The "Heartbeat" of the Sun

In the human body, the heart is the center of the body's magnetic field, and the heartbeat is carried into the magnetic field as a magnetic surge. With sensitive magnetic detection instruments, such as a "Squid", the heartbeat of a person can be picked up easily at a distance of 10 feet.

The sun has been found to have a precisely repeating pattern in its magnetic field. By analogy with the human body, this repeating pattern could be called a heartbeat. In mammals, the larger the animal the slower the heart beats. Similarly, the sun's heartbeat is very slow in comparison to our own: 27 days and 43 minutes.

Your heartbeat, carried into your magnetic field, sends out a kind of clock signal to your surrounding environment. The sun is also sending out a clock signal that is carried by the massive solar wind of magnetic particles that wash over our planet and even reach beyond our solar system.

The heartbeat was only recently discovered because "There are many larger variations in the solar wind that come and go." In the same way, the human heartbeat is obscured by the sensations of breathing. (You can find your hearbeat most easily when you hold your breath.)

In Heart Rhythm Practice, we consider the human heart to be like a miniature sun, shining in the chest. This latest scientific finding about the sun's field adds reason to this metaphore.