I've just finished reading "The Biology of Belief" and am quite blown away by it. Bruce Lipton is a cell biologist who has journeyed into the realm of spirit through his deep and unconventional understanding of how cells work. It has implications about how we understand the hidden environmental workings that are at the core of human evolution. That cooperation, initially between single cells and then clusters of cells dedicated to specific functions is what fostered human evolution.

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Can you tell us a bit more about his ideas? Is he a cyberneticist?

Lipton, who is a cell biologist and calls himself a spiritual scientist,  starts with a description of evolution where single cells, which are a microcosm of complex organisms with all the functions of multi-celled organisms, eventually banded together and developed specific functions that in turn evolved into more and more complex organisms. Essentially, we are made up of clusters of highly organized, dedicated cells. “Evolution is more dependent on the interaction among species that it is among individuals within species. Evolutions becomes a matter of the survival of the fittest groups rather than the survival of the fittest individuals.”

Lipton challenges the conventional wisdom that genes and DNA rule all. It’s a kind of complicated nature / nurture debate. His work with cells calls into question the idea that cells are ruled by their nuclei (that contain genes) and posits that it is the membrane that is the central player affecting cell behavior.

So what this means is that we and the cells that we are made up of, are affected by the environment and that genes are the physical memories of an organism’s learned experiences.

Based on Lipton’s conceptualizations, ideas like epigenetics and family constellation work, where trauma and unresolved issues are transferred through the generations make sense on a cellular level.

I’ve just finished reading this book and have not quite processed it. Need to do some more thinking and read it again. It’s a lot to take in. But I think what he is saying resonates with Buddhist ideas and practice. When we take refuge in Amida’s unimpeded light we are getting in touch with that universal positive energy that is always resonating and available to us.

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