“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” –Albert Einstein
I’ve always fancied myself a mystical scientist. While I’ve always had a penchant toward the realm of Spirit, there has always remained that piece of me that always desired to remain completely objective; or in the very least as objective as I could be in my human form. Therefore, I am like the proverbial kid in the candy store when it comes to the many ways that science and spirituality (or religion) are uniting in search of the Ultimate Truth. Whether it be neuroscientists partnering with Buddhists to study the profound effects of meditation on the brain, or molecular biologists who have set out to find out why often times generations pass down behaviors and traits that cannot be explained by simple DNA inheritance; I’ve always been fascinated by those who seem to fuse the worlds of spirit and science together. Today I offer to you provocative information on epigenetics and what epigenetics can teach us about our own personal development.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve witnessed multiple different resources cite the idea that a person is not their history; or that a person’s destiny does not need be dictated by their history. In many ways this is true. Allow me to explain further.
For those unfamiliar with the term epigenetics, here is my simplified definition: when a person is born, they have certain inherited traits, which is dictated by DNA. However, science has recently discovered that in addition to DNA, a person inherits certain genetic information that is passed down on a cellular level generation to generation. Basically, what this means is that a parent can pass down their experiences to their offspring and future generations. Epigenetics is the study of these reactions and the factors that influence them.
What exactly does this mean for you and me? Simply stated, this science explains to us why often times as an unconscious individual, most of us tend to replicate the same experiences and the same behaviors as our predecessors. For me, the fascinating implication of this science is that it backs up what many religious and spiritual traditions have been explaining for eons. Many spiritual seers of the past have long recognized that there exists a paradigm inside ourselves that we must all overcome in order to transcend our circumstances. Therefore, in my very humble opinion, it is safe to say that the study of epigenetics brings full circle what many of us have come to know all along.
What epigenetics also tells us is that though we have certain inherited behaviors that have been passed down to us from our ancestors; we also have the ability to manipulate those epigenome markers through reprogramming them. Now do you see why this has me so excited? Science is yet again backing up what metaphysics has been saying for ages.
But even more important, the study of epigenetics can help us understand more about our intrinsic nature to such a degree that we can be even more empowered to create, shall we say, lemonade when we are given lemons on a genetic level. By understanding more about our biochemical design, we can truly sit in the driver seat when it comes to creating and manifesting changes in our organic and metaphysical selves. Just think about that for a moment. This is not only a spiritual principle; it is a definitive scientific fact!
And that, to me, is pretty darned liberating!