Originally published in New Connection Magazine November/ December 2009 issue - The Pacific NW Journal of Conscious Living http://newconnexion.net
Bruce is also featured on this site in a special NewRealities interview with Alan Steinfeld at: http://www.newrealities.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=1112
Bruce Lipton: Seeing is Believing
We all want to fix the world, whether we realize it or not.
On a conscious level, many of us feel inspired to save the planet for altruistic or ethical reasons. On an unconscious level, our efforts to serve as Earth stewards are driven by a deeper, more fundamental behavioral programming known as the biological imperative — the drive to survive. We inherently sense that if the planet goes down, so do we.
Combine the enormity of the mission with how small and helpless we imagine we are, and our good intentions soon fly out the window. Consciously or unconsciously, most of us accept our own powerlessness and frailty in a seemingly out-of-control world.
Advances in biology and physics offer an amazing alternative — one that suggests our sense of disempowerment is the result of learned limitations. Therefore, when we inquire, “What do we truly know about ourselves?” we are really asking, “What have we learned about ourselves?”
Are we as frail as we have learned? In terms of our human evolution, civilization’s current “official” truth provider is materialistic science. And according to the popular medical model, the human body is a biochemical machine controlled by genes, whereas the human mind is an elusive epiphenomenon, that is, a secondary, incidental condition derived from the mechanical functioning of the brain. That’s a fancy way of saying that the physical body is real and the mind is a figment of the brain’s imagination.
Until recently, conventional medicine dismissed the role of the mind in the functioning of the body, except for one pesky exception — the placebo effect, which demonstrates that the mind has the power to heal the body when people hold a belief that a particular drug or procedure will effect a cure, even if the remedy is actually a sugar pill with no known pharmaceutical value. Medical students learn that one third of all illnesses heal via the magic of the placebo effect.
We are further disempowered by our tacit acceptance of a major premise of Darwinian theory: the notion that evolution is driven by an eternal struggle for survival. Programmed with this perception, humanity finds itself locked in an ongoing battle to stay alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Tennyson poetically described the reality of this bloody Darwinian nightmare as being a world “red in tooth and claw.”
Awash in a sea of stress hormones derived from our fear-activated adrenal glands, our internal cellular community is unconsciously driven to continuously employ fight-or-flight behavior in order to survive in a hostile environment. By day, we fight to make a living, and by night, we take flight from our struggles via television, alcohol, drugs or other forms of mass distraction.
But all the while, nagging questions lurk in the back of our minds: “Is there hope or relief? Will our plight be better next week, next year or ever?”
Not likely. According to Darwinists, life and evolution are an eternal “struggle for survival.”
Do we need a “faith-lift?”
All who participate in walking across coals or expressing spontaneous remissions share one trait — an unshakable belief they will succeed in their mission.
We do not use the word belief lightly. Belief resembles pregnancy — you’re either pregnant or you’re not. The hardest part about the belief game is that you either believe something or you don’t — there is no middle ground.
One compelling example of the mind’s power over biology can be gleaned from the mysterious dysfunction commonly referred to as multiple personality disorder, more officiously known as dissociative identity disorder (DID). A person with DID actually loses his or her own ego identity and takes on the unique personality and behavioral traits of a completely different person.
How could this be? Well, it’s like listening to a radio station in your car and, as you travel, the station becomes staticky and fades out as a different station on the same frequency grows stronger. This can be jarring if, for example, you are cruising with The Beach Boys and, a couple of choppy moments later, you find yourself in the midst of a fire-and-brimstone, Bible-thumping revival.
Neurologically, multiple personalities resemble radio-controlled biological robots whose “station identification” uncontrollably fades from one ego identity to another. The unique behavior and personality expressed by each ego can be as vastly different as folk music is from acid rock.
While almost all attention has been placed on the psychiatric characteristics of persons affected with DID, there are also some surprising physiological consequences that accompany ego change. Each of the alternate personalities has a unique electroencephalogram (EEG) profile, which is a biomarker equivalent to a neurological fingerprint. Simply put, each individual persona comes with its own unique brain programming.
Incredible as that may seem, many persons with multiple personalities change eye color in the short interval it takes to transition from one ego to the next. Some have scars in one personality that inexplicably disappear as another personality emerges. Many exhibit allergies and sensitivities in one personality but not in another. How is this possible?
DID individuals might help us answer that question because they are the poster children for a burgeoning new field of science called psychoneuroimmunology, which, in people-speak, means the science (—ology) of how the mind (psycho—) controls the brain (—neuro—), which in turn controls the immune system (—immun—).
The paradigm-shattering implications of this new science are simply this: while the immune system is the guardian of our internal environment, the mind controls the immune system, which means the mind shapes the character of our health. While DID represents a dysfunction, it undeniably reveals the fact that programs in our mind control our health and well-being as well as our diseases and our ability to overcome those diseases.
Now you might be saying, “What? Beliefs control our biology? Mind over matter? Think positive thoughts?”
What does science say about this mind over matter stuff? The answer depends upon which science you ask.
The science of conventional medicine tries to reassure us that none of the phenomena we just described actually exists. That’s because today’s biology textbooks and mass media describe the body and its component cells as machines made of biochemical building blocks.
This perception has programmed the general public to accept the belief in genetic determinism, which is the notion that genes control physical and behavioral traits. This sad interpretation is that our fate is inextricably linked to ancestral characteristics determined by genetic blueprints derived from our parents and their parents and their parent’s parents, ad infinitum. This causes people to believe that they are victims of heredity.
Fortunately, the Human Genome Project (HGP) has pulled the rug out from under conventional science’s beliefs concerning genetic control. This is ironic because it set out to prove the opposite. According to conventional belief, the complexity of a human should require vastly more genes than are found in a simple organism.
Surprisingly, the HGP discovered that humans have nearly the same number of genes as lowly animals, a finding that inadvertently reveals a fundamental myth-perception underlying genetic determinism. Science’s pet dogma has long outlived its usefulness and needs to be mercifully put to sleep.
So, if genes do not control life , what does?
The answer is: we do.
Evolving new-edge science reveals that our power to control our lives originates from our minds and is not preprogrammed in our genes.
This is great news. The power for change is within us. However, to activate the amazing power of mind over genes we must reconsider our fundamental beliefs—our perceptions and misperceptions—of life.
Cell biologist Bruce Lipton is the co-author of Spontaneous Evolution.
Visit www.brucelipton.com .
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