The biology of belief

Following It’s the thought that counts, from David R. Hamilton, The biology of belief, from Bruce H. Lipton is the next logical step on the library shelves.

Starting from the science of epigenetic Bruce H. Lipton engages us in thinking how beliefs and values can impact our biology, quoting Mahatma Gandhi (pg. 114) ‘Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.’ With a clear start in his prologue, stating ‘the activity of our genes is constantly being modified in response to life experience,’ the author takes us through several scientific experiences and data collection to lead us to the fact that ‘genes are not activated until something triggers them,’ this something being the environment. Moving then onto data from neuroscience, the author confirms that ‘the conscious mind runs the show, at best, only about 5% of the time. It turns out that the programs acquired by the subconscious mind shape 95% or more of our life experience’ (pg 99). This is what we assumed with the NLP communication model, the same way we assumed our responses are triggered by perception of our reality. Bruce H. Lipton agrees, seeing the subconscious mind as a ‘strictly stimulus-response playback device’ acting in the now, without  having the conscious understanding of long-term effects. This means ‘when a stimulus is perceived, it will automatically engage the behavioural response that was learned when the signal was first experienced’ (pg 135). Yes we come back to our famous button being pushed, and the importance in identifying those buttons to have some control over our responses. With his book, The biology of belief, Bruce H. Lipton asks us to think on how we can influence our health and behaviour further than what we think, and we have every good reasons to listen to him. Who would not want a shot at being healthier and happier by simply developing awareness of our surroundings and of the events happening in our lives.

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