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At the Heart of the Matter, What do the Heart, Breath and Universe have in common? by Bob Whitehouse, EdD

You might be surprised and likely pleased to know that there are some profound answers and implications to this question.

1. The Heart and the Universe have essentially the same shape. Both are Toroidal.

  • The Universe’s shape appearing in 3 dimensions is the Toroidal shape of the electro-magnetic field: (see picture at right from www.ArthurYoung.com)
  • The Heart’s shape is similar:

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  • And produces an electromagnetic field just like the Universe’s:
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from Consciousness and Reality by Charles Muses and Arthur Young

So What?

Keep these points in mind as you follow along to what this is really all about:

  • The heart has seven layers of muscle that are wound in this same spiral
  • The Torus shape is considered the most advanced shape in projective geometry because it:
  • 1.)   Represents both surface and deep structure
  • 2.)   Takes 7 colors (or points) to mathematically map all its parts (see             picture below from Arthur Bloch’s Hypersphere on                                         www.ArthurYoung.com

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  • 3.)    Is the shape that shows how all the parts connect to each other in the holey core  (so the one and All or One and all) are related as well as have an unfolding, a developmental pattern or Becoming
  • 4.)    Is the shape that can morph into any other shape that has 2 circularities, like a person
  • 5.)    Is the cycle of anything’s process, from its beginning to its completion, and so is “nested time” (see www.ArthurYoung.com on this and his book of the same title).
  • 6.)   Has 2 spirals that meet up to connect and complete the cycle from a beginning point in the center to an outward, downward spiral, a turning point, followed by an inward upward spiral coming back to the starting point and then starting a new double spiral.

2. Heart and Breath share the same movement pattern:

  • Your every breath has an outward and an inward spiral, expiration and inspiration, so the movement of the breath follows the same movement pattern as that of the evolutionary spiral basic to the universe, the uni-verse, the one turn…  (It is also said that each of us has breathed in and out all the same atoms as everyone else that is existing or ever has.)
  • Regardless of the rate of movement of your breath, there is one standard—that you get the right breathing chemistry. Otherwise you may be triggering unwanted states and physiology (see our web page for more at www.BreatheHeartfully.com .)
  • The movement of your heart’s signal follows the double spiral of the heart’s seven layered muscles and creates its electromagnetic field.
  • Your heart is cradled by the lungs.  With the squeeze put on it by the filling of the lungs, the heart rate goes up.  With the emptying of the lungs, there is more space for the heart to expand in relaxing.
  • When your Heart and Breath are in synchrony, (i.e. when your breath moves in, your heart rate goes up, and when your breath moves out, your heart rate goes down), you get greater Heart Rate Variability (HRV) which is known to be a correlate and/or cause of greater health, longevity, positive emotions, greater cognitive function, improved immune function, increased intuition (aka direct knowledge), and protection against negativity.  The Institute of HeartMath (www.HeartMath.com and HeartMath.org) calls this coordination of Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and ParaSympathetic Nervous System (PNS or PSNS) Coherence.

Famous brain scientist Karl Pribram, MD says that somehow when we go into such a Coherence state, we are accessing what he calls “A quantum, Holographic Information State” outside of our normal sense of space and time.  Is it any wonder that at such times we can access information about events that have not yet happened “in time”? (See HeartMath and www.IONS.org research on Intuition.)

3. The movement of the universe is in a double spiraling in its evolution, and this is similar to the movement of the breath and of the heart’s muscles and electromagnetic waves, rippling out.  Much more on this later, including my upcoming book on the toroidal evolution of consciousness.

My favorite way of saying all this is: “Is it any wonder that when we talk of getting to the ‘heart of the matter’, that we are literally getting to the heart or fundamental pattern of interconnection.”

So my message for the day is that there are special benefits for us to learn to breathe well and with heartfelt feelings. The effects ripple through us and beyond us in unending waves.  (see also www.glcoherence.org )

For free seminars on breathing well, go to www.bp.edu/events.htm or contact us

Here’s one of my favorite quotes:

In the heart of man
the whole universe is reflected;
and as the whole universe is reflected in it,
man may be called the heart of the universe.

by  Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Breathe Deeply?

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Is it healthy?

Why was I so often drowsy when doing the deep breathing that I had been taught in meditation, yoga, and biofeedback? I wondered this for over 3o years.  I didn’t find out why until I measured my ETCO₂ (my breathing chemistry) with a CapnoTrainer while breathing deeply. Wow, was I surprised when I saw that my CO₂  significantly dropped then.  This means that I was actually shorting myself of oxygen.  What I mistook for a relaxed meditative state was actually a lethargic, hypoxic state where I was taking in too much air and not letting it all back out.  The Easterners had it right.  It’s not about TAKING a breath, it’s about finishing a breath, completing the exhale. That’s what get’s the oxygen to the bloodstream and brain.

Yes, the deep breath feels relaxing to many, and probably for several reasons:  1. That is what we are told to do when stressed, so we expect it to help.  2. It takes our awareness inward.  3. When we take deeper breaths, we usually slow our breathing, which slows our heart rate and calms the system.  BUT, if your deep breath is one that actually shorts your oxygen supply, that is definitely not good because it means everything will start to constrict due to loss of oxygen.

SO, if a deep breath isn’t a guarantee of getting more oxygen from your lungs to your bloodstream and brain, then HOW DO YOU KNOW if your breathing is giving you the right amount of oxygen?  There is one way that is scientifically accurate and one way that is a best guess.  The sure way is the use of a capnometer (the more scientific oriented method is to use a capnometer which measures carbon dioxide such as the “CapnoTrainer” which also measures Heart Rate Variability, HRV).  The best guess is not by pulse ox (oximeter) but by noticing the symptoms that accompany lowered ETCO₂ and lowered oxygen, like feeling light-headed or short of breath (see symptom checklist on our website www.BreatheHeartfully.com).

When I first jogged regularly,  around the same time I started meditation and yoga, I wore one of the first heart rate monitors and was baffled by how much my heart rate was jumping around.  I wasn’t sure whether the there was something wrong with the heart rate monitor or me, so I checked both out.  For myself, I found I had a few PVCs, which can be very dangerous and cause sudden heart attacks. I overcame those working with breathing and heart rate monitoring and exercise moderation.  Only later did I find out that our heart rate is supposed to vary rhythmically, both at rest and while being active. For example, when at rest, when we breathe in our heart rate (HR) increases and when we breathe out it decreases.   How much it varies is called HRV. The least healthy is to have a steady or irregular heart rate, with not much rhythmic variability.  In fact regularly low HRV is a predictor of all causes of death and a correlate of negative emotions and poor health.  And the converse is true also—greater HRV is a correlate of good cardiovascular health and of more positive emotional states, better cognitive and physical performance, greater intuition, and much more.  For more.

Now, I am happy to BreatheHeartfully as we go into the Art and Science of Better Breathing and Greater Heart Rate Variability for your health and enjoyment and for your very BEST. My motto is OPT for the BEST, my acronym for: Optimal Performance Training for the Body, Emotions, Spirit, & Thoughts.

I look forward to being of help and service. Well come and see our programs, biofeedback instruments, trainings, presentation and resources.

Till we connect again,

Bob Whitehouse, EdD  7/19/2010


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