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Scientists Finally Show How Your Thoughts Can Cause Specific Molecular Changes To Your Genes December 31, 2013

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By: Michael Forrester

With evidence growing that training the mind or inducing certain modes of consciousness can have positive health effects, researchers have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body. A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of intensive mindfulness practice.

The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities. After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that shows rapid alterations in gene expression within subjects associated with mindfulness meditation practice,” says study author Richard J. Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“Most interestingly, the changes were observed in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs,” says Perla Kaliman, first author of the article and a researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Spain (IIBB-CSIC-IDIBAPS), where the molecular analyses were conducted.

The study was published in the Journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Mindfulness-based trainings have shown beneficial effects on inflammatory disorders in prior clinical studies and are endorsed by the American Heart Association as a preventative intervention. The new results provide a possible biological mechanism for therapeutic effects.

Gene Activity Can Change According To Perception

According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, gene activity can change on a daily basis. If the perception in your mind is reflected in the chemistry of your body, and if your nervous system reads and interprets the environment and then controls the blood’s chemistry, then you can literally change the fate of your cells by altering your thoughts.

In fact, Dr. Lipton’s research illustrates that by changing your perception, your mind can alter the activity of your genes and create over thirty thousand variations of products from each gene. He gives more detail by saying that the gene programs are contained within the nucleus of the cell, and you can rewrite those genetic programs through changing your blood chemistry.

In the simplest terms, this means that we need to change the way we think if we are to heal cancer. “The function of the mind is to create coherence between our beliefs and the reality we experience,” Dr. Lipton said. “What that means is that your mind will adjust the body’s biology and behavior to fit with your beliefs. If you’ve been told you’ll die in six months and your mind believes it, you most likely will die in six months. That’s called the nocebo effect, the result of a negative thought, which is the opposite of the placebo effect, where healing is mediated by a positive thought.”

That dynamic points to a three-party system: there’s the part of you that swears it doesn’t want to die (the conscious mind), trumped by the part that believes you will (the doctor’s prognosis mediated by the subconscious mind), which then throws into gear the chemical reaction (mediated by the brain’s chemistry) to make sure the body conforms to the dominant belief. (Neuroscience has recognized that the subconscious controls 95 percent of our lives.)

Now what about the part that doesn’t want to die–the conscious mind? Isn’t it impacting the body’s chemistry as well? Dr. Lipton said that it comes down to how the subconscious mind, which contains our deepest beliefs, has been programmed. It is these beliefs that ultimately cast the deciding vote.

“It’s a complex situation,” said Dr. Lipton. People have been programmed to believe that they’re victims and that they have no control. We’re programmed from the start with our mother and father’s beliefs. So, for instance, when we got sick, we were told by our parents that we had to go to the doctor because the doctor is the authority concerning our health. We all got the message throughout childhood that doctors were the authority on health and that we were victims of bodily forces beyond our ability to control. The joke, however, is that people often get better while on the way to the doctor. That’s when the innate ability for self-healing kicks in, another example of the placebo effect.

Mindfulness Practice Specifically Affects Regulatory Pathways

The results of Davidson’s study show a down-regulation of genes that have been implicated in inflammation. The affected genes include the pro-inflammatory genes RIPK2 and COX2 as well as several histone deacetylase (HDAC) genes, which regulate the activity of other genes epigenetically by removing a type of chemical tag. What’s more, the extent to which some of those genes were downregulated was associated with faster cortisol recovery to a social stress test involving an impromptu speech and tasks requiring mental calculations performed in front of an audience and video camera.

Biologists have suspected for years that some kind of epigenetic inheritance occurs at the cellular level. The different kinds of cells in our bodies provide an example. Skin cells and brain cells have different forms and functions, despite having exactly the same DNA. There must be mechanisms–other than DNA–that make sure skin cells stay skin cells when they divide.

