“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force….

We must assume behind this force the existence

of a conscious and intelligent Mind.

This Mind is the matrix of all matter.”

— Max Planck, 1944

Just as the 20th century was a time of discovery, we may find that the 21st is a period for making sense of what we’ve found out. Many of the mainstream scientists, teachers, and researchers of our day are engaged in this process. While the existence of a universal energy field had been theorized, visualized, written about, and imagined for a long while, it’s only been recently that experiments were performed proving once and for all that the Matrix exists.

Between 1993 and 2000, a series of unprecedented experiments demonstrated the existence of an underlying field of energy that bathes the universe.


Quantum biologist Vladimir Poponin reported the research that he and his colleagues, including Peter Gariaev, were doing at the Russian Academy of Sciences. In a paper that appeared in the U.S. in 1995, they described a series of experiments suggesting that human DNA directly affects the physical world through what they believed was a new field of energy connecting the two.

Dr. Poponin was visiting an American institution when this series of experiments was repeated and published. The magnitude of what his study, “The DNA Phantom Effect,” tells us about our world is perhaps best summarized in the words of Poponin himself. In the introduction to his report, he says, “We believe this discovery has tremendous significance for the explanation and deeper understandings of the mechanisms underlying subtle energy phenomena including many of the observed alternative healing phenomena.”

Poponin and Gariaev designed their pioneering experiment to test the behavior of DNA on light particles (photons), the quantum “stuff” that our world is made of. They first removed all the air from a specially designed tube, creating what’s thought of as a vacuum. Traditionally, the term vacuum implies that the container is empty, but even with the air taken out, the scientists knew that something remained inside — photons. Using precisely engineered equipment that could detect the particles, the scientists measured their location within the tube. They wanted to see if the particles of light were scattered everywhere, clinging to the sides of the glass, or perhaps clustered in a pile at the bottom of the container. What they found first came as no surprise: The photons were distributed in a way that was completely unordered. In other words, the particles were everywhere inside of the container — which is precisely what Poponin and his team expected.

In the next part of the experiment, samples of human DNA were placed inside the closed tube with the photons. In the presence of the DNA, the particles of light did something that no one anticipated: Rather than the scattered pattern that the team had seen before, the particles arranged themselves differently in the presence of the living material. The DNA was clearly having a direct influence on the photons, as if shaping them into regular patterns through an invisible force. This is important, since there’s absolutely nothing in the tenets of conventional physics that would allow for this effect. Yet in this controlled environment, DNA — the substance that composes us — was observed and documented to have a direct effect on the quantum stuff that our world is made of!

The next surprise came when the DNA was removed from the container. There was every reason for the scientists involved to believe that the particles of light would return to their original scattered state throughout the tube. But instead, the scientists witnessed a very different occurrence: The photons remained ordered, just as if the DNA were still in the tube. In his own words, Poponin described the light as behaving “surprisingly and counter-intuitively.”

After checking the instruments and the results, Poponin and his colleagues were faced with the task of finding an explanation for what they’d just observed. With the DNA removed from the tube, what was affecting the particles of light? Did the DNA leave something behind, a residual force that lingered after the physical material was removed? Or was an even more mysterious phenomenon at work? Were the DNA and the light particles still connected in some way and on some level that we don’t recognize, even though they were physically separated and no longer in the same tube?

In his summary, Poponin wrote that he and the researchers were “forced to accept the working hypothesis that some new field structure is being excited.” Because the effect appeared to be directly related to the presence of the living material, the phenomenon was named the “DNA phantom effect.” Poponin’s new field structure sounds surprisingly similar to the “matrix” that Max Planck identified more than 50 years earlier, as well as the effects suggested in ancient traditions.

Summary of Experiment I: This experiment is important for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most obvious is that it clearly shows us a direct relationship between DNA and the energy that our world is made of. Of the many conclusions that we may draw from this powerful demonstration, two are certain:

  1. A type of energy exists that has previously gone unrecognized.
  2. Cells/DNA influence matter through this form of energy.

