When two fireflies land on the same branch, they begin to flash their lights in unison, like lit bulbs on a Christmas tree. Birds of a feather often fly in unison (entrainment). It’s a well-known fact that (some) women who live together or work together begin to have their menstrual period on or about the same time. The science behind the physiology is called “entrainment” and it comes to us from the field of physics. When two objects of like vibration are in close proximity, the object of lesser (weaker) vibration will begin to match the object of stronger vibration. Noted scientist Christiaan Huygens discovered this with pendulum clocks centuries ago. It’s now a law of physics Entrainment is best described as the conservation of energy. We learn from the field of quantum physics that everything is comprised of energy. Our bodies (not just the physical, but mental, emotional and spiritual bodies) entrain to various vibrations in our surroundings, from high-tension power lines (known to promote cancer) to cell phones (also associated with cancer) to music. Cancer cells vibrate at a different oscillation than healthy cells. Understanding a little more about entrainment is advantageous to your health. And…by understanding the concept of entrainment, you begin to have a better appreciation for the concepts of harmony and coherence, not just poetic concepts, but ideals in which to live your life. Stated simply, stress is the opposite of harmony!
Stress Tip for the Day:
Have you ever heard the expression; the tension was so think you could cut it with a knife? What you are sensing is the vibration of stress. Today become more aware of your surroundings by taking time to sense the energy, including your workspace, people (and their emotions), even food (does it contain a healthy vibration? Hint: processed foods have little if any healthy vibrations.) Music is a great way to entrain the mind into a state of relaxation, but the best music is instrumental and the best instrumental music for relaxation is that which is a bit slower (which is why classical music works). At the end of the day, turn off the TV and computer and put on some headphones and entrain to some soothing vibrations….of tranquility.
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
Perhaps the best book to add to your library about this topic is the landmark book by Robert Becker called Cross Currents. To this we could add the classic book, Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber.
Below is a link of a video shot near the river Shannon in Ireland of some starlings flying in a cloud… Entrainment from our feathered friends….enjoy!
Quote for the Day:
“When the universe is in harmony with man, the eternal truth is known and felt as beauty.” —Tagore
“Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.” — William Hazlitt
Photo for the Day:
Well, I don’t have any photos of fireflies, but if you ever saw the movie Winged Migration then you know that birds (even fish for that mater) use the law of entrainment. Here is a photo of some birds in flight… And by the way, Happy Groundhog’s Day.
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (7e) and the forthcoming, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
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