This week I wanted to share a video that focuses on one of my favorite biological phenomenon, the Biology of Belief. According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, “the knowledge that we have been operating with for many centuries, and last couple of hundred years specifically, the new scientific knowledge, is not actually found to be valid today” (Lipton, 2014). This statement clearly indicates that we have been functioning on misperceptions. In the video, Dr. Lipton focuses on how misperception of the world can be deadly, by providing the viewer with an example of an anorexic human being. Dr. Lipton states that there was nothing wrong with the person’s biology; it was their misperception that caused them harm (Lipton, 2014).
“When we look at the world right now, it is in crisis, and that really promotes a lot of fear; which then creates a worse situation, because then we get into protection and shut ourselves down” (Lipton, 2014). Dr. Lipton takes this concept one step further, by comparing our society to the organism of a caterpillar. For example, Dr. Lipton states that at the beginning of the caterpillar’s life, all cells have jobs (i.e. “digestion, respiration, etc.”) and the caterpillar is growing. “The caterpillar is getting bigger and bigger, the economy in that caterpillar is growing…the system is growing, the economy is great, and everything is wonderful” (Lipton, 2014). At some point, the caterpillar’s organism reaches its maximum size, and on a biological level, things start to slow down. When this happens to a biological entity, as it does in any social economy, cells start to lose their job functions, and get laid off.
“Many cells in this fear state actually commit suicide, which in biology is called apoptosis. They actually commit suicide, because they look around and think that the whole thing is ‘falling apart, everybody is losing their work, it seems like everything is coming to an end’. While everyone is in that panic fear, there are other individual cells that are not panicked. These other cells, genetically identical, but have a different vision” (Lipton, 2014). These other cells are called imaginal cells, and are responsible for restructuring the caterpillar and transforming it into something more glorious.
“These imaginal cells, they are in the mists of all this falling apart of their civilization, they look and say ‘there is something better and more beautiful in front of us’. They are the ones that create the butterfly” (Lipton, 2014). Dr. Lipton states that even though the biology of the caterpillar has reached its limit, and most cells are losing their job functions, the imaginal cells have a new vision, to re-structure the organism and make it into something so much better.
“What is happening in the world today is the end of the caterpillar. The imaginal cells are making themselves known with new ideas, new visions, and new ways out, because there is a far better way out, it is not the end at all” (Lipton, 2014). Dr. Lipton compares the imaginal cells of the caterpillar to present day cultural creatives, which, as we speak, are envisioning a better and more sustainable future for us all.
“Most importantly, the young people have to recognize that they are the population of imaginial cells. It is up to them to take what was brought into this civilization and restructure it, so that they can build that butterfly civilization that is far more magnificent” (Lipton, 2014). My whole purpose of this weeks’ blog content is to inspire, especially the young members of our society, to get educated and become a part of sustainable living. “Rather than looking at fear right now, look at this as the moment of opportunity, because there is something so much better on the horizon. We can only get there by eliminating the structure as it is now, because the structure as it is now; is providing for our extinction” (Lipton, 2014).
Hopefully you will note the comparison of the biological caterpillar to our current economic structure and its devastating environmental impact. I encourage you to think more like the imaginial cells, and help us re-envision a sustainable future that will support all life form of this planet.
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Dr. Lipton, Bruce. "Biology of Belief." YouTube. YouTube, 30 Nov. 2012. Web. 08 Aug. 2014.