Dr Bruce Lipton looks at evolution as more of a rising spiral than a straight line. From the first bacteria evolving to the next level of amoeba when the community of bacteria in a biofilm learnt to live together and take on different roles. He suggests evolution to the next level is through making an ever increasing use of the nervous system. The part of our body that relates with the environment. Humans are the vertebrates that have the most advanced nervous system and maybe our next evolutionary leap will be when we learn to live together in community. Where everyone is welcome. Dr Lipton likens this to the reverse of the white light being refracted that all colours of the rainbow need to come together for the next evolutionary stage that he calls humanity ie.humans living in community.
To explore how this evolution towards community may happen we can look at the changes between animals and humans and also the changes that happen at the different stages of a human’s life. Human’s not only have a hugely expanded forebrain they also have a brain centre that is the conscious mind. Other animals do not have anything like the size of conscious mind as humans and because we are conscious it is hard for us to imagine not having that self awareness. The conscious mind which is our creative mind is not bound by time or space it will go where and when you direct it but the minute you are not directing it the subconscious mind takes over the control. As the subconscious makes up 95% of our brain mass most of our behaviour is driven by the subconscious driver. The subconscious mind is the instinctual habitual mind and even more than us animals are driven by this mind. What part of the mind is being used can be shown by attaching wires to the brain and recording an EEG. The subconscious mind has delta, theta and alpha wavelengths while the conscious mind operates in beta.
Up until the age of 2 humans are 100% in a delta state, that means they are not conscious or able to rationalize anything that is said. To them it is the truth and they have no choice but to believe it. After year 2 the theta waves can be observed and until the age of around 6 this is the time of enculturation where we absorb and mimic the world around us so we can survive. This is when the subconscious mind is programmed on how to respond and relate to the people around. It believes what it was told or observed here as it had no choice.
For the rest of our lives the subconscious mind functions to create coherence between these early beliefs and our reality. Then for the 5% of the time we are conscious we wonder how come we are not who we would choose to be. For humans to evolve the amount of time we spend in a conscious state needs to increase and this is what I believe will lead to a peaceful and happy community of mankind.
The mind cannot only be observed by EEG but those subconscious beliefs are leading to the constant release of neuropeptides that create a chemical mix in the blood that is unique to each person. Dr Lipton talks about the receptor make up being what is unique about the individual, I would suggest that it is also the intracellular and extracellular fluid or matrix that is unique. This uniqueness acts on the cell receptors to cause behaviour. Dr Lipton has shown that our cell receptors are unique as this is what is rejected or recognised as self by the body. Dr Lipton’s work has demonstrated that the DNA in our cells is just the blueprint or code for making new proteins and has no controlling role. Even at the embryological stage it is the environment that dictates what type of cell a stem cell becomes. The community we live in is part of our environment and a very crucial one too.