This Journal entry will pick up and continue with more information regarding the growing body of knowledge about the heart and its ever intriguing life process functions. I intend to expand on the properties of the heart which allow it to connect with and communicate with finer dimensions of Creation…beyond what our rudimentary and more ordinary senses are capable of.
The preceding Journal, entitled “The Pulse of Life,” is an introductory writing about the heart’s energetic functions in our lives. This present Journal will investigate the basis of the heart’s subtle functions by exploring relatively new facts about the heart’s ventricular muscular anatomy and how this muscle performs in relation to itself as well as wider energetic fields.
The first consideration will be about a fairly recent discovery in heart anatomy which is only a few decades old. From deeper considerations of this discovery about the heart’s muscular configuration, we can draw some inferences about various heart dynamics which make both our physical and metaphysical lives possible. This composition will hold some interest for those people who consciously connect with the seen and unseen worlds at deeper levels of awareness.
The heart’s anatomical form and function will come into focus through a consideration of the heart’s peculiar muscular anatomy. Cardiac anatomy and function have been a subject of curiosity, scrutiny, and discovery for many many centuries. The form and function of the heart and the circulation of blood were undoubtedly a subject of curiosity and wonder in the minds of people even in remote prehistoric times, well before the written records of history began to accumulate.
It was the Greek physician and philosopher Galen who held forth with some of the earliest recorded theories of blood circulation, in the second century AD. Other thinkers followed with more descriptions and theories, such as Erasistratus, Ibn al-Nafis, William Harvey, Jean Baptiste de Senac, Andreas Vesalius, Jules Cloquet, Thomas Bartholin, Robert Koch, and at least a score of others. In this line of contributors, it was the English physician William Harvey (1578-1657) who first accurately described how blood circulates from the heart. Galen and Erasistratus came close to Harvey’s accuracy in their earlier descriptions.
The heart’s ventricular anatomy, the spatial arrangement of its fibers, and the layers of its musculature were not fully understood until 4 decades ago. This structural mystery about the heart has long been called the “Gordian knot” of cardiac anatomy. Indeed, it has been an illusive thing, and difficult to understand. In terms of understanding the heart’s functional anatomy and implications, I know of no other discovery in human anatomy which holds as much importance. I think this is even more important than advancements in the understanding of neural anatomy. Of course, neurology people would probably have a different opinion about this assessment of mine.
In 1954 a fourth year medical student at the University of Salamanca, in Spain, entered the arena of heart research. This more recent hero was Francisco Torrent-Guasp, who published his first writing on the subject of the heart in that year, entitled “The Cardiac Cycle.” While this publication was not at all earthshaking in academic circles, it did galvanize and mold the curiosity and intellect of the young Torrent-Guasp who continued to pursue his inquiry into the functional anatomy and physiology of the heart for the rest of his life. Researching outside of orthodox circles of thought and academia, while conducting his own private practice as a family doctor in his home town, he continued his studies of the heart and published more monographs along the way.
The Helical Ventricular Myocardial Band…the HVMB
After performing dissections on hundreds of animal hearts, as well as some human hearts, Torrent-Guasp literally unraveled the heretofore unknown anatomy of the heart’s coiled ventricular musculature. He revealed that the muscle of the right and left ventricles is actually a single band of tissue which is coiled upon itself and is arranged in the configuration of a double helical spiral. This single band of heart muscle is now known as the helical ventricular myocardial band, or, the HVMB.
This discovery, which he made in 1972, was completely novel at the time, and it opened doors of deeper understanding as a few more decades went by. As is often the case with great discoveries and contributions, its significance was met with the usual resistance, skepticism, and doubt borne by minds of biased mediocrity which often exist in academic circles.
However, after a series of lectures at many medical centers in Europe, America, and at some other international institutions, his discovery became accepted. He was duly recognized and was awarded the Miguel Servet Prize in 1978. In the same year he was also justly nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. He passed away in 2005, at the age of 76, after giving the closing lecture at a cardiology conference in Madrid. Others are now carrying on with his life’s work. Despite the success of his international lectures and the well deserved recognition which he received in his lifetime, his discovery of the HVMB and its importance is still a relatively obscure subject in the halls and annals of human science.
