What Can Our Cells Tell Us about the Importance of Love?

Dr. Bruce Lipton sat down with Dr. Deborah Sandella to reveal how cells hold profound secrets of the heart.

What do your cells have to do with love? Molecular biology and romance seem unlikely bedfellows, but according to Dr. Bruce Lipton, a stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, it’s quite an affair. He calls it the “Honeymoon Effect.”

Almost everyone can remember a time when they were “head-over-heels in love.” During this juicy time of life, points out Lipton, our perception of the world expands and our eyes twinkle with delight. Our affection isn’t limited to our selected partner; rather we are in love with life itself and it shows.

We take risks to experiment with new foods, activities and clothes. We listen more, share more and take more time for pleasure. Lipton chuckles about how what seems hostile the day before becomes heaven on earth when we’re in love. We don’t even notice the aggressive drivers that irritated the heck out of us yesterday; today, we’re lost in daydreams and love songs.

The Vibration of Love

Amazing as it may sound, each and every one of our cells behaves like a miniature human, says Lipton. Inside you, fifty trillion minute human-like cells work together. Cells side-by-side helping each other accomplish pumping your heart, breathing your lungs and all the millions of tasks that need to happen. When we feel “in love,” our cells have the vibration of love too! Sounds pretty good!

It all begins with life, which is defined by movement according to Lipton. Proteins, the primal elements of life easily wrap themselves into organic wire sculptures and move in response to environmental signals. On the surface of each cell, receptor proteins receive environmental signals while the effector proteins transform into vibrations and transmit them to the brain where they are interpreted. It doesn’t take much imagination to picture the difference between how these protein sculptures move when they are “head-over-heels in love” versus when they are irritated. We’ve been there!

Our affection isn’t limited to our selected partner; rather we are in love with life itself and it shows.Our affection isn’t limited to our partner; rather we are in love with life itself and it shows. Image: Tyler Nix

In the eighties, when Lipton discovered that the cell membrane is its brain, his breakthrough research suggested that environmental signals, whether of love or another emotion, are primary in creating illness. He presaged one of today’s most important fields of study, the science of epigenetic, which explores how cellular chemical reactions switch genes on and off.

Research in this area has found that stress, diet, behavior, toxins and other factors activate chemical switches that regulate gene expression. Lipton clarifies that this new area of study reveals that environmental influences are more prominent in causing illness than genes. He says new cancer research suggests that genetic factors influence the occurrence of illness a mere 10% of the time. In other words, the perception of our environment is responsible for our body’s health 90% of the time.

The Power of Perception

Even more interesting, Lipton reports current research demonstrates how our protein structures are more highly activated by non-physical signals than chemical signals. In other words, our environmental perceptions have a more powerful influence on our health than drugs. Thus science is telling us, we have more innate capacity to heal our ills than the pharmacy.

With a tone of excitement Lipton notes, “ Wow! This means that people are not victims of their genes as we used to think. They can change their perceptions and thus change their health. Now that’s exciting! The old biology used to take away choice and control the outcome. When you tell people they are victims, their power is diminished. The work now is to help people change their perceptions so they can change their outcomes.”

How does it work you ask? The cell is a data “chip” by its definition, shares Lipton. Our perceptual memories and beliefs are stored in the cell membrane and constantly being transmitted to the brain for interpretation. The mind responds to these vibrational messages by creating coherence between belief and reality. In other words, when your cells transmit to your mind, the mind works diligently to create the same chemical reality in your body. Thus, if you believe you will get sick, your mind will coordinate your cells to make it true. And if your cells transmit signals suggesting you are vibrant and healthy, your mind again will go about making that happen.

This power of perception is demonstrated, says Lipton, in studies which found adopted children get cancer with the same propensity as their siblings who are raised in the same family, yet from different genetics.

Children absorb their parent’s beliefs into subconscious memory without question or discernment.Children absorb their parent’s beliefs into subconscious memory without question. Image: Liana Mikah

Subconscious Downloads

In fact, Lipton reports, “medicine has acknowledged that illness is seeded in the first six years of life when beliefs are downloaded by the family into the child’s subconscious.” During these years, children’s minds are primarily in a theta brain wave pattern, which creates a hypnagogic state of mind. This trance state explains why children easily blur the boundary between fantasy and form. Walking around in a trance, young children absorb their parent’s beliefs into subconscious memory without question or discernment.

Lipton explains how these subconscious downloads work by comparing them to an iPod. When you get a new iPod, there are no recordings, so you can’t play anything. Once you download songs to memory, you can play the downloaded songs. In fact, they are the only songs you can play. There are plenty of other choices for songs, but you can’t play them on your iPod until you download them. Similarly, whatever has been downloaded into our subconscious memory and stored in our cells is the only choice available to be heard and seen in the body.

