The Biology of Belief: Does What You Think Really Matter?

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The Biology of Belief: Does What You Think Really Matter?

Do you give much thought to how you think?

Does what you think really matter?

One of the most brilliant minds to tackle this question is Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D, author of The Biology of Belief. Photo courtesy of Productions, Inc. | http://www.brucelipton.com/

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D, author of The Biology of Belief. Photo courtesy of Productions, Inc. | http://www.brucelipton.com/

He is a world-renowned cell biologist, pioneer of science, and author.

What controls the outcome of our biology? The answer may surprise you!

What controls the outcome of our biology?
The answer may surprise you!

In the early days of his career, he was literally one of a handful of people studying stem cells. The general public had not even heard the term. Dr. Lipton was interested, as a cell biologist cloning human muscle cells at the University of Wisconsin, in answering this question: What controls the outcome of individual cells?

All his training had informed him that genes control our biology, that if you are genetically predisposed to a certain disease, that you have no control over it.

Genes Control Our Biology: Is This True?

There are a few problems with believing that genes control or dictate outcomes in our biology.

1. It is disempowering. If we are predisposed to a negative outcome with no control over it, why bother trying?
For years, we have been told that if cancer runs in your family, that you are predisposed to having it.

In my post, Cancer Alert: Are Your Beliefs Killing You? I mentioned the term nocebo. Under the belief that a pill or a surgery will make you well, a placebo convinces your body to heal itself. You become better even though no drug or surgery was actually administered. A nocebo is as effective, but having the opposite effect. The doctor’s opinion about your health, in many instances, plays a role in the outcome. The question is… do the words spoken to you lead to growth and flourishing or do they lead in the opposite direction?

2. It informs us that we are victims. It communicates that you are less powerful than your genes, that you have no choice but to live out a bad shuffle of the deck.

3. It leads to being irresponsible and making excuses. One might easily say, “Listen, don’t expect me to work hard. It’s not my fault that I inherited the lazy gene. My father was lazy and my grandfather was a sloth.

4. It has been proven false. We have been taught that our DNA provides the characteristics of our life… our height, hair color, traits we may possess such as aggression or anxiety… and the DNA is found in our genes. Conventional thinking holds that the nucleus is the brain of the cell; the command centre, and that genes control you. How is this not true? Dr. Lipton’s pioneering research yielded answers to his question: What controls the outcome of individual cells?

What happens if you take the nucleus out of the cell?

It was an Aha! moment, a key discovery – one that not only altered the way he understood science, but one that profoundly changed his life. He had a spiritual awakening.

It is true that most of the genes are located in the nucleus of a cell, but what did he discover that made such a dramatic difference?

The Biology of Perception

He happily discovered what is now known as epigenetics. The Latin root epi means above; epigenetics means above the control of the genes. That is to say that we are NOT controlled by genes… that genes do not control our biology or our outcomes.

To his amazement, when he removed genes from a cell and placed them in a petri dish, they did not die.

They were able to live for 2 or more months; meaning that the nucleus is not the brain. It was found that they communicate, they cooperate, they thrive. They think, and feel. They eat, build, and grow; they move toward food and away from toxins.

His findings were radically different than the central dogma of his scientific foundation.

So what is it that controls the outcome? The environment they are in.

Dr. Bruce says, “The secret of life is BELIEF.”

As he explains it: At the cellular level, perceptions are only perceptions. But at the human level, our perceptions are beliefs. It is our beliefs that select our genes and our behavior.

The perception of the environment is what controls the cell.

The membrane of a cell is like a camera, constantly taking snapshots of the environment. They make an instant decision which way they will move. EITHER toward LOVE (growth and reproduction) OR FEAR (protection.)

What is the significance of this? Our thoughts, beliefs and perceptions are the environment.

Dr. Lipton tells us that up to 95 % of cancers in our body are made manifest from our perceptions, our thinking, from our erroneous beliefs.

New Directions In Biology: Spontaneous Evolution

The term evolution, as used here, is not Darwinian. It refers to the evolution of humanity united in a collective consciousness, a greater awareness and knowledge of life.

This biology invites us to look within ourselves to understand ourselves better and to see our place in the big scheme of things.

As you’ll see, it is also a call to unity.

We are not simply chemical factories. Within the human body, there are about 50-75 trillion cells.
There is no new function in the human body that is not already within each cell. Each cell is a sentient being.

Every one of those trillions of cells has a number of systems: respiratory, digestive, excretory, nervous, integumentary, immune, and more.

