Yes I actually said that! What and how you think can change your DNA. No longer are we victims to our genes but we have power to take charge of your body! Let’s take a look at what Dr. Caroline Leaf from Switch on Your Brain has to say
Thinking changes our DNA. Taking this to a deeper level, research shows that DNA actually change shape according to our thoughts. As you think those negative thoughts about the future-the week ahead of what a person might say or do, even in the absence of concrete stimulus – that toxic thinking will change your brain wiring in a negative direction and throw your mind and body into stress.
The power of thoughts goes way back, it reminds me of the scripture “As a man thinks, so is he” Proverbs 23:7. Thats an amazing statement! We become what we think about, even down to a cellular level. I do think this is deeper than a thought just flying through your head. I am talking about thinking that’s rooted in belief. How many of our thoughts are default. They are in the back of our minds and we don’t even realize it. Maybe we think we are a failure, we may not admit that to anyone out loud but it’s a thought we have daily that feels real to us. That is a root thought. Something you think without trying. Our minds create paths of thinking and whatever you think about the most makes a rut, so to speak, in your brain. In the future your brain will just take this default path of thought because its a path of least resistance. These become our beliefs, patterns of thoughts that we have said or thought so many times that it becomes habit rather than conscious choice.
It seems to be that God knew this all along and has been trying to clue us in! “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” Phillippians 4:8. All through scripture we are told to watch our thoughts, take control of them. There is even an example of our thoughts causing sickness! “A tranquil mind brings life to one’s body, but jealousy causes one’s bones to rot” Proverbs 14:30. Maybe God designed our body to listen to our minds. We have more power over our bodies than we give ourselves credit for.
Bruce H Lipton is a leader in the field of quantum mechanics and has some fascinating research on mindsets. He said “The moment you change your perception is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body” How we view the world and our thoughts about our environment really do change the chemistry and DNA of our bodies. He wrote the book The Biology of Belief and its packed with proof on the mind body connection. Our beliefs do effect our genes. We will end this post with the words of Jesus ” It shall be done to you according to your faith” Matthew 9:29