Produced under the rigid control of laboratory conditions (perhaps for the first time), evidence arose of the powerful relationship that ancient traditions have held sacred for centuries. The DNA changed the behavior of the light particles — the essence of our world. Just as our most cherished traditions and spiritual texts have informed us for so long, the experiment validated that we have a direct effect on the world around us.

Although it stands on its own as a revolutionary and graphic demonstration of the connection between life and matter, it’s within the context of the next two experiments that the DNA phantom effect takes on even greater significance.


In a 1993 study reported in the journal Advances, the Army performed experiments to determine precisely whether the emotion/DNA connection continues following a separation, and if so, at what distances? The researchers started by collecting a swab of tissue and DNA from the inside of a volunteer’s mouth. This sample was isolated and taken to another room in the same building, where they began to investigate a phenomenon that modern science says shouldn’t exist. In a specially designed chamber, the DNA was measured electrically to see if it responded to the emotions of the person it came from, the donor who was in another room several hundred feet away.

In his room, the subject was shown a series of video images. Designed to create genuine states of emotion inside of his body, this material ranged from graphic wartime footage to erotic images to comedy.

When the donor experienced emotional “peaks” and “dips,” his cells and DNA showed a powerful electrical response at the same instant in time. Although distances measured in hundreds of feet separated the donor and the samples, the DNA acted as if it was still physically connected to his body. The question is “Why?”

Dr. Cleve Backster, had designed the experiment for the Army as part of an ongoing project. His pioneering work on the way that human intention affects plants had led to the military experiments.

The Army stopped their experiments with the donor and his DNA when they were still in the same building, separated by distances of only hundreds of feet. Following those initial studies, however, Dr. Backster described how he and his team had continued the investigations at even greater distances. At one point, a span of 350 miles separated the donor and his cells.

Furthermore, the time between the donor’s experience and the cell’s response was gauged by an atomic clock located in Colorado. In each experiment, the interval measured between the emotion and the cell’s response was zero — the effect was simultaneous. Whether the cells were in the same room or separated by hundreds of miles, the results were the same. When the donor had an emotional experience, the DNA reacted as if it were still connected to the donor’s body in some way. As Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, a colleague of Cleve Backster, states so eloquently, from this viewpoint: “There is no place where one’s body actually ends and no place where it begins.”

Summary of Experiment II: The implications of this experiment are vast and, to some, a little mind-boggling. If we can’t separate people from the parts of their bodies, does this mean that when a living organ is successfully transplanted into another human being, the two individuals somehow remain connected to each other?

On a typical day, most of us come into contact with dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of other people — and often that contact is physical. Each time we touch another person, even simply by shaking his or her hand, a trace of that individual’s DNA stays with us in the form of skin cells that he or she leaves behind. At the same time, some of ours remains with the other person. Does this mean that we continue to be linked to those we touch as long as the DNA in the cells we share is alive? And if so, just how deep does our connection with them go? The answer to these questions is yes — it appears that the link exists. The quality of that connection, however, appears to be determined by how conscious we are of its existence.

All of these possibilities illustrate the magnitude of what this experiment is showing us. At the same time, they lay the foundation for something even more profound. If the donor is experiencing emotions within his or her body and the DNA is responding to those emotions, then something must be traveling between them that allows the emotion to get from one to the other, right?

Perhaps … or perhaps not. This experiment could just be showing us something else — a powerful idea that’s so simple it’s easy to overlook: Maybe the donor’s emotions didn’t have to travel at all. It could be that there’s no need for the energy to travel from the donor to a distant location in order for it to have an effect. The person’s emotions might have already been in the DNA — and everywhere else, for that matter — the instant they were created.

The experiment suggests four things:

1. A previously unrecognized form of energy exists between living tissues.

2. Cells and DNA communicate through this field of energy.

3. Human emotion has a direct influence on living DNA.

4. Distance appears to be of no consequence with regard to the effect


The experiments were conducted between 1992 and 1995, and 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 results were undeniable and the implications were unmistakable. The bottom line: Human emotion changed the shape of the DNA! Without physically touching it or doing anything other than creating precise feelings in their bodies, the participants were able to influence the DNA molecules in the beaker.

