Ronna Prince, Writer & Producer, Sacred Journey of the Heart, speaking with Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.
New Conscious Media interviewing Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D on The Honeymoon Efffect, The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth. To listen: http://www.ncreview.com/interviews/the-honeymoon-effect-with-dr-bruce-lipton
Host Cristian Muresanu in Romania interviewing Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. on The Biology of Belief.
Cristian Muresanu interviews Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. on The Biology of Transformation Part 2. To listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nG2MAHMVi0&feature=youtu.be
Cristian Muresanu interviews Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. on The Biology of Transformation.
The Dr. Pat Radio Show speaking with Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. on The Honeymoon Effect, The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth. http://www.thedrpatshow.com/shows/drp-130801-lipton.mp3
Lotus Guide interviews Bruce H. Lipton on The Honeymoon Effect, The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth.
Interviewer Patricia Tomasi interviewing Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. on ocanada.com. To read click here: http://o.canada.com/2013/06/26/how-bruce-lipton-and-lucinda-kinch-quit-their-jobs-to-follow-their-kick-ass-dreams/
Host Telana Simpson speaking with Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. Bruce Lipton on Human Evolution Today : Let's Talk Possibility Episode 84
Dr Bruce Liptons message to South Africa
The Honeymoon Effect and Violence explained : Possibilities Episode 85
Host Marianna Rose speaking with Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. on The Honeymoon Effect, The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth.
Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. speaking with Rahasya for Lotus Guide. To watch click here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtdrIibCQDs&feature=player_embedded
Learn to create the relationship you want! Laura welcomes Bruce Lipton to the Laura Longley Show this week. Laura and Bruce will be talking about his new book “The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth”. Bruce will share the science behind who we attract (and are attracted to) in relationships, and how to shift to creating more of what you want.
This week The Wellness Guys interview developmental biologist Bruce Lipton. Since episode one Bruce is someone that The Wellness Guys have been looking forward to interviewing and you will probably have heard Bruce’s name mention numerous times throughout the podcast. His book The Biology Of Belief and his talks on the same topic were real game changers in the field of epigenetics and helped to solidify the idea that our lifestyle (not our genes) is more often than not the key determining factor in our health outcomes. Listen as Bruce shares the impact of our genes and in particular our thoughts on our health and learn how to create ‘heaven on earth’.
Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. joins Dr Ron and Dr Michelle on the couch to explain what this new science of “epigenetics” is all about.
A historic discussion between these two giants of New Science. Bruce H. Lipton. Ph.D. is an Epigenetic Biologist and Tom Campbell is a NASA Physicist and each has stepped outside the box of their respective disciplines to bring to us what we believe will be the future where Biology and Physics share the same concepts and understandings. To watch Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWUu9BTi3X8
As a former medical school professor who currently lectures before chiropractors and chiropractic students, I must admit I am very perplexed about the intellectual foundation of chiropractic education. Major chiropractic colleges create an academic impediment that unknowingly destabilizes their students and hobbles their graduates’ effectiveness.
I am referring to the problem of incorporating a basic medical science curriculum in the foundation of chiropractic education. My concern is not with chiropractic-relevant descriptive courses, such as gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology and neurophysiology. The intellectual problems arise in the presentation of courses like cell biology and biochemistry. Unlike the other basic science subjects, these courses are more than just descriptive in nature. These courses define the “mechanisms” of life upon which modern allopathic medicine is built. The medical model, the allopathic healer’s Holy Grail, is derived from an understanding of these molecular mechanisms.
The importance of the medical model is so fundamental to the philosophy of modern science it has acquired the status of The Central Dogma. This dogma defines the flow of “information” in biological systems that shape the biological character of an organism. The information is presumed to express itself in a linear, unidirectional path that originates with DNA (genes). Information is then translated into RNA, and finally it is expressed as proteins. The protein molecules are the building blocks of the human body and provide for our physical and behavioral traits. Consequently, the “character” of one’s life is defined by their protein building blocks. DNA molecules are recognized as life’s source since they are the “blueprints” used in making the body’s proteins.
The Central Dogma emphasizes that genes (DNA) are source and an individual’s character “unfolds” from the information codified in our genome. This assumption leads to the notion of genetic determinism, the belief that the traits and quality of one’s life is “predetermined” by the genes acquired at conception. Genes are localized within the nucleus of each of the body’s cells. Consequently, life is “controlled” by a molecular mechanism inside a cell. The character of this hereditary information is subsequently manifest on the outside of the cell in regard to the way the cell influences bodily functions and health. In the figure below, the cell on the left illustrates the flow of information according to allopathic philosophy.
Chiropractic philosophy, which defines the foundational beliefs underlying the practice of chiropractic, offers a completely contrasting concept of source. Chiropractic emphasizes that the source of life is Innate Intelligence. The Innate, described as a form of environmentally derived vital energy, flows from the brain through the nervous system and is then distributed to the tissues and cells. Innate information controls the structure and behavior of the cells, which in turn is expressed as health or dis-ease. The flow of information according to chiropractic philosophy is illustrated above in the cell on the right.
Focus on the illustration for just a moment and you will readily see there is a fundamental conflict between chiropractic and allopathic healing philosophies. Their flows of information (source) are diametrically opposed! Chiropractic philosophy is built upon an external energy (i.e., invisible moving force, spirit) source while allopathic medicine argues for an internal material source (genes).
Each philosophy provides an intellectual foundation as to why their particular healing practice “works.” The problem facing students of chiropractic is that they are taught allopathic philosophy in cell biology and biochemistry and contrasting chiropractic beliefs in their philosophy courses. What’s a student supposed to believe???
Why should chiropractic schools provide allopathic science and philosophy to their students? The answer is simple, allopathic science is the recognized provider of truth in Western Civilization. If its “scientific”…it must be true. Buying into that belief, chiropractic academicians feel it is necessary to teach that view of the “truth” so that their students won’t be disadvantaged in the “real” world. By teaching the gene-based medical model as truth to its students, chiropractic educators are brazenly negating the validity of their own philosophy and healing art. One cannot ascribe to diametrically opposed philosophies at the same time!
Most chiropractic students are unaware of this glaring philosophical conflict, yet the opposing models they are taught are programmed into their subconscious mind (Educated Mind). The academic conflict programmed in the subconscious mind unknowingly undermines the confidence of chiropractic students and practitioners. Built into the unconscious awareness of each chiropractor is the gnawing doubt that chiropractic is “not scientific.”
How can this academic paradox be resolved? The unfortunate resolution is that chiropractic has steadfastly broken away from its metaphysical roots and generally de-emphasizes Palmer’s philosophy, deeming it not relevant to the practice of chiropractic. Many schools have actually stopped teaching chiropractic philosophy altogether, while those that still teach it, do so in a perfunctory manner and treat it like a dry professional catechism. By shying away from the principles of chiropractic philosophy, the profession has attempted to gain legitimacy by measuring its successes using “evidence-based science.” In other words, chiropractors dismiss their own philosophy and try to explain the effectiveness of an adjustment through the mechanistic model offered by allopathic medicine.