Just as there are trillions of cells in us, there are billions of cells in a super organism called humanity.

Dr. Lipton encapsulates this new biology in his article, The Wisdom of Your Cells.

In order to operate at our highest level of awareness, we need to learn to challenge our assumptions, to continually question things we have been told. This is important because many hypotheses are widely accepted, but simply not true. Nor do they lead to growth.

Each of us has a contribution to make in this biology, and therefore, we are all vitally important.

As the Psalmist says, we are, indeed, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)

You Have a Voice… Let’s Hear It!

What do you think of this new biology?

What did you believe to be true for years that was later found to be untrue?

Have your perceptions or beliefs changed by reading this post?

Let me know what you think by commenting here. Thank you kindly!

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William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

58 thoughts on “The Biology of Belief: Does What You Think Really Matter?

  1. Hi Bill,

    I want to be very honest…I somehow managed to read this post till the end but it made my head spin. Usually I quit such heavy and scientific minded articles half way as they don’t arouse my interest. Biology and beliefs are such a strange combination to my mind…but perceptions control our cells – this seems to be quite weird and that kept me going till the end! Since I hardly know any biology, I can’t have any perspective!! Literature and science are rare companions!
    Anyways, have a nice new week!
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    • Hi Balroop,
      My apologies for the late response. These past few days do seem to have gotten away from me. I understand we all have different tastes and perspectives, and I am glad to know more about you by also finding out what you do not care for. I do find it interesting that what fascinates one person, another has no interest for, and vice versa. I have had an interest in biochemistry and biology for a long time now, especially as they relate to human behavior.
      I trust you are enjoying a nice week as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

      Bill

  2. Hi Bill; I have thought for many years now that cancer was the primary proof that your belief is key to your health. so many people that got it were negative beforehand. and so many people who have beaten it have done so by adopting a positive attitude and a cheery outlook. I recently learned that people do actually want me to share more of my personal experiences not less. I also had to accept that having gastric surgery wasn’t quitting or giving up or taking the easy way out because the surgery is only a tool. To achieve real success you still have to change your lifestyle by eating healthier, exercising daily, getting your rest. I like to add that you also need to read good books, pray, meditate, and cultivate a positive outlook. No matter how many times you have failed to do something you have to believe that this time will be different. I hope everyone that reads this post will decide to be optimistic and believe that they are here with a purpose to fulfill and gifts to share. thanks my friend, max
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    • Hi Max,
      Nice to hear from you again. I remember when my Mom was dying of cancer, for a while she got better. But she went downhill rather fast stating, “This chemo is killing me.” One of my best friends has been healed of cancer twice now, and his entire attitude has changed for the better. Shad Helmstetter wrote a book some time ago entitled, “What To Say When You Talk To Yourself.” Realizing that many people rehearse negativity, he wrote about turning that around. I am glad to know there is scientific proof that out thoughts shape our biology as it empowers us to make wiser choices in how we think.
      Yes, acceptance of responsibility goes a long way in supporting beneficial changes.

      I agree with your addition about books, meditation, prayer and positivity. They all enhance our well-being.

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  3. Hi Bill – this is a most interesting post and gives you a lot to think about. This is another way of saying Believe. You coined `nocebo`, I think I will practice yescobo.
    Lenie

    • Hi Lenie,
      I like your neolgism, Yes-cebo. The positive outcomes from adopting such an awareness will definitely influence your biology towards growth and flourishing. All the best for a nice week!

      Bill

  4. Hi Bill,

    Wow! This is an incredible scientific information that proves that science ultimately compliments the wisdom of ages. Science only add value, as it matures, to the principles known to mankind long before our society began giving utmost importance to the things that science proved.

    Napoleon Hill said, “What our mind believes and conceives, it achieves.”

    It was not a scientifically proven statement. But, we knew our hearts that he was right.

    Dr. Lipton’s experiment is an extraordinary one which really helps us understand is only discovering what is believed to be true from centuries as endorsed by our Saints and scholars is no scientific degrees.

    Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful new week.

    Regards,
    Kumar
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    • Hi Kumar,
      Thanks for contributing your thoughts. Yes, advances in science certainly inform a greater understanding and awareness, but even those within the scientific community are not accepting of Dr. Lipton’s work, because it is outside of their central dogma. I agree with you about Napoleon Hill. Many people attribute a similar thought, “As A Man Thinketh” to James Allen, but it actually comes from Proverbs 23:7 in the Bible.