Perhaps surprisingly, the researchers say, there was no difference in the tested genes between the two groups of people at the start of the study. The observed effects were seen only in the meditators following mindfulness practice. In addition, several other DNA-modifying genes showed no differences between groups, suggesting that the mindfulness practice specifically affected certain regulatory pathways.

The key result is that meditators experienced genetic changes following mindfulness practice that were not seen in the non-meditating group after other quiet activities — an outcome providing proof of principle that mindfulness practice can lead to epigenetic alterations of the genome.

Previous studies in rodents and in people have shown dynamic epigenetic responses to physical stimuli such as stress, diet, or exercise within just a few hours.

“Our genes are quite dynamic in their expression and these results suggest that the calmness of our mind can actually have a potential influence on their expression,” Davidson says.

“The regulation of HDACs and inflammatory pathways may represent some of the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic potential of mindfulness-based interventions,” Kaliman says. “Our findings set the foundation for future studies to further assess meditation strategies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions.”

Subconscious Beliefs Are Key

Too many positive thinkers know that thinking good thoughts–and reciting affirmations for hours on end–doesn’t always bring about the results that feel-good books promise.

Dr. Lipton didn’t argue this point, because positive thoughts come from the conscious mind, while contradictory negative thoughts are usually programmed in the more powerful subconscious mind.

“The major problem is that people are aware of their conscious beliefs and behaviors, but not of subconscious beliefs and behaviors. Most people don’t even acknowledge that their subconscious mind is at play, when the fact is that the subconscious mind is a million times more powerful than the conscious mind and that we operate 95 to 99 percent of our lives from subconscious programs.

“Your subconscious beliefs are working either for you or against you, but the truth is that you are not controlling your life, because your subconscious mind supersedes all conscious control. So when you are trying to heal from a conscious level–citing affirmations and telling yourself you’re healthy–there may be an invisible subconscious program that’s sabotaging you.”

The power of the subconscious mind is elegantly revealed in people expressing multiple personalities. While occupying the mind-set of one personality, the individual may be severely allergic to strawberries. Then, in experiencing the mind-set of another personality, he or she eats them without consequence.

The new science of epigenetics promises that every person on the planet has the opportunity to become who they really are, complete with unimaginable power and the ability to operate from, and go for, the highest possibilities, including healing our bodies and our culture and living in peace.

Article sources:
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Intention Heals February 7, 2013

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Our thoughts are energy. Intention is focused thought which affects all physical matter. Once you decide to take control of your mind which in turn regulates your body, then you will be in control.

My studies in University have shown me what science is beginning to discover about the biological and chemical correlates of our thoughts and intentions. The carrier or dynamic at work is energy. The beauty of self-empowerment is that you are making this discovery yourself, as you learn to activate and maximize your own innate energy abilities to create your reality of health and well-being.
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Focus Your Mind on Healing January 17, 2013

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Visualization is a tool to help you take control of your own intentions. This can help you to align your conscious and subconscious mind in a way that is optimal for healing. Visualizations accelerate the healing process by getting all of your cells working together towards optimal health.

Use whatever your most dominant sense is to your advantage when visualizing. Some people are more tuned into auditory memory and they prefer to visualize healing music. Others remember visual stimuli and prefer to visualize dynamic healing images. Ideally we want to visualize using all of our senses and this comes with practice.

Your subconscious acts as a filter, bringing details to your conscious awareness on a need-to -know basis as there is so much information streaming at you constantly. What you are aware of is what you focus on. This can prevent you from seeing the bigger picture. Our reality is what we focus on and what we perceive it to be.

Your brain cannot distinguish between a real event and a perceived event. In other words, your body responds to your mental stimuli the same way as physical stimuli. By making your visualizations as realistic as possible with clear positive intention, you will achieve optimal results. You are recreating yourself in your new experience of wellness. Create your new healthy reality now. Remember that the energy of your intentions is actually being processed as new information within your body. That is the true power of visualization.

