Coherence and emWave Desktop Hints
From my personal
experience and my work
with consulting and coaching clients, here are a few -- just a few for
-- quick hints on how to increase access to heart space, to increase
and depth of heart coherence, or to increase coherence scores on the
emWave Desktop (previously known as emWave PC or the Freeze
Farmer) (the emWave is also available in a
compact portable version called emWave PSR [Personal Stress Reliever]
which doesn't have as many features as the emWave Desktop);
most are in addition to methods
already taught by HeartMath or
in the emWave
A bit more on the
whole concept of "getting
out of the way"... A friend reminded me recently that Carl Jung was
reported -- by clients, observers and himself alike -- to have "gotten
of the way" at those moments which were the most magical moments in
therapy with his clients. Jung always reported later that he could not
remember anything that he or the client had said during the
Much the same has been reported about legendary psychotherapist Carl
I witnessed him disclose this in several films/videotapes while
in clinical psychology in graduate school. Rogers was also
in a heart-centered state at the time; he mentioned in more than one
and article that his heart felt very open and that there were tears in
during these sessions.
upper back area
- open chest
roll back in a relaxed way
- loosen jaw
- take three
breaths (into heart and belly)
effort... let go
of all trying or strain
- "get out of
way" -- another slant on trying
to convey the sense of no effort, not trying
- a more
method of no effort and of
"getting out of the way", not for all, is complete surrender to Supreme
Heart, a la Ramana Maharshi, aka "Thine Will be done"....
- if you are
really lousy (anxious or
tired, or ill) in the moment, can you smile at it a bit and just let it
be? (This allows emergence of what I call "grace".)
- if you are
really bad day or "bad
hair" day, can you just be at peace with it all and allow it to be just
as it is? (again, this allows emergence of what I call
- if you
summon feelings of love or appreciation,
can you just accept what is and accept yourself exactly as is? (this is
actually a form of love often called grace...)
physiological or practical
you been drinking enough
Lack of water can drastically affect HRV "height" (variance) as well as
- Are you
exhausted, or just
a long flight cross-country? These can all be very disorienting on a
level and markedly depress HRV score "height" (variance) as well as
coherence. A nap or a good night's sleep can work wonders.
- Some folks
have their HRV and coherence
measures affected adversely by consuming onions or garlic, and indeed,
a few healthcare practitioners who use heart coherence and HRV feedback
as part of therapy prohibit their clients and students from eating any
garlic or onions within 36 hours of a scheduled session or class.
- Many folks
incoherence or flattening
of HRV scores if they have recently drunk more than the equivalent of
to 2 drinks of alcohol. This is due simply to mild depression
various biological oscillators in the body... it will pass...
- If you feel
stuck, get up and take
a 15-minute walk outdoors. Your body may need to move....
- If you
feel really stuck or "flat",
consider going outside and standing barefoot on the earth (soils, sand,
grass, moss, etc.) for about 10 or 15 minutes. Many modern folks in
countries get far too little barefoot contact with bare earth, and this
seems to adversely affect all rhythms in the body.
- As noted
nap can sometimes work wonders.
is a big no-no in terms
of both short-term and long-term effects of deadening the CNS and
coherence across bodily systems. Interestingly, almost all spiritual
healers and teachers also strongly recommend against the use of
and related substances for much the same reasons.
reported to me that clients who had exhibited markedly incoherent or
flat HRV scores often showed marked improvement within 3 to 20 minutes
of ingesting certain fermented antioxidant nutritional
supplements brewed with syntropic antioxidative
microbes (SAM). This is fascinating, because the beneficial microbes
make these fermented beverages have accrued a long history of tales of
exhibiting all kinds of "coherent" effects, such as anti-entropic, or
syntropic effects and bringing increased order, syntropy and harmony to
Observations on Variables:
HRV Variance, Heart Coherence
listed above some quick
on how to increase access to heart space, to increase amount and depth
of heart coherence, or to increase coherence score on the emWave Desktop.