It is ironic that the chiropractic community wants to measure its healing phenomena using an allopathic “yardstick.” The practice of allopathic medicine is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for about 750,000 deaths per year (see: Death by Medicine at www.garynull.com). If that many people died from iatrogenic illness, I cannot even begin to fathom the number of citizens that were sickened to the brink of death by the practice of medicine. Consequently, trying to justify the practice of chiropractic by adopting the mechanics of allopathic “science” is tantamount to comparing chiropractic to the work of the Grim Reaper.
From the perspective of an outsider of the chiropractic field, I see great folly in the stampede of chiropractors trying to convince the medical community that the value of an adjustment can be measured using the allopathic mechanical model of life. The humor lies in a simple fact: If the medical model that chiropractors so much want to emulate was actually right…why would allopathic medicine be the leading cause of death?
Is the medical model that suggests human beings are biochemical machines controlled by genes scientifically correct? The answer is a profoundly simple, no! Recent research in cell and molecular biology reveal that the following two fundamental assumptions of allopathic philosophy are completely wrong: Assumption I:Genes control biology, and, Assumption II:Biological processes employ Newtonian mechanics,
In regard to the fact that we “believe” genes control life (The Central Dogma): Over 100 years ago, scientists were removing the nuclei from large egg cells of marine organisms, such as starfish and sea urchins. The cell’s nucleus is the organelle that contains the genes. These enucleated eggs were still able to divide, many forming embryos with 40 or more cells…each without any genes! Whatever it is that “controls” life in these cells, it was definitely not the DNA.
In cell culture laboratories, especially those involved with growing viruses, many tissue culture dishes are lined with a “feeder” layer of cells. These cells are used to “condition” the growth medium so that it will support the production of viruses. In order to prevent contaminating the viruses with the genes from “feeder” cells, the DNA of the feeder layer cells is destroyed (usually through exposure to gamma rays). While these cells do not have any functional DNA, they may live for one or two months without any genes. During this time the cells eat and digest food, excrete wastes, respire, move around and communicate with other cells and can avoid toxins.
Obviously enucleated cells express complex, integrated behaviors that are not “controlled” by genes. This fact was recently revealed in a different way through the surprising results of the human genome project. The medical model of a gene-controlled biology requires that the human genome contain over 150,000 genes. The Human Genome Project results identified only ~25,000 human genes. Eighty five percent of the genes needed to support the allopathic medical model do not even exist.
In light of this genetic shortcoming, Nobel Prize winning geneticist David Baltimore had to publicly concede that genes do not provide for human complexity. In the issue of Nature in which the genome results were published, Baltimore responds to the question of the missing genes by writing, “What does give us our complexity…remains a challenge for the future.” (Nature 2001, 409:816). The Central Dogma is dead!
In the shadow of the DNA-dominated world of scientific research, a new scientific awareness had already begun to manifest while the genome project was capturing all the media’s attention. The new insights provide a far simpler view of the nature of life, one that is coincidently in alignment with Palmer’s original philosophy. To understand how life works, we must start with understanding proteins, the molecular building blocks of our bodies.
There are over 150,000 different proteins that make up a human’s body. Each protein is a long, linear molecule of amino acids linked end-to-end. The molecule is like a nano-sized spine in which the amino acid molecules are the equivalents of vertebrae. There are twenty different amino acids and each has a unique shape. So the final shape of each protein’s spine is determined by the specific sequence of unique-shaped amino acid links. Essentially, a cell is built from the assembly of thousands of different-shaped protein molecules.
Proteins are not only physical building blocks, they also provide for the magic of life. As Palmer wrote, “Life is movement.” The magic of proteins is that they can change their shape. The movement of a protein spine is analogous to the movement of a human spine. Each of the spine’s jointed segments (vertebrae or amino acids) is capable of rotating or flexing at the point they are coupled (joint or peptide bond). While muscles are used to provide the force to move the human spine, protein spines change their posture due to the repulsive or attractive force generated by electromagnetic fields.
When the protein’s electric charge or field is altered it will adjust the shape of its spine to accommodate the forces. As a human spine can change its shape by bending or rotating, so can a protein’s spine change its shape. In changing conformation (shape) from one configuration to another, the protein molecule “moves!” The particular movement of a protein molecule is integrated with the movement of other protein molecules in functional assemblies called pathways. Respiratory pathways, digestive pathways, muscle contraction pathways, for example, refer to assemblies of proteins whose coordinated movements produce those particular functions.
How does life work? Through the coordinated movements of proteins. What is it that “controls” life? The answer is simply, whatever it is that controls the movement of proteins, turning them “on” and “off.” The answer to that question was briefly mentioned above. What ever changes the electromagnetic charge or field of a protein is what causes it to move. Two “things” can do that: physical chemicals or immaterial vibrational energy fields. Collectively these represent “signals” that activate proteins by changing their force fields. Allopathic medical philosophy, based upon Newtonian mechanics, only recognizes the role of chemical signals, such as hormones, growth factors, neuropeptides, and of course, drugs, as signals that can impact physical protein molecules causing them to move.
The most recent biophysics research reveals that energy (vibrational) waves, operating through quantum mechanical principles, are more effective in signaling protein movement than are physical chemicals. While allopaths have focused their attention on the physical signals of controlling the body’s proteins, physicists endorse the role of energy fields as being more important in “controlling” life.
Medicine’s adamant denial of the role of “energy” in the human body is now a blatantly unscientific principle. Physicists adopted quantum mechanics in 1925 as the science that explains the “mechanics” of how the universe operates. Allopaths are still trying to understand the mechanics of life using the outdated Newtonian philosophy, a belief that prevents them from recognizing the role of energy in life. Interestingly, Palmer founded chiropractic as an “energy” medicine in 1895, and his philosophy has essentially been discarded to accept a materialistic allopathic philosophy…one that is no longer even scientific!
There are only two fundamental components that provide for life, proteins and their complementary signals. If we consider what can cause a dis-ease, we are left with only two possibilities, something is wrong with the protein OR something is wrong with the signal. If a protein is dysfunctional, it is generally the consequence of a genetic mutation that changed the protein’s assembly blueprint. Statistics reveal that far less than 5% of the population can claim that their lives are impaired due to genetic defects. These people express dis-ease as a consequence of a birth defect.
Ninety five percent of us arrived here with a functional genome, if we have a dis-ease, it cannot be attributed to the proteins, it must be related to the signal. There are three ways by which protein-regulating signals can induce dis-ease: Firstly, if the signal-conducting pathway is physically damaged and does not provide for effective signal transfer. Secondly, if the chemistry used in the communication pathway is insufficient to propagate the signal. Thirdly, the signal pathways are structurally intact, however, the nervous system responds to environmental stimuli by sending inappropriate signals, signals that would engage compromising or life-threatening behaviors. Signal interference can be generated through trauma, toxins and thought. Sound familiar. These are the same causes of subluxation that were originally described by Palmer over a hundred years ago!
Interestingly, leading edge cell research now reveals that cells are controlled by the conditions of their environment. When the new model is applied to multicellular organisms, such as humans, information, in the form of energy, would flow from environment>brain>spinal cord>peripheral organs and tissues, which may be penned as: Environment (Innate) > A > D > I > O. Surprise—the new allopathic model is the “old” chiropractic model.