      I particularly enjoy Dr. Lipton’s unifying community ideas. I think he is brilliant.
      Yes, you have a nice week too, my friend!

      Bill

  5. Attitudes, beliefs and thoughts certainly do matter. And science isn’t absolute or the final word. New discoveries challenge what was once considered fact. But I also think we can’t discount the role of genetics. I’d hate to see us blaming people for their illnesses because they didn’t believe strongly enough or have enough positive thoughts. Are there other scientists doing similar work as Dr. Lipton?
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    • Hi Donna,
      I agree with you. I think with greater awareness and compassionate understanding, there is no need to point a finger of blame at anyone.
      There will always be both stronger and weaker people than ourselves, and we certainly have our own failings to deal with as they occur.
      As to your last question, Dr. Lipton has been at it for decades before his work was ever known about on a large scale. I don’t an exact number, but there are now many biologists, in epigenetics, in cellular biology, and a relatively new branch called behavioral biology. There must also be many others working away quietly on proprietary projects. Thank you for contributing. Have a nice week!

      Bill

  6. That is a great post Bill and really gets you thinking hard. It makes total sense that the way we carry out our lives in terms of our thoughts and beliefs will have an impact on our cells. Take a person who is very angry for a long period of time. they look old and wrinkled well before their time. Take a person who is optimistic and light-hearted, they seem to age well and with a certain grace. Loved this post Bill, best one I have read.
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    • Hi Tim,
      I am glad you enjoyed this food for thought. I appreciate your kind words of support. Thank you kindly! 🙂
      Yes, a great observation. Mean-spirited people do seem to shrink; if not on the outside, at least on the inside. Somewhat like the Grinch…
      with a heart two sizes too small. I have learned a lot from Dr. Lipton and The Biology of Belief is one of my favorite books.

      All the best!
      Bill

  7. This sounds like a very intriguing area of study. I love it when science proves a belief that I hold dear. I have always believed in the power of self-fulfilling prophecies, and it’s nice to know there is some scientific background to it. We truly are fearfully and wonderfully made, and it’s no small thing to undermine that gift with our own negative thoughts.
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    • Hi Meredith,
      Thanks for your thoughts especially your last line which I fully agree with. If it intrigues you, you may wish to look into it further.
      The Biology of Belief can be found on YouTube here and is very clearly explained. It certainly pays to be positive. Have a blessed week!

      Bill

  8. Bill- Being a breast cancer survivor I do believe in the power of mind. My daughter has MS and a severe heart disease and she is amazing. She made an interesting comment to me. I had said if I could I would have loved to change her outcome and her response was, this journey has made me who I am and I would not change a thing. She has powerful energies and I guess it runs in the family because I am the same way.
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    • Hi Arleen,
      Your daughter is wise, and it’s easy to see where she got that from. 🙂 I recently learned that children, as they are being formed in utero, pick up everything from their mother. For the first 6 years of life, we are like a tape recorder making note of everything, and that gets planted in our subconscious. Dr. Lipton observed that children tend to, especially those that lose a parent within that time frame, exhibit behavior later in life of a parent. People say things such as, “Are you ever like your mother.”

      Best Regards,
      Bill

  9. What a fascinating post. We are indeed complex creatures, and while biology places a part in our makeup there is more to us than our genes (blue or otherwise:-) The way we lead our lives plays a part in who we are and it seems that’s what, in part, you are talking about in unity. We are part of a universe too, and whatever ones spiritual beliefs, there is something surrounding us i.e the universe , that we are influenced by The whole if you like. Impossible to know what part that plays, but I do believe it does effect us in intangible ways.
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    • Hi A.K.
      You have nailed that on the head… HOW we live our lives is so important. With a healthy outlook, we are empowered to live productive lives.
      I believe life is bigger than anyone one of us, yet diminished by the loss of any one of us. I believe in the unseen hand of God at work in our lives.
      Do enjoy your summer and I wish you well in completing your book!

