All week long we’ve been taking the nature versus nurture debate to a deeper level, looking at how the science of epigenetics can help you manifest happiness and prosperity in your life.
I mentioned the book that started me on this train of thought, The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. Bruce discusses the evolving nature of even single celled organisms. And of course we’re all made up of 50 trillion of these.
Even if we can’t say that these cells have “consciousness,” we must certainly acknowledge their ability to sense changes in the environment around them and change. They can create cellular memories and propagate this knowledge on to their offspring, as when you develop immunity to the measles. Or Justin Bieber music.
The chapter on how cells learn is particularly fascinating, and filled with lessons for us in our daily life…
Bruce details the differences in belief about how we evolve between French biologist Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck, who was really the first scientist to detail evolution, versus Darwin, who came to the game 50 years later and grabbed all the glory.
Darwin of course is known for his “survival of the fittest” view and saw evolution as the result of fighting against “the war of nature, from famine and death.” Lamarck had a more abundant view, seeing our development as cooperative interaction among organisms and our environment.
The prosperity analogy I would get from this is best laid out in the video I did recently for Prosperity TV on Fighting Circumstances. (Click the link and watch it again.)
You can fight against government-induced inflation, the economy, or your cheap boss, but they have nothing to do with your true prosperity. Those things are simply circumstances. Instead of fighting circumstances, we need to look at the actual causes of things.
Fighting famines and wild animals as Darwin described was certainly an issue for day-to-day life at one time. But those things were still circumstances that we manifested by the choices we made. (Or didn’t make.)
Lamarck’s view was that organisms adapt to the environment, and then pass on those adaptations necessary for survival. Cells are smart, and can continually get smarter.
And in today’s world, most of us are not facing famines and attacking tyrannosauruses that often. The lessons we need to learn from and grow from are a little more forgiving. And when you don’t learn the lesson, the universe is kind enough to give you another chance! You can have 11 negative, dysfunctional codependent relationships in a row (as I did), and the universe will be kind enough to send you another one.
If you are willing to become a critical thinker, and learn from the lessons the universe keeps sending you, you really have the chance to manifest a life of health, happiness and prosperity. Ain’t it great!