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Biology Of Belief – How Invisible Forces Affect Your Physiology

You may not be able to fully articulate or grasp how, but you understand on some level that there are invisible variables we are in tune with. Things like emotions, thoughts, and beliefs play a big role in the health of our mind, body and spirit.

We can label these invisible forces in different ways- energy, frequency, vibrations or “spirit”. Depending on your willingness to keep an open mind, you may dismiss these type of concepts immediately as “woo-woo”. However, this “field of the invisible” has an undeniable effect on your mind and body.

A simple example of the powerful link between energy and emotion that you may have experienced is lying next to someone you love at night with your back turned. You have this sense or “intuition” that something is wrong. It is a tangible feeling that is there, even though you can't quite put your finger on why something seems off. When you turn over to discuss this feeling, you likely uncover an intense discussion behind those “bad vibes” you sensed.

Even if the science to understand these invisible forces may get complicated, you can acknowledge that it's simple to recognize. You've no doubt interacted with an “energy vampire”, a person that seems to emanate negative energy and suck the life out of a room. Or there are also people with such intense positivity that you can’t help but smile when they’re around. It's hard to deny the vibrational energy that we give and receive.


Now when we start talking about things like the “field of the invisible” and how our bodies interact with intangible variables, the term quantum is introduced. Often associated with the work of Albert Einstein, the findings of quantum physics were adopted in 1925 as a proven science explaining the mechanics of how the universe operates. Centered on microscopic phenomena, quantum mechanics is focused on the interaction of things like atoms, photons, and electrons. New developments are attempting to merge the understandings of quantum physics with the discipline of biology into something known as “quantum biology.” A simple definition for this is the “analysis of biological functions at the quantum level”. It is the study of interactions of the energy fields of living things. Nature doesn’t distinguish between the two disciplines, and it is reasonable to look at the similarities shared on a fundamental level.

In his book the Biology of Belief, cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton presents a concept that DNA, RNA, genetics, and genetic expression respond not only to cues from the internal environment but also external cues including thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. There’s a new scientific awareness that a Newtonian worldview where the sole focus is in describing the motion of bodies under the influence of forces neglects the immaterial energy fields between all particles, from subatomic particles to the whole of living things.

There’s an Einstein quote from Dr. Lipton’s book that says: “The field is the sole governing agency of the particle.” The field, this invisible life force, has profound effects on physical reality. Newtonian mechanics merely recognize the role of chemical signals, such as hormones, growth factors, neurotransmitters, peptides or drugs as signals that can impact physical protein molecules and cause them to move, and deny the role of the immaterial or unseen energy fields. However, the most recent research shows that energy and vibrational waves, operating through widely accepted quantum mechanics principles and influenced by beliefs and emotions, are just as effective in signaling protein movement as physical chemicals. Industries of modern medicine, health, fitness, and nutrition are still trying to understand the mechanics of life using outdated Newtonian philosophies based upon beliefs that prevent them from recognizing the role of energy in life.

The quickest way to begin wrapping your head around this is with a thought experiment. Pause to take a look at yourself in a mirror. What do you see? You see a human being, a single physical individual. But take this further. Okay, under this skin there's a collection of tissue, muscle, bones, organs, blood. The truth is, when you see a single individual looking back at you, it's a misperception. Go deeper. What makes up those bones, those muscles, the blood? Okay, cells. And what are cells composed of? Molecules? And then what? Atom particles? This is where quantum physicists have continued to take this further. When you go inside the atom, at this level you find protons, neutrons, electrons. And taken to the final extent, what are these particles made of? At this fundamental quantum level, the answer discovered is that there’s nothing physical at all. It's energy vibration. Looked at from this final perspective, what you see looking back at you in the mirror is the physical expression of energy.

The Magic of Human Life

To understand how life works, we must begin with an understanding of proteins, the molecular building blocks of our bodies. There are over 150,000 different proteins that make up a human’s body. Each protein is a long, linear molecule of amino acids linked end-to-end, and each molecule is like a nano-sized spine in which the amino acid molecules are the equivalents of vertebrae. There are twenty different types of amino acids, each with a unique shape. The final shape of each protein’s “spine” is determined by the specific sequence of unique-shaped amino acid links. So a cell is ultimately built from an assembly of thousands of different-shaped protein molecules.

But proteins are not only physical building blocks: they also provide for the magic of life. The novelty of proteins is that they can change their shape. As a matter of fact, the movement of a protein spine is analogous to the movement of a human spine. Each of the spine’s jointed segments is capable of rotating or flexing at the point they are coupled. While muscles are used to provide the force to move the human spine, protein spines change their posture due to the repulsive or attractive force generated by electromagnetic fields. Life occurs via the coordinated movements of proteins, and whatever controls the movement of proteins turns them on or off. Two things can achieve this: physical chemicals or immaterial vibrational energy fields, and both represent signals that activate proteins by changing their electrical charge. As the protein’s electric charge or field is altered, that protein then adjusts the shape of its spine to accommodate these forces. In changing shape from one configuration to another, the protein molecule moves, and the specific movement of a protein molecule is integrated with the movement of other protein molecules in functional assemblies called pathways. Respiratory pathways, digestive pathways, muscle contraction pathways are all examples of assemblies of proteins whose coordinated movements produce particular biological functions.

