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Alter Your DNA With Heart-Centered Positive Emotion and Intention

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Have you ever noticed that if you find yourself in a checkout line and you’re anxious and in a hurry the line takes forever, but, if you’re relaxed and not concerned how long it takes, the line moves quickly?

Over the last several decades, scientists have been researching this phenomenon – the effect that our emotions have on the world around us, as well as on our own bodies. We now know that, intentional or not, emotions affect the health of our body, our relationships with others and our performance at school or work, and we’re learning more each day.

Great philosophers, such as Plato and Aristotle, have deliberated on the nature of human emotions. In the 19th century, research conducted by figures such as Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud began more in-depth empirical studies into the topic. Today, researchers and biologists continue to investigate this topic, and, through the use of technology, they can now observe the effects that emotions have on human DNA.

The Power of Intention

In the early 1990’s, a series of experiments examining the effect that intentional emotions have on human DNA were conducted by biologist Glen Rein and research director of the Institute of HeartMath, Rollin McCarty. The researchers wanted to examine if heart-focused intention can alter the conformation, or shape, of a DNA sample in a test tube held by research participants. Findings of these studies were published in 2003 in a report entitled Modulation of DNA Conformation by Heart-Focused Intention. According to their research, Rein and McCarty deduced:

The results provide experimental evidence to support the hypothesis that aspects of the DNA molecule can be altered through intentionality. 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 [or shape] of DNA.

Heart Coherence

In the experiments, ten individuals, who were familiar with the heart coherence building techniques taught at HeartMath, were instructed to focus on an intention that would make DNA wind or unwind, while holding a test tube filled with a DNA sample. Another 18 participants with no training from HeartMath were used as control subjects.

Each HeartMath-trained participant performed three experiments: 1) in a state generating feelings of love and appreciation- or “heart-focused state” – and holding the intention to alter the DNA; 2) in a heart-focused state but with no intention; and 3) in their normal emotional state and with the intention to change the DNA. The control subjects were asked to participate in only one experiment, where the subject was in a heart-focused state and with the intention to wind or unwind the DNA.

The researchers wanted to focus the research on HeartMath-trained participants because they believed that a state of heart coherence, where the body’s systems are more harmonious and the heart rhythm more steady, was vital to proving that emotions have power over DNA.

Individuals capable of generating high ratios of heart coherence were able to alter DNA conformation according to their intention….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.

The electromagnetic field generated by the heart is the most powerful rhythmic electromagnetic field produced by the body. The heart’s field permeates every cell and may act as a synchronizing signal for all the cells in the body in a manner analogous to information carried by radio waves. The rhythmically pulsing waves of electromagnetic energy generated by the heart create fields within fields and give rise to interference patterns when they interact with magnetically polarizable tissues and substances.

Attitude and Our Health

Rein and McCarty’s research showed that a deeply heart-felt intention can affect DNA, thus supporting the idea that we have the potential to influence cellular processes in our own bodies. In their report, Rein and McCarty list DNA replication, DNA repair, and generation of proteins and enzymes as the various cellular functions that could be affected through heart-focused positive emotion and intention. “It is possible that this finding may hold a key to better understanding the observed contribution of positive feelings and attitudes to health and healing, as well as other related, well acknowledged but poorly understood phenomena such as the placebo effect, spontaneous remission in cancer, the health rewards of a strong faith, and the positive effects of prayer.”

Practically speaking this study offers more evidence that in order to affect positive change in our world we must first begin with cleansing, detoxifying and improving the quality our body, mind and spirit so that as individuals is it easier for us to radiate positive emotion in an increasingly frightening world.

About the Author

Anna Hunt is a staff writer for and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She and her husband run a preparedness e-store outlet, offering GMO-free storable food and emergency kits. Anna is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Read more of her excellent articles here.


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  • Just because you cannot prove something scientifically, it does not mean that it doesn’t exist. It just means that science hasn’t caught up yet. To me, the effectiveness of acupuncture is proof that chi exists.

  • Angel

    Good reply, John. Everything has moved on, especially our perception of reality. Think of it as Lower self, Higher self or chi or chakras, we do create our own reality or at least co create it. Therefore if we are focusing and have the intention of love, then we are putting out that energy or those vibrations and affecting everything including our own DNA. I find David Icke puts it all together best. Have you researched or read any of his books or videos or do you go along the narrow paradigm of what the media finds acceptable?

    We really do live in interesting times!

    Much lovex

    • Mark

      There is zero…again ZERO evidence that “chi” “chakras” “higher self” and pretty much everything else you’ve cited actually exist. Not only is there no evidence that they exist, but if you’re looking to David Icke (!!!) for your scientific knowledge, then I have some magic beans to sell you…

    • Anonymous

      All Must be taken in how they relate to our Lord Jesus Christ ! John -1-says Nothing made without Him ! All positive thinking, affirmation, comes from The Word
      He is Source of Life !

  • John

    Dean, with respect: as a self described scientist I suggest you catch-up on the au currant literature. Much of what you were exposed to when you were trained is simply no longer held to be true.

    Einstein went to his grave disbelieving much of what is now accepted science. Newton was right as far as physics of the day was concerned. That day is past. He wasn’t “wrong” if you keep the physics to building a house, but the quantum mechanics needed to send man to the moon is more advanced. Even that event was long ago.

    Be not threatened, just catch-up. You are not wrong with your frame of reference. The reference has moved on; so should you.

  • Dean

    Pseudo-science. I’m appalled at how many people claim their research is “scientific” when it’s pseudo-science. Why hasn’t this article been published in a high impact peer-reviewed scientific journal? If people can alter reality using their “intention”, then surely scientists (like myself) would start investigating this phenomenon? We would become pioneers! Founders of a new area of science! But articles like this spread lies and ignorance! Agh! What is the world coming to! If this phenomenon is true, then prove it to the scientific community and become as famous as Newton and Einstein. I dare you! Prove it!

  • Thanks for sharing this brilliant work Anna. Reminds me of the research done by Dr Masaru Emoto on the effects of projecting love and other emotions on water molecules.

    Being a health enthusiast this line of yours really resonated with me: “cleansing, detoxifying and improving the quality our body, mind and spirit so that as individuals is it easier for us to radiate positive emotion”

    You must continue your spreading your love 🙂

    All the best.


  • Linda

    Good article thanks Anna. This subject is vitally important – and one of my personal favourites – the power of the heart! I’ve followed Heart Math since its earliest days, and it’s great to see the information exploding now! more of us becoming aware of how powerful the heart is.

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