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The Mysteries of the Heart

  • Research explains how the physical and energetic heart plays an extraordinary role in our lives!
  • Our heart rhythms affect the brain’s ability to process information. The heart has 40,000 sensory neurons involved in relaying ascending information to the brain.

Did you know?

The human heart’s magnetic field can be measured several feet away from the body.

Negative emotions can create nervous system chaos, but positive emotions do the opposite.

Positive emotions can increase the brain’s ability to make good decisions.

You can boost your immune system by focusing on positive emotions.

A mother’s brainwaves can synchronize to her baby’s heartbeats even when they are a few feet apart.

Positive emotions create physiological benefits in your body.

In fetal development, the heart forms and starts beating before the brain begins to develop.

Did you know the heart has a brain of its own?

Dr. J. Andrew Armour introduced the term, "heart brain," in 1991. Armour showed that the heart’s complex nervous system qualified it as a "little brain."

The heart brain, like the brain proper, has an intricate network of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells. It can act independently of the cranial brain and has extensive sensory capacities.

Scientists at the HeartMath Institute have conducted research on emotional energetics, coherence, heart-brain connection, heart intelligence and practical intuition.

The heart sends signals to the brain that can influence:

  • perception
  • emotional experience
  • higher mental processes

Did you know?

Your heart emits an electromagnetic field that changes according to your emotions.

Others can pick up the quality of your emotions through the electromagnetic energy radiating from your heart.

Heart-Brain Factoids

  • The heart has a system of neurons that have both short- and long-term memory, and the signals they send to the brain can affect our emotional experiences.
  • The heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart.
  • Coherent heart rhythms help the brain in creativity and innovative problem-solving.

HeartMath Institute applied research is solution-oriented.

83%said they felt healthier

69%said they have more energy and vitality

33%reported sleeping better

† These percentages are based on 5,000 assessments of individuals who used HeartMath techniques and the emWave® technology.

These facts are brought to you by the HeartMath Institute Research Center, where ongoing research is being conducted to help explain the connection and role of the heart in our emotion-based experiences.


  • Brian Kabaker

    One of the best info graphics i have ever seen! Thank you

  • Gia Lili Ganger

    This is an amazing, informative, and clearly explained infographic. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jack B Srimof

    No .

    What you feel you are .

    Pls read again .

    Do you now understand why you are the master of your Life ?

  • Brian

    You folks at HeartMath are amazing. You are so clearly coming from the “heart” with all of your tools, techniques, and educational outreach. And now you provide this captivating info-graphic that synthesizes years of scientific research into a simple, easy to read and comprehend, visual learning experience. I feel gratitude in my heart. Thank you!

  • Rebecca Bitzer & Associates

    Fascinating information, thanks for all the important heart work you do!

  • Rose Franco

    Very interesting information……I am an ultrasound sonographer and when performing OB ultrasounds,I tell my patients that the heart is formed before the brain, and I can clearly show them on the monitor where the heartbeat is before anything else develops.

    • b .teunissen

      Rose, where can i find an link or pictures of what you can show?

  • Jaqueline Moura

    Thank you for sharing!! This is amazing! Namaste

  • Nelly Osorio

    The findings about the Heart Brain are outstanding to be able to understand heart connections, intuition and other benefits for the Humankind. The HeartMath Insitute has made highly important contributions to the understanding of the heart and brain function and benefits. Thanks..!

  • Dagmar Palmerova

    How can we get it through to transhumanist science before….

  • Patrick Clemmond Rattey

    I used to have the same issue Richard. However, after some time looking into HeartMath discoveries combined with my knowledge and understanding of spirituality, mainly from the Judeo Christian perespective, when looking a lot deeper than the average believer would, I have found numerous correlations and agreements. Science is catching up to spirituality. In many ways shedding light, explaining what traditionally was classified as mysteries. Very briefly, as I understand it Richard, the physical heart responds too, and transmits spiritual energy via the electromagnetic torroidal field surrounding every human bodyssey with the heart at the epicenter. What connects us to the all encompassing Spirit, or field, or even now referred to as the Divine Matrix. Now I don’t expect you to immediately buy into what I’m saying, as you will need to look into both science and spirituality to fino the correlations I speak of. I have come to these conclusions after many years of searching for answers. Believe me, your mind will be blown away when this light dawns upon your understanding. 🙂

  • Patrick Clemmond Rattey

    Although Emotion is a physical experience, managed by the Limbic System of the brain, stimulated through the hypothalamus, that serves as an interface between pre-frontal lobe Consciousness and Emotion. Now consciousness is also referred to commonly as the ‘Spirit’ by the writers of various ancient belief systems. They would frequently interchangeably refer to the heart and Spirit as being one organ, hence the confusion of there being a spiritual heart, and the physical blood pump heart. So, we can safely conclude that consciousness is linked to Emotion. But what influences consciousness, where does the inspirational energy come from that produces thought and imagination ? and the answer lies in the heart.
    Throughout ancient Judeo-Christian scripture, we are taught that God is the discerner of the heart, and the condition of the heart preceeds human behaviour, the will, whether positive or negative.
    The human body, driven by the ‘instinct to survive’, is pivotal to our understanding of the nature of fear. Through mere words and vocal intonation the instinct to survive is able to stir up fear in in the ‘hearts’ of a Nation if wielded by men of influence.

  • Roberto Rossi

    I agree with those statements, but I think that using the
    power of the gut is more powerful, the power of the hara or dantien (as
    teached in martial arts). The best thing is to use the three brain of
    the body: mind, heart and gut. I experienced a meditation
    that focuses in those three brains at the same time, is more powerfull.

    • Suzanne Biddiscombe

      I think it is essential to bring all three nervous systems into regulation/coherence – head, heart and guts. But is very clear to me because I work as an energy psychology practitioner, with people, who have a lot of trauma, that everything always comes back to the heart. Everything. My clients may initially, as they begin to “unfreeze” and come out of their trauma capsules, have a lot of gut/intestinal issues or uncomfortable sensations, as they connect with their feelings – i.e. the fear, feeling trapped, etc. but as we peel though the layers, and there are always layers. we seem to always arrive eventually to the grief which is always under the anger, which is under the fear. And it always brings us to the area of the heart. I find it essential to heal the grief, so one can reconnect with self and others in my experience.

      • Rikki Rix

        I like how you are referring to all semantic references of the “heart,” as interconnected synchrony. Interesting that you mentioned it all goes back to the core heart, as the source. I find that definitely resonates, in my EFT/matrix work as a client.
        Thanks for sharing.