Jerry L. Tennant takes this a step further in his book Healing is Voltage: The Handbook by describing how every cell in the body is designed to run at -20 to -25 millivolts. He explains how, to heal, we must make new cells. To make a new cell requires -50 millivolts. Chronic disease occurs when the voltage drops below -20 and/or you cannot achieve -50 millivolts to make new cells. Thus chronic disease is always defined by having low voltage. This book tells you how to measure your voltage in each organ, how to correct it, and how to determine why your voltage dropped enough to allow you to get sick.

The key to understanding Energetic Medicine is to understand that each cell is designed to run at a specific voltage and a specific frequency. Generally speaking, disease is caused when cells have too little voltage and are running at too low a frequency.

Once one determines that the voltage of an organ is low, you will want to correct it. One does that by inserting electrons into one of the wires that carries voltage to that organ, by drinking water that contains electrons (alkaline water), by eating foods that contain electrons (unprocessed foods), by getting into the sun, putting your feet in the dirt, hugging other living things, or by using devices designed to supply electrons like the Tennant BioModulator, low-level lasers, essential oils, homeopathy, exercise, etc.

Scientific studies have now shown that because of this change in the shape of proteins, we can actually change the expression of our genetics. Genes can be turned on and off by environmental signals, which as Dr. Lipton highlights, includes things like thoughts, feelings, and emotions external to the cell.


Using our above thinking, we’ve established that you’re essentially a skin-covered collection of cells. To begin understanding how your mind and beliefs have consequences at this cellular level, consider that the thought energy we emit has a cascading effect, and depending on our outlook, we respond to the same situation in different ways. For example, think of how two individuals can have completely different reactions to the same conditions. The mind has no way to distinguish or confirm what is true, so it relies on what we know or believe to be factual, interpreting our beliefs as the environment and responding by controlling our biology. Viewing the situation in a positive light, one individual will release chemicals into the bloodstream that corresponds to the mental construct they perceive. Yet another person could look at the world with fear, releasing stress hormones and inflammatory agents. Epigenetics essentially affects how genes are read by cells, and subsequently how they produce proteins. It includes modulators, modifiers, and any influence on the expression of genes. It is actually the cell’s membrane operating in response to environmental signals picked up by the membrane’s receptors that control the “reading” of the genes inside.

Widely held scientific dogma, first formulated by Francis Crick, posits that genes (not emotions) control behavior and that there is a one-way flow of information from DNA to RNA to proteins. Dr. Lipton’s view, on the other hand, states that regulatory genes direct the activity of protein-encoding genes, but environmental signals control how regulatory proteins bind to DNA. The flow of information is, therefore: environmental signal – regulatory protein – DNA – RNA – protein. Information can also flow in the reverse direction, but subject to tight restrictions: RNA can rewrite DNA, protein antibodies can change DNA, and changes in DNA influence the binding of regulatory proteins.

Evidence for the role of epigenetic mechanisms has become so compelling that some scientists have started speaking favorably again of Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck (1744-1829), the much-scorned evolutionist who believed that traits acquired as result of environmental influence could sometimes be passed on to offspring. The genome is certainly turning out to be far more fluid and responsive to the environment than previously supposed.

While we can’t control our genes themselves, we can affect their expression – whether they’re likely to get “switched on” or off.

Energy Exchange

So how do we use all of this to understand what's going on when you're laying in bed at night picking up on negative energy?

The idea that an energy exchange of some type occurs between individuals is a central theme in many healing techniques, including acupuncture, Eastern medicine, Qi Gong and beyond. This concept has often been disputed by Western science due to the lack of a plausible mechanism to explain the nature of this energy or how it could affect or facilitate the healing process.

There's a lot of research that's been done on the fact that we are electrical beings, our brains emit an electrical frequency, and other people or even animals can actually detect this. The heart, like the brain, generates a powerful electromagnetic field. In his book, “The Energetic Heart”, Rollin McCraty states that “the heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body”. The electrical field as measured in an electrocardiogram (ECG) is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain waves recorded in an electroencephalogram (EEG). The electromagnetic signal produced by your heart is registered in the brain waves of people around you, and this powerful electromagnetic field can be detected and measured several feet away from a person’s body and between two individuals in close proximity. While this signal is strongest when people are in contact, it is still detectable when subjects are in proximity without contact (including when they are lying in bed without touching!)

In the HeartMath study, The Electricity of Touch: Detection and Measurement of Cardiac Energy Exchange Between People, researchers set out to determine whether the heart’s electromagnetic field, as measured by an electrocardiogram (ECG), in one individual could be detected and measured in another person when the pair either were seated within about three feet of each other or held hands. The results of The Electricity of Touch experiment were positive: The data showed “when people touch or are in proximity, a transference of the electromagnetic energy produced by the heart occurs,” the study’s authors wrote, meaning the energy produced by someone’s heart when they’re in near proximity to you affects your heart’s energy (and therefore likely all energetic systems in your body). They observed that although additional research should be conducted, there were potentially important implications raised by this research when viewed in conjunction with the success of numerous healing modalities.