In the first experiment, which involved only one person, effects were produced by a combination of “directed intention, unconditional love and specific imagery of the DNA molecule.” In the words of one of the researchers, “These experiments revealed that different intentions produced different effects on the DNA molecule causing it to either wind or unwind.” Clearly, the implications are beyond anything that’s been allowed for in traditional scientific theory until now.

We’ve been conditioned to believe that the state of the DNA in our body is a given. Contemporary thinking suggests that it’s a fixed quantity — we “get what we get” when we’re born — and with the exception of drugs, chemicals, and electrical fields, our DNA doesn’t change in response to anything that we can do in our lives. But this experiment shows us that nothing could be further from the truth.


So what are these experiments telling us about our relationship to the world? The common denominator among all three is that they involve human DNA. There’s absolutely nothing in conventional wisdom that allows for the material of life in our bodies to have any effect whatsoever on our outer world. And there’s also nothing to suggest that human emotion can in any way affect DNA when it’s inside the body of its owner, let alone when it’s hundreds of miles away. Yet this is precisely what the results are showing us.

When we think of each experiment on its own, without any consideration of the others, it’s interesting. Each one shows us something that appears to be an anomaly existing beyond the bounds of conventional thinking, and some of the findings may even be a little surprising. Without a greater context, we might be tempted to put the experiments into the category of “Things to take another look at on another day … one far, far away.” But when we consider the three experiments together, something no less than paradigm shattering happens: They begin to tell us a story. When we look at each experiment as a piece of a bigger puzzle, that story jumps out at us like the hidden images of an Escher drawing! So let’s look a little deeper… .

In the first experiment, Poponin showed us that human DNA has a direct effect on the vibration of light. In the second — the military experiment — we learned that whether we’re in the same room with our DNA or separated by distances of hundreds of miles, we’re still connected to its molecules, and the effect is the same. In the third experiment, the HeartMath researchers showed us that human emotion has a direct effect on DNA, which in turn directly impacts the stuff our world is made of. This is the beginning of a technology — an inner technology — that does more than simply tell us we can have an effect on our bodies and our world … it shows us that this effect exists and how it works!

All these experiments suggest two similar conclusions, which are the crux of this book:

1. There is something “out there”: the matrix of an energy that connects any one thing with everything else in the universe. This connective field accounts for the unexpected results of the experiments.

2. The DNA in our bodies gives us access to the energy that connects our universe, and emotion is the key to tapping in to the field.

Our oldest and most cherished wisdom traditions remind us that there is, in fact, a language that speaks to the Divine Matrix, one that has no words and doesn’t involve the usual outward signs of communication we make with our hands or body. It comes in a form so simple that we all already know how to “speak” it fluently. In fact, we use it every day of our lives — it is the language of human emotion.

Modern science has discovered that through each emotion we experience in our bodies, we also undergo chemical changes of things such as pH and hormones that mirror our feelings. Through the “positive” experiences of love, compassion, and forgiveness and the “negative” emotions of hate, judgment, and jealousy, we each possess the power to affirm or deny our existence at each moment of every day. Additionally, the same emotion that gives us such power within our bodies extends this force into the quantum world beyond our bodies. We support our loved ones everywhere from the battlefield to the boardroom-without ever leaving our home.

We’re given the power to imagine, dream, and feel life’s possibilities from within the Matrix itself so that it can reflect back to us what we’ve created.

Because we’re already part of the Divine Matrix, it makes perfect sense that we would already have everything we need to communicate with it, without the need for an instruction manual or special training. And we do.

The language of consciousness appears to be the universal experience of emotion. We already know how to love, hate, fear and forgive. Recognizing that these feelings are actually the instructions that program the Divine Matrix, we can hone our skills to better understand how to bring joy, healing, and peace to our lives.


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