When Bruce Lipton resigned somewhat spectacularly from his tenured position at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and accepted a position at an offshore medical college in the Carribbean, he had no idea how transformative it would be. Teaching students that didn’t fit the typical medical student profile and long afternoons gazing at the sparkling blue sea helped Dr. Lipton make new connections and ground-breaking discoveries in the lifecycle of cells.
This book introduced a new term to me, epigenetics. Briefly, this is the idea that cells are not constrained by their makeup but are constantly evolving to best survive their environments. Therefore, the environment plays a huge component on gene expression.
As a stem cell researcher, Dr. Lipton shared scientific proof of the concept of epigenetics. Some of these descriptions are quite complex. However, Dr. Lipton’s revelations didn’t stop there. He proposed that the character of our lives is determined not by our genes but by our responses to environmental signals and that furthermore, this could be changed by changing our beliefs.
If we were honest with ourselves, we’d admit that many of the beliefs we hold most dear are self-limiting and even false. Imagine what we could do if we freed ourselves from them!
I can’t do justice to all the evidence Dr. Lipton describes in his book. It is amazing how the fundamental basis of all life, a single cell, can teach us so much about ourselves. Pick up your copy of The Biology of Belief and risk being awe-struck!