Cheer up, think and feel uplifting thoughts: I often give myself these words of advice when I’m feeling ill, worried or out of sorts. I intuitively know this but I love it when science validates what I am feeling inside myself.
Actually, scientific evidence in the last half century clearly shows that your emotions – the good ones and the bad – affect you in multiple ways: health, job performance, relationships and much more. Whether you feel them naturally or intentionally – today I will think and feel only good thoughts – your emotions are kind of like the old adage, “you are what you eat.”
Throughout much of human history, academic scrutiny of emotions was largely the province of philosophers. Historical records abound from the ancient Chinese, Greeks and other cultures with philosophical discussions about human emotions. The nature and meaning of emotions was prominent in the minds and writings of Confucius, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, St. Thomas Aquinas and Machiavelli among others.
It was not until the 19th century … that substantial written empirical analyses of emotions began to emerge, when noteworthy figures such as Darwin and Freud took more scientific approaches.
After being within the domain of philosophers for thousands of years, emotions are now closely scrutinized in 21st century research laboratories, where scientists can actually observe their effects on human DNA.
‘Intention’ Shown to Be Potent Force
Here are some fascinating findings from research that HeartMath uncovered.
Cell biologist Glen Rein … and IHM Research Director Rollin McCraty conducted a series of experiments in the early 1990s involving DNA and intentionally generated emotions. A decade later interest in these experiments persisted. After numerous requests, McCraty summarized their data and published the results of the research in 2003 in a brief report titled Modulation of DNA Conformation by Heart-Focused Intention.
“The results provide experimental evidence to support the hypothesis that aspects of the DNA molecule can be altered through intentionality,” Rein and McCraty wrote. “To our knowledge, this study was the first to correlate specific electrophysiological modes with the ability to cause changes in a biological target (DNA) external from the body. The data indicate that when individuals are in a heart-focused, loving state and in a more coherent mode of physiological functioning, they have a greater ability to alter the conformation (shape or structure) of DNA.”
Participants in the experiments … included a test group of individuals trained and experienced in HeartMath’s heart coherence-building techniques and a control group who were not. Each test group participant held a DNA sample in a test tube and was directed to use three different methods – one at a time in separate trials – to make a sample wind or unwind. Each control group participant only focused on achieving the same result using one method.
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