Other choices are not possible until they are downloaded as beliefs and perception into the subconscious. Thus, we automatically act out our parents’ beliefs, unless we are exposed to other beliefs or intentionally seed new beliefs.

A Shift to Love and Vitality

Lipton points out that the biggest problem is that people don’t believe they can change their minds and beliefs very easily. He suggests that if we teach our children in their first six years that they can change their minds and thus their bodies, an empowering shift to love and vitality can become easy.

Not only does cellular biology have something to tell us about love in our bodies, it is also very revealing about the nature of human connection, says Lipton. It’s called Biomimicry and is a new discipline in biology that uses nature’s best ideas to solve problems. Animals, plants and microbes have found what works, and we can learn from them. They demonstrate ways of functioning that have endured over 3.8 billion years of existence.

In Lipton’s latest book, Spontaneous Evolution, he and co-author Bhaerman suggest cells are smarter than we are when it comes to creating successful communities. They elucidate how cells organise themselves to have a monetary system that pays other cells according to the importance of the work they do and stores excess profits in community banks. They have a research and development system that creates technology and biochemical equivalents of expansive computer networks. Sophisticated environmental systems provide air and water purification treatment that is more technologically advanced than humans have ever imagined.

Animals, plants and microbes have found what works, and we can learn from them.Animals, plants and microbes have found what works, and we can learn from them. Image: Guillaume Bolduc

“No Cell Left Behind”

The same is true for heating and cooling systems. The communication system within and amongst cells is an Internet that sends zip-coded messages directly to individual cells. They even have a criminal justice system that detains, imprisons, rehabilitates, and in a Kevorkian way, assists with the suicide of destructive cells. Unlike us, cells have organized full healthcare coverage that makes sure each cell gets what it needs to stay healthy, and an immune system that protects the cells and the body like a dedicated National Guard.

Lipton makes an intriguing analogy between how 50 trillion cells in the human body work together for the success of the individual is similar to how 7 billion human beings could work together for the success of the planet. He points out we haven’t been doing such nearly as good a job as cells.

Lipton emphasizes that our individual mind like an individual cell has far less awareness than the consciousness of the whole group. When a cell fulfills its evolution, it assembles into colonies with other evolved cells to share and expand the capability of consciousness. There’s a “no cell left behind” attitude and the economic appropriation of resources to support the whole. Lipton says we would do well as a collective to evolve to such a high level of consciousness as our cells. He writes, “Science suggests that the next stage of human evolution will be marked by awareness that we are all interdependent cells within the super-organism called humanity.”

Rewriting Our Perceptions

First, however, we must work in our own back yard urges Lipton, “We must change the evolution of our individual selves so the collective consciousness can progress.” He urges us to get our lives back by rewriting our perceptions so we can create that head-over-heels in love state-of-mind again and again and again. He encourages us to download new beliefs of empowerment and love into cellular memory, so our cells have new lovely tunes to play with lyrics that affirm our lovability.

Lipton calls the quest to continuously feel “in love,” “The science of creating heaven on earth.” And science has spoken about such things, writes Lipton. For example, HeartMath researchers have found the impact of love itself is real and biochemically measurable, “When subjects focus their attention on the heart and activate a core heart feeling, such as love, appreciation, or caring, these emotions immediately shift their heartbeat rhythms into a more coherent pattern. Increasing heartbeat coherence activates a cascade of neural and biochemical events that affect virtually every organ in the body.

Studies demonstrate that heart coherence leads to more intelligence by reducing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system—our fight-or-flight mechanism—while simultaneously increasing the growth-promoting activity of the parasympathetic nervous system.” As a result, stress hormones are reduced and the anti-aging hormone DHEA is produced. Love actually does make us healthier, happier, and longer-living.

It turns out molecular biology and love actually is a match made in heaven. Dr. Bruce Lipton challenges us to study and understand how to experience that heaven on earth continuously, with dancing proteins on our cells that swoon and sway with love.

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3 years ago

This is excellent. That non physical stimulation you mentioned, I think it’s part of the quantum entanglement between outside and inside molecules

3 years ago

It’s very insightful.

4 years ago

Intersting, I w want to KNOW more about the biology and science related when we feel love towards any human being.what is the science behind it? We feel mad for the p person some past life connection. How we carry that imprints.

