Transforming Your DNA: The Dynamic Power of Repentance in Genetic Change!

What leads to a rebirth?

One word — repentance.

How can this simple act recreate you?

The answer lies in our inherent biological capacity to change our genetics. No, we can’t command our eyes to change colour. However, we manage the switching on or off of specific genes. Enter the science of epigenetics!

Epigenetics means “above” genetics. This relatively new field describes features outside of our DNA that regulate our genes. This regulation doesn’t happen in a vacuum but rather in an interaction with the environment. We perceive and interact with our environment and our genetics respond appropriately.

Bruce Lipton calls our cell membranes the brain of the cell because it is at the seat of this interface with our internal and external environments

A common example of epigenetics at work is alcohol consumption. As we drink and regret drinking, our body up-regulates genes that metabolize alcohol. Our body perceives the shot of poisonous booze and responds with an internal injection of the antidote.

In short, the way our body responds to our internal and external environment can be adaptive or maladaptive.

Epigenetics enables our adaptive recreation on a genetic level.

And total repentance affords us the opportunity to be born again.

What Kind of Repentance Leads to Rebirth?

You can turn the nob to fiery hot or keep it lukewarm.

A repentance of the latter kind is not true repentance.

Choose to lead a life of fiery repentance and your epigenetics will be working for you, all of you — mind, body and spirit.

True repentance is about having that fire to turn away from sin and the things that do not serve you. True repentance is the absence of excuses to flirt with past sin. It is the desire to draw a line in the sand that separates you from sin — a line so deep that it burrows to the earth’s core.

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” — Revelation 3: 15–16

Fearing the lord will shake you right in your DNA. And this particular bible verse does that for me.

It reminds me to look at repentance with a strict eye. It tells me that you either repent fervently with all your heart or not at all.

This is available to all living beings who are not lukewarm.

Being on fire can forge your DNA into untarnished gold.

The Epigenetics of Rebirth

Our cells sense the environment.

Building your house in a garbage dump is the same as having an external environment of stress and chaos for our cells.

Epigenetics is how our cells interpret the outer world. This interpretation translates into a cacophony of cellular signals. We then act appropriately to respond to these signals.

Sometimes the environment can also be what lies within.

Our internal environment is shaped by the direction our conscious minds take. If our minds lean towards stress, our cells undergo stress, and if they lean towards bliss, our cells immerse in blissfulness.

The first actions we take to align ourselves with God are enough to kickstart the road to repentance. These actions go against our automatic, primal drives. So, with that, they’re accompanied by the stress of change. Don’t worry, this is good stress.

It’s the story of the Israelites in the wilderness during the exodus from Egypt.

The wilderness forces our internal environment to adapt for the better. It adapts through our epigenetics. And through it, we come out with a genetic rebirth.

However, this only happens with a fiery heart for repentance.

Repentance is turning away from what doesn’t serve you in favour of the most high.

So You’re Reborn, Now What?

I believe that the only guaranteed thing in life is change.

You cannot exist in a state of permanent contentment as long as you’re living. This is evident at the most basic level when our hunger driver kicks in and we find ourselves discontent with our satiety.

The same goes for being reborn through a life of repentance. It requires fervent work every day. It requires purpose.

Rebirth comes as a result of actions aligned with the highest good.

We become lukewarm the moment we think we’re above our daily bread. Humans are part animal, part divine. When we favour the expedient, we lose sight of daily actions that are hard, but necessary, for a life of repentance.

The Bible says that we should think of things of the spirit and not of the flesh.

When this happens continually, we marinate our internal environment in blissfulness. Our cells sense this and live happily ever after — well, not really…

To continue this type of living requires diligence.

It requires us to direct our consciousness by watching where our minds tend to go.

C.S Lewis, in The Screwtape Letters, says that we should be self-conscious about our devilish tendencies, but un-selfconscious about our actions aligned with the spirit. In other words, we should do good from the heart and be weary of when our minds and bodies tend toward our shadow.

Jordan Peterson says, “Be possessed by things of the spirit and not of things of the devil.”

We hear of mindfulness a lot, but not so much about heartfulness. Heartfulness requires awareness of what emotions we possess.

Embrace lower consciousness — fear, apathy, grief, and anxiety.

Because it leads to love, joy, contentment and peace — our divine nature.

And that’s just another way of saying you are reborn; reborn in mind, body, and spirit at the genetic level.

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