What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
- Richard Bach
We are hearing a lot about change these days. Change has always been the one constant. Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, or the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”. Whether you subscribe to Darwinian theory or not, it is difficult to disagree with his observation.
What is Transformation? One entry from Webster’s describes Transformation as “the operation of changing from one expression to another”. A second entry states that transformation is “the genetic modification of a cell by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA.” DNA is the most central substance in the workings of all life on Earth. Exogenous means “caused or produced by an agent from outside the organism.” Incorporate, to become “one” with.
From a holistic model we look at what is a catalyst for change within our own minds and bodies, and take responsibility for what we are exposing ourselves to or allowing into our multi-dimensional realities (mind-body-soul). I am reminded of that old school cafeteria campaign, “You are what you eat”. When we expound on that…. we actually are what we eat, think, breathe, drink, watch, read, socialize with, live with, act out, speak out, etc. Whatever we expose ourselves to, energetically, has a synergistic effect with our DNA and creates change on the molecular level. DNA can replicate, or make copies of itself. Each strand of DNA in the double helix can serve as a pattern for duplicating sequences. This is critical when cells divide because each new cell needs to have an exact copy of the DNA present in the old cell. So whatever is present within our cells, our DNA is constantly replicating. DNA is the map or encoding system for new cell division, which is continually recreating our physical bodies.
In his book “The Biology of Belief,” Dr. Bruce Lipton is proving that the cell membrane or cell wall becomes habituated to chronic emotions. Where there is chronic anger or strife within an individual, the cells of that individual only have receptors for anger and strife. They are unable to recognize or receive nourishment or positive, life-giving emotion. Undernourished cells in a healthy individual are programmed to die off. In a chronically undernourished environment cells can mutate, the natural wisdom of the cell is depleted by chronic negativity or toxicity within the mind/body and can create obesity, digestive issues, tumors, cancer and other diseases prevalent in our western culture.
"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin."
- Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
The good news is that we have the power to choose what we allow into our bodies, our environment, our minds, our homes, our cells - our DNA. “Changing from one expression to another.”
Transformational healing is working to clear the cause of dis-ease, not just the symptoms. We can choose to nourish our bodies with whole foods that agree with our individual needs, plenty of good water, appropriate nutritional supplementation, restful sleep, peaceful homes, fulfilling livelihood, seeking our true life’s purpose. We can take responsibility for our own lives by healing unresolved trauma with the assistance of compassionate and skilled practitioners for support. We can create our own radiance and vibrant well being with a willingness and openness to change.
Daily spiritual practice is a proven component of a healthy life. Develop a meditation practice; take a walk in nature; seek stillness; seek others on the path of transformation and healing. Take classes. Try something new.
What will you do with your one wild and beautiful life?
Try on a new expression, pursue your options, & be well!