Volume 1, Number 1
Global Advance Health Med
from NCBI Website
We are on the threshold of a new stage of social, spiritual, and cultural evolution. We are evolving out of nationally based industrial societies toward an interconnected, information-based social, economic, and cultural system that spans the entire planet.
The path of this transition is not certain; it is proving to be filled with numerous shocks and surprises.
Worldwide, people are experiencing mounting concerns about climate change, terrorism, energy and water shortages, food and product safety, and economic instability. Such concerns are justified with the extreme volatility in global financial markets and the increase in frequency of record-breaking destructive weather, fires, and floods, as well as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.
There is also an increase in social unrest and the number of revolutions, insurrections, and uprisings.
This accelerating pace of change in the world is contributing to a momentum of global incoherence, stress, and instability. All too often, this results in stress, confusion, lack of focus, a narrowing field of perception, frustration, anxiety, and depression - all of which negatively impact relationships, health, productivity, and the global energetic field environment.
When multiplied by the number of people
who are affected, the growing insecurity has become a global
paradigm that permeates our political, financial, social,
educational, and natural environments.
We see the social and environmental
devastation that has been brought by the application of science and
engineering to conquer the natural world.
As a shift is instated, it brings new models for living together on the earth in cooperative and collaborative union, but increasing stress makes it more difficult for individuals, groups, and organizations to carry out their intentions and actualize their missions.
While practices to increase balance and
peace through personal and collective efforts, such as prayer,
meditation, affirmations, focused intention, and other methods can
positively add to the field environment, due to the stress of the
current times, people often still find it difficult to calm down,
focus, and quiet the mind, thereby compromising the effectiveness of
The phenomenon of coherence is well known. It indicates a quasi-instant connection among the parts or elements of things, whether an atom, an organism, or a galaxy.
This kind of coherence is observed in fields as diverse as,
The new picture that has emerged is that all living systems are interconnected at a deep fundamental level and communicate with one another via biological fields and nonlocal mechanisms. 4,5
Although the nature of these interconnecting fields is not yet fully understood, there is considerable scientific data that substantiate their existence through observation of their effects. 6,7
It also has become increasingly clear that invisible magnetic influences emanating from the sun and earth profoundly affect life on earth from birth to death.
It has been reliably shown that solar
and geo-magnetic cycles not only correlate with human health
indicators, but also with such major societal conflicts as violence,
crime, terrorism, and war. 8-11
It is our increasing understanding of how coherence functions in the human system that is relatively new, as well as scientific studies on how we can increase it. The Institute of HeartMath (IHM) has identified a psycho-physiological state that is the underpinning of optimal function they termed heart coherence. 5,12-14
This has led to the development of practical techniques, tools, and technologies that help empower people to better manage stress, increase performance, and connect with a deeper intelligence and intuitive awareness. 15-17
Numerous studies have shown that learning how to shift into this psycho-physiological state quickly improves cognitive performance, focus and effectiveness, self-responsibility, and social cohesion. 5,12,18-21
Although people are able to achieve and increase heart coherence in a variety of ways,
others, studies at IHM and elsewhere have shown one of the quickest
and most effective ways is through emotional self-regulation and
generating positive emotions, such as compassion, love,
appreciation, and care. 13
Positive emotions such as love, appreciation, and compassion generate a heart-rhythm pattern that is more ordered and coherent, whereas negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, and fear generate a disordered, incoherent heart-rhythm pattern. 12
Ongoing feelings of impatience,
frustration, irritation, worry, or
blame throw our inner rhythms out
of sync and have a negative carryover effect on our hormonal and
By practicing the heart-focused self-regulation techniques and using heart rhythm coherence monitoring devices, people can learn how to quickly reset their emotions and shift into a balanced inner rhythm that the rest of the body will harmonize to, allowing more ease and flow. The inner rhythm and state of heart coherence is what many meditation techniques are trying to achieve.
The emWave helps people quickly get into a meditative state and provides feedback when they lose focus. It also signals when they return to a coherent state.
The emWave helps to slow the mental/emotional vibratory rate and increase the heart coherence baseline (i.e., when the heart, brain and nervous system operate more in sync and with increased efficiency). As a person's heart coherence baseline increases, he or she will experience more mental clarity, creativity, and focus during the day.
The carryover effect helps users to be
more conscious and intuitive at choice points, allowing them to
choose their actions and reactions rather than automatically
responding in the same old stress-producing behavior patterns.
THE GLOBAL COHERENCE
A primary goal of GCI is to determine
the effects of collective emotional responses that are reflected in
the earth's energetic fields (ionosphere and geomagnetic field).
