This week I wish to address the unimaginable power of the mind. I recently encountered a person who complained about his genes. He genuinely believed that he was a defective human being because his parents passed on genes that might be implicated in several disease potentials. He was certain he would encounter one or more of these diseases at some point in his life.
Technology today provides each of us with a look at our heritage. If you check the consumer information page of the Federal Trade Commission you will find that some companies say genetic testing, or more commonly called, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing can screen for diseases and provide a basis for choosing a particular diet, dietary supplement, lifestyle change, or medication. However, the government page warns that these claims are often exaggerated and further, that the interpretations of genetic data are far from perfect.
Set that aside for a minute, for it is my contention that more than your genetic power, it is the power of your mind that ultimately may control the expression of your genes. Indeed, some new and exciting work in epigenetics has demonstrated this! According to many scientists, “Contrary to what many people are being led to believe, a lot of emphasis placed on genes determining human behavior is nothing but theory and doctrine,” writes Konstantin Eriksen. “We are free to make decisions that impact our lives and those of others. … Our beliefs can change our biology. We have the power to heal ourselves, increase our feelings of self-worth and improve our emotional state.”1
The old dogma regarding genetic expression has been shattered. Quoting from a Mercola article:
“In the featured article, Eriksen describes the experiments of John Cairns, a British molecular biologist who in 1988 produced compelling evidence that our responses to our environment determine the expression of our genes. A radical thought, for sure, but one that has been proven correct on multiple occasions since then. Eriksen writes: “Cairns took bacteria whose genes did not allow them to produce lactase, the enzyme needed to digest milk sugar, and placed them in petri dishes where the only food present was lactase. Much to his astonishment, within a few days, all of the petri dishes had been colonized by the bacteria and they were eating lactose. The bacterial DNA had changed in response to its environment. This experiment has been replicated many times and they have not found a better explanation than this obvious fact – that even primitive organisms can evolve consciously.”
I have written much about the power of your mind, and often cited studies such as that of David Phillips at UC San Diego who demonstrated that expectation alone could decide what you would suffer from and what you would die of.2 I have also discussed the failure of the so-called hard-wired gene power to control eye color in multiple personality disordered patients.3 The fact is, the power of your mind can not only effect the manifestation of your genetics, it can alter your brain, increase gray matter, rewire cognitive processes and so much more. Your thoughts are becoming real every single day of your life!
This is why I created the patented InnerTalk technology, to assist us all in gaining control over all of those programmed ANTs, or automatic negative thoughts, scampering around in our heads. So today’s message is this, please do remember that thoughts are indeed things and their power to impact your life for good or bad rests within your choice—so please choose to prosper in all ways.
As always, thanks for the read and I appreciate your feedback.
NY Time Bestselling Author of Choices and Illusions
1. Mercola (2012) “Falling for This Myth Could Give You Cancer.” Mercola.com http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/11/epigenetic-vs-determinism.aspx
2. Taylor, E. 2012. I Believe: When What You Believe Matters! Carlsbad, Calif.: Hay House, Inc. https://innertalk-store.com/products/i_believe_book