Last Thursday, I was joined by the remarkable biologist, author and speaker Bruce Lipton for “Learning to Walk My Talk: How Quantum Biology Changed My Life”.
One of the things I really appreciate about Bruce is his warmth and vivacity. He’s so alive! And he really loves people and their potential. I first met him in Colorado over a decade ago, before the publication of his first book, Biology of Belief, and I was struck by how immediately he electrified the crowd of scientists and researchers who had gathered at a conference where we both were speaking.
In the time since, he seems to have become only happier and more energetic. While hosting him at a wonderful event in the Bay Area two weeks ago, and seeing that he’s a great advertisement for his ideas, definitely taking his own medicine, I realized that one of the things I’m most interested in is how he became so infectiously happy and joyful; especially because he’s shared publicly that this wasn’t always the case.
During our dialogue, Bruce explained how early in his career, he conducted pioneering epigenetics research that demonstrated that the control systems, or “brain” of the cell, are not located in the nucleus but in the surrounding membrane; and are largely responding to the condition of the cell environment. As Bruce got deeper and deeper into the science, he realized that many factors can have huge effects on the state of the field environment in which living cells operate.
Most significantly, he saw that our subconscious attitudes and beliefs have enormous effects at the cellular level. For him, this was an extraordinary, paradigm-shifting discovery.
But even after this insight, Bruce still in his words, “had the same old life.” This was especially painful because he’d starting speaking to groups, telling people about the wonderful implications of his scientific findings. And yet his life still wasn’t so great. And of course people sensed that. There was a disconnect, a missing piece that had to fall into place before this scientific knowledge could translate into a deeper transformational understanding, for Bruce and for others.
For Bruce, the journey to discovering this missing piece began with a motorcycle accident in the Caribbean, where he was teaching at the time. He was transported to the best medical facility, which was at the school were he was teaching, his whole body wracked with pain, barely able to walk. All that his medical colleagues and doctors could offer was pain medication, pills. And these weren’t working. So when he learned that one of the medical students was a chiropractor, he set aside his conventional medical prejudices and decided to give it a try.
The transformative moment came during the chiropractic session when he was introduced to kinesiology, or “muscle-testing”. When he was instructed to speak a falsity “my name is Carol”, his arm immediately lost strength, against his will. He thought he had just been inattentive and demanded it be repeated. His arm was strong when he said his name was “Bruce” but weak when he said “Carol.”
“The moment I experienced that, my life changed—instantly,” says Bruce. He realized that something else, something other than his conscious mind was controlling his arm. That “something else” was his subconscious mind, and it was clearly more powerful that his conscious mind. Bruce woke up to the power of the subconscious mind, and the fact that there are two minds, each with different programming, operating in us.
Bruce communicates it simply: The conscious mind operates out of our personal desires, our personal and spiritual identity, our uniqueness, and our creative agentic mind. The subconscious mind operates below our everyday awareness, and when it has a different program from the conscious mind, it will override the personal wishes and desires that we hold in our conscious mind.
Bruce began to tune into the constant stream of thoughts, usually just beyond his awareness, originating in his subconscious mind. He discerned such messages as ”you’re not going to get to work on time” and “that lecture won’t be any good.” He was struck by how negative, even self-abusive his thoughts were. He realized that his fate, and the fate of the work he wanted to pass on to others, rested on discovering the beliefs, or programs, that might be in his subconscious mind contradicting his conscious wishes and desires—and invisibly determining the course of his life.
And in the context of his original scientific insight, this subconscious programming was creating a perceived environment, telling the (mostly negative and limiting) story that Bruce the “organism”, was responding to. This was the missing piece!
He gained further clarity when he started to recognize two voices from his subconscious mind. One was a critical parent dumping abuse onto the second voice, a child struggling against the abuse. Bruce identified with the second voice.
He moved from victim to mastery, and reclaimed his power, when in the midst of a depressive meltdown where both the critical parent and abused child voices were clamoring, he got very quiet.
At that point he discerned a third voice, calm and wise. It asked, “Don’t you have anything better to do than to listen to this stuff?” Bruce wholeheartedly agreed! He immediately left his lab and went to a movie, not even bothering to clean up. And when he got out of the movie the depression was gone.
From then on, Bruce says, “when self-abusing thoughts came in, I’d hear that third voice and laugh! And I started to hear the voice sooner and sooner each time.” In a short time, his depression disappeared. He started to realize that he had power over the way his life unfolded.
Bruce says as soon as he started to take that control back, the real fun began! Whereas, previously, when he gave talks, some people drifted off, or didn’t resonate. Now most of the people he spoke to were leaning forward, and really listening. They could sense and see that he was “walking his talk”.
I hope you’ll listen in to this high-energy conversation. We also discussed the constructive and destructive power of the collective field. And why Jesus could perform miracles everywhere—except in his home town! You can access the recording here.