Bruce Lipton is a stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief. Through his research and publications, he explains the power our thoughts have to control our genetic expression. This means we are not a victim to our genetic inheritance, we actually have the ability to control it through our perception. I heard an interview with Bruce on the radio and was immediately intrigued because I’ve never heard the science, and specifically the cell biology behind the energy and power in our thoughts. As a practitioner in the medical field with a strong interest in metaphysics, it was relieving to hear a scientifically sound explanation supporting the power of belief! I wanted to share some his key points taken from his blog. All of Bruce Lipton’s blogs can be found at https://www.brucelipton.com/blog.
Our assumption that DNA controls cellular function has been proven untrue. The truth, he proposes, is that DNA function and expression is reactive and controlled by the cellular environment. He relates this to an experiment he did with stem cells. He cloned a single stem cell and ended with many cells genetically the same. He divided the cells into three petri dishes with three varying mediums or environments. The cells became either muscle, fat, or bone based on the environment, not based on their genetics because, as he said, the cells were genetically identical.
The cell’s perception of the environment opens protein-gated channels in the membrane that then cause our DNA to turn genes on or off. So really it’s all about perception. Perception is influenced by the level of stress. Our genetic expression is written and rewritten based on perception causing a biological reaction to the environment. Keep in mind that a perception is not always true. Biological reactions come in two forms: growth and protection. If the environment is perceived as nutritional, growth genes are activated, if it is perceived as harmful, protection genes are activated. When growth is activated, our immune system is fully functional, and we are ready to heal and grow; however, when protection is activated energy conservation is kicked in by supressing the immune system and shunting blood away from vital organs into the extremities, this is “fight or flight.” The cellular goal of fight or flight is to utilize the least amount of energy to reflexively keep the body alive…no time for healing, no time for cognizant thought or memory…just survive. Survival does not allude to any type of replenishment, pleasure, or enjoyment. With blood being shunted away from our vital organs and the immune system supressed, it is clear how this creates an opportunistic breeding ground for disease and cancer.
Davidji, meditation guru and Hay House author, reminds us that the breath initiates the fight or flight response. Rapid breathing sets off this autonomic response but slow steady breathing has the power to reverse it. How easy! A couple of slow deep breaths amidst a stressful situation will help to keep our blood chemistry primed for growth, health, and love.
Bruce Lipton also speaks to the power of quantum physics where the focus is on the unmanifest, or in other words, energy. Energy is the only true primal essence. Energy is the building block of the manifest. Quantumbiology is a new science attempting to harness the energetic power held in our consciousness. Thoughts (energy) control blood chemistry, which affects DNA expression. Love produces a blood chemistry conducive to growth and fear a chemistry conducive to death.