Let's move on now to look at some factors which seem correlated to
(or decreased, as the case may be) variance in HRV score over
As you may be aware if you have gotten this far in exploring the
of coherence and heart coherence, higher variability in HRV score over
time (one hour to 24 hours) is inextricably linked in the scientific
with high vitality, greater health, and reduced morbidity and mortality
from all causes. Conversely, low indexes of HRV over a period
time are linked with reduced health and vitality, and with
increased morbidity and mortality from all causes.
been noted before,
people generally show a slow decrease in indexes of HRV as they
Indeed, some researchers have gone so far as to proclaim various
of HRV over time to be the single most powerful non-invasive method of
predicting morbidity and mortality from all causes. Here now is a
look at some of the factors which -- at least in my observations --
to be related to both good variance, aka "high variance", in HRV
this is the height of the HRV trace in the FF top screen) and also to
to enter states of high coherence. I will offer two lists:
listing the apparent
e.g., those which seem to be associated with both high HRV variance and
ability to attain states of high coherence,
- one listing
apparent negative correlates,
e.g., those which seem to be associated with both low HRV variance and
poor ability to attain states of high coherence.
However, first, a
BIG word of caution.
These are observed correlates only. A correlation does not prove
For example, the sale of umbrellas reaches a massive peak in New York
only when it rains and just before a rainstorm, and slows down markedly
when it is not raining. Does this mean that sales of umbrellas cause
rain, and that low sales of umbrellas cause droughts? No!
assert such would be to confuse correlation with causation.
in the apparent positive correlations and negative correlations which
it is important not to confuse correlation with causation.
it has been observed in general that folks who take lots of
drugs seem to often show low HRV variance (rather flat HRV trace) and
ability to achieve heart coherence. Does this mean that
of pharmaceutical drugs produces this effect? No! A far more
explanation is that folks who take lots of pharmaceutical drugs have
of health problems (whether physical or behavioral/affective, or
These underlying health problems not only led a physician to prescribe
lots of drugs, but these same underlying health problems contribute to
overall low vitality, and will usually contribute to low HRV variance
to relatively low HRV coherence. Yes, it is true that some
drugs will also depress both factors as well, but in the aforementioned
example, the greater depressive effect on HRV variance and coherence is
likely due to the underling illnesses.
positive correlates, e.g.,
those which seem to be associated with both high HRV variance and
to attain states of high coherence:
In other words, scores seem to slowly decrease with age, due to the
shifts in vitality and health which occur with aging. In
people exhibit higher HRV variance and higher ability to access heart
and this seems to gradually decrease with age. This effect
noted for years (especially for the HRV variance) by many researchers,
HeartMath researchers and top cardiologists, some of whom have worked
exercise, including walking,
although harsh or severe exercise does not seem at all necessary.
are at least partly-raw
and/or partly-Paleolithic (ancestral or caveman).
- People who
exhibit a wide range, over
time, of emotional states, including the so-called "negative" states,
as anger, crankiness, irritability or sadness. The key here does not
to be the negative emotions in particular, but rather the ability to
and accept a wide range of feelings, versus suppression or repression.
water, at least 1/2 gallon
to 3/4 gallon per day.
eating foods in the diet
which are high in antioxidants, such as dark green or orange
dark berries, cherries, etc.
taking antioxidant nutritional
supplements (e.g. in no particular order, vitamin E, C, alpha lipoic
grape seed extract, ginko biloba, selenium, COQ10, zeaxanthin,
MegaH-, fermented syntropic antioxidant microbial supplement products
such as EM-X, AEM,
Fervita, Sootheox, Fermalive, BEM Supplement, etc.)
- On an inner
being able to "let go"
or surrender, to Supreme Heart / Being / God / Spirit (whatever term
works for you.)