There is clearly an upheaval of conventional thought brewing in the allopathic ranks. Modern cellular science is now affirming the role of an Innate Intelligence in shaping biological organisms and this new biological awareness places conventional science in direct alignment with the chiropractic paradigm. The new vision offered by biomedical research provides for both a solid philosophical and scientific foundation for the practice of chiropractic.
There was a comic that once remarked, “The older I get, the smarter my father becomes.” I think we should all stop for a moment and honor the father of Chiropractic, D. D. Palmer, he was indeed a smart man!
Note: The new view of science described above and how it relates to chiropractic care are described in my recently released book, The Biology of Belief:Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles, available at Amazon.com or my website. Check out the contents of this book and read a sample chapter at: www.beliefbook.com Additional related articles and references are freely downloadable at www.brucelipton.com
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Law of Attraction Radio with Jewels speaking with Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. on "The Biology of Belief." To listen click here: http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-44413/TS-681295.mp3
Cell biologist Bruce Lipton says our lives are not ruled by our genes but by our cell membranes — which respond to our thoughts. Has he found the key to mind–body healing? Listen to his remarkable conversation with veteran science writer Jill Neimark.
The mystic healer Edgar Cayce once said, “Remember that thoughts are things, and as their currents run, they can become crimes or miracles.” Now cell biologist Bruce Lipton, formerly at University of Wisconsin and Stanford medical schools, suggests that Cayce was right. Lipton, author of Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, contends that our thoughts can activate changes in the activity of the cell membrane, and thus alter our health and life.
Genes, proteins, and hormones all are players at the gates of the cell’s membrane, says Lipton, where consciousness and matter interact. In fact, he states bluntly that by changing our subconscious programming we can influence membrane function, and therefore, “We are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fate.”
Though Lipton may be reaching too far in some of his claims, his book has sparked interest not only from hypnotherapists and energy healers, but from cell biologists working on cancer at places like the University of Illinois at Chicago, where researchers have already published findings consistent with his emphasis on the cell membrane.
—Jill Neimark(JN) : Early in your book, you describe a kind of eureka! insight where you realize that the cell membrane is the equivalent of each cell’s brain. Later in your book, you write that interacting with the cell membrane will enable us to change our lives, health, maybe even the activity of our genes. By changing our deepest beliefs, you say, we can change the signals reaching the cell membrane, and thus our entire bodies from the cellular level on up. But before we get into all that, “brain” is a loaded word. What exactly do you mean by brain when you speak of the “magical mem-brain”?
BL: I mean the cell membrane functions as the active intelligence of the cell. At any given time, every cell membrane contains hundreds of thousands of switches, and the behavior of a cell can only be understood by considering the activities of all the switches. So I asked myself, Where does the cascade of activity for a cell start? And it starts at the membrane. In contrast, genes are remarkable molecules, but they are only blueprints that are activated by signals from the cell membrane. Genes are not our fate. Of course, a very small percentage of people actually arrived on this planet with defective genes, and in those rare cases the blueprint itself is inappropriate.
JN : Scientists have long known that genes are influenced by signals from their environment. There is the famous book The Beak of the Finch, which shows us that evolution is happening right before our eyes in just a few generations of birds on the Galapagos Islands. The length of the finch beak changes according to climate change, which affects the type of seeds that grow on the island and thentype of beak a finch needs. So haven’t we known for a while that genes are flexible and responsive?
BL: I fully agree and do say in my book that if you’re a leading-edge scientist, this will not be news. But if you ask the average person on the street what controls life, they will tell you genes control life. It was Nobel Prizen winner Francis Crick who suggested that genes are both the blueprint for the body’s proteins and that DNA controls its own replication. The first is true but the second is not. Genes are indeed blueprints. But a gene cannot cause or control its own expression. It is not self-regulatory. If genes don’t control life, then what is in charge of life? I say it’s the cell membrane. This is the “brain” equivalent. The membrane is the physical structure that interfaces internal “self” and external “not-self.” It is an interface that dynamically reads and interprets environmental cues and responds by generating signals that enable the cell to function and survive. And science supports this. One of the remarkable studies I mention in my book shows that a cell whose nucleus — with all its genes — is removed will keep functioning for as long as a month! This was a shock to me at first, since I was trained as a nucleus-centered biologist as surely as Copernicus was trained as an Earth-centered astronomer. It was truly a jolt when I realized the nucleus does not program the cell. On the other hand, if the cell membrane is damaged, the cell will immediately become dysfunctional and, frequently, die very quickly.
JN : You sent me a very interesting article on stem cells from Nature, which you jokingly titled, “It’s the stem cells, stupid!” It describes how the body is like an ecosystem , and the activity of a cell depends on its ecological niche, or where it lives. Stem cells, which are the subject of so much hope and controversy today, are influenced by their environment to become a neuron or a blood cell or any other kind of cell. But all this fascinating new research actually reinforces my view that every molecule of the body is intelligent in its own way. Genes, receptors, stem cells, hormones, all are key players and intelligent. The synergy of our minds and bodies seems more like an Escher painting to me, where the beginning loops around to the end and around again to the beginning. I think you are overemphasizing the membrane. Just out of curiosity, how do you think life began —do you think it began with RNA , DNA , cell membranes, or something else?
BL: I think the membrane was a very important part of the beginning of biological life. If I take fats called phospholipids and shake them up in water, they spontaneously form membranes. And these membranes undergo fission—in other words, they separate into two. They seem to “grow” like cells. Now, lipids are nothin but a container, and that’s not life itself. But once we have a container we can define inside and outside and start to regulate the conditions inside. The ability to regulate our internal domain is required for life , since we must have very specific environmental conditions for certain biochemical responses. For instance, a cell needs to maintain a certain pH and salt balance. I believe that when ancient RNA and other proteins in the primeval soup became encapsulated with in membranes , we had a breeding ground for life.
JN : You state that we’re mostly controlled by subconscious programming, and that if we can change this programming, we can actually change the signals the membrane sends into the cell. First, how are you defining subconscious? A lot of work has been done in recent years showing which specific brain structures are involved in states like fear, compassion, or the peaceful cosmic consciousness felt by experienced meditators. Are you using subconscious as a metaphor like Freud did, or are you referring to particular places in the brain?
BL: By conscious mind, I meanthe part of the brain that is self-reflective and self-observing, which is governed by the more recently evolved prefrontal cortex of the brain. By subconscious, I mean the part of the brain that is more ancient and doesn’t necessarily require conscious attention. It’s the programmable “hard drive” into which our life experiences are downloaded. The programs are fundamentally hardwired stimulus-response behaviors.
This is so automatic that people often refer to the fact that somebody has “pushed their buttons” — leading to an instinctive response.
JN : How does subconscious programming influence the cell membrane?
BL: When I have a thought, my mind sends out signals, in the form of growth factors, hormones, or other chemicals. Thoughts can also initiate rapid oscillations of nerve cells in unison, which creates a kind of field effect that influences other cells and neurons almost instantaneously. Now, what’s interesting, and what I found out in my research at Stanford, is that your brain can veto what’s going on in other places in your body. The signals sent out by your central nervous system actually override the function of cell membrane receptors that are responding to signals in their immediate environment. That means the brain can ultimately control the activity of tissues and organs. I believe that the most powerful information processing by the brain is in the domain of the subconscious and that it can shape tissue responses. These signals can actually influence the membrane to engage selected genes that then actively respond.
When part of the brain senses stress, for example, it initiates a complex signal cascade that directs the body’scells to launch a protection response, particularly through a stress hormone called cortisol. Now, let’s look at what happens to, say, a typical liver cell, which has receptors on its membrane that bind to cortisol. When it does this, the membrane sends information to the genes nside the nucleus of the cell to shut down their ability to break down a form of sugar called glycogen. The genes stop doing this, and extra sugar is released into the blood. That sugar is used as energy to counter the stress. This cascade could have been started by a real stress, or by a belief that causes stress even if it is a misperception.
I actually think this system explains how the placebo effect works. And a recent article on the placebo effect on pain in the Journal of Neuroscience confirms this. When researchers used sophisticated imaging of the brain, they found that placebos that were believed tonquench pain activated parts of the brain that directly affected opioid membrane receptors. That’s how a “belief” results in the chemical cascade that results in the placebo effect — and in this case, a reduction in pain. For hundreds of years we’ve been discussing the mind–body duality. What I’m proposing is a mechanism for its power.
JN: The description is fascinating and makes sense, but I think our frameworks are very different. I still don’t see a top-down hierarchy from the brain to the membrane. I see us as a web that has no weaver, that weaves itself, and the act of weaving is us. Nobody has yet explained how physical processes give rise to conscious experience in the first place. We don’t know how a stimulus turns into the blueness of blue, the sweetness of sweet, the sentience of anything from a cell to a person.
So it seems a leap to say that we now know how conscious experience modulates physical processes. What brought you to this work?
BL: My dad was an immigrant from Russia who came here at age 11, and by the time he was 16, he and his brother owned their first supermarket in New York City. I was born in 1944, and shortly after that we moved up to Chappaqua, the town where the Clintons now live. My mother told me that at that time there was a sign at the entrance to the town that read, “No Jews, no blacks, and no dogs.” We were Russian Jews and completely displaced into an environment that disapproved of us. I had one friend down the block, and that was it. That’s why the first time I looked into a microscope, in the second grade, I was so mesmerized. Here was another world with living creatures and it had nothing to do with my own troubled world. I remember spending an entire summer with an old Brownie camera trying to take a picture of cells in my microscope.
JN :How has your belief in belief changed your own life?
BL: My sense of humor has saved me. Years ago, after my divorce, I fell deeply in love with a woman and one day she said, “I think I need some space,” and what seemed like 10 minutes ater, she moved in witha cardiac surgeon. I pined away for nearly a year. I’d come home from work and just be alone and have this imaginary conversation with Barbara. I missed her all the time. Then one night, I was alone in my dark living room in the typical cold, grey Wisconsin winter and missing Barbara and I yelled out, “Just leave me alone, Barbara!” And all of a sudden the pure absurd humor of it struck me. I said to myself, “Well, she has left you alone and that’s the problem.” The next time I started missing Barbara I thought about the absurd humor of it, and I started laughing.
Humor has had the same impact on the rest of my life. In a very similar way, I was berating myself one day for not being good enough. And right in the middle of all my negative self-talk it was as if a voice offstage said, “Isn’t there anything more fun to do than this?” It was like I was in a stand-up comedy routine and I laughed out loud then and there. I’d been willingly engaging in “not-good-enough” programming from my subconscious, and there was something different I could do and I did it right then. I went to a movie. And the next time I got into a negative spiral of self-talk, the humor struck me again,and it just transcended my self-talk. That laughter was almost like a switch. Eventually, over time, the negative self-talk just stopped.
JN :What’s the one take-home message from the biology of belief?
BL: That we’re not, as individuals or societies, the pawns of our genes, or stuck in a vicious cycle of violence and competition. You can reinvent your life. The global community can reinvent itself, too. A study last year by two biologists, Robert M. Sapolsky and Lisa J. Share, showed this in a troop of baboons. The aggressive males happened to die out from foraging contaminated meat from a garbage pit. In the wake of their deaths, the females in the troop helped steer the remaining, less aggressive males into a more peaceful, cooperative community. We are all spiritual beings who need love as much as we need food. We can use the intelligence of our own cells to change our lives.
Jill Neimark is a contributing editor of S&H. She is currently finishing a book on love and health with bioethicist Stephen Post.
An Intimate Interview with Author Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.
What is it like for you to be pressing the edges of the conventional, entrenched wisdom of
the medical/health care field?
I am on an amazing journey that is filled with exhilarating life experiences expressing both sweet
and sour consequences. On the sweet side is the fact that I am having the most exciting time of
my life!! My research revealed a revolutionary understanding of how life ‘worked’ twenty years
ago and this awareness is now beginning to be recognized by leading edge science. The beautiful
part is that with a twenty year head start over my former colleagues, I have not only benefited by
applying this empowering awareness in creating the joyous life I am experiencing, but I have
been able to extend that knowledge to reveal how the world can thrive and evolve.
The sweetness of that knowledge is also where the ‘sour’ part comes in to the picture. Our
conventional world is engaged in a ruthless survival of the fittest competition, based upon
science’s endorsement of Darwinian theory, a belief that emphasizes, ‘life is a struggle for
survival.’ In contrast, the new biology reveals a completely different understanding of our place
in the world. Science is now recognizing that we are an integral part of a giant living community,
collectively referred to as Gaia. The new science underscores the fact that our survival is based
upon the cooperation of all the organisms in the biosphere. Unfortunately, our social
consciousness, shaped by Darwinian science, is so destructive to the environment that it has
already precipitated the planet’s sixth mass extinction’ which of course threatens the survival of
Yet there is also good news. Just as some terminal cancer patients undergo a spontaneous
remission, the living Gaia can do the same. As with those cancer patients, all we need to do to
save our world is change our beliefs, and this is precisely the consequence of the evolving new
science. My book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and
Miracles, provides an easy to understand explanation of how our thoughts and mind create both
our internal (biological) and external (social) life experiences.
What about your discoveries has most profoundly affected your life and the way you live
In the first instant of acquiring my new insights into how cells worked, I was completely
transformed. As a conventional scientist, I taught my students that genes controlled life and that
we were essentially ‘victims’ of our heredity. When I first recognized that the brain of the cell
was the cell membrane, rather than genes, I was blown away, for the mechanism revealed that
life was controlled by signals from the ‘environment.’ The significance of this finding is that the
identity of the ‘self,’ distinguishing one individual from another, would also represent an
environmental (external) signal.If the cell (organism) dies, its identity signal is still present in the environment.
At that moment of awareness, I realized that we have an externalized ‘identity’ (spirit) and are immortal. The
realization of a transcendent ‘identity’ brought an amazing sense of peace into my life, for I had
truly lost the greatest of all fears’ death. It was the most profound experience for me,
a nonspiritual scientist that wasn’t even looking for that particular understanding.
