The Power of Love Molecules In Transforming Your Cellular Destiny

Our brain’s capacity to love changes our bodies for the better.

When I first learned of neuroplasticity, I was astounded! It means that our brains, and therefore bodies, are changing every day. Before, I thought my anxiety was permanent. But this knowledge threw a wrench in that fixed mindset.

Knowing that neuroplasticity exists is empowering. To leverage it, we need to account for our internal environment and its effect on our cells. As our consciousness goes, so does our internal environment.

Do you want an environment of stress molecules or love molecules?

I pick love molecules!

This post is about the science of our internal environment and how it directs our cellular fate.

But first, let’s rewind to when we were an unconscious mass of cells and how our prenatal environment affected us.

The Cozy or Not So Cozy Womb

We have the most potential when we are conceived. From then on, we get to choose how to actualize it.

We start as a mass of cells called embryonic stem cells. These are special because they are the “parent” of all the cells in our body. These cells can specialize and differentiate into other cell types. Liver, spleen, kidney, hair, and skin cells have all come from our embryonic stem cells.

What directs a stem cell to form a liver but not a skin cell?

The answer is the environment that that cell finds itself in.

The environment potentiates the stem cells in the same way our environment dictates how we behave as multi-cellular beings.

The cozy womb naturally has the environment of love.

However, a womb filled with the mother’s stress has been shown to negatively affect how our brains develop. Firstly, the pre-frontal cortex, governing executive functioning and impulse control among other things, is impaired by stress hormones. And the amygdala, our centre for the flight or fight response, is enlarged and goes haywire. “Oh S*&T!”, you might say, “We’re doomed from the start and have no control over the environment you’re born into.”

But once you’re born and developing into an adult, this control you once lacked is fully in your grasp with neuroplasticity.

The only thing standing in the way of your old rickety cellular environment and your complete makeover is the ability to direct your consciousness. Direct it how? Away from lingering in negative emotional states. By default, letting go of the negative makes room for us to experience the positive.

Cellular biologist, Bruce Lipton, puts it nicely:

“The result is that your biology becomes complementary to your mind and its perception, hence the nature of what is called the placebo effect.”

Craig Gustafson, Bruce Lipton, PhD: The Jump From Cell Culture to Consciousness

The placebo effect boils down to the capacity of our mindset to heal our body and soul. If our mind is working for us, we are creating an environment of love. If it’s not, we’re creating an environment of stress.

We can’t force ourselves to experience love; we can only let go of the hate, and in doing so, we open up to the experience of love.

“Science has recognized that immediately after falling in love, we enter a period of mindfulness where we keep our conscious mind present. It means when you fall in love for the first time, you stop playing subconscious programs that have been controlling 95% of your life. You start running programs that are based on your conscious wishes and desires.”

Craig Gustafson, Bruce Lipton, PhD: The Jump From Cell Culture to Consciousness

Baked in love hormones, our cells are happy, little love bugs.

To do this, we need to leverage the placebo effect and let go of the tendency to linger in the negativity.

The Biology of the Nocebo vs. Placebo Effect

The positive thinking movement has one problem: you can’t force yourself to think positively.

This is why affirmations without belief don’t work. It’s why thinking your way out of a health problem is sure to fail. Thought without a belief is empty.

The placebo effect happens regardless.

It is the culmination of our true beliefs and desires and the automatic thoughts that result because of it.

The placebo effect has a positive effect on our overall well-being.

The nocebo effect, due to the belief that we will incur harm, hurts our well-being.

Fear, envy, greed, apathy, guilt, shame, and sadness are all emotions contributing to the nocebo effect. Anything negative contributes to it. Does that nocebo effect kick in and wreak havoc the moment one of those emotions kicks in? I don’t think so – the negative byproducts of those emotions don’t have enough time to throw our cells in disarray. Therefore, it’s only when you linger in negative emotion for a prolonged period that the nocebo effect takes its toll.

The solution isn’t to mindlessly force your way to think empty positive thoughts. I believe the solution lies in your ability to let go of those negative states. Letting go of that which doesn’t serve you opens you up to things that do.

Letting go opens you up to experience LOVE!

The Advantage of Mindfulness in Letting Go

Mindfulness gives you a level of awareness necessary to let go in real-time.

When a negative emotion comes up, meditation allows you to notice it. This awareness allows you to do what you wish with the negative emotions. Many are mindless instead of mindful. They linger in, lash out, and in doing so, allow the negative emotional state to create a harmful environment for their cells.

Harmful, stress-filled environments make for unhappy cells. Science backs this reality back to when we were developing in the womb. However, you are empowered to control your cellular destiny by letting go.

Choosing to let go of suffering doesn’t mean you are immune to it.

It just means that you can respond rather than react to your suffering.

Wouldn’t you want to respond mindfully rather than mindlessly?

I sure do, cause my cellular fate depends on it!

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