In this time of powerful change, as many of our systems appear to be collapsing and the intricate elements of the web of life seem to hang in the balance, there is a new story emerging which calls for a true transformation in how we live and create in the world. Recently the UPLIFT team caught up with cellular biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton, for a dynamic exploration of the challenges humanity now faces and the extraordinary, evolutionary opportunity we each have to play our part in creating a world that works! The following are excerpts from a series of conversations with Bruce.
What does conscious evolution mean to you?
BL: As a biological scientist I am frequently asked about the concept of spontaneous evolution which is very near and dear to my heart. What it means to me is this, that we’ve all been programed with a belief that evolution occurs over millions and millions of years with imperceptible changes occurring that ultimately lead to great evolutionary advances. This belief turns out not to be necessarily correct. In fact there are two scientists, Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldridge which realized that when they went over the evolutionary history there were long periods when things were in stasis, where things were just in equilibrium and balance and then there were these upheavals. After an upheaval it would shake everything all off and then it would start all over again. They called it punctuated equilibrium.
The concept of this long continuous process is now recognized to be abbreviated with these punctuation marks where something dramatic happens such as a comet or asteroid hitting the planet and upending the entire ecosystem, then shaking it all off and starting over again. So we need to really look at the concept of length of time and when we talk about billions of years of evolution. What would happen if an evolutionary process occurred within a ten, fifteen or twenty year period? In the time of evolution, that would be virtually spontaneous.
How does that relate to us right now?
BL: We are now on the threshold of such a change because science has found that we are facing our own extinction. We are facing the sixth mass extinction of life and what’s profoundly significant about this is that it really is not comets or asteroids that are the problem. It’s human behavior.
What can we do about it?
BL: The relevance of that is that human behavior can change over night. The falling of the Berlin Wall was an overnight event. Spontaneous evolution to me says, don’t look and say, “Oh my god in hundreds and thousands of years changes will occur.” Recognize that changes can occur tomorrow. They can occur the next day. And that these changes in our world, because of our global interconnection with each other, really reflect to us that evolution can take place in hours in our planet. This is really wonderful because it gives us great hope that we can make vast changes and survive through the crisis we have created.
Where do we start to make the change?
BL: To me, a life lived with love means that if you bring love and operate from your heart versus operating from your head there is a profound difference in the world you experience and create. I personally have an understanding of this because my career as a research scientist was almost all coming from my head, from my thinking. And while I was very successful in that career, the moment I was given the opportunity to see how biology actually works and to recognize the Consciousness in the system, that realization didn’t hit my head. It hit my heart. Tears were running down my face and I felt my heart for the first time after 40 years or so of being in my head. I refer to it as my heart orgasm.
My heart opened up to realize the love of being on this planet with the most beautiful, ecosystem and the intricate interconnection of all the animals, plants and of course the humans. My life completely changed at that moment and that was the beginning of my first steps toward the conclusion that I write about: that most people believe that you die and if you live well you go off to someplace called heaven. I would like to suggest an alternative understanding, that we are born into heaven, and this is a place where we are creative. This is where we manifest our dreams. Most of our ideas of heaven are really based on their life on earth so to find it somewhere else is silly. All the visions and dreams that we talk about are all doable right here.
That’s really what’s being created with the experience of UPLIFT – the realization that we can change the whole story right now. We don’t need to try to fight the old story. We simply need to walk outside the old story and build a new story. People will leave the old story when they see a new story working. Every individual who changes their own story, is changing the vibrational environment within which we live. We can have the spontaneous remission of the planet’s ills and we can change the environment by just changing who we are. To me, UPLIFT is like a seed that when germinated will spread all over the world.