And here is the beautiful thing, we are not tied to our genes, our genetic code does not necessarily determine our whole life pathway. Bruce Lipton, internationally recognised bio-scientist and best selling author of 'The Biology of Belief', contends that by changing our thinking, we can effect change at the subterranean level of the cell membrane. Like many thinkers and philosophers today, Lipton is of the opinion that we are approaching a revolutionary stage in our human evolution and that radical self empowerment is firmly on the cards. This is the new science of thought control.
Talking about genetics sends off alarm bells at dinner parties, many people feel out of their depth when it comes to discussing this topic. Lipton simplifies it by giving an example from his early research. In 1967, Lipton was busy cloning stem cells in a petri dish. In the course of two or three weeks, as each cell divided, the laboratory had thousands of cells, which Lipton placed into three separate dishes.
Each cell was genetically identical but the culture medium had a slightly different chemistry in each dish. This relative change of environment brought about a change in cell structure, so that from starting out identical the cells underwent variation, changing into fat, muscle and bone. How did this come about? Lipton surmises that the environmental atmosphere altered the cell’s genetic code. From this he concludes that environment can control genetics, and not vice versa as was previously thought. Lipton’s dramatic reversal of genetic determinism leads us to even more startling and exciting ideas.
As Lipton puts it, we are little more than a collection of cells contained in a skin-covered petri dish. By changing our environment, (our thoughts) can we change our actual bodies? The chemistry and environment of our trillions of cells is controlled within the blood system. The fate of each cell depends upon the health and well-being of the blood, which is the carrier and with it, the brain, which is the controller. The brain releases chemicals into the blood stream that control the genetic activity of each cell. These three are interlinked, blood, brain, and cell.
Lipton’s claim is that when you change your perception of the world, you change the chemistry of your blood. The body receives the signals and the human being feels the sensation in the body, for instance anger produces one type of sensation, and love produces another. The mind’s perception of emotion, whether it be fear, love or anger, determines the chemical injected into the bloodstream.
For instance, Dopamine the pleasure chemical is experienced when one perceives love. Oxytocin, the bonding chemical is experienced when one perceives attachment. As Lipton puts it, if those same ingredients were introduced to the cells in the petri dish, those cells would react, causing such things as growth, expansion, contraction etc depending on the chemical involved.
So, again, what produces the chemicals? Our thoughts and perceptions. Lipton’s research as a medical school professor caused him to abandon genetic determinism, a theory that seemed logical at that time. He figured out that genes do not – of themselves – control our human traits. Rather our genes contain the blueprint of our physical make up, but environment is vital in producing the chemistry which controls our genes, and perception is the big daddy of them all.
Lipton says; ‘you can change the chemistry when you change your perceptions, and when you change your perceptions you change your genetic activity.’ Lipton goes further saying that the chemistry of the environment can ‘modify the readout of the gene and even alter the blueprint’. The way you respond to your environment determines the chemistry in your blood, which in turn can alter the genetic blueprint of a cell by creating thousands of variations.
So the new science is ‘mastery’ of your biology (or body) through thought control. Turning now to Graham Hancock, author of best selling book, ‘In Search of the Lost Civilisation’, the new science is really an old science, (shamans have been practicing various forms of thought control for thousands upon thousands of years), but the origins of bio-shifting go back to our distant ancestors, who according to Professor Williams at the University of Witwaterstrand South Africa, may have uncovered mind-altering states of consciousness through the discovery of hallucinogenic plants.
Incredible rock and cave art from around the world, dating back to the paleolithic era, bears testimony to the visionary capabilities of pre-historic humans. Perhaps among the most known hallucinogenic plants today is Ayahuasca, used by shamans in the Amazon basin. This herb – which is taken in liquid form – induces a four-hour journey into radically altered states of consciousness, and even, some say, supernatural realms. It is said to inspire creativity, by introducing the user to the cosmogonic impulse in the form of mother nature herself.
Following their trance state, many people have turned to art, specifically painting. One such artist is Pablo Amaringo of Peru who paints vibrant spirals not unlike the energy spiral of the human cell. Moving from the purely scientific approach concerning the effects on the cells themselves, Hancock speaks of the experiential nature of altered states. The spin off is the merging of consciousness with supra human entities like mother Ayahuasca (or mother nature) who is said to be angry at the way her rainforests are being destroyed by powerful people on earth.
Hancock describes one such fearsome encounter where he was shown the gates of hell and given a warning about possible human annihilation in the world beyond death. You might think that Graham Hancock has the missionary zeal of the prophet-like, eco-crusader, you might prefer the cooler approach of the bio-scientist, but essentially the message is the same.
We human beings have the power to control and/or alter our energy matrix to a far greater extent than conventional thought would allow. At the moment, we are doing this negatively. Our ordinary Western consciousness, is, according to the shamans of the Amazon, severed from spirit, thereby endangering our survival as a species.
Whether you regard thought control as a facet of chemistry or spirituality, or both, the fact remains that many of us are no longer content to remain within the bounds of our every day consciousness. Those boundaries are being pushed back, and the new science of thought control is here to stay.