Recently, I had the opportunity to see Bruce Lipton speak about ‘The Biology of Belief’ which is also the title of his first book published in 2005. If you don‘t know Bruce Lipton he is a scientist who educates his audience about his belief that instead of DNA and inheritance, beliefs control human biology. He further claims that this perspective empowers the individual rather than victimising them to the programs that have been installed into their human mind mostly throughout the first seven years of life. But what is that actually mean?
His ideas stem from experimenting with genes in the late sixties earning him a PhD in 1971. He found evidence that a cell is behaving differently based on the environment it is in. In conclusion, genes don’t just turn on and off and therefore are not in control of human biology. I recommend to check out Epigenetics to learn more about the current scientific views as this is definitely not something I could provide further insights on. But back to the genes, if they are not in control of human biology, what is?
It is well known that the brain develops rapidly in the first years of a human life building a solid foundation to enable the individual to navigate throughout life. In the first seven to eight years, the brain is learning by absorbing observations and informations, copying behaviours and learning from parents, teachers, and the people within the community. During this time the brain has no or little consciousness and is therefore not assessing whether any learning absorbed is supporting or hindering later life success. It is the time when the majority of our beliefs are formed or according to Bruce Lipton that our subconscious mind is programmed. This subconscious program then runs our lives, has us walk, chew, run, talk and also act automatically without us being conscious about any of it.
Even though as adults we have a critical mind that is able to make conscious decisions, discern behaviours and accept or reject opinions presented to us, our early childhood program has us follow convictions that has been installed though copying mostly our parent’s opinions and behaviours. Sometimes, this is causing an inner conflict when we desire a to behave differently to what we have been programmed with. The subconscious belief drives that behaviour and the…