With the advent of genetic testing came the belief that our heredity is our destiny; that we are the victims of our genetic make-up. We’re conditioned to believe that the state of the genes we were given at birth doesn’t change in response to anything we do in our lives.
In reality only 10% of conditions are inherited through our genes; even more, according to the New England journal of Medicine many of the genetic variants reported to cause disease are currently misinterpreted.
A gene is only a blueprint in the body to create a protein, it can be turned off and on and it doesn’t control our biology. We have the power to influence that mechanism.
Everyday stem cells replace the thousands of cells that normally die in our bodies. Our cells live in a fluid that nourishes them and also carries the information on what kind of tissue needs to be produced. This environment is what controls the fate of our cells. The composition of this fluid is determined by nutrition and the signals sent by our nervous system. The mind reads the environment and tells the brain what chemicals to release into the blood stream or carry directly through the nervous system to the cells. These signals control our cells and their behavior.
Emotions have a direct effect on how our system functions. Positive experiences like falling in love make us feel healthy and happy while stress makes us feel poorly. Research done on DNA shows a powerful electric response to the emotions felt by an individual.
Stress is a constant in our world; it shuts down our body chemistry and causes illness. It is not really what happens in our lives that create stress but the way we perceive those events; perception is the switch that controls our biology. If we can change our perceptions then we can change our biology.
Our subconscious mind will use past experiences to interpret our present reality, making us prisoners of our history; the opportunity to be free is ours if we decide to make that choice. By consciously changing our expectations or beliefs while observing a situation we can choose differently within the realm of multiple possibilities presented to us.
According to Harvard psychologist Shawn Archor 90% of our happiness is due to the way we internally process the world. What happens in the external world is not a predictor of happiness, and happiness and success do not go hand in hand, as we are told. The lens by which the brain views the world can be changed, therefore changing reality.
This program, designed by Shawn Archor, when followed for 21 days can help us change this lens, switching our brain into positive. Positive thinking raises the levels of dopamine, the neurochemical responsible for feelings of happiness and for turning on our learning centers.
- Every day write down 3 things you feel grateful for. This will train your brain to scan the world for positive not negative events.
- Journal a positive experience you had that day. By recalling a good experience you can relive it.
- Exercise. Tells the brain that behavior matters.
- Meditate. Helps you slow down the cultural ADHD in which we live.
- Do a random act of kindness. Just show appreciation by answering an email or praising somebody.
Bruce Lipton, The Biology of Belief
Greg Braden, The Divine Matrix
Shawn Archor, TED talk “The happiness Advantage” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXy__kBVq1M