Monday, March 1, 2010

Emotions Affect Us at the DNA Level

Gregg Braden has a pleasant voice, sports longish gray hair and a neat graying beard, and has enjoyed a big career spanning the petroleum and defense industries to helping create modern Internet infrastructure. But Braden's passion for over two decades has been discovering and explaining ancient wisdom--including the vast interconnections around us--just like a favorite science teacher from high school would do.

Tess and I were introduced to Gregg Braden (through a YouTube video in which Braden talks about The Science of Miracles ) by our friend, Christy Svanamyr. In the video, Braden talks about a very interesting military experiment on how DNA responds to emotions.

Turns out living DNA, separated from its donor, stays in tune with its human donor, whether that donor is in a separate room in the same building or separated by hundreds of miles. When a human volunteer is exposed to emotional stimuli, DNA being monitored in a separate location registers identical responses, at the exact same time, as does the human volunteer. How cool is that?!

Check out Gregg Braden's video to appreciate the points, which include:
  1. We communicate to our DNA through our emotions
  2. The communication is "non local" meaning the communication is instantaneous, regardless of time and space considerations
  3. Positive emotions such as love, joy, appreciation, compassion, and forgiveness all tremendously relax the DNA--and thus strengthen the immune system response
  4. Negative emotions such as anger, rage, and hate contract the DNA and thus disrupt immune system responses
  5. Human emotions change the shape of DNA, and those changes determine how well our DNA regulates health and well-being
  6. We can boost our immune systems by encouraging positive emotions that relax our DNA enough to do what comes naturally
While some readers may be skeptical, research keeps making the same case, namely that: (1) humor heals, (2) positive relationships with positive emotions heal, (3) touch that feels good heals, and (4) mindfulness--or moving from resistance to acceptance of what is--heals.

This research strikes me as incredibly important. Pass the video link along if you do too!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this blog! I have studied emotions and believe that being emotionally fit is such a rarity in our society. This malady seems to be at the ROOT cause of most issues. Our society seems to want success without values. I have witnessed many who have focused on career/travel/etc, but have missed the basic 101 class on relationships. Our emotions and health are one and the same. All thoughts when amplified by emotion/intent leave an imprint upon all matter. Thanks! Cindi Hunter (: