Epigenetic mechanisms are largely controlled by a person’s perception (interpretation) of the environment. Since we acquire (learn) perceptions starting while we are still in the fetal stage of development, many of our learned programs are downloaded into the subconscious mind even before we become “aware.” Scientists reveal that from 95-99% of our life is controlled by the programs stored in the subconscious mind. So if we received bad training (programming) between the fetal stages and the first six years of our lives, these acquired “beliefs” are the primary determinants that influence the epigenetic readout of our genes. It is important to note, that the belief that one has “bad genes” can itself actually create a “bad” protein from a good gene. Also, the “belief” that “I cannot heal myself” can also interfere with our own ability to heal our selves. The problem…we rarely observe our own subconscious behaviors, therefore we almost never understand that we unknowingly engaging in behaviors that are limiting and self-sabotaging to our biology. Because we are unaware of these behaviors, when we have problems in health and relationships we rarely do we recognize that we were involved with creating them.
In conclusion the role of genes (nature) is primarily shaped by our life experiences (nurture). However, the latter influences of the mind over genes are almost always related to beliefs that are buried in our subconscious minds and are not frequently known by the conscious mind…so the source of our issues, that is our selves, is rarely recognized. Hence we have the inclination to blame outside sources (e.g., such as genes) for the problems we experience in life. This is why I emphasize the necessity of identifying and rewriting the unseen behaviors programmed into our subconscious minds.