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Bruce Lipton: Epigenetics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019

Bruce Lipton: Epigenetics to Transcend Genes

Bruce Lipton
Bruce comes from the realm of science. He's a stem-cell biologist who had been cloning stem cells for over 40 years now, long before anyone ever heard of stem cell. His world was in the academe as a biology professor and in his lab where he experimented on cells.

His discovery that environment and consciousness over-ride genetics was such a radical deviation from conventional science where genes are the end-all and be-all of our identity. Presenting this to his colleagues caused ridicule, eye-roll and alienation. Science wasn't ready for this, even though his experiments were repeatable with predictable results.

As a professor, he was also conflicted. Here he was, teaching his students the conventional medical dogma which he has already proven to be false.

Instead of caving-in to the ridicule and pressure, he left the academe to launch his crusade about this new paradigm. While the academe rejected him, he found a new audience who embraced him - the swelling tide of conscious people who embrace the divinity that resides within them and build upon the energy that connects everyone together. He has been a familiar figure in the talk and lecture circuit as he pontificates this new philosophy to an audience who can't get enough of him.

Bruce Lipton: Epigenetics to Transcend Genes

He discovered that genetically identical cells, when subjected to different environments develop differently from each other - even though they were all genetically the same. Conclusion? It's not so much genetics that prescribe how cells become, but the environment. Also with the placebo effect, he was drawn to conclude that the mind provides the cure more than the medication. This new science is called Epigenetics (meaning, 'above genetics').

Turn on, Tune in, Drop out
When I saw his early interviews, he looked like a regular guy who came out of a lab and talked cells and biology. Fast-forward to his latest interviews and he looked a little shaggier with a longer unkept hair wearing a hippie top. This time, he was talking spirit, self-love and consciousness. I was amazed at the way he evolved his ideas from petri dish culture to hippie counter-culture. I was reminded of the LSD guru, Timothy Leary, an academe member who popularized the phrase, turn on, tune in, drop out, that became the rallying cry of the hippies during the heady days of the 1960s.

Interviews | Lectures | Talks:

  1. Bruce Lipton - official website
  2. Self Love - lab scientist turns hippie in this impassioned delivery
  3. Biology of Belief - London Real interview with Brian Rose
  4. Power Of Consciousness - interview by Iain McNay
  5. with Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati - at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India
  6. with Natalia Bhandari - during the International Yoga Day

Ending Thoughts
I must have devoured every interview he gave out - thank god for technology. I was breathing and living 'Bruce Lipton' in the last week. Everytime I listen to Bruce, I feel his sincerity and passion. He's got balls too, exposing the true nature of pharmaceuticals and the medical establishment for what they really are. In him, I see an evolved crusader who unrelentingly continues to preach his gospel.

I come away with lasting and profoundly powerful insight about some of what Bruce said:

  1. environment transcends genetics - cells that were cloned from a single cell are genetically the same. But depending on what culture they are subjected to in a petri dish, these genetically identical cells could develop into bone, muscle or fat. Lesson? Environment, and not the genes, plays a bigger factor in determining how cells develop. Ramification? We can have cancer genes but in the right environment, we don't necessarily have to end up with cancer.
  2. bad environment - When cells are put into a bad environment, they get sick. What to do? Remove them from the bad environment and put them into a good environment and they start becoming healthy again. Ponder on this - we are not a single person - we are a community of 53 trillion cells. The lessons about cells in a petri dish apply to us! If we are put into a bad environment (abusive relationship, stressful situations, polluted habitat, etc.), we get sick (that's why so many die of cancer). Stress suppresses our immune system! What should we do? We should remove ourselves from that environment and go to one where we are at ease and in harmony. But what do we actually do in reality? We continue to stay in that harmful environment and we go see a doctor to prescribe pharmaceuticals for us. No wonder so many of us are propped-up by medication just to function in a dysfunctional society. Lesson? Don't medicate...remove yourself from whatever bad environment you are in and find a place/situation where you resonate. Then your well-being is restored.
  3. placebo effect - we are all familiar with this already. But the powerful lesson here is, it's not the drug that cures us but the belief that we are being cured. It is our consciousness that provides the cure. The cure resides within us...not with the doctors and not in their prescribed medication.
  4. subconscious programming - no matter how much we want to change, we keep falling back to the same vicious loop of discontent (e.g. - a woman who keeps falling for the wrong guy in an abusive relationship). This is because our will resides in the conscious mind and does not reach the subconscious. But it is in the subconscious where transformational change happens, simply because we operate on the subconscious 95% of our waking time - we don't even have to think about it. The key is to take the positive message deep into the subconscious. How? Bruce presents many modalities - self-hypnosis, meditation, being mindful and aware, repetition until it becomes a habit, and on the cutting edge of new science, it's energy psychology where it only takes minutes to send the message to the subconscious. Really? I followed the links to find out more, but I got stumped coz that's when I had to pay for the information.
  5. identity - our identities are not contained in our cells. The cells simply take instructions from the Field which resides outside our bodies. The set of instructions are acted upon by our genes. We are not our genes and we are much more than our bodies. In Bruce's words, "I cannot die!"