From this general hypothesis, the second overarching hypothesis is that not only are humans affected by planetary energetic fields, but conversely the earth's energetic systems are also influenced by and act as a carrier wave for collective human emotions and consciousness (positively or negatively).
Thus, much of the planetary "information field environment" is made up of the collective consciousness of the inhabitants.
The third hypothesis is that large
numbers of people intentionally generating heart-coherent positive
emotional states of care, compassion, love, and appreciation will
generate a coherent standing wave that can help offset present and
future planetary-wide standing waves of stress, fear, discord, and
Thus, a feedback loop exists between all
human beings and the earth's energetic systems.
This in turn will create a mutually beneficial feedback loop between human beings and the earth's energetic systems.
The intention of GCI is to be a catalyst that will instigate, facilitate, and support the maintenance of an upward spiral of this feedback loop for the mutual benefit of human beings and the planet we call home. To support these efforts, GCI has established an international web-based membership of individuals which as of early 2012 has more than 37 000 members (see glcoherence.org).
GCI is also working with various partner groups and organizations committed to increasing planetary coherence.
The current focus of the initiative is the deployment of the Global Coherence Monitoring System to,
It is anticipated that by investigating how individual and collective emotional energy affects the earth's fields that, it will facilitate a growing awareness of humanity's interdependence with the earth and with each other.
It has become increasingly apparent that fluctuations in magnetic fields can affect virtually every circuit in biological systems to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the particular biological system and the properties of the magnetic fluctuations. 9,12,22
Therefore, it should not be surprising
that human physiological rhythms and global behaviors are not only
synchronized with solar and geomagnetic activity, but disruptions in
these fields can create adverse effects on human health and
There is a voluminous scientific literature indicating important biological processes take place such as altered blood pressure, heart rate, HRV, melatonin levels, increased occurrence of cancer, balance of hormonal system, reproductive system, cardiac and neurological disease, and death. 2,6,15-19
An important finding is that of all the
bodily systems studied thus far, changes in geomagnetic conditions
most strongly affect the rhythms of the heart. 7,9,16,20
The first scientific evidence of this belief was provided by Alexander Tchijevsky, a Russian scientist who noticed that more severe battles during World War I occurred during peak sunspot periods. 31
He conducted a thorough study of global human history and constructed an index of Mass Human Excitability dating back to 1749, which he then compared to the solar cycles over the same time period until 1926.
Figure 1, constructed from Tchijevsky's
original data, plots the number of significant human events compared
to the solar cycle from 1749 to 1926. 31
The blue line plots the yearly number of important political and social events
such as the start of a war, social revolutions, etc,
while the red line plots the solar activity
as indicated by the
number of sunspots from 1749...
Solar cycle 24 started in early 2011, and increased social unrest (especially in the Middle East, Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya) started to occur in synchronicity with the increased solar activity. Solar cycle 24 will continue to pick up in activity and reach its peak sometimes in 2013 or 2014.
It follows then that social activity,
increased mass excitement, and social unrest will also continue in
the years to come...
Events during the last 2 solar peaks had a profound impact on the world.
The occurrence of the recent social unrest in the Middle East
can be associated with the increase in solar activity ...
When old structures that do not serve humanity collapse, an opportunity opens for them to be replaced with more suitable and sustainable models.
Such positive change can affect the political, economic, medical, and educational systems, as well as relationships of individuals at work and home and in communities.
At times of such pertinent energy
influx, we have the greatest opportunity to instate positive change
in our world. We can learn from past mistakes and consciously choose
new ways of navigating energy influxes to create periods of human
flourishing and humanitarian advances.
It is well established that the earth and ionosphere generate a symphony of resonant frequencies that directly overlap with those of the human brain and cardiovascular system.
Figures 3 and
and 4 provide examples of the
earth's resonant frequencies.
the Global Coherence Initiative sensor site in Boulder Creek, California.
Note that all the resonant frequencies directly overlap human brainwave frequencies.
from the Global Coherence Initiative sensor site in Boulder Creek, California.
Note that all the resonant frequencies directly overlap human cardiovascular system frequencies and that the there is a clear central hypothesis is that changes in these resonances can in turn influence the function of the human autonomic nervous system, brain, and cardiovascular system.
It has not been possible to test this central hypothesis scientifically until now due to the unavailability of reliable, continuous measures of ionospheric and field line resonances in combination with monitoring of peoples' HRV as a measure of nervous system activity along with health and social indicators.
Fortunately, this limitation has recently been resolved with the installation of the first 3 of 12 to 14 planned GCI monitoring sites designed to measure these resonances.
Each site will include ultrasensitive
magnetic field detectors specifically designed to measure the
magnetic resonances in the earth/ionosphere cavity, resonances that
are generated by the vibrations of the earth's geomagnetic field
lines, and ultra-low frequencies that occur in the earth's magnetic
field, all of which have been shown to impact human health, mental
and emotional processes and behaviors.
The monitoring system adds the missing
component required to better understand how we are affected by the
earth's fields as well as enabling us and other researchers to
better understand the interconnections between solar and other
external forces on the planetary field environment.
As of the beginning of 2012, 3 sites:
Three additional sites will be installed in 2012, one each in,
Each monitoring site will detect and send the local alternating magnetic field strengths in 3 dimensions over a relatively wide frequency range (0.01-300 Hz) while maintaining a flat frequency response.
The data acquisition the infrastructure
captures, stamps with time and global positioning data, and
transmits the data to a common server. In addition, each site has a
random number generator (RNG) that is part of the Global
Consciousness Project (GCP) network (described below).
These sites will be specifically designed to measure
the magnetic resonances in the earth/ionosphere cavity,
resonances that are generated by the vibrations
of the earth's
geomagnetic field ...
Center in Boulder Creek, California.
A growing body of data also suggests that changes occur in ionospheric activity prior to earthquake activity. We make our data freely available to other research groups who wish to explore how it may be utilized to predict earthquakes and related events.
Thus, the network will provide a significant research tool to further understand how solar and earth-generated fields and rhythms affect human health, emotions, behaviors, and consciousness and vice versa.
The survey contained 6 valid scales:
The survey data were subjected to correlation analysis with a number of planetary and solar activity variables such as,
The below Table shows the results of the correlation analysis.
A positive correlation coefficient
represents positive linear correlations, and a negative correlation
coefficient (indicated with a minus sign) represents negative
(The Ap index is a mean, 3-hourly "equivalent amplitude" of magnetic activity based on K index data from a planetary network of 11 northern and 2 southern hemisphere magnetic observatories between the geomagnetic latitudes of 46° and 6° by the lnstitut fur Geophysik at Gottingen, Germany; Ap values are given in units of 2 nT.)
In other words, when solar wind speed, Kp, Ap, and polar cap activity increased, positive affect among the participants decreased.
As expected, well-being scores were also negatively correlated with solar wind speed, Kp, Ap-index, and polar cap magnetic activity. Thus, when solar wind speed increased and the geomagnetic field was disturbed, the levels of fatigue, anxiety, and mental confusion increased.
The study also uncovered some unexpected findings.
For example, the solar radio flux index was correlated
with reduced fatigue and improved positive affect, indicating that
there are mechanisms affecting human well-being that are not fully
understood and additional research needs to be conducted in order to
understand the effects of the various variables and the time
sequence of their effects. 33
This study has 2 major components.
However, there is experimental evidence that human bio-emotional energy can have a subtle but significant (scientifically measurable) nonlocal effect on people, events, and organic matter.
It is becoming clear that a bio-electromagnetic field such as the ones radiated by each human heart and brain can affect other individuals and the,
For example, research conducted in our laboratory has confirmed the hypothesis that when an individual is in a state of heart coherence, the heart radiates a more coherent electromagnetic signal into the environment that can be detected by nearby animals or the nervous systems of other people. 35
Of all the organs, the heart generates the largest rhythmic electromagnetic field, one that is approximately 100 times stronger than that produced by the brain. This field can be detected several feet from the body with sensitive magnetometers.
This magnetic field provides a plausible
mechanism for how we can "feel" or sense another person's presence
and emotional state independent of body language or other factors.
Further support for this hypothesis was provided in a study examining the possibility that people trained in achieving high states of heart coherence could facilitate coherence in other people in close proximity.
The results showed that the coherence of untrained participants was indeed facilitated by others who were in a coherent state.
In addition, evidence of heart rhythm synchronization among group participants was revealed through several evaluation methods, and higher levels of coherence correlated to higher levels of synchronization among participants.
Also, there was a statistical relationship between this synchronization and relational measures (bonding) among the participants.
The authors concluded that,
In another study, Kathi Kemper at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, conducted a blinded study to evaluate the direct psycho-physiological benefits of the nonverbal communication of loving kindness and compassion to others.
The study participants were unaware of the true purpose of the study and did not know that the practitioner was at the time practicing being in a more heart coherent state of loving kindness and compassion. After the periods the practitioner was in this state, the participants had significantly reduced stress and increased feelings of relaxation and peacefulness.
The participants also had significant improvements in their measures of HRV, which was used as an objective measure of autonomic activity.