Subsequently, my life was transformed when I realized how my developmental experiences
programmed my genes and behavior. With this knowledge I was able to rewrite limiting, self-sabotaging beliefs
that were keeping me from experiencing the health, love and joy we all seek. I have actively created a wonderful,
healthy, fulfilling life and supporting environment. I love my days, sleep like a baby and enjoy life without the
necessity of taking a single pharmaceutical drug!
One of the most important things I learned through my research was that human beings were
biologically modeled after the anatomy and physiology of single cells. Cells are in a sense,
miniature people. My research provided insight into understanding how the fifty trillion cells that
comprise the human body can live in health and harmony under the skin. I was able to apply the
fundamental principles of cellular life to the way I was living my life with great success. In the
words of old hippie philosophy, I was ‘cleaning up my own backyard before cleaning up the
world.’ I learned to live better and healthier on less money, not only through modeling my
efficiency upon cellular life, but also because my personal joy and satisfaction in life was no
longer linked to consumerism. My pleasures are now directly derived through my appreciation of
Gaia, my family and my community.
If you were to choose one area that you feel is your greatest challenge in sharing your
discoveries, what would that be?
As mentioned, the new science reveals that our preoccupation with competition and
consumerism is compromising our species and our environment. There is a lot of money trying
to keep us from evolving. Corporate and government interests, playing on our Darwinian fears,
are undermining our civilization and environment. Simply, self-empowerment is not in the
interest of those whose focus is to ‘control’ civilization. Wars, social and moral decay, faltering education,
famine and much of our disease will be eliminated when the new science becomes common knowledge.
The self-empowerment offered by the new science is a threat to those organizations that profit from war and ill health.
Among others, these organizations include the military-industrial complex, the larger biomedical pharmaceutical industry
and those fundamentalist religions that encourage violence and self-limitation in seeking their ends.
Presently, these organizations are spending vast sums of money, enough to solve civilization’s
problems, to ‘control’ and limit our abilities via the news, magazines and television programming.
Consequently, it is a difficult endeavor to fight the tide of self-limiting, selfdefeating propaganda
sponsored by the moneyed interests. Yet, in recent years I have noticed vast changes in consciousness
by people who intuitively know we are on the wrong track and are looking for a course correction.
Fortunately, books like The Biology of Belief, as well as a number of other new works of science,
are aimed at introducing the mass reading audience to the life-changing power of their conscious mind.
I believe we are approaching a threshold, like the notion of the hundredth monkey, where the new science
will appear to spontaneously change the direction of civilization and save us from our excesses.
When you consider your existing science and what other discoveries undoubtedly lie ahead,
who do you believe human beings are capable of becoming?
We will learn that if there is a ‘heaven,’ it is right here on Earth. We will learn how to recreate
the proverbial Garden of Eden. In this new awareness we will be able to guide our own stem
cells to renew our lives, without the use of pharmaceutical agents. Like breathairians, we will
also learn to capture energy directly from the environment and will no longer be dependent upon
the massive quantities of food we now think we need to eat. This awareness should provide us
with a natural lifespan of at least 120-140 years, while simultaneously taking the pressure off the
environment to feed us. Interestingly, current research reveals that we can double the life of
laboratory organisms by simply curtailing their metabolic intake.
The new science provides insight into how we manifest our reality. Since most people are
looking for happiness, joy and health, their collective vision can create such a reality. Such a
culture would be one that does not encourage disharmony and disease. That’s already a good start
in revitalizing Eden.
When you witness the range of responses to your material – from great joy to outrage, no
doubt! – what is it that keeps you moving forward?
The simplest answer is that I have found Heaven on Earth by personally applying the principles
of the new science to the way I carry out my own life. I love my job of bringing this new science
to the public, for in my travels, I have seen many people use this information to ‘taken control’ of
their own lives. There is nothing more joyous than to see an individual overcome physical and
emotional adversity through self-empowerment. And on a more self-serving level, the more
people create harmony in their world, the more harmony I experience in my world.
The Biology of Belief: An Interview with Dr. Bruce Lipton
From : May/ June 2005
BL: The new mechanism of evolution suggested by the new biology you describe in your book is one that
consists of repeating patterns of self-similarity; it is a pattern based upon fractal geometry*. The
significance of fractals is that they represent basic patterns that are iterated (repeated) over and over
again. If you can recognize a pattern at one level of the structure you can apply that awareness to
understand the patterns throughout the whole structure.
LG: Right, like the Fibonacci patterns** found in nature?
BL: Right, so basically the evolution of human civilization is self-similar the evolution of a single giant
organism. We are *humans are the cells in that ' social' organism. The relevance is that human
civilization will evolve through the phases that characterized the evolution of animals, Human civilization
will go through evolutionary phases that are redundant to previous evolution patterns. For example, in
the evolution of vertebrate animals, the pattern provided for fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and
mammals, an evolutionary jump occurred between each of these major classes of organisms, Civilization
is in the process of such a jump now, as we are evolving from a reptilian-based civilization to a
mammalian-based civilization. The intellectual character of our culture's leadership is currently most
similar to that of reptilian behavior. And yet more advanced mammalian characters yourself and myself
are in the process of rewriting a new blueprint for civilization, different from the way we are living now.
Reptiles are 'conscious,' and do not express the trait of 'self-consciousness.' What that means is that
they live for the moment but they have no conception or vision about how their actions today affect
LG: Not much abstract thinking in that state of being.
BL: A perfect example is our going to war in Iraq , without even considering what the consequences of
the war will lead to six weeks later. We fought the war without even a notion of how to deal with the
population when the war is over. That is an excellent example of reptilian thinking. A mammalian
civilization is a very different one because the character of mammals is that they are nurturers.
Nurturing means to 'take care of things so that the future will be better.' Mammalian civilization would
be focused upon taking care of the planet, while the current reptilian government, like dinosaurs, are
raping the planet for what they need at the moment with no consideration of how their actions affect
the future. I think that the mammalian character of our culture was actually seeded in 1969 when we were just
completing the bird phase of human civilization. That phase of our evolution was initiated when Wilbur
and Orville Wright got off the ground in 1904 and reached its fullest evolution, when we landed on the
moon. When that famous picture of the earth on the horizon of the moon was taken in 1969 and sent
back here, it changed the cultural mindset for a lot of people, for they responded by saying: "Oh my
God, that's all there is. We have got to take care of our planet." And that's when all of a sudden we got
the idea to take care of (nurture) the air, the water, our children and we began to use that belief to
impact political decisions. And that's because there were enough people who were mammalian in
character saying that we must take care of those things for our future so that there will be a planet left
for our children.
We have been working on this mission, and it's been an uphill battle against the old reptilian political
hardliners. It's now coming to a point where the dinosaurs (the president, his political followers and his
friends in the 'oil' industry-which by its nature is derived from the dinosaur ages)'it's going to crack. In
the past, the dinosaurs went extinct, for they were not adapted to the evolving world. As in the past,
something is happening that will not sustain the ancient reptilian mindset. We're about to hit the wall,
and future events will turn under the current social system so it will not be able survive using its current
After the crash, a new system, a mammalian-based nurturing one, will come out of the ashes.However,
we will not experience the mammalian-based culture until the present one crashes. This means that we
will have to wait and keep preparing for the future, while recognizing that during this evolutionary jump,
all around us things are going to look pretty chaotic.