In another HeartMath study, The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Communication Within and Between People, they found that the clear rhythmic patterns in beat-to-beat heart rate variability are distinctly altered when different emotions are experienced. If the heart is in rhythm, if the heart is in a state of what is called coherence, it can actually positively influence your emotions and thought patterns. Now in addition to that, if the heart rhythm is coherent, it can also affect your brainwaves meaning it can shift your brainwave into a more healthy, focused pattern of what are called Alpha brainwaves or less stressful brainwaves. This is called the heart-brain interaction. This evidence provides a solid, testable theory to explain the observed effects of many healing modalities that are based upon the assumption that an “invisible” energy exchange can take place between individuals. Electromagnetic fields, such as those generated by the heart of an individual in a caring or loving state, can be detected and amplified by biological tissue (those very proteins discussed earlier), and produce measurable effects in living systems.

This means that human beings can control gene activity and even rewrite their genes by focusing on their beliefs. These beliefs, true or false, positive or negative, creative or destructive, exist not simply in our minds, but are directed to the level of the cells of our bodies. The fact that energy impacts cells as profoundly as physical molecules provides a scientific explanation for the efficacy of conventional medicine, alternative therapies, and spiritual healing. This also means that DNA does not by itself control biology, and that information can be transmitted throughout our bodies and to our descendants in ways other than through the base sequence of DNA. It means that thoughts, emotions, and energy can activate or inhibit the cell’s function-producing proteins, it means that harnessing the power of your mind can be just as effective or more effective than the drugs we have been programmed to believe we need, and it means that our attitudes, our emotions and the perception of our environment is significantly responsible for our body’s health and optimal function.


A beautiful way to understand this complex topic in one sentence is found from Matt Ridley in his book Nature Via Nurture: “Genes are both the cause and consequence of our actions.” It is now recognized that the environment, and more specifically, our perception or interpretation of the environment directly controls the activity of our genes and gene expression. Emerging evidence in the field of epigenetics has demonstrated we can, in fact, change the expression of our own genes within our own lifetime.

You’ve learned that your emotions, thoughts, and beliefs have a massive effect not only on yourself but on those around you. This week, start to experiment with a simple 10 second exercise. Pick someone around you right now and wish for their happiness. You might even think silently, “I love you”. Pay attention to what happens to your own physical expression and the attitude of those around you – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

11 thoughts on “Biology Of Belief – How Invisible Forces Affect Your Physiology

  1. Well written article and it expresses your beliefs in a thoughtful and scientific way. The challenge we face is integrating epigenetics and the Holy Spirit in a understandable lifestyle. It is not simply an excuse when we dismiss the American cultural world view as Newtonian, it is at the heart of what makes materialism so dangerous. I pray that you can influence a wide audience with your programs.

  2. This is so good, Ben, and to me, explains what happens when The Bible talks about putting off the old man, and putting on the New Man! Wow. We literally become new physically, mentally, everything, as we rewrite our genes by focusing on our beliefs. So cool how science backs this up physically; Holy Spirit does His thing and takes care of the rest. Some things, we may never be able to explain this side of Heaven 🙂 thanks Ben!

  3. As far as I remember current Dalai Lama- XIV in number and rebirth of previous XIII Dalai Lama- mentioned that in childhood he had big problems with emotion of anger. This problem should not happen because his incarnated mind already developed unlimited compassion and love during his previous lifetimes. Explanation given by Dalai Lama is that his father was very angry man, and it
    seems that his gens affected mind of young , Dalai Lama.!!! Worthy to mention that because of years of meditation , anger
    disappeared from mind of Dalai Lama.

  4. Awesome, we’ll written article Ben! I have wrestled with trying to understand this stuff, you really presented it I. A way that opened up new insight for me.

  5. I bought the book based on your recommendation and wow! It’s amazing–I actually bought the audible and Bruce Lipton is reading or rather teaching it. It’s just unbelievable how wrong the scientists and doctors have been and how that influenced so much of my life. I wonder if this will make it to mainstream science and medicine and if anything will actually change. This is of course the very stuff that Dr. Deepak Chopra, and “What the Bleep Do We Know” etc. is all about. It’s not just about your body and health. Are you going to interview any of those woo woo people? Deepak can match you on science, biology, quantum mechanics, etc and I think it would be amazing!

  6. Well written and very pertinent for the bodyworkers amongst us. Out intention therefore, to help and heal and change the way our clients move and feel is ever more important knowing that energy is palpable.
    Somehow I always inherently knew this to be the case but your article really puts energy into the forefront of what we do.
    Thanks Ben

  7. Fantastic article, we need to treat thoughts as things we need to deal with. Bad or negative thought I need to throw out. Good or positive thought we need to hold onto and cherish. Thanks for being so helpful Ben

  8. Ben, Great stuff. This is why I read your post. The power of the mind is the next frontier. Metaphysics needs to be explained to the masses so that we can evolve as a species.

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