I had an informal homework assignment from that first conversation with Enoch, to try and find the source of the info I learned at an event at Norwich University in VT….it was in a casual conversation, but one of the faculty there said there was some scientific measurement of the energy (electrical?) that bodies emanate when feeling different emotions. He said the “negative” ones, like anger, put out more force to a greater distance than the “positive” ones, like love.
Here’s what I’m finding:
The Human Energy Field: “Scientific instruments are able to measure some aspects of the energy field, and some effects of the energy field on other systems; however, some aspects elude measurement with current technology. The field shares many common aspects with electricity and magnetism (see Oschman for discussion) but it is not yet clear whether biomagnetism is exactly the same force as the human biofield, or just a closely related phenomenon.”
The author of this website, Janelle Durham, summarizes some scientific support for energy healing, which references Nora Oschman’s book, Energy Medicine. I found a very brief overview: “Oschman’s book…reviews the science and the research supporting the importance of these natural energy forces in determining our health. Oschman, a cell biologist, writes in a style that is easy to read and understand.”
I’m not seeing anything specific to emotion yet, or people’s ability to sense emotional energy charges from others. This chart of scientific studies on energy healing is interesting.
hmmm. Here’s a lay person’s description of energy fields which has some interesting assumptions, such as thought preceding emotion and strong emotions being something we’ve picked up from a discordant energy field (someone else’s).
Aha! This piece, Science Measures the Human Energy Field, is in support of Reiki, but includes: “sensitive instruments have been developed that can detect the minute energy fields around the human body. Of particular importance is the SQUID magnetometer (1) which is capable of detecting tiny biomagnetic fields associated with physiological activities in the body.”
And, “For various reasons, mapping the magnetic fields in the space around the body often provides a more accurate indication of physiology and pathology than traditional electrical measurements.”
Again, they are making the link with disease, health, and healing, which is a different angle than I’m seeking, but it may be a promising lead.