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My Fascination with the Unused Human Potential


Genes are not destiny.

-- Bruce Lipton

A Dormant Genius in Our Genes

Dominating among all my, even if merely amateurish, studious interests in human nature, is the one about unused human potential for self-healing, longevity, happiness and even above-normal intelligence.

It was ceremonially born in my ever curious and exploring mind at the moment I learned how we have over 98% so called "junk genes" in our genome -- the ones that geneticists don't know what they are doing there.

And yet, as that fine international lecturer and brilliant scholar Dr. Joe Dispenza said: "Nature in its infinite wisdom would have evolved them away long ago if it hadn't given them some purpose. By that same, so called, 'principle of endowment' , whatever we don't use, we would lose". That much about calling them a "genetic junk".

In its long tradition of intellectual arrogance, science will quickly ridicule anything as "junk...mysticism...only a folklore belief...pseudoscience...New Age..." -- just because it may not fit in the existing model of mainstream understanding.

So, even in the ways which are not measurable yet, those genes, in their most subtle ways may be involved in those finest of human expressions, whether intuitive, intellectual, emotional, or artistic.

I have always nurtured the theory about human race having been genetically engineered by space people, donating some of their own, highly advanced genes into our genetic soup. Hence -- to my explanation -- the phenomenon of all geniuses and savants, in whom those higher genes, by some fluke of nature, became prominent in their model of functioning.

Like that woman in India, who could multiply in her head a seven digit number by another seven digit number. And then there are innumerable others, many of them children, who displayed some literally "outlandish" mental abilities.

It's the topic that I have found intellectually incredibly delicious, if not tantalizing, which has prompted me to explore the unknowns of my own nature.

Indeed, folks, who are we in the scope of those still waiting to be activated genes, once that all crap of indoctrinated and programmed ignorance gets peeled off of our true, shiny and divine essence?

There are certain secret societies allegedly deriving their abilities from some ancient "Shining Ones" -- so that our divine predestination may not really be but a "myth".

Even back in my intellectually budding teenage years, I called "functionalism" the model of our psycho-physical functioning, while seeing it as pivotal in our life.

Intuitively, and not backing it up yet with any scientific information, functionalism appeared to me as primary, giving a secondary significance to everything that was happening on the outside of our personal space.

So, at my age of 16, all enthusiastic about that idea, I wrote my little essay for myself, which I titled "Nothing has a suchness until we give it one."

I experimented with my "inappropriate" emotional responses. those that were not suggested by others' sense of normalcy. But, to avoid being called something like "abnormal", I pretended that I was also affected by something negative going on -- all along not really caring.

I still do it these days, to the effect that I let a playful satirist in me write some eye-opening messages in my articles about things of negative nature going on, both on individual, and on collective levels -- without being particularly emotionally engaged in it.

It's like observing and diagnosing, not coming from some critical bitterness. Long, long ago, I learned to economize with my nervous energy, not letting myself fuss over things where I had no control whatsoever.

So, while not being anything like a genius or a savant, I could still sense some of those "dormant" genes guiding my intuition in life.

That's why I never gave myself any credit for any of it -- just like I wouldn't for the color of my eyes. I've been simply unfolding into a version of a human specimen the seed of which I must have had at birth. Just like everybody else.

And, like the title of that, once read, little book said: "I Ain't Much Baby, But I'm All I've Got".

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Genes are not about inevitabilities, they are about potentials and vulnerabilities.

-- Robert Sapolsky

Our Vitality -- All Determined by What We Maintain in Mind and Heart

Just like even those prominent authors in science tend to repeat themselves from one book to another, I may be forgiven for mentioning -- again -- that little anecdote about the famous sculptor Michelangelo.

Allegedly, asked how he sculptured "David", he said: "Very simply -- I took a granite block and chiseled off everything that was not David".

The time may come, whether soon or not, when people will start "chiseling off" of their psycho-physical makeup all that they are not.

There are highly promising signs of its beginning, with the rapid rise of the awareness about the tenets of so called New Edge, (not "New Age") combined by sciences like epigenetics, neuroplasticity, quantum mechanics, psycho-neuro-immunology, and mind-over-body medicine.

Those fields of study have greatly opened my eyes about the possibilities of unused human potential.

In the recent years, mind-over-body medicine has taken a huge step over the initial placebo effect, even giving a new dimension to it in the book: "You Are the Placebo", by that brilliant scholar Joe Dispenza.

He, and his technical team, during their many international workshops, have clearly demonstrated how many "incurable", some also terminal, health issues were resolved in a matter of days, by nothing but certain methodical group mental efforts.

With state of the art instruments, some originated in Russia, they could measure the energy level, brain-heart coherence and genetic expression of some randomly picked participants -- and results were staggering, if not miraculous.

Dispenza spent some decades interviewing those who beat their cancers without any changes in their diet or life style, but primarily their mind-style. Namely, with a verdict of having only so much longer to live, they had decided to live it up, junking all previous stress, loving each moment -- and then the miracle happened. The phenomenon was given that fancy name "spontaneous remission".

Which somewhat reminds me of the ancient Ayurvedic practitioners, who don't ask their new patients "where their body hurts" -- but instead "where their life hurts".

The fact that it is not a hot topic on the evening news or among our friends, doesn't deny the enormous significance of a whole growing subculture of individuals, there including myself, who are not merely visiting doctors and "waiting for Saint Peter to call their number" -- but actively taking responsibility for the quality of their life.

Somewhat similar criterion to those mentioned Ayurvedic practitioners I saw at the medical doctor Lisa Rankin in her book "Mind Over Medicine" -- of course, another gem on my bookshelf. It's keeping company to all books by Dr. Joe Dispenza, Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden, Dr. Robert Lanza and many others -- all brilliant scholars of modern thought.

Dr. Lisa Rankin quit her medical practice upon realizing how impotent medicine had been in so many aspects -- due to a staggering number of patients whose physical health issues could not be fixed by drugs, since they were of psychogene nature, where emotional suffering turned into the patient's biology.

It would only stand to reason that, if our emotions, attitudes, and negative beliefs can mess up our body, the opposite must be true as well -- that a new positive emotional responsiveness to life has to fix the damage.

Epigenetics is talking about upregulation of genes' expressions through such a change -- with one detail in all, which from the very start of my familiarizing with its tenets, blew my mind.

Namely, along with even those geneticists, before discoveries in epigenetics, I used to believe in genetic determination -- that our genetic predisposition was pretty much fixed throughout life.

But then came this huge turnaround in knowledge saying how those genes directly affecting our state of vitality are constantly changing their expression which is mostly determined by our predominant emotions, our attitudinal choices and beliefs.

Thus, at all times we are fully responsible for the state of our health. Not in a sense of "being guilty" for it, but having the power to literally create our bodies.

Well, there is so much more that I could share about this fascinating field, but there must come an end to it.

So, I hope, that at least some of you, who kept reading to this end, may have found something even inspirational in this article, if not just being intellectually entertained -- both of possibilities finding a good purpose of sharing this lifelong passion of mine.

© 2023 Val Karas

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