What if your feelings conveyed the instructions that activated your DNA and determined your health? What if your happiness was an effect of your dominant thoughts? What if your life was the result of your inner state? Though those might appear to be sound-bites from a New Age science fiction movie, scientific research is beginning to back them up. In this article, we’ll explore how you can shift your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to realize greater health and happiness.
In his groundbreaking book, “The Genie in Your Genes,” (Elite Books, 2007) Dawson Church, Ph.D. shares a wealth of research to substantiate how your consciousness shapes your health and happiness. He tells the story of one experiment reported at the American Psychosomatic Society in which 42 couples were given small suction wounds on their skin. They were then instructed to discuss a neutral topic. Their wounds were monitored for healing time.
Two months later, the same couples were given similar wounds and then asked to discuss an issue upon which they strongly disagreed. Their healing times were again monitored. Results of this study showed that the couples wound healing time directly correlated with the hostility levels in their discussions. The most hostile discussions resulted in 40 percent longer healing times than when those same couples engaged in neutral discussions.
The point of this study is not that you should “avoid conflict,” but that your emotions powerfully affect your physical health and ability to heal. The thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that you consistently engage in affect your biochemistry which in turn affects your health and well-being. This is true all the way down to the DNA level!
The interior environment of your cells is shaped by how you think, feel, and act. These self-initiated, “consciousness” factors have a great impact on how your genes “express”-which potentials are turned on and activated and which potentials are turned off and de-activated. In other words, your life is not determined by your genes, but by which genes are activated and which ones are de-activated by your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as by external environmental conditions. Your health and happiness are not ruled by your DNA.
What does this mean for your life? Could you monitor and manage how you think, feel, and behave to experience better health and greater happiness? Wouldn’t that be awesome?
In contrast, many of us live as if we are the slaves of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors rather than their master. We live as if mental-emotional-behavioral events control us rather than us controlling them. However, if your thoughts, feelings, and actions have such power when they are allowed to randomly roam freely, imagine how powerful they could be if you consciously cultivated your skill in using them!
What if you conducted an experiment in which you sought to demonstrate how positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors made a significant positive impact on your own health and well-being? This could be as simple as taking some time every day to focus on experiencing positive thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. For example, you could make it a practice to begin your day with a short period of time in a positive state of appreciation, gratitude, and trust. This would get your day started on the right foot and set in motion a cascade of positive cellular reactions that support your being healthy and happy. Doing your practice first thing every morning would create a positive reference point that you could return to whenever you got caught up in stress, frustration, or negative thoughts and feelings.
Now, certainly, old patterns of negative thinking, feeling, and acting may seem strong, but they are just habits you’ve learned. What if you could re-program yourself, little by little, in just a few minutes every day? What if you could grow a new positive consciousness so strong, that you’d immediately recognize when you’ve wandered away from it, be able to put a mental pause in your old response, and insert your new outlook at will, at any time. It’s not so far-fetched as it may sound.
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Kevin Schoeninger graduated from Villanova University in 1986 with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy. He is certified as a Life Coach, Reiki Master Teacher, Qigong Meditation Instructor, and Personal Fitness Trainer.