Coherence: Bridging Personal, Social, and Global Health
Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., Doc Childre
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, A Peer-Reviewed Journal, 2010; 16 (4):10-24.
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Of the many new scientific perspectives that emerged from the 20th century, one of the most profound is that the universe is wholly and enduringly interconnected and coherent.1-3 Complex living systems, including human beings, are composed of numerous dynamic, interconnected networks of biological structures and processes. Coherence implies order, structure, harmony, and alignment within and amongst systems—whether in atoms, organisms, social groups, planets, or galaxies. Thus, every whole has a relationship with and is a part of a greater whole, which is again part of something greater. In this context, nothing can be considered as separate, alone, or lacking relationships. One of the more surprising findings that has emerged from physics is quantum coherence, which has given rise to the prediction of nonlocality and instantaneous communication between subatomic particles separated by vast distances.1
Most people know what it feels like to be in harmonious state, the place where our hearts, minds and bodies are united in a feeling of wholeness. This state is often referred to as “the zone,” “flow,” “oneness,” etc. When we are in such states we typically feel connected not only to our deepest selves but to others, even to the earth itself. We call this state of internal and external connectedness “coherence.” This overview discusses how increased personal coherence can be achieved as people learn to more consistently self-regulate their emotions from a more intuitive, intelligent, and balanced inner reference and how this state is directly associated with increased intuition and improved health and cognitive functioning. It also describes how coherence is reflected in physiology and objectively measured. The discussion then expands to coherence in the context of families, workplaces, and communities. The article concludes with the perspective that being responsible for and increasing our personal coherence are not only reflected in improved personal health and happiness but also feed into and are reflected in a global field environment. It is postulated that as increasing numbers of people add coherent energy to the global field, it helps strengthen and stabilize mutually beneficial feedback loops among human beings and with the earth itself.