I am inspired and transformed by this guy. Bruce, you are such a blessing to humanity. Live long and prosper so you may reach more people who benefit from your wisdom.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Biology of Perception

Reader Comments:

Natalia BhandariNatalia Russia
Mimi Chang Natasha The Moon
(June 24,2019) So nicely put together. Thank you Gigit for reminding me of this beautiful moment of my life meeting this incredible human being!

(June 24,2019) ...envious that you actually met and even interviewed Bruce Lipton !!!

Suzi SuchiSuzi USA
(June 24,2019) Thought you might like this page from "the Lipton guy" - The Biology of Belief

Rosemarie GendiveRosemarie Canada
(July 8,2019) i read that book. Thoroughly enjoyed. Have you read it or just seen interviews?

(June 24,2019) ...just interviews, but nearly all of them to a point where it was already sounding repetitive. Powerful stuff that gave me more dots to connect in seeing the greater role consciousness plays 🙂

Alan StrydomAlan South Africa
+ HeartMath SA

(June 24,2019) There is only consciousness... 🙂 And yet there is no agreed upon clear definition of what consciousness is 🙂

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
Chiang Mai Bus Station Bus Station
Chiang Mai Train Station Train Station
Chiang Mai airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily

hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
Chiang Mai Arun Dara Villa Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Chiang Mai Nawa Sheeva Hotel Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Chiang Mai Nawa Saraan Hotel Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location
Arun Suite, Chiang Mai Arun Suite - 3 bedrooms in a 3-storie guesthouse within Old City, ideal for families

birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
La Pizza Chiang Mai La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
ITM  International Training Massage School ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Chiang Mai, Royal Thai Lanna Massage Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment

motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai MOTORBIKE RENTAL
Chiang Mai birds nest motorcycle Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200


Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
  • crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • hot season begins March and lasts until June
  • wet season begins July and lasts until September
  • best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February - after the monsoon and before the burning
  • you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
  • get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
  • shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
  • for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
  • FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
  2. Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
Chiang Mai Cost Index
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Bus from Loei to Chiang Mai
  1. From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
  2. As of June 28, 2020 (still on Covid schedule), there are only 3 night trips: 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 12 midnight. 9 hours, B470.
  3. The bus makes the following stops at the following times from a 9pm Loei departure: Phu Ruea (9:50pm), Phitsanulok (12:40am), Uttradit (2:20am), Lampang (4:35am)
  4. Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
  5. Take a red songthaew to Old City, B50. They'll try to charge you B100, but they'll take B50 (just assure the driver you won't tell the other passengers).
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Travel Tips for Thailand

How to Get a 60-Day Thai Tourist Visa and then Extend by another 30 Days

    60-Day Thai Tourist Visa

    NOTE: There is no need to go back to your country to get the Thai tourist visa. Any major city with a Thai Embassy will do. Apparently there is also no need to have an invitation from a Thai establishment to justify the visa.

  1. Bring the following to the Thai embassy:
    a) proof of money (bank statement will suffice)
    b) flight booking to Thailand
    c) onward flight back to your country from Thailand
    d) filled-in tourist visa form
    e) 2 passport pictures
    f) hotel booking in Thailand (they didn't ask me for this but better be safe)
    g) passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. After handing over all the documents, they will ask you to come pick your passport with the visa the following day from 4 to 5pm. That's it!
  3. NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.

    30-Day Extension

    NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.

  1. bring the following to the Immigration Office:
    a) passport (make sure your Tourist Visa hasn't expired yet)
    b) Baht 1900
    c) photocopy of your passport + visa duration date stamp + TM6 card (white immigration card) and sign all the copies
    d) completed TM7 visa extension form (available at the Immigration Office)
    e) one 4cmx6cm passport picture
  2. submit the above to the Front Desk. They will give you a stub with your number on it. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called
  3. when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
  4. when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
  5. when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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