LG: As you probably know, in most chaotic systems there are hidden patterns that can be seen if
you're not consumed by fear.
BL: Well, that's exactly where the fractal geometry comes in. Fractals are based on chaos and their order
comes out of the chaos. We will leave behind the structure of the reptilian culture, go through a period
of chaos and then evolve into a more advanced mammalian structure.
LG. Call me an incorrigible optimist, but that's the vision I see. OK, here's the first question: You say in your book, Biology of Belief:
Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles, that by giving the "energy-based" environment its due,
it provides the foundation for the science and philosophy of complementary medicine and the spiritual
wisdom of the ancient and modern faiths as well as for allopathic medicine. Could you explain what
you mean by that, and how does that unify complementary medicine, spiritual wisdom, and allopathic medicine?
BL: The first thing to recognize is that each one of these healing modalities 'complementary, allopathic,
and spiritual' is based on their perceived philosophy of how life works. The philosophy that the
allopathic community holds is that life is the consequence of a Newtonian matter-based machine. So
when they look at the body it's certainly based on matter; that's all it is. If you understand the body's
physical pieces, you'll understand why life works, how it works, and you can make physical parts called
drugs to fix it. So their whole premise is that life is a physical machine and in that vision, energy is not
relevant to the function of the machine.
In contrast, complementary medicine is based upon a philosophy that recognizes the controlling
influence of energy that flows through the system' specifically through the chakras, the meridians. It's an
energy-based system, which is not the same as the Newtonian material-based living system.
Complementary medicine emphasizes that to understand how the body works, you really must
understand the dynamics and influences of the energy flowing though the system.
Spiritual healers have a philosophy is somewhat akin to the complementary healers, but the
complementary modality emphasizes a bit more the combination of the body's physical and the
energetic components, and therefore, integrates allopathic understanding as well. The spiritual baseline
emphasizes that energy (spirit, an invisible force) runs the body, and does not focus much on the
physical parameters of life.
Three philosophies: The first one, allopathic, is Newtonian physics. The spiritual one emphasizes
quantum mechanics. And complementary healing integrates both, because it utilizes both the quantum
and Newtonian characters to describe life. Now remember that physics and quantum mechanics are the
same thing. Physics is actually defined as 'mechanics' so when we talk about physics, we are actually
talking about mechanisms of how things work.
The first mechanistic approach was the Newtonian approach, when Newton created the mathematics to
predict the movements of the heavenly spheres. The significance of his work is that when he made his calculations,
he didn't use the concepts of energy or God, or spirit in his equations. Newton just used the
physical parameters the planets in his measurements. Since he was able to predict the movement of the
planets using only their physical parameters and no other variables, it was perceived that one could
understand how the Universe worked by ignoring the contribution of energy and ONLY studying its
Quantum physics, on the other hand, reversed that fundamental belief in 1925. While Newtonian
physics perceived that the Universe's smallest subunits were marble-like atoms, quantum physicists
looked deeper and found that atoms were not physical but were actually made out of energy. While
Newtonians focused upon a Universe made out of matter, quantum physicists realized that the Universe
and all of its components were made out of energy. And yet there is a reality that some of our Universe
can be understood in physical terms and some of our world experiences can only be understood in
terms of energy interactions. Just because quantum physics replaced Newtonian physics doesn't mean
that Newton 's laws are wrong. So there are levels of reality where one can understand the world
through a Newtonian eye and then there are levels where you must really apply the mechanisms
described in quantum physics.
LG: Yes, in physics it seems like extreme speed and gravity determine when Newton 's laws break
BL: Yes, because they are not based on energy mechanisms, which active in an entirely different realm
of speed when compared to movement in the physical world.
In our world, things that are large in size, like cells, tissues, organs and bigger, can to some degree be
understood by using the physical laws of Newton . But when you get down to the level of the atoms and
molecules that make up the cells, you're dealing with the quantum realm. Allopathic medicine focuses
upon the larger physical realm in trying to understand how the body works. With Newtonian blinders
on, all they consider are physical interactions. They perceive of the body as a molecular machine, and
when it's not working, that implies some physical components of the body must be malfunctioning.
Their vision of disease is, "If the physical body is not working right, then throw in new molecules to
adjust the function." And those molecular fixes are called drugs. So they attempt to heal from that
mechanistic point of view. However, disease can manifest itself at different levels within the organism.
If the problems arise from trauma damage to the physical body, allopathic medicine offers miraculous
healing opportunities. If I break a bone, need a new heart or got torn-up in a car accident, you can bet
that I would seek an allopathic physician to help me heal. They can rebuild tissues and they can rebuild
organs and transplant organs and fix bones and all these things. That's trauma. They do miracles with
trauma and that's where, if you get in an accident and break your leg, you want a medical doctor.
However, if my dis-eases are the result of malfunctions occurring within the cell, such as cancer,
Alzheimer's, auto-immune disease, these dysfunctions arise in the operation of the cell's molecules and
atoms. Dysfunctions at these levels are controlled by mechanisms that operate in the energy-based
interactions of the quantum realm.
For example, cancer is a dysfunction that starts within a cell, it didn't get hit with a baseball bat or
anything, like trauma. It started as a molecular process that went awry. Diabetes is due to a malfunction
of the molecules of the cell. Alzheimer's is expressed as a failure of the cell's internalized cytoskeletal
structure. Diseases arising at the level of cellular molecules cannot be understood employing Newtonian
principals. At this level of organization,we start to enter the realm of energy influences. Molecules are
influenced by energy fields, not by baseball bats. For illnesses originating at this is level of the body,
traditional allopathic medicine is pretty much lost, for they're still pursuing mechanical defects in the
genes and biochemistry. New research fully recognizes that quantum mechanical principles control
behavior within the cell's molecular architecture.
LG: I like how they change the word alternative to complementary; it's actually a little more in line
with what you're saying.
BL: Absolutely, because we're going to integrate the influences of both the energy and the matter in
order to have a full awareness of how life works. Energy fields, like electromagnetic waves and prayer,
profoundly influence the structure and function of molecules and the health of cells.
Research has shown that everybody's mind is broadcasting invisible energy fields that can be read
outside of our skulls. What's relevant is that your regulatory energy frequencies are not contained
within your body. You're like a tuning fork walking down the street, vibrating thought frequencies into
the field around you. If you get enough people to vibrate in harmony, then the power of their collective
frequencies reach a level that is powerful enough to move things.
LG: Something we've noticed lately is a synergy in our community when like-minded people come together.
BL: Absolutely. It is based upon energy coherence. As two or more people align their thoughts, there is a
dramatic increase in energy power and coherence over that expressed by any individual person. It's not
one plus one is two; it's one plus one is some larger number.
LG: It's interesting that you would mention coherence. My wife and I did neural feedback training and
the moment we could reach coherence in our brain hemispheres, it was like a different ballgame
BL: Well, that's an important observation because brain coherence between the cerebral hemispheres is
virtually akin to realizing a state referred to as super-learning. And that's an important brain behavior
when you want to change the beliefs that run your life. In a state of super-learning one can literally
download new data instantly.
