START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Emotions Can Change Your DNA

Emotions Graphic

Heart Coherence

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 Happy WomenDNA. … 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.

Read more: Anxiety, Biorhythms, Depression, Family, General Health, Guidance, Health, Healthy Aging, Home, Inspiration, Life, Men's Health, Mental Wellness, Nourishing the Heart, Peace, Self-Help, Spirit, Spirituality and Technology, Stress, Women's Health, , , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Sara, from the HeartMath Institute

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


+ add your own
9:20PM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

Wow.... that's kind of epic! Of course I'll have to do my homework and learn more about these findings, but generally very interesting.

11:01PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

Write a prescription to yourself to go out in nature. Even if it's just to get some fresh air. Nature will uplift you. Nature has a very high vibration so a high vibration will affect you in a positive way . So find a park or garden in your area or surrounding areas that you are drawn to and go there as often as possible. Do it for your health.
Doctors should suggest this to their patients regularly, not just to write a prescription for drugs.

7:45PM PDT on Jun 8, 2013


8:02PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Toxins in the environment are changing all of our DNA.

11:31PM PDT on May 21, 2013


4:00AM PDT on May 14, 2013


5:49AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Interesting Article

1:39AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

So very interesting! Thank you for sharing.

5:36PM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

the mind-body connection is undeniable. Very interesting article. Thanx!

2:57PM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

I know, I work with Matrix-2-Point and the power from the heart to change the DNA

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Air plants make great gifts, too, since you can plop them in all sorts of unlikely plant holders for…

I think there are a lot of foods that have icky things in them we just don't know about.

Every week-end I used to pay a fast visit this site, because I’d like enjoyment, because this w…



Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!