You may have heard of the term epigenetics? Epigenetics is a science that literally means ‘control above genetics’. Epigenetics, is the study of inheritable changes in gene expression that do not involve changes in DNA. Epigenetic research has established that DNA blueprints passed down through genes are not set in stone at birth. Our genes are not our destiny! Of course some diseases such as cystic fibrosis can be blamed entirely on a faulty gene but single-gene disorders affect less than 2% of the population.
The common diseases of today such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are not the result of a single faulty gene, they are caused by a multitude of interactions among numerous genes and environmental factors. To clarify, the gene is expressed IF it is activated. What activates our genes? Our environment. When a gene product (a protein) is produced, a signal from the environment has activated the expression of that gene. Our environment can be our diet, the number of hours we sleep at night, the air we breathe, the supplements we take, the alcohol we drink, the exercise we do or don’t do, the meaningful relationships we have, or the lack of them, what we think about and the emotions we experience, the negative, intrusive or even abusive behaviour of another person in our lives.
As mentioned in a previous article I discussed the strong possibility that our conscious, subconscious and superconscious minds are indeed a form of energy. Our thoughts, often based on our subconscious programming, whether positive or negative, produce emotions and these emotions vibrate at a measurable energy frequency. Thoughts + emotions = energy.
We already know that our bodies function using energy frequencies: electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) shape and fold the proteins made inside our bodies with the attraction and repulsion created by its negatively and positively charged parts. These proteins are the building blocks of the body. The heart’s rhythm is set by electrical impulses as seen on ECGs, the firing of neurons in the brain is triggered by electrical energy seen on EEGs. Molecules and cells are constantly being torn apart and rebuilt with fresh material from the food we eat (diet is still important!) and the new molecules and cells are rebuilt as before and arranged in the same pattern as the old ones by an electromagnetic energy field.
Our cells have a vital role to play
The most interesting energy receptors are our cells. The tissues and organs of the body are made up of trillions of cells that create our body’s structure and intake nutrients from food and convert them into energy. The cell has the very important role of producing proteins as instructed by our genes which are the building blocks of the body: our hormones, neurotransmitters and enzymes, to name a few. The cell membrane (the outer membrane that keeps everything inside the cell) is in fact considered the brain of the cell by biologists, not the DNA and nucleus of the cell as first thought.
The cell contains integral membrane proteins (IMPs)that allow nutrients, waste materials and other forms of ‘information’ into the cell that are necessary for the smooth running of the cell. These are classified as effector proteins. The other important type of IMP is the receptor protein. These are the cell’s sense organs, its eyes, ears, nose, taste buds etc and they respond to specific signals. The ‘antennas’ of receptor proteins can also read vibrational energy fields such as light, sound and radio frequencies. A signal received by the receptor protein then activates the effector protein to take action. This receptor-effector complex acts as a switch, translating environmental signals into cellular behaviour.
When the effector proteins or their by-products are activated they can also act as signals that activate our genes. The bottom line is genes do not control their own activity, their activity is controlled by the effector proteins that are activated when our receptor proteins on the cell receive a signal from our environment. In our bodies these functions have been taken over by a specialised group of cells known as the central nervous system. These signals come in the shape of hormones, neurotransmitters, nutrients, medications, light, toxins and electromagnetic frequencies, the list goes on. Hence why the amount of EMFs we are exposed to and the introduction of 5G are a serious threat to health. More on EMFs here. An important study in 1974 identified that electromagnetic frequencies are one hundred times more efficient in relaying environmental information to the cell than physical signals such as hormones and neurotransmitters.
So back to the understanding that our thoughts and emotions are a form of energy, an electromagnetic frequency. Now you understand how energy signals affect the function of the body, what do you think repetitive, negative thoughts could activate your cells to do? Do you take notice of the quality of your thinking throughout the day? We have a never ending stream of thoughts, thoughts that are often repetitive but do we know what kind of signals we are sending out with these thoughts? An interesting test to see is to keep a notebook with you and jot down the thoughts when they come.
You might be surprised just how many of your thoughts are limiting and how often you repeat them. They may be triggered by someone or something in your environment that may need to be removed/avoided. The more limiting your thoughts and feelings are, the more likely these stem from deep-rooted subconscious beliefs that you may be consciously unaware of. These beliefs could be affecting your outlook on life, your decisions, your behavior and of course your health.
Throughout our lives from birth (or even before that but that’s for another discussion!), we acquire limiting beliefs, bad habits and addictive behaviours, from our environment, traumatic experiences, parents, siblings, friends and co-workers. This isn’t to say this is someone else’s fault. They are acting out from what they themselves had been exposed to. Often limiting beliefs are absorbed by our subconscious at a very young age primarily from our parents or guardians.
Now I’m not saying that just by thinking negatively all the time you will instantly get sick. But you will create a lot negative emotions that are powerful EMFs that could lead to illness. As I mentioned previously the diseases of today are often caused by a number of factors in our environment interacting with our genes. Take those negative thoughts and deep-rooted beliefs along with little exercise, a poor diet and you could be hitting your health hard. If you are already sick, not thinking in the right way can make your illness worse. Believe you are going to die and you may well do because your cells will start receiving those messages.
You might be chronically ill and doing everything under the sun to get yourself well, the right diet, supplements, the latest biohacks but nothing seems to work. What about your belief system? Do you honestly believe you deserve to be happy and healthy? Did something happen that you buried in your subconscious to make you think otherwise? Perhaps you have trapped emotions caused by something you were exposed to in the past linked to your illness that you need to release before you can start to heal? Perhaps your illness is so ingrained because it’s been around for so long and you over identify with it that it seems impossible to let go? Quite often in these cases there’s a ‘perceived’ benefit to staying unwell.
Is positive thinking the answer?
Positive thinking might scratch the surface but it rarely gets to the root cause of the issue. Positive thinking comes from the conscious mind. Our limiting beliefs, habits and behaviours come from our subconscious mind which is so much more powerful, it runs the show 95% percent of the time. Quite often a shift needs to take place in the habitual, repetitive subconscious programming you’ve had throughout your life. That’s where subconscious reprogramming can be a very useful and powerful tool and can change your life for the better. We all know of the placebo effect – this truly is the power of life-enhancing beliefs. Now, I hope, you understand how our beliefs affect our biology.
See here for more details on the subconscious reprogramming process.
The Biology of Belief BY Bruce Lipton (PhD stem cell biologist)
Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert (PhD neuroscientist and pharmacologist)