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Bruce Lipton: On the Role of Consciousness in Healing

Jun 30, 2019 02:00AM ● By Diane Eaton
The award-winning cellular biologist, former university professor and research scientist Bruce Lipton has been a pioneer in applying the principles of quantum physics to cellular biology. His research at Stanford University’s School of Medicine and his subsequent papers and bestselling books have propelled him to help educate the public and medical professionals about how leading-edge science dovetails with mind-body medicine and spiritual principles. Lipton will be speaking on The Biology of Personal Empowerment at Unity North on August 20. Publisher Paul Chen and I were thrilled to speak with him.

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Lipton began our discussion by pointing out our culture’s underlying assumption, supported by most of modern science, that our health and identity are ruled by our genetics. Yet ever since Albert Einstein and proponents of quantum physics demonstrated the connections of matter and energy almost 100 years ago, a whole new and empowering paradigm is possible.

Let’s put it this way: …Genetics is victimization. [We’re taught that] you got these genes, and you didn’t pick them. You can’t change them. They work without you, and all of a sudden, your genes are controlling your life. So we have programmed people to be victims, believing that they have no power over their lives. It’s the total opposite picture with epigenetics, [which] reveals… the individual consciousness is controlling the genetic activity. So if I change my consciousness, then I can control my genetics. And all of a sudden, you go from victim to master.

Epigenetics is the study of how genes can be modified through changes in the environment, behavior and consciousness. Lipton continues to explain how optimal health begins with an understanding of how the mind works.

[What] we have to recognize is that the mind is not a single thing. The mind is at least two different entities: There’s a conscious mind, which is connected to your spirituality, your uniqueness, your identity. It’s creative. And that’s a lobe of tissue just behind your forehead, the latest evolution of the brain. The remaining 90 percent … is the subconscious mind, which emphasizes “below” consciousness. So when it’s operating, you don’t have to be aware of it. You know, it works without you even thinking about it.

For the first seven years, that’s when the subconscious is just downloading programs … Once the child is seven, they start to operate with a higher brain vibration … And so the crux of the entire problem is this: [While] the conscious mind is creative, the subconscious mind is programmed … What are your desires? What are your aspirations? This is what is in the conscious mind. And as long as the conscious mind is driving, then you’re moving toward that destination.

This is the crux of the problem, globally and planet-wise. The moment you are thinking, your conscious mind lets go of the wheel … and goes inside to process thinking. Ninety-five percent of the day on average, and up to 99 percent of the day for many of us, we’re thinking … so the behavior that comes out is from the subconscious mind… Now, seventy percent of those programs are disempowering, self-sabotaging and limiting behaviors. [So when the mind] lets go of the wheel to go inside [and think or process], the subconscious goes on autopilot. Whatever the heck you were doing, the subconscious will put its hands on the wheel and drive you.

That means that 95 percent of the day, your life is not coming from your intention, your wishes and your desires. Ninety-five percent of the day, you are playing programs automatically, subconsciously, and not observing them. And most of them have a negative aspect, so the joke is, we’re shooting ourselves in the foot all day.

So here’s the practical part. Your life is a printout of your subconscious programs. Period. Okay, why is that relevant? [To get what we want in life, we keep trying] to override the subconscious with the conscious. And so you put a lot of effort into it … but the subconscious is a million times more powerful. Do the math, and you realize why we struggle and struggle: because the [subconscious] programs are not allowing us to realize what we want.

Then how can we reprogram our subconscious minds to work for us rather than against us? Lipton described three ways to do so.

The first two ways are the natural ways that programs got into the system in the first place … In your first seven years, your brain was operating at a lower vibration than consciousness; it’s referred to as theta [waves]. It’s hypnosis. It’s how a child can download thousands of programs just by observing, like a video recorder. [And as an adult,] you’re lying in bed, and you’re relaxed, and your vibration drops out of alpha into theta. Your conscious mind is shut off. You can put earphones on with a program that you want to be true in your life. It’s self-hypnosis … and there are programs for love, health, job, money, whatever. You put the earphones on and as you start to go to sleep, whatever is in the program is now going directly into the subconscious, because that’s the one that’s operating.

The second way to see our goals manifested is through the use of repetition: frequent and persistent speaking of the affirmation or goal that we have for ourselves. Not surprisingly, the first two methods can require a lot of time to make a difference. But the third way, energy psychology, has proven to quickly shift a person’s reality. His personal favorite is PSYCH-K, which he often mentions in his talks.  

[PSYCH-K] changed my life. It changed my partner’s life, my friends’ lives, and so many more … It’s a very simple process and engages the right and left hemispheres of the brain to become in sync. The Monroe Institute has been [around] for years, and it deals with … hemisphere synchronization. Before age seven, both hemispheres work in harmony … and both of them [are] integrated. [After age seven, they are less so.] But if you put them back in harmony, it opens a window of super learning just like the child before age seven.

So, to insert a new program, first of all, you test for the belief you want. That’s step one because you first have to know, does the subconscious believe it or not? Are the two minds in harmony or disharmony? If not, [then you] put in the new program … You do physical [movements] that can integrate right and left hemispheres in the brain. You need to put both minds back together again to heal or resolve an issue. Now that they’re integrated in that moment, the window is open. You can quietly say [your program/affirmation] to yourself. The first time you say it, the system will not be happy with it. It’ll be noisy, staticky. [But let the system] calm down and repeat it again. Every time you say it, the resistance will be less … And once the program is downloaded, you have no further work to do to manifest that program. It will do it automatically.

Finally, how do mindfulness and awareness fit into all of this?

[Recapping,] your life is in the program, and you will manifest the program you’ve got. But if you stop thinking and you stay mindful, then the conscious mind’s got its hands on the wheel all the time. And the conscious mind is taking you to [your] wishes and desires.

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., a cell biologist, former faculty of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and researcher at Stanford University, is a world-renowned speaker and the best-selling author of Biology of Belief. More at

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