The study concluded that extending compassion to others has measurable affects and is "good medicine."37
Many teams, including Olympic and professional sports teams and Special Forces military units, understand the importance of team coherence.
While they may refer to coherence as "team spirit" or "bonding," they instinctively know there is a palpable "team energy" that affects a team or a group's performance.
A growing body of evidence suggests that an energetic field is formed among individuals in groups through which communication among all the group members occurs simultaneously.
In other words, there is a literal group
"field" that connects all the members. 5
They found that most groups have a global organization and a coherent network of emotional energetic relations interconnecting virtually all members into a single, multilevel hierarchy. They found a direct relationship between the number and structure of reciprocated positive emotional bonds among the members that predicted group stability and performance 2 years later.
The only model that best fit and explained the data was one based on a field concept where information about the group as a whole was distributed to all members in such a way that information about the group's global organization could be obtained from any member within the field - i.e., a collective consciousness or a "social hologram." 38
It requires energy to shift a system
into a more coherent mode, and the key to creating stable, coherent
groups is related to establishing positive emotions and dissipating
negative emotional tensions, interpersonal conflicts, and other
stressors among the individuals in that group.
Not only has he shown that by applying external fields similar to the SRs that can induce altered states of consciousness, he has also suggested in a detailed theory that the space occupied by the geomagnetic field can store information related to brain activity and that this information can be accessed by the human brain. 41
Furthermore, Persinger suggests that the earth's magnetic field can act as a carrier of information between individuals and that information rather than the signal intensity is important for interaction with neural networks. 42
Research conducted by the GCP, which maintains a worldwide network of RNGs, has found that human emotionality affects the randomness of these electronic devices in a globally correlated manner.
Roger Nelson, director of the GCP states,
The research conducted by GCP has found that there is a significant correlation between global events that elicit a high level of emotionality from a large part of the world's population and periods of nonrandom order generated by the RNGs. 44
For example, multiple independent analyses of the network during the terrorist attacks that took place in the United States on the morning of September 11, 2001 (Figure 7), correlate with a large and significant shift in the output of the global network of RNGs. 45
The mechanisms for why human emotions
create more coherence in the randomness of this global network are
not yet fully understood; the data, however, clearly show that they
do have such affects and data now have an odds-against chance ratio
of over a billion to one. 46
during the terrorist
attacks on September 11, 2001.
Figure 8 shows large differences
depending on the level of emotion associated with events.
Level of emotion determined by categorizing the events
the network variance effect size.
This makes sense as compassion is related to interconnection and positive emotional engagement. As demonstrated, when we experience true feelings of compassion, we tend to shift into a more coherent physiological state12 and are thus radiating more coherent magnetic waves into the environment. 47
Compassion by definition is an emotional
state that brings us together and makes us coherent; we invest a
small part of our individual being to connect with others and, as
the GCP data indicate, with the global field environment.
The degree of love and compassion evoked or embodied
in an event
significantly affects the network variance effect size.
A simple version is similar to ordinary physical models of fields generated by a distribution of sources. In this case the field sources are associated with individual conscious humans, while the field dynamics that might explain the random number generators correlations derive from the coherence of human activity during events.
This proposal can accommodate all the inter-node correlations and structure seen in the data, but it remains phenomenological since it does not explain how the field arises in terms of underlying principles.
Finally, a non-linear dynamic field model proposes that individual minds are mutually interactive, and that the interactions are responsible for an emergent field which depends on individual consciousness but is not reducible to it.
The model implies that the dynamic and interactive qualities of consciousness also involve subtle interactions with the physical world and that these are responsible for certain anomalous phenomena such as are found in the GCP experiment.
The proposal can be construed as
embodying in a formal way the ideas of such thinkers as Teilhard
de Chardin, describing a "noosphere" of intelligence for the
earth, (1961) or Arthur Eddington, conceiving a "great mind." (p12)
He found that such RNG deviations may
depend on a positive IMF polarity coinciding with emotionally
significant conditions and/or entropy changes. 48
Responses and the Geomagnetic Field
Figure 10 shows data recorded from 2 separate space weather satellites in geosynchronous orbit in the days before and after the attacks.
The data from the magnetometers on these two satellites, which are positioned over the east and west coasts of the United States, reveal that a large shift occurred in the earth's geomagnetic field at the same time as the attacks. Note the difference in the fields in the days before and after the attacks.
The incoherence and discord in the fields during the days after the attacks may reflect the mass emotional turmoil that occurred as news of the attacks spread around the globe.
The same patterns were also observed in
weather satellites in geosynchronous orbit over the east and west coasts of the United States
in the days before,
during, and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist ...
