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The primary purpose of this page is to offer a brief introduction to the concept of coherence, with a brief mention of the ICI scale as well.Coherence Defined
The term coherence, as used on this website, is used to denote coherence of consciousness, and particularly a subset of that known as heart coherence, and, by extension, coherence within an entire living organism, such as a human being (and yes, some of us suspect that coherence is contagious among organisms via subtle means, more on that later.) Coherence implies order, structure, harmony and alignment within systems and among systems (across systems or subsystems), and thus is, in this sense, anti-entropic; the latter phenomenon (e.g., increasing order) has also been given the useful label "syntropic" by some researchers. In the usage employed herein, coherence also implies the possibility of embedding great amounts of information or intelligence in coherent activities, events, signals or waveforms; this will be discussed in greater depth later.
However, perhaps the best definition and explanation of coherence I have ever seen is to be found within a monograph from HeartMath Institute (2003) authored by Rollin McCraty, PhD, which is entitled Physiological Coherence. I reproduce below the following quote from the monograph:
"It (coherence) is the harmonious flow of information, cooperation, and order among the subsystems of a larger system that allows for the emergence of more complex functions. This higher-order cooperation among the physical subsystems such as the heart, brain, glands, and organs as well as between the cognitive, emotional, and physical systems is an important aspect of what we call coherence. It is the rhythm of the heart that sets the beat for the entire system. The heart's rhythmic beat influences brain processes that control the autonomic nervous system, cognitive function, and emotions, thus leading us to propose that it is the primary conductor in the system. By changing the rhythm of the heart, system-wide dynamics can be quickly and dramatically changed.Frankly, the above-quoted description from the HeartMath monograph is by far the best which I have ever encountered, and I will be relying upon it heavily as we explore this realm. So, the type of coherence which we are discussing implies increased synchronization and entrainment within systems and among and across systems and sub-systems, and, in an organism such as a human being, when such coherence is present, there will often be various signatures present in measurable rhythms of various oscillators or oscillatory functions within the organism, such as the heart rhythm coherence mentioned above in Dr. McCraty's monograph.
Before moving on, let me remind you that the scientists and researchers at HeartMath Institute have done much to define heart coherence, and at times consciousness coherence, particularly in terms of quantitative measures such as coherence or entrainment of heart rate variability (HRV), the presence of which can often be measured, recorded and displayed on instrumentation. They have also done much to describe the positive effects of coherence on everything from learning and education to health to interpersonal relationships and mental and emotional health. For more information on coherence and/or to access various papers, monographs and research articles on this topic, please go to the HeartMath Institute research site, at http://www.heartmath.org
I wrote on the main page for the Incoherent Chaos Index (ICI) measure (no longer updated and offline) the following about what I call incoherent chaos (IC) and its opposite, coherence:
"If a very large number of people are very agitated about something, and particularly exhibiting a lot of fear and hostility, then my sense is that they can raise the score, and likewise, and very profoundly, my sense is that even a very tiny number of people, and some rare times as little as one person, if they are able to deeply access what I will call "peace" and "grace" and "love", can markedly "quiet" the score, lowering it quite significantly toward coherence and away from incoherent chaos."Shortly after I posted that to the web page, a friend (Debra) sent me an e-mail with some very relevant comments:
This reminds me of the story of the Chinese rain-maker that Carl Jung told repeatedly, and which he felt critical for the West toWell, my response to Debra's letter was strong agreement that Wilhem and Jung had captured the essence of what I am trying to describe. My sense too is that at the times when I have yielded or allowed true "magic" in my outer world, all I had really done was to sit down and simply bring more order to my INNER environment -- any effects in the outer world were totally accidental and incidental. In fact, I told a story on my healing site about such a very near-magical or magical shift which happened to me once while attending a workshop in Florida. If you wish to read the story, it is on the "What Exactly is This Work That Vinny Does?" page at my healing site, at www.divine-heart.org/what-Vinny-does.html under the section "What clairvoyants have observed". All I did, as recounted in that story, was to go inside and "get in order". I have reproduced that story below:
"In November 1998, my inner work was accidentally and inadvertently witnessed by Frances Fox, an internationally-known intuitive and clairvoyant, while Frances was teaching a 2-day seminar on intuitive access for students with backgrounds in the healing and intuitive worlds. I was present in the two-day seminar as a student, and at one point during the second day, I was not really following the exercise at hand, as I was feeling the ill effects of an oncoming flu, and also due to some very unbalanced and annoying energies which I had sensed in the room. Moreover, I had noticed that I was holding a very judgemental attitude toward some of the other participants (feeling that some were very "New Agey" and spacey) in the workshop, which seemed to be partly due to the fact that I felt physically ill, and also in reaction to the fact that the classroom had felt overly full all weekend of a very spacey and ungrounded mental energy (I have noticed such things before at intuitive workshops -- some participants seem to get out of touch with their bodies and hearts, and rather go into very "mental" worlds.)A Quick Note on Heart and Mind
HeartMath researchers and top cardiologists and neurophysiologists have been uncovering more and more evidence of the links between heart and mind, and of the heart's primacy in facilitating entrainment and coherence of the entire heart/brain system. This brings to mind something which Jean Klein, a well-known spiritual teacher (also a physician and musician) once said. Someone had mentioned to him that in the Thai language the word for mind and heart in Thai language were the same. Klein replied: "That is because the mind dissolves in the heart."
of Randomness and Appearance
of Coherence in Random Number Generators (RNGs)
While visiting the research labs at HeartMath Institute some years ago, I heard a fascinating story from their chief scientist, Dr. Rollin McCraty. He and his staff had been aware of the GCP for a while, and it apparently occurred to them at some point that they might like to host an EGG sensor at their remote conference and research center in the mountains of North Central California. However, their tests with several random number generators (RNGs) similar to those used in the GCP EGG sensors showed that the output of the RNGs was very ordered, and far from random, apparently due to local coherence field generated by local staffers who were often in coherent states, and thus they were unable -- at least at the time -- to host an EGG sensor at their facility.
Coherence and emWave Desktop Hints,
Plus Factors Which Seem Related to High HRV Variance and High Coherence
A Brief Look at
the emWave PC and Heart Tuner and some Claims Made By Related
Note on Coherence and SAM (Syntropic Antioxidative
Well, let's pause here for a moment and look more closely.... Coherence might, at first glance, seem to be more the province of physics, metaphysics and mysticism than of the syntropic antioxidative microbes (SAM) world, which is largely about anaerobic fermentation using beneficial microbes. Not so. Dr. Higa (the original developer of SAM) and those close to him have repeatedly stated that SAM is very regenerative and anti-entropic (aka syntropic) in its effects both for in-contact effects and especially distance effects (field effect), and that the phototrophic purple non-sulfur bacteria (PNSB) in SAM are particularly powerful in this regard. My intuition and my experience and lab work so far tell me that Dr. Higa is entirely correct, and this is one reason why I was drawn to SAM in 2002. BTW, the way in which the SAM ceramics work to render electromagnetic radiation or fields less harmful (such as when mounted on a cell phone, or near an electrical appliance...) is via a coherence field effect. So, the way in which SAM and SAM products such as SAM ceramics exert their remote effects (as well as some local direct-contact effects) is via a "field of coherence", aka a "field of syntropy" or "field of anti-entropy". Thus, the intersection of SAM and coherence (syntropy) and coherence. Yes, one of the fields of discussion on the Coherence e-mail list group (below) will be SAM and its coherence effects. For more information on the synergistic antioxidative microbial (SAM) culture, please see http://sam.vmicrobial.info/
Note on Coherence and Prills-type
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