Dr. Torrent-Guasp’s dissections of heart muscle were always performed by blunt tissue dissection technique using only his fingers, rather than using a scalpel or scissors to cut through the heart’s tissue planes. Dissections with surgical instruments may not reveal the natural architecture of tissue planes which is often more readily revealed and opened by blunt cleavage techniques. Any surgeon knows this fact from years of direct experience. In fact, anyone who has ever handled and processed animal carcasses, such as hunters and meat processors, is also aware of the utility and efficiency of blunt finger dissection of tissue planes.
Because he did not employ sharp surgical instruments in his dissections, he did not inadvertently or unknowingly cut through and disturb the natural integrity of the HVMB. Instead, he was able to gently unravel and unroll the single band of muscle which creates both the right and left ventricles, as well as the interventricular septum which separates them. The HVMB is a continuous band of muscle which descends from the orifice of the pulmonary artery, coils and twists at the heart’s apex, and then ascends back up to the aorta. There are many images posted on the web which illustrate these dissections, and there are also video presentations.
In this particular video presentation, entitled “The Helical Heart,” which is 12 minutes in length, you can see Dr. Torrent-Guasp perform such a dissection on a bovine heart. In the last minute at the video’s end there is a spectacular demonstration of the helical form and function of the HVMB which shows the 2 reciprocal muscular spirals concentrically contracting in bi-directionally opposing spins while merging at the heart apex.
This muscular spiral is an electromagnetic engine of connection to the universal field of life force and spirit. Please read on…
Here is an image of the unraveled HVMB which is colored in to show the 4 segments seen in Torrent-Guasp’s video dissection. The blue and red segments correspond to the right ventricular musculature, and the green and brown segments correspond to the larger and stronger left ventricular muscle. At the point where the red segment joins the green segment is where the twist of tissue occurs which forms the cardiac apex.
This next set of images below shows how the HVMB uncoils when dissected. The recoiling is also shown in the expanded head-to-toe view seen in the lower left image. The term PA designates the pulmonary artery, and AO designates the aorta. In the image above and in the series of images directly below, the atrial musculature is not included in these depictions of the HVMB.
And finally the coiling muscle can now be visualized as the mostly filled-in muscular image of the heart which we are familiar with. In the image below the atrial musculature is added in atop the HVMB. Interconnecting bands of collagen and muscle fibers which envelope the right and left ventricles and complete the muscular structure enclosure are not shown in this very basic schematic representation.
In this 10 minute video orientation you can see a nice presentation of the 4 chambered heart’s well known conventional anatomy and physiological function as the muscular pump of the cardiovascular system. Cardiac anatomy and neuromuscular physiology is presented here to help you orient to the overall understanding of how the heart performs its function as a neuromuscular pump of blood.
While the HVMB peculiarities of the muscular anatomy of the heart may only be interesting to a few, such as cardiologists, cardio-thoracic surgeons, and various students of anatomy, this information can also be appreciated by a wider audience in the context of more subtle considerations. In the text below I shall attempt to explain some of the more subtle, but far reaching considerations of the form and function of the heart, as is based on HVMB anatomy.
The heart’s double helix muscular enfoldment holds implications which will blossom forth from future investigations and grow into practical applications which will benefit all of humanity. I believe that the ever emerging and growing story of the heart’s subtle functions will be an important dynamic which will facilitate an expanding global evolution and upliftment of human consciousness. Humanity’s growth and emergence into a peaceful and spiritually evolved race will ultimately be born from heart based consciousness.
How I learned about the HVMB
In June, 2001, I attended a small workshop conference conducted by Dr. James Oschman, Ph.D., at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM) in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Oschman is a well known investigative scientist, author, and teacher in the field of subtle energies as well as in the medical and health applications of such energetic forces in our lives. His biography and Curriculum Vitae are extensive, and he teaches all over the world to audiences where he is well received. He is considered to be one of the best authorities on subtle energies and energy medicine. Since meeting him at that conference I have followed his work and career.