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  10. Fascinating stuff Bill. It’s hard to get your head around the combination of what most feel are 2 completely different topics…biology and beliefs. Yet there are Shamans that have taught this for ages, with no science to back it up. Psychologists teach the power of positive self-speak…but to connect all this on a cellular level? Simply fascinating and great food for thought.
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    • Hi Jacquie,
      Thanks so much for your thoughts. I am fascinated by this, and have been for a few years now. Biochemistry and biology really open up new worlds of understanding, especially when learning about the movement of cells, the community cooperation that exists and factors leaning toward love or fear.
      Yes, many seemingly disparate topics are actually related once we understand them better; biology and beliefs being just one example.
      Have a beautiful week! I`m still laughing at what you wrote 😉

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  11. Mind over matter is a fact. Everything in the universe is energy, including thoughts. If you one hundred percent believe something your thoughts will work for you. If on the other hand you give up and think it’s pointless that’s the way it will be.
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    • Hi Catarina,
      I fully agree with you. There are many leaders who have expressed the very same sentiment… whether you say you can, or you can’t…. you’re right.
      Enjoy the week!

      Bill

  12. Hi Bill,
    This is such an interesting article. I’m fascinated with biology and science. The cool thing is I learned all of this in nutrition school. We may be predisposed, but as you said, attitude, beliefs and nutrition can change the outcome. It brings me to a recording that I have with Deepak Chopra and Dr Wayne Dyer. Dr Dyer was in a cab and the driver had a terrible cold. Dr Dyer told the driver he never gets colds. The driver was all upset saying, just because your some motivational guru, you mean to tell me you don’t get colds? I get colds all the time. Dr Dyer explained that is why the driver got colds, because she anticipated them. Dr Dyer said he doesn’t get colds, so his body responds accordingly. There’s a bit more to it than that, and it’s not necessarily about genes, but the thought process is what reminded me of the story. Thanks for sharing and have an awesome day. Lisa
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    • Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for sharing the cab driver story. For those who are prone to negative thinking, it is worth remembering.
      I find it very fascinating that we have the power to change our entire lives simply by controlling our thought life. That is the essence of the biology of belief. Anyone can reclaim their power to live a more meaningful life simply by redirecting the flow of their energy into life affirming thoughts and actions. Have a beautiful week!

      Bill

  13. The nature vs. nurture argument will never end. Yet, being able to put mind over matter isn’t something that comes naturally to many and it takes effort to develop. A lot of the research I’ve done in rhetoric and comp theories revolved around how reality is very subjective rather than objective. We are all shaped by the environment that surrounds us.
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    • Hi Jeri,
      Yes, that debate rages on. I would love to see your research… that fascinates me. I agree with you, it is very subjective. No one can interpret it for us. I definitely agree with you…we are shaped by our environment. Much akin to what Dr. Lipton found that controls the genes.

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  14. I definitely believe in the power of positive thinking and the placebo affect and the statement “The secret of life is BELIEF.” Once we have given up mentally, we are done for. Your post is definitely thought provoking.
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    • Hi Susan,
      I believe, as you do, in positive outcomes. I think there is a maturing process involved until that positive mindset is a state of being.
      We manifest what we envision, whether we are conscious of that fact or not. This is the very essence of the biology of belief.
      Have an enjoyable week!
      Bill

  15. Very interesting article. We have power over our life by moving from the negative to the positive. Take the energy of the negative and turn it around and move into positive thoughts. What you give attention to grows.

    • Welcome Lisa!
      Yes, we can always redirect the flow of our energy and attention away from negative and toward positive growth. Very well stated.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate that.

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  16. Bill, I don’t know where you get your ideas for your blogs, but they are definitely fascinating! My daughter is a Biology major and is really into this kind of stuff. Me, not so much. Except I have a very strong opinion about genetic testing. I would not undergo genetic testing. For many of the reasons you state. I belief in fate and that “everything happens for a reason” I also belief in functional medicine. Since my car accident, the people who have helped me the most are the untraditional doctors; the healers and woo-woo people who use my own body’s energy to channel self-healing. Many of the doctors I saw just wanted to operate or give me major meds. Funny how I am on the mend without it….
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    • Hi Laurie,
      Ancient Chinese secret 😉 Not really. I have a wide field of interests, and ones that deeply stir my curiosity and creativity. Your daughter will appreciate seeing The Biology of Perception on YouTube by Dr. Bruce Lipton. He explains it very clearly. I believe things happen for a reason, but that we are not necessarily supposed to know the reasons why. I had the kind help of an acupuncturist who gave me hours of extra time at no charge to relieve pain in my knees and back. After several hours of treatments, I was well – so I believe in whatever means available. Yes, your innate healing being activated by your beliefs are making you well. And I wish you continued health. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated!

