Did you know that every cell in your body is replaced every seven years? It’s true—at the cellular level, the oldest you get is about seven years old. I remember years ago hearing Deepak Chopra speak about this. He said that the only reason we keep creating the same body—or one that seems to deteriorate with age—is that we keep thinking the same thoughts over and over again. That is because all biological systems operate according to what are called “premature cognitive commitments” to the way reality is. Let me explain.
If you take a bunch of flies and put them into a jar, and then put a lid on the jar, only a couple “pioneer” flies will leave the jar once you take off the lid. The rest have made a “premature cognitive commitment” that they are trapped. Likewise, if you put two schools of fish in a tank and place a glass wall between the schools, leave it for a while and then later remove it, only a few fish will ever venture into the territory beyond that wall. The rest believe that they must stay in their own space. Then there’s the famous Nobel Prize winning experiment of Hubel and Weisel who found that if you raise kittens in an environment where there are only vertical stripes on the walls, they will run into everything horizontal, because they literally can’t “see” anything horizontal. They’ve been trained to see only a vertical world.
The same is true with us humans. Our bodies are literally created by our beliefs—and subsequently our behavior. The famous medical intuitive Edgar Cayce said it best, “The Spirit is the life, the mind the builder, and the body the result.” Here’s how that plays out: If you believe that it’s normal to develop chronic degenerative disease as you get older, then that is likely to be your experience. If you believe that middle age begins at about 80, then your experience will be entirely different. As it turns out, our cultural beliefs about what’s possible hold far more weight than our genes. And these beliefs translate into biological realities in our bodies.
The exciting part about all this is that when you change your beliefs and expectations, not only do you attract different circumstances in your life, your biology also changes. Hormones become balanced. Stress hormone levels plummet. And neurotransmitters boost your mood.
It all starts with your habitual thoughts. Thoughts and beliefs with a high, ecstatic vibration create a flourishing life and flourishing biology. Thoughts of negativity, fear, anger, and dread create exactly the opposite. And over time, these kinds of thoughts manifest as your reality—in your body. And though it’s not possible to access and change all of our adverse beliefs in a day, it is possible, right this very moment, to use your own power to change your point of focus.
Start right now. What is working well in your life? What parts of your body do you love? What feels really good? I know that we humans love drama. You know the old phrase about television news, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Well it’s true. But it’s also possible to enjoy lots of interesting drama in your life and still have a body that gets reborn regularly. It all depends on what you focus on. Focus on what is good and uplifting and your cells will respond. The better it gets, the better it gets.
As I write this I am taller, happier, and less stressed than I was 20 years ago. And the future looks brighter than ever. I want the same for you. And I know that it’s possible. No matter what. After all, there are documented cases of spontaneous remission from every known disease. So imagine what’s possible if you’re already feeling pretty good!
In what ways have you changed your life by changing your beliefs or perceptions? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts and ideas about this blog.