I learned about Dr. Torrent-Guasp and the helical ventricular myocardial band from subsequent presentations by Dr. Oschman. He became intrigued by Torrent-Guasp’s work after discovering a reference in the 35th edition of the esteemed anatomical text Gray’s Anatomy, which referenced in one of its chapters an article written by Torrent-Guasp in 1970, entitled “The Electric Circulation.” Oschman was looking for published research on electrical circuits in living things when he found the reference to the Torrent-Guasp writing.
Upon tracking down the whereabouts of the author in Denia, Alicante, Spain, and sending him introductory correspondence, Torrent-Guasp then returned the kindness and sent Oschman all of his research in a packaged bundle of papers, as well as a silicone model of the HVMB. In the 1980’s Oschman and Torrent-Guasp struck up a collegial rapport and friendship which lasted until Dr. Torrent-Guasp passed away in 2005.
This friendship and exchange of information stimulated Oschman’s subsequent inquiry into the interface of the heart’s HVMB anatomy and the subtle energetic of toroidal field emanations from the heart which have been investigated and accepted since the original studies of John E. Zimmerman’s SQUID magnetometer investigations in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I referenced the importance of some of the discoveries made by Zimmerman’s investigations with super conducting quantum interference devices in the previous Journal entitled “The Pulse of Life.”
An Important Article
In 2015 Dr. Oschman published an important article in The Journal of Vortex Science and
Technology. He co-authored this article with his wife Nera Oschman. This is not a science journal publication that you will find on coffee tables, in waiting rooms, or maybe not in any good libraries except for ones at technical colleges, like Cal Tech and MIT.
The title of the article is “The Heart as a Bi-directional Scalar Field Antenna.” While the journal and the article may seem to be obscure, the information and theory contained therein is compelling enough to hold the curiosity and attention of many of us seekers, as well as other researchers and thinkers in associated fields of human science and quantum physics.
A key word in the title of the article is the word “scalar.” Rather than causing you and myself the mental fatigue which might be forthcoming from an explanation of this word, I shall simply relay a few facts about this term. Scalar fields and forces are distinguishable from vector fields, tensor fields, and spinor fields in ways to which only highly abstract concepts and words apply.
Let’s consider a simplified description of scalar energy.
Scalar forces are ones which are fully described by a magnitude or a numerical value only. On the other hand, vector forces are ones described by both a magnitude and a direction; a vector of force. Scalar energies may be thought of as ambient standing wave fields. Scalar forces and fields are usually non-detectable by most people, and are also somewhat difficult to measure and quantify. Yet, they exist all around us in the quantum world of the dimensions which bathe and support our lives with subtle energies.
These fields were first described in the 1800’s by James Clerk Maxwell, who was the founder of the electromagnetic theory of light; said by Einstein to be the most important discovery in the history of physics. Maxwell’s theories brought together, for the first time, electricity, magnetism, and light as manifestations of the same phenomenon. Scalar fields form the basic ambient field in which electricity, magnetism, and light are carried and transmitted.
Einstein once said, “Concerning matter we have been all wrong. What we call matter is actually energy. This vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is, in fact, no such thing as matter. It’s just a condensation of energy.”
This writing by the Oschmans is tantalizing in its content and implications. I am going to lift a few key concepts right out of the text of the article as direct quotes, and list them in a bullet point summary of 5 easy pieces, which you can enjoy…
- “Extraordinary yet compelling evidence has also indicated that the heart’s energy fields, generated by vortical electrical flows through the heart and aortic arch, are coupled to fields of information that are not bound by the limits of time and space.”
- “We have used Guasp’s silicone-rubber model of the helical heart many times in lectures and workshops to demonstrate the double helical structure of the HVMB, and to introduce the possibility of resonance between vortical heart fields and double helical DNA molecules in cells throughout the body.”
- “Taken together, these results strengthened the HeartMath Institute’s theory that the heart acts as a master electrical oscillator capable of radiating coherent frequencies which promote the health and vitality of the entire human system.”
- “Further research by McCraty et al. led to extraordinary and compelling evidence that the heart’s energy field is coupled to a field of information that is not bound by the limits of time and space.”
- “The researchers suggested that the heart is directly coupled to an ambient subtle energetic field of information that surrounds the body, which, in turn, is entangled and interacts with the multiplicity of energy fields in which the body is embedded, presumably including fields present in the quantum vacuum.”
