A few years back I had a chance to listen to Bruce Lipton speak. Bruce is a macro-biologist who thinks quite differently then the rest of his peers about what is really going on inside cells. At that time he was focused on our beliefs and how our beliefs impact the cells in our body. The idea that basically cells are either defending or growing and that our beliefs are what give the signal to the cell. Most macro-biologist believe genetics has more weight in the growth/defend life cycle of cells but Lipton has been challenging that idea for quite a while.
Now he has gotten interested in humankind as a whole. His latest book is looking at humanity as a living being. I quite enjoyed some of his ideas. As someone who ‘miraculously’ healed from cancer, I could easily relate to his idea that healing comes through a paradigm shift in thinking. I also loved the idea of applying what we are learning about a single cell and an individual to the broader human kind system. The idea that our world is in a crisis is easy to accept. It is also pretty clear that trying to ‘fix’ the crisis or attack the problem by cutting out the ‘bad’ parts is not effective. His answer is simply that we must shift our thinking from that of being individually conscious to becoming collectively conscious.
Now this is not really a new way of thinking. New age folks and various other indegenious people have been thinking this way a long time. However, it is pretty new and unique in the world of science.
I am also thinking this idea of collective consciousness is not quite what most of us are thinking it is. I hear a lot of people talk about oneness and collective consciousness and often interpret what I hear as a need for us to all harmonize and come together in some unified concrete way. However, if Lipton’s idea has any validity and we look at how our cells work together in the body, I would say it’s not about being more alike and unifying in that way. It is more about being okay being different and unifying through our differences.
Montana is an example of what I mean. Montana is a state that has more variety of beliefs and opinions then many large cities. In any little town like Whitefish or Butte you can find diversity in thought and opinion in any cafe or bar and instead of fighting and separation there seems to be a Montana code: you accept me and I’ll accept you and let’s live in this great space together. Now I think that is movement towards collective consciousness and is something worth considering on a broader level.
I have my thoughts about how people need to change; however, I am pretty clear that would be the hardest and least effective path to creating a global shift. That was Lipton’s point. Cells either grow or defend – it’s the same with people. Try to force someone to change and all they’ll do is defend; accept them and who knows. May be it is okay that we are all different. Maybe that’s the way it was designed. Once we are okay with that, well, then we could live in this great space together!
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