In this very readable book, Dr. Lipton takes the reader through the mechanics of cell life, and makes his case by the route of cells responding to their environment, starting with individual cells, then those grouping together for better survival, to the complex system that makes up our own bodies.
He is insistent that the interconnections throughout our body are also connect to our brains, thus our minds, so that what we think can have a great impact on the health of our cells, both individually and as a differentiated group.
Of course, none of this is exactly new – Eastern belief systems have been saying this for millennia. But now he presents the science to back it up.
The thing I found MOST interesting was the idea put forth by Candace Pert in Molecules of Emotion, where she showed how her study of information receptors one nerve cell membranes led her to discover that the same ‘neural’ receptors were present on most, if not all, of the body’s cells. Thus, she says, the “mind” was not focused in the head but was distributed via signal molecules to the whole body.
So…. our mind is throughout our body! We have already learned from recent studies that our memories are not located in specific areas of the brain, but all over the brain. So this fits in quite well. We all talk about ‘muscle memory’. So, our mind throughout our entire body. You know, think about it — reflexology, chakras, acupuncture points, all that kind of thing. Something to ponder on.
I really like reading about all kinds of different views, no matter how woo-woo. I don’t think we have the definitive answer to much of anything yet. Today’s ectoplasm could be tomorrow’s fourth dimension. Who knows? Not me, that’s for sure.
I was a little disappointed that he ended with that old standby= the deity done did it. When we don’t have an answer, it doesn’t mean there isn’t an answer.