Just back from a weekend seminar with Bruce Lipton, a traditionally trained biologist who “saw the light” and became as he calls it, a spiritual scientist.
I first heard of Bruce Lipton while doing alternative cancer treatment in Germany in 2012. While quantum physics was not an entirely new concept for me – I had been intrigued with this back in the 70’s – I became deeply involved in learning more about the recent advances in this area of medicine, healing and spirituality.
I have so much to say on this topic and may take each section over the next few weeks, but I will start with the “body system” because it is what brought me so much more seriously into using these concepts with my own clients.
Our internal environment – digestion, metabolism, brain chemistry and more – all reflect what we eat, think and absorb from the external environment, coupled with our genetic make-up and expression of those genes.
When this environment is out of balance, we are prone to not feeling well and potentially disease, which can take a long time to manifest. I quickly recall working at Joslin Diabetes Center in the 90’s and the debate at the time was about high blood pressure and predictability of diabetes. On the one side, researchers were stating that these were uniquely different diseases, one being cardiovascular in nature, while the other, metabolic. Other researchers were stating that these body systems were intimately connected and that the high blood pressure offered clues and some predictability.
For lack of a better word, who do you think was correct? If you guessed that there is a relationship, you are indeed, correct. High blood pressure is often a precursor to being diagnosed with Type Two diabetes about ten years later.
We are coming back to a time in medicine, science and religion, where the human organism and no less, the entire planet is known to be connected with that which is both seen and unseen. I will not take this forum to discuss religion per se, but will use spirituality (the world of the unseen), as part of this process toward understanding connectedness and its importance for the vitality of the “organism” (human being or planet).
I continue on this path today, knowing in my heart that how I use my mind – staying present, re-programming the belief system that I learned as an infant and young child – is the key to creating balance, health and vitality for me. While I have personally turned over many stones, there are those few core ones that often show up, not wanting to leave. This is the conditioning that becomes part of the automatic response, a response that is not even recognized because it is the sub-conscious driver of thoughts and actions.
How do I use this in my work? It depends on who I am working with. There is a time of readiness for us all. There are repeating patterns of suffering that can bring one to finally recognize that things are not working as we wish. It is the surrender (dying) of the old, that can bring about the new. For some, it may be leaving processed foods behind and choosing organic, non-GMO foods that truly nourish the body, while for others, it is becoming aware of the negative self-talk that sabotague’s ones’ efforts to not only change for self-love, but because this is truly what the person wants, not family, friends and co-workers.
Step one for me is to become present to each person who walks in my door. Step two is to listen without filters, judgement or pre-decision about the outcome. I truly believe that healing is possible for all. It is a journey and I am honored to be a facilitator in the process.
Part two will discuss the initial place within to begin – the gut microbiome.
Julie Freeman is a licensed integrative nutritionist who supports individuals, families and groups towards healthier lifestyles. Health is about mind-body-spirit.