Do your genes determine the size of your jeans?

So here's the thing, many people think that some things are inevitable because it's in their genes.

Have you ever thought:

  • cancer runs in my family, so I'll probably get it
  • everyone in my family has weight issues
  • nobody in my family has been to university so I won't make it there
  • everyone in my family is late and that's why I'm late

and the list could do on.

Well, if you said yes to one or more of those questions, then you're likely to be right. But it's not because of your genes, it's because you believe it to be so.

Yes, that may surprise you, but science has shown that our beliefs program our cells.

So, let me try and explain a bit more:

Our genes are like a blueprint, a house plan. Now what the 'house' looks like depends on how the blueprint is interpreted - or what happens in our body is how the genes are expressed. So let's say there's a doorway in the plan. Now how the doorway is expressed will alter how the house works. So, let's say that you want to maximise light, then you might put in a glass door, but if you want privacy then you might put in a solid oak door. Or you may express in between and have a door with glass on the top half. With a glass door, the light is fully expressed and the privacy not at all and the reverse is true if there is a solid oak door.

Our genes are like that - they can be fully expressed, not expressed or expressed anywhere in the middle. So even if you have a risk of cancer because of your family history, that gene does not necessarily get expressed. It depends on the what messages the cell gets.

Our cells, and how they act and express the genetic make-up, are influenced by different stimuli. The stimulus may be a physical one like temperature or radiation, a chemical one like foods, drugs or herbs, or it can be an energetic stimulus like a belief or meditation practice.

So, if your belief is that you will get cancer and you have that genetic propensity, then it's very likely you will. But you can change your beliefs, change the talk that your body hears and if you change these things while in an inductive state (slower brain waves which occur in meditation and hypnosis but also first thing in the morning and last thing at night before you sleep) then it will be most effective)

So, I am very careful about the words I use.

  • I don't say things like 'it breaks my heart' because I want my heart to remain healthy.
  • I don't say 'you're driving me crazy' because that isn't something I want.
  • I don't say '3 of my grandparents died of cancer and both my parents have cancer, so it's inevitable for me' because that isn't what I want

What I do say is:

  • 'That makes me sad'
  • 'You are challenging me right now'
  • 'My grandfather lived to 100 years of age so it's likely I will remain healthy like he did for a long time'
  • 'I always maintain perfect health of my body, my mind and my immune system'

So, my advice to you is to watch what you say - be mindful of the words you use. When you start listening you might be surprised what you actually tell yourself. If I find myself with negative self-talk that is not helpful and not really something I would wish for, I immediately say to myself 'delete that thought' and then I reframe it with something positive.

And if you've got this far and are still not sure, please read anything by Bruce Lipton, PhD. He is a scientist who has studied cells all his life and wrote about it in a wonderful book called 'The Biology of Belief'

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