LG: OK, next question is: As I look at some of the other sciences, like physics for instance, I've noticed
a trend to view life, and our existence in it, as a more cooperative relationship. I also see in your view
of cellular life this same tendency. Do you think this is an indication that we as human beings are
evolving into a higher level of human consciousness?
BL: The answer is absolutely yes and it deals with the parallels that occurred in regard to how we
evolved. For the first three billion years of life on this planet, the biosphere contained only free-living
single-celled organisms. While such microorganisms as bacteria, yeast, algae and protozoa appear to be
like disconnected individual living entities, over time they actually learned how to communicate across
space with each other. So bacteria, even though they appear to be separate entities, here's a bacterium
and there's one over there, they are in fact part of a complex community. All microorganisms live in
community. Their communities are based upon the fact that they exchange information with each other
through chemicals and energy fields. These chemical and energy signals reflect the status of life or information
so others in the community can get awareness as to what is going on in their world.
Through evolution, cell communities began to become more physically organized leading to the
appearance of multicellular organisms such as fish, frogs, lizard birds and human beings. Some people
like to suggest there is no direction to evolution, but indeed there really is. Evolution is an explosion
principle like the Big Bang. It starts at a certain point but it doesn't go in one direction like a ladder' with
a low rung followed by a higher rung. It's actually a sphere, and the evolution of new species fills in all
available environmental niches.And while there were lateral progressions, to the left and to the right, they do not express
evolutionary 'advances' over one another. But at some point when you're building left and right, then the next step is
to elevate. The one characteristic that is uniform throughout the entire biosphere is that evolutionary
advances are characterized by their ability to handle more awareness.
So from the evolution of prokaryotes (e.g., bacteria) to eukaryotes (e.g., amoeba, paramecium), one of
the striking features is the increase in cellular membranes; there's 100,000 times more membrane in a
eukariotic cell than there is in a bacterium. My research, using enucleated cells (cells in which the
nucleus and its contained genes are removed), reveals that the behavior of cells is not interrupted.
These studies emphasize that genes do not control control life. Subsequent research revealed that the
brain of the cells was actually the cell's membrane. The only membrane in a bacterium is just its outer
skin. When you look at the higher-level eukaryotic cells, not only do they have an enveloping cell
membrane but they also have many membrane organelles within the cell, such as mitochondria, nuclei,
Golgi bodies, endoplasmic reticulum, things like that. All those are cell membrane-derivatives. They have
more membranes which directly translates as more capacity to process awareness.
However, there was a point where a cell could not further expand the amount of membrane it
contained, for if the cell became any larger, the physical pressure of the contained cytoplasm would
cause the membrane to rupture like a water balloon that has too much water in it. Cells reached a
certain physical size and if they got any bigger the membrane would break and the cells would die. So
the first three billion years of evolution was focused on making smarter and smarter cells. When the
limits of cell size was reached, evolution stopped for there was no way to add any more membrane.
So the course of evolution seemed to flatten out with all the varieties of single-celled organisms. But
evolution continued with a new way to accumulate more membrane. Rather than increasing the
membrane within a single cell, cells started to come together in close proximity and share the
awareness expressed in their collective membranes. If a cell has X amount of awareness (available
membrane) and it can 'plug-in' to other cells, they could directly share their awareness. In the end,
the awareness of a community of cells can be expressed as X times the number of cells comprising the
community. Evolution began to advance as well as life's efficiency when cells joined together into
community. We characterize the different types of evolving cell communities in regard to the shape the
multicellular organisms create. For example, single-celled amoebas may form a community that has a
stalk and tentacles. This 'community might be called a hydra. A larger group of cells may organize their
community into what we refer to as a clam. An even larger group of cells may acquire the 'shape' of a
cat. And then again, an even larger community of single cells may acquire the shape of something we
refer to as a human. Communities of cells are described as unique organisms, and we give those
multicellular organisms specific identities. We may look in the mirror and perceive of ourselves as
'singular' entities, each bearing a unique name and identity. But in fact, our bodies are actually the
expression of a 'social' community of approximately 50 trillion cooperative single-celled organisms. Why
are we here? Over the millions and millions of years of evolution, cells created more advanced 'aware'
communities. The human body is an example of cellular architecture that provides for an extremely
intelligent life form.
Over time, the evolution of maxed-out intelligent organizations provided for humans, dolphins and
other higher organizations, suggesting that we have possibly reached the highest level of organic
evolution. Does that mean evolution has reached an endpoint? In one sense, the answer is yes. But as
revealed in the self-similar character of fractal geometry, the process of evolution would repeat itself.
Humans recapitulate the situation that arose with the appearance of single cells. Humans are in a sense
evolutionarily similar to single cells. When evolution reached the endpoint of single cells, it changed
strategies and began to evolve through the assembly of single cells into community.
Individual humans are essentially advanced 'single cells.' Like cells, we have come together in
community over the years to share awareness. Social assemblies has provided for an evolving form of
humanity (civilization). As mentioned earlier, we are not at the stage of organization where our
assembly provides for an 'organism' with the character of reptiles and that our future advancements will
help shape humanity so that we will express the nurturing character of mammals. All the higher levels of
organizations, from cells to humans represent organizations that have evolve through their ability to
LG: It's interesting how we are manifesting that in our outer world as libraries, postal services, and
now the Internet.
BL: Oh, the Internet especially, because that's what cells had to evolve before massive multicellular
communities could manifest. Cells developed mechanisms by which they could instantly communicate
information throughout the entire systems, so that a skin cell, a liver cell, and a bone cell, would
instantaneously know when you're having a good or bad moment.
Human evolution means that we're going to have six billion different individual perceptions that will
provide a full spectrum of awareness to collective community known as humanity. And despite the fact
that our current reptilian mindset is fighting this evolution, the reality demands the inevitable
evolutionary step in which we're going to leave behind our reptilian fight-or-flight behavior, the struggle
for existence awareness provided by Darwin . The next level of evolution will endorse that cooperation
among the 'cells,' in contrast to the current notion of competition, is the ultimate step to our evolution
LG: And it seems like it takes so many subatomic particles to make an atom, so many atoms to make a
molecule, so many molecules to make a cell, and it might take so many people to bring this about.
BL: Well, I think this is a reasonable assumption. Consider each human as a unique set of eyes
understanding the universe. The more eyes' the more awareness. It's simple logic. That's why this next
jump in our evolution is going to be a very rapid change, for it primarily depends upon a simple rewriting
of our current beliefs. Based upon that lightning speed in the advances of our communication
technology, it will be very soon when all citizens of civilization will be 'wired' into the planet's collective
awareness. In the very near future we will resemble cells in our ability to instantaneous share awareness
and experiences. When the wiring's in place, what happened 10 minutes ago will be known by
everybody on the planet.
LG: One more question here, and then we'll get to the last question. How do you feel about society's
trend to self-medicate for stress with drugs such as Prozac and Zoloft?
