For example there is a research done with a mouse. And the mouse got to smell cherry blossoms. It is a sweet smell, but once they put the smell in, they shocked the mouse. So every time it would smell this sweet smell, it would get a shock. At some point the mouse got afraid, it knew that as soon as the smell came the shock would be coming. They mated the mouse and the offspring of that mouse, even if that mouse had never smelled cherry blossom, had a fear response to it.
Dr. Lipton writes that genes serve as the fundamental building blocks of our cells. However, the ultimate outcome of their expression depends on the content of our minds. In other words, what we create or manifest in our lives is influenced by our thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions.
Even if you possess a healthy genetic makeup, it is still possible to construct something unhealthy in your life. For instance, if during your formative years, your parents constantly told you that you were sick or not healthy due to some familial condition, this belief could take root in your mind and influence your well-being.
Dr. Lipton explains that it is essential to understand that the power of belief plays a crucial role. If you strongly believe in the presence of an illness or health issue, it can manifest itself in your life, not necessarily due to genetic factors but rather as a result of the influence your thoughts and beliefs have on your overall health.
While genes provide the foundation, our mental landscape, particularly our beliefs, can significantly impact the outcomes we experience in life, shaping our well-being and influencing the course of our health journey.
Researchers looked at what happens to children who were adopted into a family where there is cancer running in the family for generations. The adopted child develops cancer with the same probability as the actual kids of the family. The adopted child came from totally different genetics. So the cancer running in the family wasn’t due to the genes, it was due to learning behavior that wasn’t in harmony with life. Learning behavior where you can’t release anger for example. And as a result, when you can’t release the anger, the chemistry from the brain that is caught up in anger and can’t let it go is negative. That makes the cancer, not the gene.