The Biology of Belief Kindle Edition
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A must read for everyone.
This book is for folks that are not already "spiritual" or are beginning to ask questions more than the conventional world of science, cause and effect can explain. It made me wonder why I put up with bulls#@% from other people, why some folks can't seem to help themselves running a mental program of disinformation, and made me realize the role that the environment plays in our upbringing. How can we change years of negative programming and beliefs that we "are not good enough"? By changing the belief. Like a television set if you do not like a show (the current state of your life) then change the channel. What if all the channels are trashy? Then you need to make the effort to prepare yourself to cultivate a stronger antenna--which will then allow you access to programs that are worthy of you and help you grow.
But how? #1. Stop watching TV. #2: Read this book.
Cell biologist and medical school professor Dr. Lipton is a crusader, putting into words what has taken him years of experience, study, and assimilation to understand himself. One Amazon reviewer, himself a physician, captures the essence of Dr. Lipton’s message when he wrote, “You can always tell the pioneers---they're the ones with arrows in their backs.”
The bone of contention? Lipton’s suggestion (based on science) that the single cell is controlled by its environment not its genetic programming and the medium which controls its environment is the brain. “The mind’s energy (or thoughts) directly influence how the physical brain controls the body’s physiology.” If beliefs are just thoughts that we’ve had over and over, then our beliefs control our biology (whether or not these beliefs are true). Our thoughts produce the chemicals that influence the environment, therefore, our thoughts influence our health and happiness.
What I most enjoyed: There are too many aspects of Lipton’s book to pick just one thing. For example, I was delighted to read science-based work that resonated with what I’ve believed for years. Positive thoughts have a healthy impact on our lives. Negative thoughts lead to negative feelings, increased sadness, depression, apathy, and disease. The biology was fascinating, unveiling that the membrane of the cell is the control center and not the nucleus. I love the attention he gave to universal energy and the concept that, “The universe is one indivisible, dynamic whole in which every and mater are so deeply entangled it is impossible to consider them as independent elements.” And, I appreciated his focus on conscious parenting and how important it is that parents teach their children patterns of thinking that will help them discover and grow, versus protective or critical patterns of thinking that will hinder their development and future success.
How much did I learn from reading The Biology of Belief? Well, I took 12 pages of notes while reading my Kindle version, and I plan to buy a print copy for a permanent place on my bookshelf.
Some of the writing is a bit thick and includes several research citations and their explanations, but is definitely a book worth reading.
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