One of our goals at GCI is to test the hypothesis that large numbers of people in a heart-coherent state and holding a shared intention can encode information on the earth's energetic and geomagnetic fields that act as carrier waves of this physiologically-patterned and relevant information.
If living systems are indeed interconnected and communicate with each other via such biological and electromagnetic fields, it stands to reason that humans can work together in a co-creative relationship to consciously increase the coherence in the global field environment which in turn distributes this information to all living systems within the field.
Of course, the idea is not new that
shared intentions can influence others at a distance; such ideas
have been the subject of numerous studies that have looked at the
effects of prayer, meditations, and groups sending intentions in
various experimental contexts. 6,49-51
A study conducted in 1993 in Washington, DC, showed a 25% drop in crime rate with 2500 meditators, 53 which means that a relatively small group of a few thousand was influencing a much larger group, a million and a half.
The question posed itself that if crime rates could be decreased, could a group of meditators also influence social conflicts and wars?
A similar experiment was done during the peak of the Israel-Lebanon war in the 1980s. Drs Charles Alexander and John Davies at Harvard University organized groups of experienced meditators in Jerusalem, Yugoslavia, and the United States to mediate on the area at various intervals over a 27-month period.
After controlling statistically for,
...and other variant influences during the course of the study,
How can we have such an influence on each other at a distance?
There are no clear answers yet; however, we hypothesize, that there is a unified field and universal consciousness that allows individually coherent waves to be coupled to the larger collective field environment.
The GCI theory of change states that as enough individuals increase their personal coherence, it can lead to increased social coherence (family, teams, organizations), and as increasing numbers of social units (families, schools, communities, etc) become more coherently aligned, it can in turn lead to increased global coherence, all of which is facilitated through self-reinforcing feedback loops between humanity and the global field environment (Figure 11).
As more and more people increase their personal coherence, it strengthens and stabilizes the standing waves and coherent information in the planetary information field.
Once a coherent standing wave is
established, reinforced, and amplified through collective coherent
intention, it in turn facilitates the amplification of the
collective heart, mind, and consciousness, making it easier for more
and more people to increase their coherence and expand their
This is empowering for many individuals
who often feel overwhelmed by the current negative predictions and
conflicts on the planet. They come to realize that their actions can
make a difference and that by increasing their own coherence, they
can make a contribution that can help facilitate the shift that many
now perceive to be occurring.
As more and more individuals become
increasingly self-regulated and grow in conscious awareness, the
increased individual coherence in turn increases social coherence,
which is reflected in increased cooperation and effective
co-creative initiatives for the benefit of society and the planet.
In time, global coherence will be
indicated by more communities, states, and countries adopting a more
coherent planetary view.
A primary goal is further study the interconnectedness between humanity and the earth's energetic systems.
There is a substantial body of evidence that humans are affected by planetary energetic fields. GCI hypothesizes that human emotions and consciousness interact with and encode information in planetary energetic fields, including the geomagnetic field, thereby communicating information between people at a subconscious level, which, in effect, links all living systems and gives rise to a form of collective consciousness.
Thus, a feedback loop exists among all
human beings and the earth's energetic systems.
This can be achieved when an increasing ratio of people move towards more balanced and self-regulated emotions and responses. This in turn can help facilitate cooperation and collaboration in innovative problem solving and intuitive discernment for addressing society's significant social, environmental, and economic problems.
In time, as more individuals stabilize the global field and families, workplaces, and communities move to increased social coherence, it will lead to increased global coherence.
will be indicated by countries adopting
a more coherent planetary view so that social and economic
oppression, warfare, cultural intolerance, crime, and disregard for
the environment can be addressed meaningfully and successfully.
...and explore how collective human
emotions and intentions may be reflected in the earth's
electromagnetic and energetic fields, a global network of
ultrasensitive magnetic field detectors specifically designed to
measure the magnetic resonances in the earth/ionosphere cavity and
resonances and earth's geomagnetic field lines resonances are being
installed at strategic locations around the earth.
Hence, we believe that the scientific research investigating how we are both impacted by the earth's energetic fields and the potential for detecting effects of collective human emotion and intention in the field environment is an important aspect of the GCIs goals.
However, even if we are not able to prove the encoding of human intention in the global fields in the next few years, we are confident that we can facilitate a deeper understanding of the mechanisms by which human health and behaviors are modulated by the earth's fields and further clarify which aspects of the field environment mediate the varied and specific effects.
More important is GCI's primary goal,
which is to motivate more people to work together in a more coherent
and collaborative manner to increase harmony in the collective
consciousness to alleviate social conflicts and to improve the
environmental impact we have on the planet and assist in planetary