      Bill

  17. What you believe does matter – for as long as you believe it. for all the reasons you cited: keeps you powerless and directs the cells in your body in so many ways. On the bright side though, we have free will. We can choose to believe or to question. Beliefs are like habits, they get you through things without having to think about them. Daily reflection is essential if we want to stay aware of when the beliefs are supporting us or sending us down rabbit holes that sap our energy and waste our time.
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    • Hi Sue,
      I very much agree with you. For sure, we have free will, and that spells freedom of choice. Hopefully, the choices are wise and lead to flourishing.
      Yes, reflection is a necessary part of our continued growth, as are supporting beliefs, as you have stated.

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  18. Hi Bill,

    Good to be over at your blog once again, after my little break 🙂

    I do agree with Balroop, science isn’t my cup of tea but belief surely is, so a combination of both in your post was an interesting read.

    It was good to know more about Dr. Lipton’s experiment, though I wonder how far his statement – 95 % of cancers in our body are made manifest from our perceptions, our thinking, from our erroneous beliefs – really holds good or whether there is some fact to believe this.

    I say this as I lost my Mom to cancer, and she was a positive thinker – a real giver in the real sense. So, it wouldn’t hold good for her surely. Either ways, it sounds like an interesting topic of discussion and I wonder what others are going to add in here.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Hi Harleena,
      Yes, welcome back! That’s fine. I know science isn’t for everyone, but I am glad that you still found some of this interesting.
      I do not know where Dr. Lipton obtained the 95% statistic, but it is clearly stated in one of his biology videos. As to the veracity of the rest of his content, it is clearly explained in his book (or video) The Biology of Belief. He has a facility for making a complex subject easy to understand.

      We share the loss of our mothers to cancer in common. My Mom was positive for a short while, but did not last long after her prognosis. It is hard to believe it has been 20 years ago already. Have an enjoyable week!

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  19. This is a big part of the theory that I have learned in my Masters degree in holistic nutrition. Genes may predispose you to certain diseases or traits, but it is lifestyle that will give the genes the energy to express themselves or not. As a nutritionist, I focus quite a bit on diet, exercise and environment, but also stress and attitude towards life. I think Western medicine is really valuable at times, but it really downplays the role we take in creating our own health.

    • Hi Erica,
      I am grateful for holistic medicine and different modalities supporting greater health options. I agree with you. We need healthy lifestyle choices and a positive outlook for quality outcomes.

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  20. Your post is a good summary of the book’s main message. It’s been on my shelf for at least 2 years now. It’s a very difficult read. These kind of theories are fascinating to me. LIke the newest one on neuroplasticity.

    It’s serendipitous that just before hopping over to your post William, my son called me just to talk. We were talking about beliefs similar to this. Always enjoy your posts.
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    • Hi Pat,
      Yes, the Biology of Belief is not light reading, for sure. I suppose my deep interest in the subject got me through it. I know in his video the Biology of Perception, Dr. Lipton does a great job of clarifying and making simple a complex subject. I like hoe synchronicity and serendipity play out.
      Thank you very much for the kind words.

      All the best!
      Bill

  21. Bill — I hear what you’re saying about your ability to control your health with belief but I’m not sure I agree. I do believe my genes have played a role in my excellent health at an age when most of my friends and family have some ailment or another. I take care of myself but so do they. I do believe that how you feel about yourself and your environment can cause stress,and stress can kill. We do need a positive attitude if we want a healthier life but it’s not the whole story.
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    • Hi Jeannette,
      I agree with you, attitude is not the whole story. I think if you tend to look after yourself, your immune system is strong. I think that our feelings toward ourselves generate health when those thoughts lean towards growth and flourishing and to disease and sickness when they are negative.

      All the best!
      Bill

  22. A very interesting topic. Living in the biggest biotech cluster in UK – I am always amazed at the the research that is done into stem cells. I don’t have a scientific background but pioneers like Dr Lipton have all my respect.
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    • Hi Mina,
      Just imagine what the world will be like in 5-10 years when even further advances are made with stem cells. I know one of the great considerations are the moral and legal implications. I, too, am very grateful for Dr. Lipton and those in various fields in biology and biochemistry.

