’s fields due to extreme solar activity have been linked to some of humanity’s greatest creations of art, as well as some of its most tragic events.
What’s more, GCI scientists believe that because brain wave and heart rhythm frequencies overlap the Earth’s field resonance, we aren’t only receivers of biologically relevant information, but also senders. Each of us constantly feeds information into the global field, thus creating a feedback loop with the Earth’s magnetic fields.
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.
While still in its infancy, this research has immense ramifications for our world as it reveals the great extent to the interconnectivity of all beings.
This research lends well to the suggestion that practicing love, gratitude, and appreciation, will have incredible benefits for all of Earth’s ecosystems.
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