“The facts, ma’am, and nothing but the facts” are what
make the world go ’round. That’s the materialist worldview.
Materialists believe that objective material reality—atoms
and molecules—are the basis of everything in the universe.
Yet science is now showing that faith, mind, belief, thought,
and consciousness are creating the facts of material reality.
A 2017 study at Stanford University examined mortality
statistics for 61,141 adults. Among other factors, the
researchers measured the amount of exercise participants
performed. They also measured how much exercise they
believed they performed compared with other people the
During the two decades the study went on, a number
of the participants died from a variety of causes. The
researchers examined the relationship between the beliefs
people had about how much they exercised and mortality
rates. Participants who thought they weren’t exercising as
much as their peers died younger than people who believed
they exercised more.
Crucially, these beliefs bore no objective relationship to
the facts. The longevity differences persisted even when
the actual amount of exercise people were doing was the
same as others. Chief researcher Octavia Zahrt found a 71
percent greater mortality risk among people who perceive
themselves as exercising less than their peers.
A 2003 study called Whitehall II examined the beliefs
of 7,000 British civil servants age 35 to 55 about when old
age begins and middle age ends. Those who believed that
old age began at 70 or later were less likely to have serious
heart problems than those who believed that it began at 60
My new book Mind to Matter: The Astonishing Science of
How Your Brain Creates Material Reality (Hay House, 2018)
examines research linking consciousness to material reality.
The evidence that our thoughts literally create our reality,
starting with our bodies, is overwhelming. As we change
our minds, huge biological shifts occur in our bodies.
A recent study I conducted found a 37 percent drop in
baseline cortisol in just a single week of consciousness
change using EFT tapping and meditation. A randomized
controlled trial of EFT I conducted in 2012 measured a 24
percent reduction in cortisol from just one hour of EFT.
I underpin the science in Mind to Matter with dozens of
case histories. One of my favorites is the story of Dean, a
participant in the cortisol study:
Dean was a 58-year-old male psychiatric
nurse who had been randomized to the talk
therapy group. Dean’s scores on psychological
distress were as high after the therapy session
as before, and as he remembered his problems,
his cortisol rose by 40 percent.
In the second treatment session, instead
of talk therapy, we used EFT tapping. We
worked on a memory around which he had a
high emotional charge: breaking up with his
girlfriend, “the love of his life.” He teared up as
he remembered, “with stunned regret,” their
last day at the airport, and the image of her
walking down the jetway.
The adult event reminded him of childhood
events, and we tapped on those too.
When Dean’s cortisol results arrived back
from the lab a few days later, they showed a
drop of 48 percent.
Our consciousness is a remarkable tool. When we use
“new thought” deliberately, to release stress and embrace
compassion, we create molecular facts. Our consciousness
can produce powerful, immediate, and long-lasting
upgrades to our health, happiness, and longevity.
How science is uniting body, mind, and spirit
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DAWSON CHURCH, PH.D., AUTHOR OF MIND
TO MATTER (HAY HOUSE, 2018) AND THE GENIE
IN YOUR GENES (ENERGY PS YCHOLOG Y PRESS,
2008), IS A GENETIC RESEARCHER AND AN
ORDAINED NEW THOUGHT MINISTER. HE SHARES
SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS ON GENETICS AND
SPIRITUALTY AT DAWSONGIFT.COM.