The Biology of Belief

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Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles

by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.


Bruce Lipton is a former medical school professor and research scientist.  The basic premise of this book is that our genes and DNA do not control our biology, rather DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including messages from our positive and negative thoughts.  Our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking. 

In 1985, while working as a cell biologist and medical school professor, Bruce Lipton had a life-changing realization.  It is the single cell’s “awareness” of the environment, not its genes, that sets into motion the mechanisms of life.

Just like the cell, our life is determined not by our genes but by our beliefs.  He realized he could change his life by changing his beliefs – he could move from victim beliefs to a position of being a co-creator of his destiny.

In 1990 H. F. Nijhout pointed out that the notion that genes control biology had been repeated for so long everyone had forgotten it was a hypothesis – a theory – never proven.  He said:  “When a gene product is needed, a signal from its environment, not an emergent property of the gene itself, activates expression of that gene.”  In other words, when it comes to genetic control, “It’s the environment, stupid.”

The human genome project was begun in the late 1980s.  At the beginning scientists expected to find approximately 120,000 genes, instead they actually found approximately 25,000.  Genes don’t explain why humans are at the top of the evolutionary ladder.  There isn’t much difference between human genes and primate genes.

The Magical Membrane.  The cell’s membrane which interacts with its environment  is the mechanism by which belief affects biology.  Integral Membrane Proteins (IMPs) embed themselves into the cell’s membrane.  These IMPs are so important that a new scientific field of study has come into being – signal transduction scientists study the complex information pathways that lie between the membrane’s reception of environmental signals and the activation of the cell’s behavior proteins.

“The membrane is a liquid crystal semiconductor with gates and channels.”  The definition of a computer chip is:  “A chip is a crystal semiconductor with gates and channels.”  The cell membrane was indeed a structural and functional equivalent of a silicon chip.

The next big insight was that both cells and computers are programmable.  And, that the program lies outside the computer/cell.  Biological behavior and gene activity are dynamically linked to information from the environment, which is downloaded into the cell. This means we are the drivers of our own biology.

The New Physics.  Biologists stick to the physical world of Newton and ignore the invisible quantum world of Einstein, in which matter is actually made up of energy and there are no absolutes.  Many alternative healing modalities are based on the belief that energy fields are influential in controlling our physiology and our health.

It was discovered that atoms are made out of invisible energy not tangible matter.  Matter can simultaneously be defined as a solid (particle) and as an immaterial force field (wave).  The Universe is one indivisible, dynamic whole in which energy and matter are so deeply entangled it is impossible to consider them as independent elements.

Despite these discoveries in physics, biologists and the medical fields continue to view the body as a machine, discounting the invisible energy component.  They have ignored the role energy plays in health and in disease.  Rather than seeing the human body as a holistic feedback system, they continue to view it as a linear, mechanistic flow.

This leads to a new way to view medicine generally and pharmaceuticals in particular.  Why do drugs come with pages of potential dangers?  The current system treats one isolated health issue, rather than viewing the system as a whole – mind, body, spirit.  A disturbance in any one of the three can affect the other two.

The major reason why medical energy research has been all but ignored is money – a trillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry – looking for magic pills.  In reality helping one issue, many times only to cause another.   Using drugs to silence a body’s symptoms enables us to ignore personal involvement – it provides a vacation from personal responsibility. 

There are no serious research funds available for studying energy based medicine.  Ironically, many of the diagnostic tools used are energy based.

We already “know” all organisms, including humans, communicate and read their environment by evaluating energy fields.  Because we humans are so dependent on spoken and written language, we have neglected our energy sensing communication system.  A lack of use has led to atrophy.

Biology and  Belief.  Thoughts, the mind’s energy, directly influence how the physical brain controls the body’s physiology.  Harnessing the power of your mind can be more effective than drugs you have been programmed to believe you need.  Energy is a more effective means of affecting matter than chemicals.

We have all been conditioned to a lesser or greater extent.  Conscious mind free will can override the subconscious programming.

Placebo research is extensive and has proven over and over that placebos affect cures as often, if not more often, than conventional treatments.  Sugar pills, operations where the patient’s skin was cut, but nothing else done, etc.  It is the belief effect.  the patient believed they were cured.

If positive thinking – believing you have been cured – is powerful.  Imagine how powerful negative thoughts can be.  Your beliefs act like filters on a camera, changing how you see the world.  And your biology adapts to those beliefs.  We hold the key to health and freedom – we can change our minds.

You can filter your life with rose colored beliefs that will help your body grow or you can use a dark filter that turns everything black and makes your body/mind more susceptible to disease.  You can live a life of fear or live a life of love.  You have that choice.

Learning how to harness your mind to promote growth is the secret of life.  It is not our genes but our beliefs that control our lives.

Conscious Parenting.  While we focus our consciousness on happy thoughts, who is running the show?  The subconscious .  How is the subconscious going to run the show?  The way it’s been programmed.  Who did the programming?  Mom and Dad, society, teachers.  Consider if parents could reprogram their own limiting beliefs prior to bringing children into the world.

You are personally responsible for everything in your life, once you become aware that you are responsible for everything in your life.  You can reprogram.

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