The mental imprint from visualizations triggers changes in the neurons of your brain. Neuron connections are strengthened by repeated visualizations. Set what you desire in your conscious mind, and then let your subconscious mind recreate what your intentions are. For example, if you have a headache, your intention is to become pain free. A visualization would be much more specific, sending step- by -step instructions to your body as to how this should be accomplished.

Visualize the blood vessels in the area of pain opening and allowing unrestricted blood flow. Then visualize calming ripples of energy emanating from the area. Imagine every muscle in that area being totally relaxed. Through your focused intentions you can speed up your own healing process.

Simplify your visualization by choosing only one goal before proceeding with any other issues you may have. Prioritizing your goals will help you to determine your focus. Be as concise and specific as possible as you focus your mind on healing.

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The Healing Influence of Your Intentions January 8, 2013

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Recent findings in molecular biology show that your own intentions directly affect your health by their powerful influence on your metabolism.

So how can you use this knowledge to your advantage? The first step is to recognize your desire for change. Your mind and body will recognize whether or not you are ready and willing to make changes. If you truly are ready, your cells will interpret your intentions to heal as genuine. If your intentions are not sincere they will be viewed and dismissed by your body as background noise.

If you are attempting to feed yourself the same old unproductive thought patterns and just sugarcoat them, think again. For instance, if you are telling yourself that in spring you will start an exercise program, what you are really saying is that these changes are not important enough for you to start now. You are attempting to fool your own cells, and that will never work. They are too smart for that. Who knows you better than yourself? You can’t fool yourself, but you can change yourself.

What is most amazing about your brain is its adaptability. It conforms to your own thought processes through expectations, and is always rebuilding, repairing, and thereby recreating itself. A thought is translated in your brain and your body reacts to that thought. What you think is what you get.

Understand how your environment influences you. Become proactive in how you interpret events, as how you are influenced is up to you. Your perception of this influence is ultimately what affects you, rather than the events themselves. It is important to take in only information that is helpful to you in your healing.

Your sincere intention must be your singular focus. Become self-reflective and totally honest. Focus on how you think, understanding how each thought flows into another thought, and how your thoughts interact with one another. Intention helps to align your conscious awareness with your subconscious thoughts and beliefs. This makes it possible to get every cell working more effectively towards the same goal of health and healing. Your conscious intention must be synchronized, or aligned with your subconscious intention.

Ask yourself, “What do I want?” If your answer is that you want to be healthy, say it aloud. Shout, “I want to be healthy!” Let it resonate within you that this is your intention. This is what you expect. Focus on the expectation that this will happen. Your perception of outcome makes a huge difference. Change any habits or patterns that are not in synchronicity with your healing program. Absorb only information that is helpful to you. Let yourself know that you are seriously focused on the path toward change. Then use your own intentions to give you that extra edge in your healing.

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The Supreme Form of Devotion October 18, 2009

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Silence signifies great strength. Through silence man can understand the mystic tendencies of this universe. Silence also has the power to calm the soul from all its burdens.

Meditation is nothing else but sitting in absolute silence. It is an act in which the mind is removed from its worldly existence. Initially, it may be extremely difficult to block away thoughts from entering the mind but eventually the mind will get used to becoming still.

There is not a exact process for meditation because the purpose of meditation itself is to think about nothing. The only challenge is to stay alert. Thats why it is adviced to sit in padmasan (lotus) posture. Both palms should be in the front with left palm under right palm and both thumbs touching the tips of each other. In this posture, it is said that a person is in total balance with the universe.

Once in this position, first  thing to do is to offer a fervent thanks to the universe and tell the mind to not fall asleep. Then, just concentrate on breathing. Initially, only disturbing thoughts will penetrate through the mind. Do not be alarmed. Let the disturbing thoughts come through the mind and go. Just concentate on the breathing. Slow and deep breathing signifies a calm mind while fast and quick breaths signify that the mind is still thinking.

Meditation is the supreme form of devotion. No prayer and devotion can calm the soul like it does. Everybody should take out atleast a few minutes in a day to meditate.

Sociological Benefits of Meditation March 21, 2009

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