This little jewel of scientific literature is a mere 3 pages in length and contains 38 references which you can explore if you want to. Here is a direct link to the entire article, as published, and is available for review in Open Access literature…The Heart as a Bi-directional Scalar Field Antenna, by Oschman, JL and Oschman, NH.
Neurocardiologists have established the fact that the heart’s composition is 60-65% neural cardiocytes, and it goes without saying that these nerve cells are actively functioning as an intense electrical generator and conductor. By the laws of physics, where electricity flows there has to be a magnetic field effect.
The heart’s electromagnetic field is the strongest field propagation from our body. Indeed, the magnetic field effect of the heart is 5000 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field effect. The brain is actually in third place behind the eyes. In addition to receiving information, the eyes also transmit quanta packets of information (intention) known as ideoretinal light. These facts are substantiated in the second chapter of Oschman’s first book Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis, which is seen in the reading list at the end of this writing.
The Oschmans believe that the heart is a bi-directional scalar field antenna which can both broadcast and receive information by virtue of its electromagnetic and dynamically active helical structure. The heart pulses out into the spatially helical Universe its helically oriented waves of information. It receives helically delivered information from the quantum field in like fashion. The propagation and reception of information is continuous in both directions, and is without pause. This dynamic is not time based. You can think of it as the heart being on a constant glow…a constantly glowing process which is the spiral of life.
The heart’s field effect can be measured up to 20 feet from the body with SQUID magnetometers. This is just the limitation of this form of instrumentation. According to quantum physics, an infinitely sensitive instrumentation would be able to measure your heart’s signature anywhere in any dimension. This concept is a statement of the heart’s holographic capacitance…any part from the whole contains the entirety of the whole. All dimensional fabric is a unified field.
Our human body biomagnetic field is toroidal in its configuration; a fact which has also been confirmed by the magnetometer investigations. It extends outward from its point of origin in the heart.
According to Arthur Young, who developed The Theory of Process, the entire fabric of the Universe is helical and toroidal in infinitely nested fractal representations of itself. Electromagnetic fields spiral through this helical fabric via scalar field effects and condense into what we are able to comprehend as physical manifestation. The theory of the toroidal nature of the multidimensional cosmos is born out by many simple observations in nature which are helical and spiral in their configuration: galaxies, sea shells, pine cones, tornadoes, hurricanes, whirlpools, animal horns, the DNA double helix, plant formations, ears, fingerprints, and the torus field lines surrounding earth itself, as a few common examples.
To understand and appreciate more deeply the pervasive nature of the spiral which pervades all of life, please take some time to view this beautiful 32 minute video where you can learn more about the play of this self organizing principle of Divine intelligence…Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds-The Spiral.
In the picture below we see a representation of the earth’s toroidal magnetic field lines holding steady against the force of incoming solar waves.
Scalar energy exists in space as waves without a directional vector. These kinds of waves are said to affect all of space instantaneously. Having no directional vector of force, these waves therefore do not have a velocity. It may be difficult for minds conditioned by conventional limiting anchoring biases built around rigid and mediocre information to let go and surrender into embracing these more expanded kinds of concepts. The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
The great quantum physicist David Bohm called scalar waves by the term “pilot waves.” These waves relate to consciousness, and are the basis of the quantum physics term known as non-locality. Everything is connected to everything in the Universe instantaneously via a subtle field process that is outside of how we have been conditioned to consider space and time.
Such concepts lie outside of how we have been conditioned to think about and feel our world, and that which is beyond in finer realms of reality. A heart based consciousness kind of thinking and feeling will be necessary for our advancement as fully integrated mental, emotional, and spiritual beings. As Einstein so appropriately admonished us…we cannot solve a problem from the same level of consciousness which created the problem.
Dr. Oschman believes, as do many, that the forces of non-locality form the basis for distant healing by the modality of prayer. Because these forces of non-locality are scalar and consciousness based, when these forces are focused by one person in relation to another person via the field effect which emanates from a resonant heart that is in prayer, a distant healing can occur.
