Bruce Lipton is a Stem Cell Biologist with a focus on Epigenetics. With a bio like that you would be forgiven for thinking you needed a science or biology degree to read any of his books. At least that’s what I had thought prior to reading this book. You know the type. Where you dare not read unless you have access to Google to help you decipher the words let alone the concepts.
This was, surprisingly, not the case – it ended up being a fascinating read with a ton of “oh, so that’s what that means” moments in it. It was fascinating and the author is quite comical in his portrayal of scientific information. His approach went a long way in helping the subject matter be less intimidating.
Bridging the gap
I would say that the author bridged scientific esoterica and every day application very well. I found the book inspired me to actually stop reading and do a little independent research as I went along. Some of the information was a bit contrary to my own personal beliefs. But, the author does state that his views aren’t the most popular (from the very beginning).
Re-readable (I know that’s not a proper word, but it works)
This is the kind of book you may need to read more than once. The author introduces a number of alternate theories and points of views which may be applicable at different stages of an individual’s journey. The author, being a researcher himself, readily refers to established research as well as his own as he covers various topics and presents the information in a logical manner.
The title is a very concise summary of what the book is about which is how our belief systems affect our physical body. We experience this on a more acute level with things like stress or dislike for a situation or person. The tell tale knot in the stomach, tension headache or something to that effect. These are all very real and physically prevalent manifestations that we are all too familiar with.
What you can learn from a single cell
Dr Lipton took those ‘feelings’ one step further and looked at single cells and their reaction to various influences both real and perceived.
He puts forward some compelling results from studies and tests and from there it isn’t a big leap to realize how the reaction of the single cell is remarkable. Multiply it by the approximate 30 trillion cells (that’s 30 with 12 zeros behind it!) and its downright hard to ignore.
There were many, and I mean many, light bulb moments for me during this book. I have read a few ‘science-y’ books, but this one was an absolute pleasure. No dozing off and maybe 2 Google searches the first time I read it.
Dr. Lipton’s work
Dr. Lipton has a number of YouTube videos and talks available on the internet. I’ll be honest, I find his written work better than the spoken. Partly because in his videos and talks he delves into very deep and intellectual content. I prefer to read and metabolize at my own pace. This is a personal choice and you may find his visual work engaging, so I would still encourage you to check it out.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.