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Global Coherence, Healing Meditations Using HeartMath Applications During COVID‑19 Lockdown

    • Published: 2020
    • Stephen D. Edwards1
    • HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies. 76(1), a6151, 2020. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v76i1.6151.1. Department of Psychology, University of Zululand, South Africa.
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Introduction

On 31 December 2019, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic, requiring emergency management (WHO 2020). International lockdown in many countries emphasise global, planetary interconnectedness. Today, this interconnectedness includes many enveloping technological communication systems, for example, the internet, Skype and Global Consciousness Project (GCP). This project consists of a system of about 70 random event generators, placed all over the planet, which provide statistical effects signals in synchrony with significant events such as the death of Nelson Mandela or an intentional peace day, and, most recently, mass emotional responses in relation to COVID-19 (Nelson 2020). Detailed information is available at: http://noosphere.princeton.edu.

The earth’s magnetic field facilitates a global information network, which is measured by six ultrasensitive, magnetic field detectors, strategically installed around the planet by the HeartMath, Global Coherence Initiative (McCraty et al. 2018). This article summarises global coherence, healing meditation practices during the COVID-19 Lockdown, state-regulated, social distancing period in South Africa from 27 March through 17 April, 2020. Global Coherence and Inner Balance electronic applications (apps), served to measure meditation sessions. Although wearable self-health technologies are improving continually, ongoing monitoring of such technology is vital to ensure general ethics and quality of health of the public (Cannard et al. 2020).

The present case study specifically aimed at investigating the relevance of the global coherence initiative to COVID-19, with special reference to meditation, healing practices, dynamics and mechanisms. The research question concerned the influence the lockdown would have on meditation. As healing meditations are regular activities, the null hypothesis applied, that is, no significant change was expected in HeartMath meditation measurements taken before and after lockdown.