New Science in Energy, Environment and Mind in Controlling Life

admin  ∼  October 17, 2012


- By Dr. Bruce Lipton

DID individuals might help us answer that question because they are the poster children for a burgeoning new field of science called psychoneuroimmunology, which, in people-speak, means the science (ology) of how the mind (psycho) controls the brain (neuro), which in turn controls the immune system (immun).

The paradigm-shattering implications of this new science are simply this: while the immune system is the guardian of our internal environment, the mind controls the immune system, which means the mind shapes the character of our health. While DID represents a dysfunction, it undeniably reveals the fact that programs in our mind control our health and well-being as well as our diseases and our ability to overcome those diseases.

Now you might be saying, “What? Beliefs control our biology? Mind over matter? Think positive thoughts? Is this more of that New Age fluff?” Certainly not! As we launch into a discussion of new-edge science you will see that the fluff stops here.

In terms of our human evolution, civilization’s current “official” truth provider is materialistic science. And according to the popular medical model, the human body is a biochemical machine controlled by genes; whereas the human mind is an elusive epiphenomenon, that is, a secondary, incidental condition derived from the mechanical functioning of the brain. That’s a fancy way of saying that the physical body is real and the mind is a figment of the brain’s imagination.

Until recently, conventional medicine dismissed the role of the mind in the functioning of the body, except for one pesky exception_-the placebo effect_, which demonstrates that the mind has the power to heal the body when people hold a belief that a particular drug or procedure will effect a cure, even if the remedy is actually a sugar pill with no known pharmaceutical value. Medical students learn that one third of all illnesses heal via the magic of the placebo effect.2

With further education, these same students will come to dismiss the value of the mind in healing because it doesn’t fit into the flow charts of the Newtonian paradigm. Unfortunately, as doctors, they will unwittingly disempower their patients by not encouraging the healing power inherent in the mind.

We are further disempowered by our tacit acceptance of a major premise of Darwinian theory: the notion that evolution is driven by an eternal struggle for survival. Programmed with this perception, humanity finds itself locked in an ongoing battle to stay alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Tennyson poetically described the reality of this bloody Darwinian nightmare as being a world “red in tooth and claw.”

Awash in a sea of stress hormones derived from our fear-activated adrenal glands, our internal cellular community is unconsciously driven to continuously employ fight-or-flight behavior in order to survive in a hostile environment. By day, we fight to make a living, and by night, we take flight from our struggles via television, alcohol, drugs, or other forms of mass distraction.

But all the while, nagging questions lurk in the back of our minds: “Is there hope or relief?

Will our flight be better next week, next year or ever?”

Not likely. According to Darwinists, life and evolution are an eternal “struggle for survival.”

As if that were not enough, defending ourselves against the bigger dogs in the world is only half the battle. Internal enemies also threaten our survival. Germs, viruses, parasites, and, yes, even foods with such sparkly names as Twinkies can easily foul our fragile bodies and sabotage our biology. Parents, teachers, and doctors programmed us with the belief that our cells and organs are frail and vulnerable. Bodies readily breakdown and are susceptible to sickness, disease, and genetic dysfunction. Consequently, we anxiously anticipate the probability of disease and vigilantly search our bodies for a lump here, a discoloration there, or any other abnormality that signals our impending doom.

“We don’t need to save the world, just spend it more wisely” – Swami Beyondananda

We all want to fix the world, whether we realize it or not. On a conscious level, many of us feel inspired to save the planet for altruistic or ethical reasons. On an unconscious level, our efforts to serve as Earth stewards are driven by a deeper, more fundamental behavioral programming known as the biological imperative -the drive to survive. We inherently sense that if the planet goes down, so do we. So, armed with good intentions, we survey the world and wonder, “Where do we begin?”

Terrorism, genocide, poverty, global warming, diseases, famine… stop already ! Each new crisis adds to a looming mountain of despair, and we can be easily overwhelmed by the urgency and magnitude of the threats before us. We think, “I am just one person-one out of billions. What can I do about this mess?” Combine the enormity of the mission with how small and helpless we imagine we are, and our good intentions soon fly out the window.

Consciously or unconsciously, most of us accept our own powerlessness and frailty in a seemingly out-of-control world. We perceive ourselves as mere mortals, just trying to make it through the day. People, on presuming helplessness, frequently beseech God to solve their problems.

The image of a caring God deafened by a never-ending cacophony of pleas emanating from this ailing planet was amusingly portrayed in the movie, Bruce Almighty , in which Jim Carrey’s character, Bruce, took over God’s job. Paralyzed by the din of prayers playing endlessly in his mind, Bruce transformed the prayers into Post-It notes only to become buried under a blizzard of sticky paper.

While many profess to live their lives by the Bible, the perception of powerlessness is so pervasive that even the most faithful seem blind to the frequent references in the scriptures that extol our powers. For example, the Bible offers specific instructions in regard to that looming mountain of despair: “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.“1 That’s a hard mustard seed to swallow. All we need is faith, and nothing will be impossible for us? Yeah . . . right!

But, seriously, with these divine instructions at hand, we ask ourselves, “Is our presumed powerlessness and frailty a true reflection of human abilities?” Advances in biology and physics offer an amazing alternative-one that suggests our sense of disempowerment is the result of learned limitations. Therefore, when we inquire, “What do we truly know about ourselves?” we are really asking, “What have we learned about ourselves?”

 

Subconscious Mind

SM: Once you become conscious, what then?

BL: You can habituate a new program by doing it continuously. That’s called Buddhist mindfulness. That’s what consciousness is all about. But that’s too hard for most people who are running at a million miles per hour. Another easier way of doing it is through energy psychology modalities, which are listed on my website.

The medical profession’s preoccupation with the physical characters of life has made them masters of trauma medicine. Medical science has become very familiar with the mechanical interactions of the body’s parts, such as “the knee bone connects to the thighbone.” However, as revealed in the dismal healthcare statistics, medicine has no real comprehension as to how those parts actually work.

In regard to the body’s parts and pieces, medical doctors are superb mechanics. In the “old” days, mechanics were very clever people who could take apart devices such as cars, radios or watches, understand the nature of the interaction of their parts and make the appropriate repairs. However in today’s world of manufactured cars, radios and watches, the operational mechanisms are so complex that the average technician is not really able to make manual repairs. Rather than repairing mechanisms, today technicians simply replace “modules.” For example, my computer’s hard drive recently “went down.” When I brought it to the specialist, the resolution was simple, discard the old drive and replace it with a new one. I lost all of my data, since as the specialist remarked, “We just don’t repair those things.”

While cardiologists may have no understanding as to why a heart has failed, they miraculously can cut it out and transplant another one. But wouldn’t it be more effective if medical practitioners knew how the heart worked so that we could have insight into preventing its failure? It is now becoming apparent that most human illness and suffering is not related to physical trauma, but instead represents the consequence of stress-induced physiologic or cellular dysfunctions. While conventional medicine can identify and manipulate the body’s defective parts, its preoccupation with a search for gene control mechanisms has provided no real understanding of how those body parts actually “work” or are regulated.

My research on cellular intelligence systems clearly revealed that the cell’s behavior and genetic expression were directly influenced by information derived from the environment. Protein perception units found in the cell membrane mediate the informational interface between the cells and their environmental milieu. Rather than a bottom-up philosophy in which genes within the cell control life, the new awareness revealed a top-down philosophy, wherein the nervous system (perceptions and mind) control genes.

This new philosophy of life is in direct contrast to the medical world’s perception that we are “victims” of our genes and biochemistry, a belief that supports the notion that health is outside of our control. However, current science emphasizes that dis-ease is not derived from inherent defects within the machine, but are created in response to the way we carryout our lives.

Perhaps my meaning may be best understood with this analogy. I sell you my 4-speed stick-shift Pontiac…but you really don’t know how to drive a car with a manual transmission. After the deal is done, I give you the keys and you drive away, the car lurching and bucking. Several days later you call and tell me the car is “sick,” it has a bad clutch. You bring the car to the mechanic, and after a quick physical diagnosis, he comes to the same conclusion: the car is suffering from clutch dysfunction and requires a clutch transplant. A new clutch is purchased from the parts dealer (the equivalent of the automotive pharmacy) and installed.

Two weeks later, you return to the car doctor and surprisingly are having a relapse, for the new clutch is now failing. The mechanic examines the car and reveals that you are apparently experiencing chronic clutch dysfunction and need another transplant. This process is repeated every few weeks and you have resigned to the fact that your vehicle is a lemon and that is your fate in life. From the perspective of the mechanic’s, the problem is derived from a physical failure inherent in the vehicle. This is the same general conclusion derived by allopathic medicine, that human health dysfunctions are derived from a physical failure inherent within the vehicle, in this case, the human body.

Research from leading edge cellular biology offer conclusions that differ from conventional allopathic philosophy. While the new science still perceives of the physical body as mechanical vehicle, it incorporates the role and influence of a “driver,” the mind. Using our analogy of a car and a dysfunctional clutch, the new science would resolve the issue as follows: the mechanic will repair the clutch and then “educate” the driver by teaching them how to drive standard shift. Consequently, we would see that the problem was not with the vehicle, but with the driver!

Of course the joke to me is, “Why would anyone try so hard to be recognized by a healing modality that is the leading cause of death in the United States?” As logic suggests, with that rate of mortality, something important is obviously missing in the allopathic philosophy. Current cell and molecular biology research is now revealing what has been missing in medical philosophy, and in the process, is precipitating a revolution in conventional science. New insights provided in the fields of epigenetics, evolution mechanisms and quantum physics, collectively emphasize the role of energy, environment and mind in controlling life. What was metaphysical is now becoming “science.” In fact, the “new” science is a virtual readout of the old chiropractic philosophy!