Changing the physiology of your body through your perceptions!
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WHAT IS EPIgenetics?
I am epi, YOU are epi, WE are all epigenetic!
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Epi by definition is prefix derived from the Greek preposition ἐπί meaning “above” or “outside”. In the science of genetics, epi is referred to as above genetic control or epigenetic control. Within consideration of these definitions, we have coined the prefix epi, short for EPIGENETIC(S). That said, to have a better understanding of epigenetics, we feel it is important that both epi and epigenetics be used throughout this website.
Epigenetics was coined by C. H. Waddington in 1942. Research has shown that scientific ideas and experiments of epigenetic (epi) development have been in existence in various forms and under various names throughout the centuries. Epi is the awareness that changes are taking place in your body at this very moment stemming from your environment, and your conscious, subconscious, and unconscious levels of mind. In other words, as explained in the adjacent video every moment of our lives, all human beings influence our health and well-being for better or worse by changing the physiology of our bodies through our perceptions. Therefore…
OLD SCIENCE - GENETIC CONTROL
“If your mother had it, grandmother had it, and great-grandmother had it, then you would have it, and there is nothing you can do.” We have been taught to believe in the scientific model of genetic control, and that the health and well-being of our bodies are predetermined and controlled by our genes. In other words, because genes control our bodies, all humans are victims of their genetic makeup.
"The idea that genes control biology is a hypothesis that has never been proved! Epigenetics literally means above genetics, meaning, that which controls the organism beyond genetics. In other words, epigenetic factors could override genetic factors! " -Thaiyar M Srinivasan, Published US National Library of Medicine National Instutes of Health 2011
See Dr. Bruce Lipton video
NEW SCIENCE - EPIGENETIC CONTROL
The new science of epigenetics has revealed that we are not victims of genetic control. Genes are merely “genetic blueprints,” and environmental and perceptional influences determine if these genetic blueprints are turned off or on. In other words, as an architect needs blueprints to build a building, genetic blueprints need an architect to activate those expressions.
The architect can build and maintain the health and well-being of the human body just as they can destroy and harm the body in damaging ways. Who is that architect? YOU are the architect, and your beliefs, memories (both good and bad), conscious, subconscious, and unconscious levels of mind change the physiology of your body.
WHY THIS MAY BE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
To the scientific and medical communities, the term epigenetics (epi) may be fundamental. To those outside the fields of science and medicine, the word “epigenetics” can sound very mysterious and intimidating, even to the point of resistance. While there’s no doubt of there being some very complex and overwhelming scientific aspects of epigenetics, in which we will do our best to simplify, this perception alone can very easily block one from understanding the benefits that can enhance one’s health and well-being.
You do NOT have to be a scientist or have a medical background to understand this website or the benefits and detriments of epi. You only need to clear your mind, and awaken to your intuitive being and to the power in which you are and always will be – the power of epi - epigenetics.
THE POWER OF THE WORD
For example, if your family lineage shows a history of illness such as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, then it is presumed that those genes were passed on to you, and you are then destined to having a high probability of developing the ailment, with no control over that genetic predisposition or its outcome. You are a victim of your genes. Think again!
THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG? – ENVIRONMENT OR PERCEPTION?
As with the chicken or the egg, in epigenetics, is it the environment or the perceptions of the environment that first changes the expression of the gene? The adjacent video, by cellular biologist and epigeneticist Dr. Bruce Lipton, gives a wonderful explanation of how he once put a single stem cell in a petri dish, let it sit for a few weeks, and wound up with thousands of cells, all genetically identical.
He then split these cells into 3 different petri dishes with distinct types of environments (cell colonies). Dish 1 had muscle cells, dish 2 had bone cells, and dish 3 had fat cells. Dr. Lipton then noticed that in dish 1, the group of stem cells he placed in the dish became muscle cells, in dish 2 the group became bone cells, and those in dish 3 became fat cells.
They originally were all genetically the same! In the video, Dr. Lipton explained that it was the environment that was primarily responsible for shaping the behavior of genetics. That said, Dr. Lipton also recognized the importance of perception when stating, “Epigenetics is the science of how environmental signals select, modify, and regulate gene activity. This new awareness reveals that the activity of our genes is constantly being modified in response to life experiences. Which again emphasize that our perceptions of life shape our biology.”
See Dr. Bruce Lipton video
Unlike the stem cell in the petri dish, you are not a single-celled organism; your body is a human petri dish made of over 50 trillion cells. We humans also have conscious, subconscious, unconscious and even intuitive levels of minds that govern our cells based on past and present environmental and perceptional energy information.
ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE -NOT- THAT IT SHOULD BE YOURS OR ANYONE ELSE’S
A lot of this energy information is influenced by the way we are raised in childhood through social engineering (i.e. culture, education, religion, media, etc.), and is even genetically passed down from generations, which is referred to as “transgenerational epigenetic inheritance.” In other words, regardless of how healthy or unhealthy our environments may be, it is ultimately our perceptions of that environment that will determine if it is either beneficial to our more than 50 trillion cells, and their environments, or not.
For example, we all have heard stories of people living in wonderful environments with financial abundance but, through their negative perceptions, suffer deep distress and unhappiness to the point of substance abuse or even death. On the other hand, regardless of how healthy we may think our perceptions may be, if our environments are unhealthy, then that can also be detrimental to our wellness.
While there are always environmental considerations, as long as we are aware of them, it is the power of our perceptions that will ultimately determine our well-being in or out of those environments. Therefore, it is of our opinion -- not that it should be yours or anyone else’s -- that in context of our everyday life, it is our perceptions governed by our conscious, subconscious, unconscious, and intuitive levels of mind that results in an awareness of our environments, who we are and our wellbeing.
"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." –Gautama Buddha
Even though epigenetics may be relatively new to modern science, the awareness of changing the physiology of your body through your perceptions has been around for thousands of years from Shamans, the bible, early philosophers, and distinguished leaders.
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” - Mahatma Gandhi
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” - Proverbs 23:7
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
While it has been shared among researchers that epigenetics has been studied under various names for centuries, since the coining of the term epigenetics in 1942, scientific ideas and experiments have continued in the field. Today, hosts of universities such as UCLA, Harvard, and Stanford have embraced epigenetics.
The awareness of epigenetics is being brought to mainstream society through efforts such as this website, our lectures, and other printed publications and people including Drs. Pam Peeke, Dave Shenk, and Bruce H. Lipton.
“Epigenetics has been heralded by the Wall Street Science Journal in mid-2004 as an important new field of biology and science.” - Karl H. Program, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
“The new field of epigenetics is showing how your environment and your choices can influence your genetic code — and that of your kids.” - John Cloud, Writer, Time Magazine