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DNA Is Not Destiny

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

“If you believe you can, or if you believe you can’t, – you’re right.” Henry Ford

Have you ever wondered how our thoughts affect physical reality

Or just how negative belief patterns can contribute to illness?

And what the mechanics are behind this?

I learned about this fascinating topic when I read, “The Biology of Belief,” by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. a former Stanford University biologist whose work focused on cloning.

He writes that unlike what most of us learned in life science classes in elementary school, the nucleus of a cell is not the brains of the cell. The membrane, or what he calls the “mem-brain,” which is outer skin of the cell, is the actual brain. It’s this outer skin that turns on the release of certain proteins in the cell depending on the information that the “mem-brain” receives from its environment.

This is a real break through in understanding how thoughts control your life, and physiology because what Lipton is saying is that cellular function is not hard wired by DNA, but influenced by stimuli, or thought fields, in the environment. The stimuli, or thought forms trigger one of two states; growth or protection, and a cell cannot be in both states simultaneously. It’s either growing, or it’s not.

Lipton gives the example of how thought energy can activate or inhibit the cell’s function.

When you’re scared, or fearful your body produces cortisol the stress hormone. When the stress hormone is registered by the cell membrane it goes into the protection response and puts up a barrier to keep out foreign substances – even nutrients – which it likens to invaders. Over time if the level of cortisol remains high that cell will starve and become sick, or die because the protection response is one of shutting down and barricading itself against the enemy.

It is the opposite of growth. When the body is in a relaxed state it’s in a growth state and the membrane easily allows nutrients to pass through to nourish the cell.

What this shows is that our thoughts, or state of mind, directly affects us on a cellular level.

If we let fears and negative beliefs and thought patterns control us we inhibit our cellular growth and can eventually produce disease, or dis-ease, in our bodies and our minds. And, it makes no difference if the fears or beliefs are unfounded either, because the cell will go into protection response regardless of whether the thoughts have a basis in truth, or not.

Also, we can’t shout, “I’m fine!” if deep down we don’t believe it. Either way, our deeply ingrained subconscious beliefs win out every time. So, it’s really important to weed our minds of unfounded fears and beliefs if we want to succeed. By learning to be conscious of our thoughts we also take control of our health.

Here are three simple practices you can use to tackle reprogramming your beliefs, reduce stress and keep the cortisol at bay:

1. Turn off negative mind chatter and clear negative belief patterns by meditating daily. If you get into the habit of doing it everyday you’ll see a dramatic reduction in your stress level and tremendous increase in your happiness quotient. If your looking for a simple meditation technique read my post titled,  “Seven Simple Steps to A Great Meditation.

2. To change belief patterns work with affirmations. The best book I’ve ever read on using affirmations is, “You Can Heal Your Life,” by Louise Hay. I highly recommend it. Writing positive affirmations or repeating them helps to calm the stressed mind.

3. Exercise regularly especially outdoors. Exercise releases endorphins which elevate the mood helping to keep you in a better mood. Being outdoors in nature is really soothing to the soul. I find that I like to repeat affirmations when I go for a walk.

I’d recommend trying all three and one more thing – turn off your cell phone and blackberry once in a while. I find having mine on 24/7 for my job very very stressful.

Are you aware of any limiting beliefs that are  affecting your health, or holding you back in your life?  We all carry around the baggage of limiting beliefs – what’s yours?

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Desperately Seeking Serenity? Look no Further Than Your Backyard

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Have you ever noticed how a walk in a beautiful park lifts your spirits?

Or, how an afternoon hike along a wooded trail clears your head? Do you sometimes feel that if you don’t get out of the city and see some green you just might loose your mind?

That’s how I start to feel around this time of year, especially after a long and snowy winter. I’m ready to feel the warm breezes, hear the chirping of birds at the feeder, and to smell the perfume of  hyacinths from my garden. I cannot wait to bathe my eyes in scads of green; new leaves opening on the trees, shrubbery coming back to life again, and tender blades of new grass. (more…)

The Psychology of Luck. Do You Have the Luck Factor?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Do you find reasons to be happy every day?

I try to.

It can be as simple as the sun coming out after days of rain, or that no trees fell on my house during the big storm last week. In any case, I usually do this a couple times during the day – whenever I notice anything that makes me happy. Right now, I’m happy that I’m working from home today and that I was able to meditate for an extra half hour this morning. As a result of this extra half hour of meditation I was more relaxed and I got several new ideas for posts I want to write. What could be better than that? I’m doing a little jig of joy over it right now!

Positive thinkers are luckier people (more…)

Attract More Good! Become a Joy Magnet.

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Have you ever been so happy about something that you couldn’t sit still?

Or, so joyous that you sang out loud before remembering there were other people around? I”m sure it’s happened to each of us at one time or another.

I have a confession – it happens to me more than most.

Whenever I feel excited about the things I’m doing I get a spike in energy that makes me me want to move about. I feel this energy is the vibration of joy itself. I find I can’t sit still, but have to get up and skip, or dance, or throw my arms up in the air and scream, “Yay!” Anything to release the pressure of the energy inside.

I also make up little songs when I’m happy. (more…)

Is it Really Possible to Rewire Your Brain? 7 Days To a New Positive You.

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Do you know anyone who constantly sees only the negative things in life?

If it rains outside its not just raining it’s, “absolutely miserable outside.”  Or, every story on the evening news triggers the, “People are more rotten than ever. Our world is doomed,” response? And worse still, even if something good were to happen, such as winning the lottery, the Sky is Falling types cannot control their impulse to tack on the, “Yeah, but now I have to deal with all these financial planners hounding me!” retort.

Individuals like these have gotten into what is referred to as a negative feedback loop, and truly cannot help themselves. They’ve programmed themselves by repeating negative thoughts to the point where they have literally carved a neural pathway in the brain with these habitual responses. No matter what happens in their lives they perceive everything negatively, and respond on auto-pilot. (more…)

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