Transforming Fear to Joy

Behaviour — Biology or Belief, Nature or Nurture?

In his 10th edition of The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton (2015) draws “the proverbial line in the sand” when he states, “On one side … is a world defined by neo-Darwinism, which casts life as an unending war among battling, biochemical robots.  On the other side … is the ‘New Biology,’ which casts life as a cooperative journey among powerful individuals who can program themselves to create joy-filled lives.”  Shattering the old argument of whether nature overrides nurture or genes trump environment, has become Lipton’s life work.  As a former scholar of cell biology, he sums his research up with the following words —

Human beings are multicellular organisms … a bustling cooperative community of more than 50 trillion individual cells.

… a cell’s life is fundamentally controlled by the physical and energetic environment with only a small contribution by its genes.  Genes are simply molecular blueprints used in the construction of cells, tissues and organs.  The environment serves as a “contractor” who reads and engages those genetic blueprints … It is a single cell’s “awareness” of the environment that primarily sets into motion the mechanisms of life.  Just like a single cell, the character of our lives is determined not by our genes but by our responses to the environmental signals that propel life.  … biology’s most cherished tenets regarding genetic determinism were fundamentally flawed.  

In summary, Lipton had the following epiphany — he could change his character by changing his beliefs.  One of the most obvious character changes we witness is when a person drops their “victim” persona and chooses to become a “co-creator” of their life.  Regardless of these