About 2,300 years ago the Yellow Emperor’s physician said, “The Heart is the Fire at the centre of our being, from which Spirit radiates”. 94 years ago, Einthoven won the Nobel Prize for working out how to record the heart’s electrical activity. 11 years later, Einstein described quantum entanglement (and named it so beautifully). More recently, scientists have joined the dots and published papers like this one about the effect of your heart’s electromagnetic impulse on others.
What Einthoven measured was the electromagnetic wave your heart sends out every time it beats. This wave travels like ripples across the surface of a lake, but at the speed of light. Your ‘Spirit’ literally radiates from your heart, and then touches and interacts with the electromagnetism of every other heart it meets – which is where the more recent studies come in.
Love and quantum entanglement
When you spend a lot of time with someone, your heart’s electromagnetism and theirs spend a lot of time in close interaction. When you’re getting along well, your heartbeats even begin to synchronise.
Eventually, when you’ve been getting along well for a long time, Einstein’s quantum entanglement kicks in: Your heart no longer waits for the others’ electromagnetic wave to hit. It’s beat changes instantaneously, precisely at the same moment that your loved ones’ heartbeat changes. And it gets even better: because quantum entanglement doesn’t bother with space, you can be a hundred miles from your loved one and your hearts still beat as one.
I first saw this phenomenon in my teens. I was shopping with my mother when my father and brothers were involved in a serious traffic accident. I remember seeing my mother gasp and grab her chest. A couple of hours later, when we were back home, the phone rang with the news of the accident. The accident had happened at the time that my mother felt her heart stop.
I’ve seen similar incidents in clinic too. More than once, I’ve noticed a marked change in a patients’ pulse rate and rhythm only to discover later that their parent, partner or child had recently suffered a heart attack. You can find a similar phenomenon in medical textbooks that describe Tokotsubo syndrome – where the heart loses the strength to pump blood following a sudden bereavement.
Does this mean love is dangerous?
Strangely, no. Hearts seem to need each other. Being in quantum entanglement – loving and being loved in an enduring, caring way – will triple your chances of being alive 15 years after a heart attack (at least, according to this study). One of the very best things you can do for your heart is to develop lasting, empathetic relationships. Nurture and guard these, because they are what keep the Fire at the centre of your being alive.
Credit to Dr. Keown
This blog was inspired by chapter 25 of Dr. Daniel Keown’s brilliant book The Spark in the Machine, which so entertainingly bridges the divide between Western and Chinese medicine.