Can human emotions cause natural disasters?

  • 03/09/2012

By Imogen Crispe

An experiment to find out if human emotions affect the Earth and natural disasters will be partly carried out in New Zealand.

American research organisation HeartMath initiated the project to test the hypothesis that “mass human emotion, whether positive or negative, has a measurable influence on the Earth’s energetic field”.

However a New Zealand scientist believes that the hypothesis will be hard to prove.

The experiment is called the Global Coherence Monitoring System (GCMS) project, and sensors have already been installed in the US, Saudi Arabia, Canada and England, and three more are due to be installed in New Zealand, Brazil and South Africa.

There will be a magnetometer sensor installed on the East Coast of the South Island, and coordinator of the GCMS project Rollin McCraty says the site will be tested this month.

“We’re measuring the heart rhythms and brain waves of the planet. We’re wanting to get a global view of what the energetic activity of the planet is from a whole perspective.”

He says the project is based on the theory that human emotions can affect the Earth’s magnetic field.

“There’s already… overwhelming evidence that mass emotionality - when something happens that triggers a lot of people feeling similar ways at the same time - that that can affect the global field environment.”

He claims that during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, magnetometers measured an effect on the Earth’s magnetic field.

However Professor Richard Easther, head of the University of Auckland's physics department, says it is unlikely that this experiment will find any link.

“There is absolutely no basis in physics that human emotions can affect the earth’s magnetic field,” he says.

But Mr McCraty believes that mass human emotions could be somehow linked to natural disasters such as earthquakes. He thinks that currently the human race is going through a shift in consciousness, changing from ideals of greed and personal gain to looking after the planet and each other.

But for this change to happen there may be increased human stress, and “natural disasters could be part of that process”.

However Mr McCraty says he is not making any connection between people behaving badly and being punished with natural disasters, and it’s more about balance.

“Our news is being dominated by a large hurricane hitting the New Orleans area again, but I wouldn’t say that that’s because the people in that area were bad people or doing things that were inappropriate or that kind of thing. It’s not quite that level, it’s more of a global balancing thing.”

He says our bodies emit magnetic frequencies which are affected by our emotions, and it is possible to tell what emotions someone is feeling by measuring their magnetic fields.

He says the magnetometers around the world will be used to detect resonances in the earth’s magnetic field, and then correlate the measurements with different measures of global health and behaviour.

But professor Easther is unconvinced.

“This is misleading pseudo-science. The whole thing is based on a series of half-baked and bogus assumptions.”

Mr McCraty says he hopes through this experiment people will realise how much their emotions affect other people and in turn change their behaviour.

“To encourage us to be more connected with each other, kinder, more appreciative… [and] really learning how to take more self responsibility for our own emotions.”

The vice president of HeartMath will be speaking about the GCMS in a New Zealand-organised online seminar, the Emotional Intelligence Summit, which starts today.

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