It is important to note that the purpose of training test group participants in HeartMath techniques was so they could generate high states of coherence, which the researchers believed would be key to proving their hypothesis: Heart-focused intention can change the conformation of a closely controlled DNA sample in a test tube. Coherence is a state marked by more ordered, or coherent interactions between the body’s various systems, including more ordered heart rhythms.
Following are the methods each group used to try to affect DNA samples:
- Hold the intention of causing the DNA to change while maintaining a heart-focused state, generating feelings of love and appreciation.
- Maintain a heart-focused state, but with no intention of causing the DNA to change.
- Have the intention of causing the DNA to change while in your normal state.
- Maintain a heart-focused state with the intention causing the DNA to change.
“Individuals capable of generating high ratios of heart coherence … were able to alter DNA conformation according to their intention,” Rein and McCraty found. Generally, participants with the highest levels of coherence affected the samples the most.
“Control group participants showed low ratios of heart coherence and were unable to intentionally alter the conformation of DNA. It is important to note that both the intention to cause a change and heart coherence were important variables in the outcomes of the experiments.”
Nonlocal studies … In their report, Rein and McCraty addressed the issue of whether test subjects’ physical proximity to DNA samples – they did, after all, hold the test tubes in their hands during the experiments – could cause them to change in any way. The issue was whether the energy from the electromagnetic field generated by the human heart could make changes to the DNA samples.
“A number of nonlocal studies in which people hold an intention to affect a biological system over longer distances have also revealed dramatic effects,” Rein and McCraty wrote. “In these studies the distance between the targets and the people holding the intention are well beyond the range at which conventional electromagnetic fields could conceivably mediate the effect.”
They cited one of the nonlocal studies they conducted in which an individual was 0.5 miles away from a DNA sample. “In this example, the intention was to increase the winding of the DNA. … Results from a series of five nonlocal trials (including the 0.5-mile test) demonstrated a significant change in DNA conformation.”
The results of Rein and McCraty’s experiments … raises some interesting possibilities, which they discuss in their report.
“While the DNA utilized in this experiment was derived from an exogenous (external) source, it is likely that an individual’s own DNA would be more ‘tuned’ or resonant, and therefore even more responsive, to that person’s intentions,” they said. “Thus, though clearly in need of further testing, it is conceivable that individuals could influence their own DNA through a top-down process such as that described … potentially producing effects of even greater magnitude than those observed in this study.”
Following are other potential implications from these experiments. The authors note that they require further research:
- Because the changes in DNA in these experiments actually occur biologically in a number of vital cell functions, including DNA replication and repair, the concept that human intention can influence processes in human cells is supported.
- The finding that heart coherence was key in achieving the results of these experiments may help lead to a better understanding of the role of positive feelings and attitudes in these critical areas: health and healing; phenomena such as the placebo effect; spontaneous remission in cancer; the health rewards of a strong faith; and the positive effects of prayer.
So, when I find myself feeling mildly anxious or my thoughts are headed towards a downward spiral, I quickly …
Shift my attention to the area of my heart. Imagine my breath passing in and out through my heart area or the center of my chest as I slowly inhale and exhale. I breathe in an attitude of calm and balance as if I were taking in an emotional tonic that takes off the rough edges. I also try breathing in a feeling of gratitude or compassion – or whatever attitude I find most soothing. As I shift into the positive feeling, I notice when I feel the release. I often feel genuine appreciation for the former uncomfortable physical sensations being replaced by the comforting ones.
For further reading previously posted on Care 2, You Can change Your DNA.