Bruce Lipton believes 98 percent of all illness is environmental, while a mere two percent of disease can be traced to genetic disposition. Working as a stem cell researcher at Stanford University, Lipton uncovered a startling truth: Our genetic composition has very little influence on health whereas the impact of chemistry within the body is far-reaching. The key to unlocking exceptional wellness is actually found in the subconscious mind — if we reprogram our negative thought habits, we create a new internal chemistry where spontaneous healing and vibrant health are possible.
Cells respond to environment, not predetermined genetic code
During an interview on GreenMed TV, Lipton explored the ramifications of his discovery that genetically identical stem cells will behave differently when placed in varying petri dish environments. Some would develop into bone cells, others muscle. It all depended on the specific chemical environment, not the genetic code. He began to question how this related to the human body and its 50 trillion cells.
The subconscious mind as master
Lipton applied his findings to the environment of the body; namely, how human chemistry is influenced. He found that the subconscious mind (which controls 95 percent of our thoughts, actions, beliefs and emotions) is running the chemistry show. When we have a thought or perception, it sets off a chain of chemical reactions within the body. If the thought is positive, it will foster a favorable chemical environment — leading to radiant mental states along with harmonious bodily processes. Yet if the thought is negative, stressful or fear based, biochemicals flood the system with a message of disease and disharmony, essentially shutting down immunity and proper functioning. This creates a serious dilemma because most of our thoughts are unconscious and rooted in programming we adopted during early childhood.
Deprogram and thrive
Up until age six, every person is like a sponge — absorbing information, traits, behavioral responses as well as conditioning from family and society. According to Lipton, from birth until six, there is very little conscious thought. We are simply soaking up everything around us which in turn shapes the way we think. Unfortunately, most of us take in beliefs based on negative thinking, a sense of lack and competition. As adults, these negative programs not only manifest as ill health, but also financial hardship, mental unease and other life challenges.
The secret is to tune into our programmed habits. And this requires becoming mindful of the thoughts swimming around in our heads. Once we see the patterns of thinking and habitual reactions, we can begin to break the cycle and make choices of how we will respond, think and behave. But this is not some Pollyanna orientation where we gloss over what we are really feeling. Just the opposite. Instead, we become fully aware of our persistent thoughts and emotions. We then can choose a different path which is more life affirming and joyful. It takes commitment and dedication, yet once the process is set in motion and early programming loosens its grip, life opens up, creating “heaven on earth,” says Lipton. Vitality and health return, happiness soars. And problems fall by the wayside. What’s more, miracles start to appear when we have full control of our consciousness, Lipton declares. Spontaneous healing is just one example.
Not bad for a little infusion of awareness into our daily lives.
The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles, by Bruce Lipton, Hay House, September 2008.