THE PEARL OF WISDOM
It was dusk. Just before evening when my mobile started ringing. I was on my way back to home from office.I picked up the call. Poly was on the otherside. “Didi! ”She seemed very excited. “ I have found Mukta in the FB.”I was so happy. “Ök you tell her to send me a friend request. I said.”My memories ran back to our childhood days, as my car was speeding back to home in the highway with greenery on bothsides. Mukta and Poly were very small about three years and close friends staying in my neighbourhood quarters in Dhanbad when we came to Dhanbad as my Papa was transferred and posted there. Both of them played with me in the afternoons in our colony park. When they were admitted to school, I was given the responsibility by aunties to take care of them. I was very proud of holding them on both sides and take them to the bus stop. The three families were very close to each other. Mukta was a cute bubbly little girl full of life. She had a brother named Anjan who was nine years older to her and also around three years older to me. He was a very brilliant student but was introvert in nature and spoke very less.
He was just opposite in nature to Mukta. Uncle and Aunty loved me a lot and I was like an elder sister to Mukta. We had a lovely childhood enjoying the days playing, singing, dancing, performing on stage. Mukta and Poly were very fond of me. After five years Muktas father was transferred to Burnpur and they shifted. As those times were not of mobile phones or internet we lost all connection with Mukta and her family as we all became busy in our life with our studies ,career and all the memories gradually faded.
I reached home and saw Muktas message and phone no. I rang back to her and we had a heart felt exchange of all that had happened with us over the years.I was shocked to learn that Anjanda who was Gold Medallist from Burdwan University in Physics committed suicide as he could not clear his WBCS and Civil services exams. Life spiralled in to a whirlwind of troubles for Mukta after that. She was too young to understand the feelings of her brother at that time to have supported him. She said “Didi ,he was a victim of depression that now I understand, and my parents were not aware or educated to handle such problem, which we are so aware of today.” Her Mother could not bear the shock and after a year she was detected with cancer. Mukta did not even complete her graduation when her parents married her off as they were afraid that they won’t live long to take care of her. After two years of sustaining the pain her Mother died followed by her ailing father the next year itself. Mukta cried , “Didi I had to be strong to take care of both of them , but I swore that I will remain positive and not give in to the traumas of life.” She completed her Masters in English and is working as a school teacher in Bangalore with two sweet school going kids. Her husband a software engineer in Bangalore. She is happy and bubbly still now. I pondered over their situation. Both the brother and sister were having the same genes but responded to life in two totally opposite way. Mukta harbingered positivity in a negative environment. But her parents gave way to the trauma of life. How her mother got cancer? This led me to the study of epigenetics and some astounding facts as to how our environment has an effect on the expressions of our genes and how this affects our life.
According to Dr. Bruce Lipton:
“Our health is not controlled by genetics,” he told “Conventional medicine is operating from an archaic view that we’re controlled by genes. This misunderstands the nature of how biology works.”
“Medicine does miracles,” he said, “but it’s limited to trauma. They regard our physical body like a machine, in the same way that an auto mechanic regards a car. When the parts break, you replace them — a transplant, synthetic joints, and so on — and those are medical miracles.
“The problem is that while they have an understanding that the mechanism isn’t working, they’re blaming the vehicle for what went wrong. They believe that the vehicle, in this case our bodies, is controlled by genes.
“But guess what? They don’t take into consideration that there’s actually a driver in that car. The new science, epigenetics, reveals that the vehicles — or the genes — aren’t responsible for the breakdown. It’s the driver.”
In essence, if you don’t know how to drive, you’re going to mess up the vehicle. In the simplest translation, we can agree that lifestyle is the key to taking care of ourselves. Think well, eat well, and exercise, and your body won’t break down and need new parts. That’s fine for people with heart disease, diabetes,for obesity, but what about cancer?
Your mind can and does contribute to both the cause and healing of whatever ails you — including cancer. Other than the mind, two other factors impact the fate of cells, according to Dr. Lipton: toxins and trauma. All three factors have been associated with the onset of cancer.
