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