May 29, 2009

The Cosmos Inside Our Cells - DNA Series Part 2

So how many of you guys got freaked out by the last post? Ok, ok, you know what would make a fun story? If as well as reacting to our emotions, our cells that have gone AWOL created a 3-D holograph representation of us. Now that would be spooky, don’t you think?

Anyway, the reason for today’s post is that I want to talk a little about this one experiment:

“[Experiments] conducted between 1992 and 1995 ... began by isolating human DNA in a glass beaker and then exposing it to a powerful form of feeling known as coherent emotion. According to Glen Rein and Rollin McCraty, the principal researchers, this physiological state may be created intentionally by ‘using specially designed mental and emotional self-management techniques which involve intentionally quieting the mind, shifting one’s awareness to the heart area and focusing on positive emotions.’ They performed a series of tests involving up to five people trained in applying coherent emotion. Using special techniques that analyze the DNA both chemically and visually, the researchers could detect any changes that happened.
...The bottom line: Human emotion changed the shape of the DNA! ... ‘These experiments revealed that different intentions produced different effects on the DNA molecule causing it to either wind or unwind.’” (The Divine Matrix, Gregg Braden).

So it appears that the reason for our cells reaction to our emotions is because our DNA reacts to it (it sounds so very mathematical, doesn’t it? What affects the whole affects its individual elements as well. You know, the whole Venn diagram stuff).

But if it can react to positive emotions, I’m sure it can react to negative ones as well. If only we knew how to interpret those changes in our DNA, how they affect us, our health, our psyche.

And this brings me to another study that has been undertaken that sheds some light on this question (I know, I know, I said I’d only talk about one, but bear with me, please--I apologize for the extra work m(_ _)m ):

“There is now strong evidence that our perception of how much love and caring we receive as young children from our parents can be a major influence on our health later in our life. One famous study has followed the health of Harvard graduates from the 1950s to the present day, and has found an increased incidence of hypertension, coronary heart disease, duodenal ulcers and alcoholism in those who, as students, used few positive, loving words to describe their parents.” (The Human Antenna, Dr. Robin Kelly).

So here is what I posit: the fact that our propensity to become sensitive to more serious diseases as we age is linked to the emotions we’ve felt growing up to that point, as it has affected (either strengthened or weakened) our DNA and, thereby, our cells.

So to lead healthier lives, we need to be positive, try to shed away our fears, our negative feelings, all these emotions that basically bring ourselves down. And we need to act the same way towards others as well.

I know, easier said than done. So I promise to try not to get angry with idiotic people on the road anymore, even if they should not technically be on the roads. And I promise to try not to berate myself so much in life anymore.

Obviously easier said than done, but I will sincerely give these resolutions a serious go. I like being healthy and happy and all that jazz. And after all, don’t people say the human body is a divine temple?
--Alessa

5 comments:

  1. I love it! I have always been fascinated with
    the power of the mind and the ability to do anything you allow
    yourself to do. You are right that it can be very challenging to stay
    positive and to stay away from negative feelings. There is a balance
    between being positive and being oblivious to reality, but I think
    that the power of positive thinking can change one's life in the most
    dramatic of ways. Thanks for spending the time to write these blogs. I
    love them. -Taylor

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  2. I think this is works also for pregnant women. Don't people say that when you talk to your baby when you're pregnant he can hear you? And that your moods affect your baby too? Does that mean that, if we are positive during pregnancy our baby would be happier and healthier in life?

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  3. Taylor, thank you for the positive feedback!

    I totally agree with you that there is a fine line between staying positive and just ignoring the "bad aspects" of life. I think that thinking in more positive ways doesn't necessarily mean you have to become an ostrich. Rather, it means that, when faced with difficulties, you shouldn't give up hope and view everything under a bad angle, but that we should work to find a solution. I believe every problem has a solution (though a lot of times it's not very obvious or doesn't even seem like a solution at first).

    And yes, when you think positively, I do believe your life changes dramatically for it, and in the best of ways. It has been my experience that it has actually allowed me to see doors where I hadn't seen anything before, and those doors have led my life in completely different, unexpected, and altogether marvelous directions :)

    Anonymous, I think you may be onto something there. I remember how one of my mom's friends used to listen to the Four Seasons by Vivaldi a lot when she was pregnant with her daughter, especially Spring (or was it Summer?). Well, when she was little, every time her daughter heard the song again, she would perk up. I think that's a definite sign, don't you think?

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  4. I always have a problem with surveys/studies like the one you cited about the Harvard graduates. In studies like these I argue that it's impossible to separate the cause and effect.

    It could be that parental love caused the healthy people to be more optimistic. On the other hand, these people could be inherently optimistic which causes them to remember their parents love more than the pessimists.

    It could be that both are true, optimism causes memories of love and love causes optimism.

    I don't think this is ever something that can be proved definitively.

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  5. blue82, the study doesn't say whether the people mentioned in the study were always positive or negative. It just mentioned them having good memories with their parents or not. And those with more bad memories turned out to be those who had more health problems in the end.

    But I agree with you, these kind of things are always so hard to be able to analyze and interpret correctly. After all, human nature and the human body are too complex and subject to constant change. It's not like there's a mathematical formula with a definite answer (or range of answers) to "solve" our problems.

    However, I do believe we need to explore those possibilities a lot more. After all, progress cannot be made if we don't do anything, right?

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