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  23. I absolutely believe that belief influences biology. Even as a child I thought that. I broke my front tooth roller skating and I was sure that if I believed hard enough, it would be whole again. I was afraid to try it though because I was afraid that I couldn’t be absolutely sure that it would happen. So I didn’t. Not that I think it would have worked anymore! But I know that some diseases can be modified by belief.
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    • Hi Beth,
      From what I have learned, especially through Dr. Bruce Lipton and a cardiologist, Dr. Mimi Guarneri, I agree with you.
      I know when I found out that biology controls genes, it was definitely an Aha! moment for me, too. That means that we can have a say in the outcome of our health just by focusing on choices leading to growth, based in love. One example… just think of how a young woman is able to life the back end of a car off a child all by herself in less time than it takes to think about it. To me, that is amazing!

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  24. I give ALL kinds of thought to what I think…and why but I’m not sure I’ve ever given much thought to how. I do think that the power of the human mind is vastly untapped and quite possibly very unknown to its potential. But I think we have a lot more power than we realize when it comes to belief. Very interesting.

    • Hi Pamela,
      Many years ago, I read a book by Tim LaHaye, Why You Act the Way You Do, which explains very well HOW we think. If you’re interested, it is an easy read. Yes, we repeatedly hear that we only use 10% of our brain, but, of course, that is consciously. The subconscious does most of the work. I agree with you, we do have the power… more often we realize that power when called upon to do something that we first think is beyond us.

      Best Regards,
      Bill

  25. The secret of life IS belief. I believe that wholeheartedly, especially since I’ve been using affirmations to help change my mood, assist me with what I’m doing, and help keep me focussed. My life has gotten SO much better since I started!

    FYI, if you want to see the ones I use, refer to http://beafreelancewriter.com/blog/2014/06/11/kick-start-your-writing/

    The great thing is that Ralph Quintero permitted me to use his, too. 🙂
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    • Hi Lorraine,
      Where would any of us be without beliefs? I pray and meditate, and the way I think would be in line with positive affirmations.
      For sure, these things tend towards growth and great outcomes. My biology informs me we feel great when we are great.
      I agree… concentrated, repeated efforts form habits, both good and bad, but it is so much better to aim for positive results.

      All the best!
      Bill

  26. This was a fascinating article, thank you so much for sharing it. I don’t have a hard time believing our minds can manage our bodies, even at a cellular level. How many times have we heard of people surviving in incredibly adverse situations or using strength they did not know they had to save a loved one? Our biggest obstacles in life are more often than not our selves. If we could drive optimistically forward in our lives, what couldn’t we accomplish?
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    • Hi Debra,
      Glad you enjoyed the post. I agree with your thoughts here, which I appreciate you sharing. It would seem that the default setting for many people is that of negativity, nihilism, and pessimism, but those focused on optimism stand to gain achievements, blessings, and the best life has to offer.

      Blessings!
      Bill

  27. Hello Bill,

    Science subjects make for exceptionally dull blog post ideas, especially when you factor in the fact that a great many bloggers are arts oriented.

    Would you believe me if I told you I never managed to understand a thing here? I hope your next post is something I can relate with.

    Anyway, have a great Sunday!

    Always,
    Terungwa
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    • Hi Terungwa,
      You’re entitled to express your thoughts, and I thank you for your feedback. While science may not interest some people, many readers like to know
      how to improve their lives or what facts have come to light that challenge their thinking. Overall, the blogosphere is big enough to handle every conceivable topic. I cannot help that you didn’t understand a thing here.

      Kindest Regards,
      Bill

  28. Thank you for sharing this, Bill. You really got me thinking about what might actually happen if we took the nucleus out of a cell. But in this case, would it still be called a “cell” by our current standards and definitions?

    This was a great post about a very interesting subfield of cognitive processes.
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    • Hi Carl,
      You’re very welcome, and thank you for a thoughtful question. I learned form watching Dr. Lipton’s Biology of Perception video that he refers to genes as DNA molecules. Having removed the genes from the cell, he still refers to it as a cell.

      This causes me to think more about both the beauty and the complexity of all of creation.
      Thanks for the words of encouragement. Much appreciated!

      Bill

  29. Very educative post Bill. I did human biology a long time ago and enjoyed quite a lot. Understand get how my body works was highly valuable. What I did not do was to take as fate my geGenetics. I have challenged such things to be who I want to be even though u did inherently think fighting genetics was not easy.

    • Hi Welli,
      Biology fascinates me, primarily because my focus is on the big picture of life, how we are all connected to one another.
      Take any body of people, and you will find cliques, or cells, if you will, of those who cohere around the same interests.
      The group thrives through communicating, grows by cooperating and flourishes in collaboration.
      I think the invisible thread that holds everything together is Love.

      Thanks for contributing!
      Bill

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