Earlier in the week, I posted about your personality (Nature versus Nurture) and the Glory of the Choice (timshel). These thoughts stayed with me throughout the week. . . and then I came across this TED talk today about epigenetics: “How the Choices You Make Can Affect Your Genes” by Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna. Here is a summary of this TED talk: “Here’s a conundrum: Identical twins originate from the same DNA … so how can they turn out so different — even in traits that have a significant genetic component? Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna explains that while nature versus nurture has a lot to do with it, a deeper, related answer can be found within something called epigenetics.”
If you have 5:02 today, view this TED talk. The information is very compelling, satisfying, and inspiring. The way that it is explained in the talk is to “think of DNA as a recipe book.” The narrator goes on to explain how “genes in DNA are expressed when they’re read and transcribed into RNA . . . which is translated into proteins into structures called ribosomes.”
And so the story unravels into the most intricate, yet simple, explanation as to how the choices you make in life very possibly affect your genes. I have spoken with people who have done Genetic Re-writing work, and it now makes more plausible sense to me. This is interesting research and, after thinking on the wisdom of Steinbeck’s timshel, it all ties together in a very pretty spiritual-genetic bow: thou mayest + genetics play a synchronous role in how we experience Life.
Sometimes when things come together like this, Life feels both larger and smaller than I could have ever imagined. Taking in the micro-vast world of genetics coupled with the infinite non-perimeters of the universe does a pretty good job of answering all of my questions for this week. Sometimes I just have to sit back and say, “This is all quite amazing . . . and I don’t even need to understand the detailed intricacies to be a Believer. I believe.
If you have a moment, please, do view this TED talk. If you have ever wondered about Life on Levels of Infinite Curiosity, it will not disappoint.
Your journal prompt today (click below) is as simple and as a complex as is this topic of re-writing your genetics. Keep your writing clean and simple and don’t go down any rabbit holes or garden paths. Keep it easy and uncomplicated. Listen to your Higher Self and record what it has to say.
[Print this prompt out, 3-hole punch it, and start your journaling binder. Take the writing journey and listen . . . you can’t get lost when you are following your own heart. After all, you are the only one who can hear what it has to say. The only one. Relax, read, think, feel, listen, write. Repeat. And enjoy the journey. It is a fine one, and one that is perfectly-made just for you.]