epigenetics

Sustain a Positive Environment with the Circle of Excellence

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By Riah Skrinnik, MS APCC

The science of epigenetics brings traditional genetic science to a new level of the “above the genes” dogma, which suggests that it is not our genes, but our response that controls our environment. Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of groundbreaking book The Biology of Belief, does not teach ways to detox subconscious programming and emotional body, but instead, endorses practitioners who specialize in what he calls “belief change and energy psychology modalities.” This approach indicates that our nervous system connects to the skin and picks up on signals through our five senses in order to control our biology. These signals change the shape of proteins in our body and create an instant response in the genetic activity called “signal transduction pathways,” which can control reaction and behaviors. Lipton believes that signaling transduction can help people improve and adjust their behavioral and biological responses to daily challenges (Lipton).

After decades of study, researchers have concluded the following finding: our brain stores numerous files of responses and each file contains powerful and desirable signals that can be accessible and therefore re-experienced. This finding led to a myriad of attainable modalities developed for our benefit. I would like to offer you one of the persuasion skills modeled by Robert B. Dilts in his book The Sleight of Mouth. “The circle of excellence” is an accessible tool that can help us better organize our experiences. This reliable and uplifting practice goes as follows:

1. Stand or sit in a neutral position. Breath slowly from the belly (move any rapid breathing from the upper chest down to your stomach to reduce stressed mode). Visualize a circle on the ground in front of you. Make it large enough for you to be able to step into the ring (you can physically outline a circle with chalk or tape).

2. Search for every good accomplishment, every notable achievement, every strength, empowerment, or any other source of positivity that resides within you by asking questions, such as, “Have you ever received a good grade on the test? How did it make you feel?” Try to bring up all positive achievements you have experienced throughout your life. Identify associated feelings. Write them in your notes and rank each of them on a scale of 1 to 10.

3. Read your list of experiences and feelings and imagine placing them into your circle. Visualize each item and give them colors, shapes, sounds, smells (if any) and textures. Look at the circle you have filled and check if you feel satisfied with your level of excellence. Feel free to add more and increase the volume and brightness of each item to complete your circle of excellence.

4. Step physically into your circle of excellence. Take a deep breath and feel bright and positive colors, shapes, vibrations and feelings inside the ring. Remember, all you are experiencing inside the ring is a reflection of your achievements and your excellence. Validate the feelings again on a scale of 1 to 10.

5. Stay inside your circle with the ongoing feelings and sensations in your body until you are aware of the positive and encouraging environment below, above, and around you until you feel focused, complete, confident, and ready to continue your life journey (Dilts).

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References

Lipton, Bruce H. (2016). The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles / Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. — 10th-Anniversary Edition.

Robert B. Dilts (2017) Sleight of Mouth: The Magic of Conversational Belief Change / Robert B. Dilts -Kindle Edition.

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Are We Really Born That Way?

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By Riah Skrinnik, MS APCC

Traditional science once established the notion that our DNA molecules control our mind and program our behavior. But in the groundbreaking book, The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton discusses how our behavior is instead a subconscious reflection of our beliefs and not our genetic data. “We are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fates, able to create lives overflowing with peace, happiness, and love,” Lipton wrote. With these wise words in mind, we can explore the marvelous discoveries of both seen and unseen abilities of human biology.

The traditional thinking had been that the information from our DNA is flowing in one direction forming the concept that we are the result of our genes and, therefore, we cannot influence our genetic data. This hypothesis was firmly embedded in academia as well as society as a whole. As a larger community, we embraced this limiting belief, leading us to operate as if we were biological machines controlled by genes. This gave many of us the excuse that we were born a certain way and that there is nothing we can do to change. This thinking had relieved pressure of responsibility to heal and had impacted generations to accept the limited idea that we are victims of our DNA.

Later it was assumed that by altering genes, we could alter functions and behaviors. This concept was even tested in a well-known study that discovered what has been coined the “gene of happiness,” a particular gene more active in happy people. (Weiss). But this was unfortunate news for the group of people who showed no extra activity in their “happy gene” because they assumed they can’t change anything about their mood because they can’t control their genes.  This dogma promoted mass acceptance of a victim mentality that is constantly in need of a rescuer. This theory had programmed our minds to believe that the part of our inheritance is to be an expression of our genes.

Lipton is one of the revolutionary teachers who claimed that the notion of how genes dictate our existence was, in reality, a false belief. According to Lipton, our genes do not control our biology, rather, they are just a blueprint that requires our minds to design and produce our behaviors, habits, and lifestyle. We have about 150,000 parts of different proteins in our body that react to the environment by altering their shape. In fact, our life is a movement of our proteins that can create and recreate new designs. “Just like a single cell, the character of our lives is determined not by our genes but by our responses to the environmental signals,” wrote Lipton.

With this discovery, a modern scientific term was born called epigenetics, which means “above genetic.” This new field is a game changer because it challenges us to look “above the genes” and takes us from victim to creator. New research has found that the perception and response to our environment control the genes. We are not victims of our genes because we have the power to change the immediate environment around us and, consequently, change our response. New studies show that our well-being depends not on hereditary dogma, but on our ability to understand the enormous capacity of our mind, which can lead to effective responses for external stimuli so that we can achieve a healthier environment for ourselves, our families, and our communities. There is much we can learn from this new biology, but the most important is the emerging belief that we have the power to create the lives we lead.


References

Lipton, Bruce H. (2016). The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles / Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. — 10th-Anniversary Edition.

Weiss, A., Bates, T.C. & Luciano (2008). M. Happiness is a Personal(ity) Thing: The Genetics of Personality and Well-being in a Representative Sample. Psychol. Sci. 19, 205–210.

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