Dr. Lipton then took this a step further, which brings us back to the cancer question. “Here’s the connection: With fifty trillion cells in your body, the human body is the equivalent of a skin-covered petri dish. Moving your body from one environment to another alters the composition of the ‘culture medium,’ the blood. The chemistry of the body’s culture medium determines the nature of the cell’s environment within you. The blood’s chemistry is largely impacted by the chemicals emitted from your brain. Brain chemistry adjusts the composition of the blood based upon your perceptions of life. So this means that your perception of any given thing, at any given moment, can influence the brain chemistry, which, in turn, affects the environment where your cells reside and controls their fate. In other words, your thoughts and perceptions have a direct and overwhelmingly significant effect on cells.” a feedback loop. Your life doesn’t alter the genes you were born with. What changes is your genetic activity, meaning the hundreds of proteins, enzymes, and other chemicals that regulate your cells.
Your Thoughts Program Your Cells
Every cell in your body is replaced about every two months. So, the good news is, you can reprogram your pessimistic cells to be more optimistic by adopting positive thinking practices, like mindfulness and gratitude, for permanent results.
Your biology doesn’t spell your destiny, and you aren’t controlled by your genetic makeup. Instead, your genetic activity is largely determined by your thoughts, attitudes, and perceptions. Epigenetics is proving that your perceptions and thoughts control your biology, which places you in the driver’s seat. By changing your thoughts, you can influence and shape your own genetic readout.
You have a choice in determining what input your genes receive. The more positive the input, the more positive the output of your genes. Epigenetics is allowing lifestyle choices to be directly traced to the genetic level and is proving the mind-body connection irrefutable. At the same time, research into epigenetics is also emphasizing how important positive mental self-care practices are because they directly impact our physical health.
You can’t control what has happened in the past, which shaped the brain you have today, programmed your cells, and caused certain genes to switch on. However, you do have the power in this moment and going forward to choose your perspective and behavior, which will change your brain, cells, and genes.
Quantum physics has proven that living things are constant transmitters and receivers of measurable energy. Thoughts are bundles of electromagnetic energy, and new models of consciousness depict it as being able to move beyond physical boundaries like energy.The word “emotion” is Greek and means Energy in motion. Emotions are seen to be energetic as well as physical in this model. The other key discovery is that in the bi-directional information pathways, the brain issues information to the cells along the same pathways. “Intention appears to be something akin to a tuning fork, causing the tuning forks of other things in the universe to resonate at the same frequency” McTaggart writes.
Dr. Bruce Lipton (aka, the Father of Epigenetics) states that “Epigenetics doesn’t change the genetic code, it changes how that’s read. Perfectly normal genes can result in cancer or death. Vice-versa, in the right environment, mutant genes won’t be expressed. Genes are equivalent to blueprints; epigenetics is the contractor. They change the assembly, the structure.”
That is what Sri Aurobindo had discovered some forty years earlier — but he never explained the secret, probably because it serves no purpose to explain: one has to become in one’s body. This is what he said:
… There is too an obscure mind of the body, of the very cells, molecules, corpuscles. Haeckel, the German materialist, spoke somewhere of the will in the atom, and recent science [Heisenberg], dealing with the incalculable individual variation in the activity of the electrons, comes near to perceiving that this is not a figure but the shadow thrown by a secret reality. This body-mind is a very tangible truth; owing to its obscurity and mechanical clinging to past movements and facile oblivion and rejection of the new, we find in it one of the chief obstacles to permeation by the Supermind Force and the transformation of the functioning of the body. On the other hand, once effectively converted, it will be one of the most precious instruments for the stabilisation of the supramental Light and Force in material nature.
This makes evolutionary sense as it means that all through life as we adapt to our environments and we make changes to our beliefs, thinking, brain images and unconscious information. These adaptations are not all lost in this life but may be part of what is passed on in inheritance to our children at some level via the rewiring of our DNA which at conception then gets passed down to our children as an up-to-the-moment adapted DNA pool.
So we see that Mukta kept herself positive in a negative environment creating a placebo effect and thus is thriving in her life beautifully. But though her parents and brother had the same genes or DNA they had fallen prey to negative emotions or Nacebo effect.So I think I have much to learn from this little girl grown up to be a beautiful woman — Mukta — — which means PEARL. She is a living example of EPIGENETICS –THE PEARL OF WISDOM.