- Being able
to be at
peace with what is.
negative correlates, e.g.,
those which seem to be associated with both low HRV variance and poor
to attain states of high coherence:
use of pharmaceutical
intake of lots of pharmaceutical drugs. See warning vis-a-vis
in the Introduction above.
more than the equivalent
of 2 drinks of alcohol per day.
- Folks who
seem to show a wide range
of emotions and affect, including at least minor irritability, anger,
sadness, etc. Likely emotional suppression or repression.
hours) of more than 1 to 1.5
drinks of alcohol.
- History of
use of marijuana and related
- Lack of
of even gentle slow walking
- Chronic or
use of so-called "magnet
therapy" products. Again, see warning vis-a-vis interpretation or
in the Introduction above. It may well be that folks who use lots of
therapy products are people who have lots of health problems (whether
or behavioral/affective, or both).
frequent or chronic
of large amounts of coffee or other caffeine-containing
products. Again, see warning vis-a-vis interpretation or
mis-interpretation in the
Introduction above. It may well be that folks who ingest lots of coffee
and other caffeine-containing products may be people who have lots of
problems (whether physical or behavioral/affective, or both) and who
simply trying to self-medicate.
- Being tired.
airline flight, or a drive
of over 2-3 hours duration, within the past 24 hours.
- Feeling ill.
practitioners who use heart
coherence and HRV feedback as part of therapy report that clients and
have their HRV and coherence measures affected adversely by consuming
or garlic within 36 hours (esp. 5 hours) of a scheduled session or
I have not noticed this myself, although I have not performed any
to a true
raw vegan or vegan diet
for 7-8 months or longer. (I say "true" because many self-claimed "raw
vegans" actually eat a much wider range of foods, including cooked
and animal foods, but keep it hidden in order to gain community
consumption of dairy products, including
gross overconsumption of raw dairy products. This effect may vary quite
a bit from person to person, due to genetics and their resultant
sungazing, esp. within past
8 to 10 hours. Now, this may seem counter-common-sense to some, since
sungazing has become extremely popular in certain alternative health
spiritual circles and New Age circles in the past year, often as a way
of becoming healthier. If you wish, please feel free to read a more
on this topic.
seems to be even more severe in folks who sungaze without standing
on bare earth (or sand, moss, or grass, or even rocks) at the time, in
other words, in folks who sungaze while wearing shoes or standing on a
patio or floor.
traits of refusal to forgive
and/or let go.
grudges or blames.
1. More on
and HRV: Although sungazing is slightly controversial (but
every day, it seems...), and was an extremely obscure health and
practice in the Western world until early 2003, it has suddenly become
very popular and trendy among many spiritual seekers, health seekers
New Agers. However, my research seems to clearly show that HRV
folks who have sungazed in the past 8 to 10 hours is often extremely
(low variance) or very incoherent, with very poor ability to enter or
states of high heart coherence. The effect seems to be far
with morning (near sunrise) sungazing and less with late day (near
sungazing. Indeed, many sungazers report that their heart rate seems to
be very erratic or "jumpy" for many hours after
sungazing. And, in
general, it seems that a history of sungazing (within past 4 weeks)
seems to contribute to flat (low variance) or very incoherent HRV, with
very poor ability to enter or maintain states of high heart
coherence. This may seem surprising, given the fact that many
folks sungaze for the
express purpose of increased health or spiritual growth. And,
may be true that this "noise" and flatness which I have observed in
and in other sungazers may be temporary and simply due to "healing" or
"cleansing" of old physical trauma or physical/emotional
However, I simply do not know yet. I do know that the effects
persist for many weeks after sungazing... I consider myself fortunate
to be in contact with a great many sungazers from across the world,
including (fortunately or unfortunately, however that may be!) several
of the self-styled sungazing gurus from India, who tend, for the large
part, to be fanatical and fundamentalist zealots. (Can you tell that I
am rather allergic to such things...?)
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