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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 04:01
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Girlfriend, I wish I can explain to you the kind of creeps I get whenever someone tries to straightjacket me into a black-and-white reality picture where one plus one is always two. On my planet one plus one sometimes equals a hundred. Miracles happen.

I have no idea why people feel the urge to crush this mindset in others. Especially when they do it to children. GK Chesterton writes that what “was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world.”

If you, like me, search for ways to stay anchored to that world of wonder, remember Hansel and Gretel’s fairy tale breadcrumbs. Nick Polizzi, director of The Sacred Science, speculates that synchronicity is a spiritual breadcrumb on the forest floor of our existence, intended to tell us, “You’re on course!”

No such thing as a weird coincidence, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, who coined the term ‘synchronicity’, believed. For instance, you think of a friend you haven’t seen in yonks, and just then the phone rings. Guess who? Or you go to a book shop and the book that ‘accidentally’ falls of the rack right in front of you is the one you never knew you needed.

Nope, it’s not just a mysterious glitch in the matrix. Nick likens it to the occasional stack of rocks you’d see on hiking trails – cairns placed there by others who had navigated this route before you. When you walk for too long without seeing one, it means that you’ve lost the trail.

So, the book that recently fell of the rack for me was a huge reminder that I’m still on the right cosmic trail. Actually, it’s the perfect portal to my planet where one plus one is seldom two.

Odd, though, that it was written by a gynaecologist. However, what Christiane Northrup does in ‘Goddesses never age: The secret prescription for radiance, vitality and well-being’ is show you how to be unencumbered by cultural expectations.

She says that your culture will try to hold you back if you step outside the pale. We live in a shame-drenched culture according to clinical neuropsychologist dr Mario Martinez, author of the ‘Mind Body Code’. Shame, betrayal and abandonment are the cultural mechanisms to shut down those who dare to push it.

These architects of misery will do their best to keep you in a box, especially when it comes to aging. Christiane says that the cultural defining of aging with decrepitude and decline are often in place by age 11.

We teach our children that a milestone becomes a millstone. Milestone birthdays are major thresholds that reinforce the cultural conditioning as it relates to age and vitality. Christiane says that is why you should never give your age. People automatically use it to put you in a box and boxing truly affects your biology.

“It is your beliefs – and the behaviour that stems from those beliefs – that largely determine your experience of moving through time. You can’t change a belief that is unconscious. But once it’s conscious, then you are in the driver’s seat of your own life,” says Christiane.

Unearthing beliefs is what dr Mario Martinez did when he studied 700 healthy 100-year-olds from all over the world. He found that they all share similar characteristics: They are rebels who don’t go along with the beliefs of their cultures. They create their own culture and many live in subcultures that support maximizing their ability to live agelessly.

They tend not to align with traditional Western medicine. They indulge in pleasurable rituals daily, such as a cigar, a scotch or a brownie. Think tea ceremony here, not a mindless binge. They have events and new challenges to look forward to. Actually, it has been found that the number one cause of health is exultant emotions.

The healthy 100-year-olds also don’t identify with their peer groups and don’t use their age as a ‘cage’. Christiane says that you have to stop saying things such as “at my age” or “I’m too old for that”. What you pay attention to expands.

Getting older is inevitable. Aging is optional, says Christiane. ‘Old’ has nothing to do with your chronological age; it has everything to do with your beliefs. And belief, dear girlfriend, is far more powerful than biology.

 

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