CAN AN INDIVIDUAL CHANGE THEIR BELIEFS?
According to Dr Bruce Lipton, arguably the foremost current living authority on epigenetics and cellular memory, beliefs act like camera filters, changing the way you see the world. Ultimately, each brain is free to choose which beliefs to accept and which to reject.
Some inclination for beliefs may be hardwired into the brain and/or to cellular memory from biological ancestors. It can be a challenge to bring your beliefs to conscious awareness—but it is important to do so because you can manage (and change) only what you can identify, label and describe.
It is possible for a brain to change its beliefs. Altering your beliefs may impact health, longevity and possibly even your genetic potential. Your body adapts to your beliefs. Up to 70 per cent of how long and how well you live is in your hands. If you believe current research is shedding light on how to help you stay healthier and younger for longer, then that is the course you will follow.
When you come up against a belief that is different from one you already own, it will take time and effort to evaluate it. Sometimes, the evaluation may lead you to hold on to and retain your own belief. At other times, you may choose to alter your belief in some way.
You may even decide to give up that belief. Doing this evaluation exercise can help you become more open-minded.
It takes several decades for the brain’s cognitive abilities to mature.
During this time, one’s belief systems, like neuronal connections, are very flexible. The older the brain becomes, the less flexible one’s belief become as the neural pathways stabilise. Nevertheless, one’s ability to refine personal beliefs continues to mature.