BL: That is it is yet another example of a consequence of educating people that they are victims of their
biochemical machinery. And because of this, we don't take responsibility for the experiences we have in
our bodies. We have a tendency to blame our problems on the failure of our body's mechanisms. So, for
example, we can talk about cancer and ask, "What's wrong?" "Oh, the genetic mechanism is defective and
that's why it happened." This is our belief even though data reveals that less than 5 percent of
cancer is hereditary. Ninety five percent of cancer is derived from how a person responds to the issues
that confront their lives.
It's the same situation with cardiovascular disease. When you have a heart attack, does that mean you
had a bad heart? No, it just means you have poor 'driving' skills in managing your responses to the
world. While medicine generally suggests that your heart 'fails' you, in reality it more accurate to say
you have failed your heart by generating stresses through your efforts to navigate life's path. When an
individual is offered drugs to cope, it takes away personal responsibility in managing your physiology.
Taking most drugs is tantamount to putting masking tape over all the gauges on your car's dashboard,
because the drugs cover-up the feedback of information sent from your body when it is trying to tell you
that your 'driving' behavior is damaging the vehicle (body). While drugs may cover-up your health
problems, somewhere down the road you're going to run your body into the ground in that you are no
longer paying attention to the gauges (emotions and symptoms) that provide feedback about how your
body is functioning.
And the reality is that anyone who takes a drug to cover up their symptoms never really deals with the
causes of their symptom. The drugs mask the symptoms so that we think everything is OK, yet the same
destructive issues are still present and debilitating our systems.
LG: This is good information for people to really start reevaluating their lives and their actions and
responsibilities. In the movie What the Bleep Do We Know, they said that most of our bad decisions
are simply because we have bad information, which leads to limiting beliefs that we have about
ourselves and reality, most of which is unconscious.
BL: We have two interdependent minds providing for our awareness and behavior. The most powerful
processor of information is the subconscious mind that runs between 80-90% of our lives. It is like an
autopilot in that it can run our day-to-day life without any input from the conscious mind. The conscious
mind is a small part of the processor, but nonetheless one of the most advanced parts of our brain. The
conscious mind can be used to drive the system serving a s 'manual' control mechanism, your thoughts
can actually run the body. With training, yogis for example can regulate all their bodily functions
including metabolism, heart rate, body temperature and behavior of the immune system. But because
consciousness can think about the past and delve into the future, most of the time our conscious mind is
engaged with such activities and is therefore not 'present' to run the show at the moment of now. That
is why the subconscious mind runs most of the functions and behaviors that characterize our lives.
However, most people are unaware of the fact that the primary behaviors that are engaged by the
subconscious mind were downloaded into our mind before we were 6 years of age. We acquire these
behaviors by observing our parents, our peers and our teachers. This means that most of our behavior is
actually a replay of other people's behavior' this is where conflict enters our lives because their
behaviors are generally not in our best interests.
The dangerous thing is that the behavioral 'tapes' programmed in our subconscious are other peoples'
behaviors and most of these behaviors were acquired so early in life, that we are not even consciously
aware that we have or even use these programmed behaviors. Many of these early acquired behaviors
are limiting, self-sabotaging programs. Your personal beliefs are in your conscious mind while the
subconscious mind is a repository previously learned behaviors and reflexive instincts. The minds are
separate and an awareness in the conscious mind has no necessary counterpart in the subconscious
mind. Also, while you might become aware of new things in your consciousness, that new knowledge
does NOT change preexisting programs in your subconscious. Old traits hang on. We may try to override
limiting subconscious behavior using the conscious mind, but it will never change conflicting beliefs
programmed in your subconscious mind. That's why people have to use so much willpower to override
the subconscious mind and that's where the issue of 'power' comes in, because the subconscious mind
is millions of times more powerful in processing data than is the conscious mind. In my book there is
data that reveals that 20 million bits of information are processed per second in the subconscious mind;
while only 40 bits of information are processed in the conscious mind for the same second.
LG: Which shows you the power of the filtering process created by our beliefs.
BL: Absolutely. The powerful subconscious mind runs the show; psychologists say about 80-90% of our
daily behavior is run by the programming in your subconscious mind, most of which are apparently
limiting programs. Therefore, ~85% of our life is an effort to overcome the conditions generated by the
LG: Well, here's the last question and we've already touched upon it because everything we've talked
about leads to this question: It seems like the quest and the thrust of life is to self-organize into higher
and more complex organisms for the soul purpose, that's soul, s-o-u-l, of evolving into ever-higher
levels of awareness and consciousness. Do you see us continuing this process as human beings linking
together to form a planetary consciousness?
BL: Well, of course! Gaia, the planet, is itself a living cell. We are part of the Earth's membrane.
As described in my book, The Biology of Belief, we're the equivalent of proteins in the cell's membrane.
The membrane's proteins are the physical units of awareness. Humans are like organic antennas, downloading
the Universe's information. The beautiful part is that when we wake up, become more aware, we will find that
all humans are a part of the same organism, Humanity. When that awareness is owned by civilization, that
knowledge will complete the Earth's evolution, for then we and the environment we live in, will cooperatively
function as a single living cell. Then, as in all the previous evolutionary stages that has led us this point, this single cell(Earth)
then joins up with the other planetary 'cells' to share our collective awareness. And so on and on.
LG: Then we're talking about galactic consciousness that's so far beyond even our wildest imagination.
BL: Absolutely. And we have hints that that consciousness is there, even though we are not! We are not
evolved enough to dialogue with the other forms of planetary consciousness. When the Earth completes
the current evolutionary process and we recognize our wholeness, the earth will represent itself as a
single mature cell. At that time, we will hook up with other mature 'cells,' other planets, with life forms.
LG: The same way that molecules assembled into cells, cells assembled into organisms and organisms
assemble into communities'
BL: Yes it's a fractal thing . . . it's implied in the geometry that it must go that way.
LG: It's an exciting time to be alive, isn't it Bruce?
BL: Absolutely! It's exciting but in different regards for the humans now present in our world. For those
evolving a new 'mammalian' consideration of life, they will see the possibilities of the future, and the joy
of living in the Light. However, for those that maintain their 'reptilian' perceptions, it will be 'exciting'
but in a negative way for they're certainly locked in their beliefs about the struggles in life and their fear of death.
In the end, one side is going to walk away from this evolutionary leap and become whole, while those on the
other side are going to be embroiled in the crises generated by their ancient, limiting thinking. Personally,
I love being on the side of the Light.
LG: So do I, Bruce, so do I, and you know what? I think it's really great that you're putting out
information like this. Validation somehow expands our awareness, which in turn gives us the courage
to evolve past outdated beliefs.
BL: Likewise, what you're doing in your community adds to this awareness; to get every cell to turn its
Light on is what creates evolution, so we're all working on this together. I would like to suggest that
interested readers visit my website, www.brucelipton.com, to get more information and references on
the important topics we touched upon in this interview. Information on my new book, including a
sample chapter, is available at: www.beliefbook.com . Thank you for this opportunity to spread some
*Fractal: A geometric pattern that is repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and
surfaces that cannot be represented by classical geometry. Fractals are used especially in computer
modeling of irregular patterns and structures in nature.
**Fibonacci sequence: The sequence of numbers, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, . . . , in which each successive
number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers
-(both definitions from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed., 2000)
Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. speaking on "The Biology of Belief."
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