In this Journal I have attempted to portray more information about the heart’s qualities and functions. The very anatomical configuration and function of the heart’s ventricular muscle allows for such functions as the flow of blood, the communication with all cells and tissues of the body, the communication with DNA, the connection to the finer forces and fields of Creation, the bi-directional communication with all of Creation, and other practical effects which accompany all of this, such as distant healing by the modality of prayer.
The next Journal will examine further scientific evidence of how large populations of people can be positively affected by a very small number of people who are unified in focused intentional prayer. In the fourth Journal in this series of writings about the heart, we’ll consider the importance of maternal influence on the heart and brain of the developing fetus and child.
I’ll conclude this Journal entry with an interpretation of the fourth Beatitude from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, as rendered by Episcopal priest Cynthia Bourgeault who travels the globe seeking to resurrect the contemplative Christian tradition. Bourgeault’s interpretation of this Beatitude reinforces the concepts explained above about field effects, which is one unifying aspect of Divinity.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” —Matthew 5:6
“The key to this fourth Beatitude lies in understanding what the word righteousness means. To our post-Puritan, post-Victorian ears, righteousness is a synonym for virtue. It means being moral, behaving correctly. But in Israel of Jesus’ times, righteousness was something much more dynamic. Visualize it as a force field: an energy-charged sphere of holy presence. To be ‘in the righteousness of God’ (as Old Testament writers are fond of saying) means to be directly connected to this vibrational field, to be anchored within God’s own aliveness. There is nothing subtle about the experience; it is as fierce and intransigent a bond as picking up a downed electrical wire. To ‘hunger and thirst after righteousness,’ then, speaks to this intensity of connectedness.”
Indeed, we are ever connected to this field and this field is ever present as the deep and true extension of who we are in both spirit and in our condensed form. This field is a larger aspect of who we are.
This field is openly present and it seeks for us perhaps more than we may knowingly seek for it.
As has been stated, God is not so difficult to find…God is difficult to ignore.
Thank you for reading.
Signing off from Crestone and Beyond
Associated Reading and References
- Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis by James Oschman, Ph.D., 2000. Jim Oschman’s first book.
- Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance by James Oschman, Ph.D., 2003.
- www.energyrearch.us…Dr. Oschman’s website.
- Energy Medicine University…a school of learning founded by Dr. Oschman…this page has a rather brief biographical sketch of Jim’s professional life. His full CV can be seen via the download which is linked at the bottom of this page.
- Francisco Torrent-Guasp…the Wikipedia writing on Dr. Torrent-Guasp.
- www.torrent-guasp.com…the website of Francisco Torrent-Guasp, M.D. On this page of this website you can read about the centuries long history of the difficulties and milestones in understanding the mystery of cardiac ventricular anatomy, spatial arrangements, and fiber orientations…the so-called Gordian knot of cardiac anatomy.
- Torrent-Guasp’s anatomical legacy…from The European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 2006…an informative and glowing tribute to Dr. Torrent-Guasp from one of his friends and colleagues.
- The helical ventricular myocardial band of Torrent-Guasp…an abstract from Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Annual, 2007.
- Scholarly articles about distant healing by prayer…many articles about the efficacy of intercessory prayer in healing from a distance.
- A number of nice articles about the heart from the HeartMath Institute.
- A nice, but technical, article on scalar waves. This link is a download.
- The Pulse of Life…the preceding Journal entry on this website. All of the reading references at the end of this writing are good ones.
- On Life, Heart, and Life after Life…the earliest writing on this website about the heart…and also how fearful indoctrination affects it.
- “The Eight Beatitudes” from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, as explained by Cynthia Borgeault on Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation website… “The Beatitudes” seem to be about developing a pure and connected Heart through a radical transformation of consciousness. Please open the links below for Cynthia’s expanded explanation of this notion.
- “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” —Matthew 5:3
- “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” —Matthew 5:4
- “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”–Matthew 5:5
- “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” —Matthew 5:6
- “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” —Matthew 5:7
- “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” —Matthew 5:8
- “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” —Matthew 5:9
- “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” —Matthew 5:10
15. Be Still & Know, A Zen reading of a biblical saying…a Buddhist interpretation of the 6th Beatitude.