September 17, 2016 8:46 am

Dubbed ‘magnetoreception,’ this word is being used by scientists to describe one’s efficacy to perceive magnetic forces and fields. The concept is not entirely new, however, as numerous other animals have been found to use magnetoreception; primarily as a means to navigate long distances using only the Earth’s magnetic field as a guide.

Among the list of animals that use magnetoreception are sea turtles, honey bees, dolphins, and lobsters. Each of these creatures possesses an inherent magnetic compass that aids in their navigation of the world around them.

Unfortunately, that is pretty much all we know about the phenomena. How this internal magnetic compass gets used, how it senses magnetic fields, and what information is gathered by doing so, are all areas of speculation at this point.

Joe Kirschvink, a geophysicist at the California Institute of Technology who is currently studying humans and their magnetic sense, says, “it’s part of our evolutionary history. Magnetoreception may be the primal sense.”

Kirschvink’s study, which can be found in Nature Communications, posits that there is a specific protein found in the human retina that can detect magnetic fields when inserted into fruit flies. The research shows that this protein clearly serves as a magneto sensor, but there is no certainty that humans actually use it for such a purpose.

“It poses the question, ‘maybe we should rethink about this sixth sense,’” University of Massachusetts Medical School researcher Steven Reppert told LiveScience.

“It is thought to be very important for how animals migrate. Perhaps this protein is also fulfilling an important function for sensing magnetic fields in humans.”

If we look at past scientific literature surrounding this area of study, we can see that numerous studies have found a distinct connection between the collective behaviors of people on a global scale and solar and geomagnetic activity. It’s even been seen that disturbances of these fields can be responsible for detrimental health effects and behaviors of humans.

This data suggests that, somehow, major parts of the human body, like the brain, cardiovascular system and nervous system, resonate with geomagnetic frequencies. For example, if the Earth’s magnetic field is somehow disrupted on a major level, it leads to health problems in humans, such as trouble sleeping, emotional confusion, feeling more tired than usual, or feeling overwhelmed for no reason at all.

What’s cool is that there’s also been evidence that we are not only influenced by these magnetic fields, but are capable of influencing the fields ourselves. It’s a two-way street. Just as we accept information, we can also upload it, in a sense.

One great example of this is the human heart. The human heart has its own electromagnetic field, and it fluctuates according to the different emotions we’re feeling at the time. These fluctuations have been measured and found to exist up to several feet outside the human body itself.

“Human emotions and consciousness interact with and encode information into the geomagnetic field and this information is distributed globally. . . . We are suggesting in essence that this encoded information is communicated nonlocally between people at a subconscious level, in effect linking all living systems. Magnetic fields act as carrier waves for this information, which can influence all living systems – positively or negatively – within the field environment as well as our collective consciousness.”

While research into this field is still in its earliest stages, the implications of what they’ve found are huge. It only serves to reaffirm the idea that our attitudes, emotions, thoughts, and intentions all affect the world around us on some level. It suggests that we can collectively change the world for the better by collectively focusing on love, gratitude and understanding.

And that’s something we can all get on board with.

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This post was written by Nadia Vella