Learning even basic epigenetic concepts should encourage greater attunement to the power of thoughts. Many perceptions of our environment (diet, energy connections, air quality, exercise, consciousness, etc.) are entwined with thought processes. If we understand that thoughts are an interface between the inner cellular community and the outer environment, we can understand how illness occurs and how wellness and well-being can be recreated. For example, the body-mind reacts to fearful perceptions and thoughts by stopping growth, closing off blood flow to the forebrain, and switching off the immune system. During a period of fearful reaction, the adrenal glands work to protect the body against threats from the outside; however, the body does not manufacture new cells or grow and the immune system does not protect the body against threats from the inside. Existing opportunistic organisms (parasites, bacteria, viruses, etc.) that are normally suppressed by the immune system gain strength, and illness occurs. Moreover, some excessive stress hormones destroy the body’s own tissue -- particularly heart tissue. Imagine the outcomes of chronic fear and stress.
Epigenetics encourages the belief that problems caused by the mind can be fixed by the mind. In order for cells to respond positively, however, they must be given the right perceptual thought signals. An estimated 70 percent of all continuous-loop thoughts running through our minds are negative and redundant, however; and 95 percent of our life activity originates in the subconscious, which was programmed by observing others. Subconscious programs may be thought of as everything we don’t pay attention to -- reactions versus responses. In order to change our thought patterns, and improve gene responses, we need to think of the subconscious as a machine, which is not “good” or “bad”: just an accumulation of programs that became established and dominate our thinking. The conscious and subconscious minds do not communicate. Therefore, we must assume responsibility for eroding unhealthy, reactive subconscious programs and devote time and repetitive effort to developing mindfulness that will facilitate healthy perceptions of our environment.
Through exciting epigenetic research, we are learning that we can release thoughts of being fashioned and controlled by our inherited genetic makeup and that we do not have to be victimized by self-perceived physicality. We can create our own unique physiological and behavioral traits through applied consciousness. Science is confirming possibilities, and we are challenged to discover how to fulfill our potential for becoming sentient (finely sensitive in perception or feeling) beings. Our processes may include learning how to: ask the subconscious mind what is destroying wellness and well-being; change perceptions of our environment; reframe feelings, thoughts, and emotions; and facilitate positive cellular communications and gene responses.