4 years ago

It is very important to move from a perspective of victim to one where we are in control. With the right attitude we can start healing ourselves and ultimately the whole planet. Dr. Lipton researches are proof that we can heal through a feeling of love and gratitude.
I myself had an instantaneous healing of a partial blindness of the eye while being in a Theta brainwave meditation.
And this my friends is a truly life changing experience

4 years ago

This I experienced first hand…at what I later learned others call the awakening…pineal gland activation…what have u…to me, it was a 24/7 visit from Jesus…in His presence, which was a few weeks I think and for about a year and a half after in a more subtle way…my heart beat swiftly all the time and clearly was the active centering of all, not my mind…a strong vibration was alive in my whole body esp my brain…during this time ailments I previously had…autoimmune related…vanished…wave after wave of flus and colds that were being battled by those closest to me, I began to realize, had no affect on me…in this presence of love and in this state of love, my body was a fortress impenetrable to it all :))

Earleen Britten
4 years ago

Very enlightening and awakens a desire to become more responsible for our own health mind and body but also to become more conscious that our attitude and actions can influence all of humanity .

4 years ago

I am simply amazed feeling in tune with Dr. Lipton’s enlightening transmission. I reached the point. It is self evolution, HOW? I practise 2 hours daily , WHAT? Kriyas I’ve learned from spiritual master. Please check Inner Engineering program near to you and bingo jump to it. Then your love afair with life will start and go on as long as you practise I wish everyone this Grand Possibility asap

Ixchel Z.
4 years ago

Now what can be done to teach children to empower them at school where they spend most of their time. I believe there should be a subject since kinder garden till university to teach how our brain, perception and emotions function. We would be better people with better relations with others and the world.

Maria Eksteen
5 years ago

I love this article! <3
Two years ago I finished my year reading the Biology of Belief. The book blew my mind away! Somehow it changed something in me.
Recently I have been diagnosed with a meningioma and operated on it and the "Heal Summit" was "delivered" to me exactly at the time of my stay in hospital. 🙂 Everything which is mentioned in this article reflects the way I dealt with the situation. Not only did I dealt with the situation with a strong positive mind, but my recovery from surgery has been amazing from day 1!
I also believe in the the possibility of a more cooperative world and have a purpose to help create it which I believe it is also something that has contributed to my speedy recovery. I feel truly blessed!
Thank you Dr. Bruce Lipton! I admire you immensely! From the bottom of my heart. <3 <3 <3

5 years ago

Dear Bruce, bless You, this article makes me feel I am really responsible for myself no matter what! I am grateful for sharing this knowledge with us, thank You.

5 years ago

So if I understand this correctly, while my oldest was in my womb and all the emotions that I went through with his abuse from her father during my pregnancy, was transferred to her. That explains why she has constantly craved his attention, affection and love. He became absent till she was 11. Since age 11 to her age of 28 now, she drops everything for just a moment of his time. She seeks approval from him constantly. The correlation between us is a match. All the way from the womb. Wild!!

5 years ago

I feel that I have finally found myself through simatiologia of Bruce Lipton teachings on unique-clever-powerful…ness of cellular structure!

Nola Wardlaw
5 years ago

Love this. 6 years ago I was told x-ray showed osteo-arthritis & wear & tear had truly taken its toll on one ankle – & Yes i limped a little & it was painful at times. But I decided that as every cell in my body is replaced, I would visualise the new cells coming thru’ healthier & stronger – & I would love them xx I am coming up 86 year old & still actively Marching (an activity we have in NZ) & lead a busy every day life – Life is grand. Have understoog & loved Bruce’s books – Honeymoon – made sooooo much sense. I am a qualified Kinesiologist.

Harshad S Mehta
5 years ago

So true!
That brings us to power within. It is with us and nowhere else. We create our life. And thank God for that!

I will want readers to see this very simple observation.

6 years ago

Beautifully written and also eye opening. Will try this as away of life to exude the in love feelings may change how others respond as well! Love the article. Was just what I needed to read at the right moment .

Corina Turliuc Lacroux -Iași, Roumania
6 years ago

Deeply true. Here in Iași-Roumania we are working at a better future by building the community power And we have a bold vision of what to do with it: A Wonderful World Project. About our Project we had the chance to speek 5 minutes with Mr Bruce Lipton at Viena and one hour on skipe few years ago. We hope that soon we will be abble to organise a research collaboration together with Europeen Research Science and Innovation Commission from Bruxelles.

6 years ago

I used to tell students that people in love do not need to sleep or eat and yet they find everything around them exiting, beautiful and inspiring. If they can fall in love with the world instead of one person, they can change their life forever! How great that science can provide a proof now, maybe now it would be more believable and thus possible for people to change the outdated programmes within.

Sarah Ball
6 years ago

Brilliant read x

Chris Faria
6 years ago

Love it! In perfect alignment. Thank you for sharing, Dr. Lipton

Al Mostme
6 years ago

Good article, and spot on what i’ve been thinking of lately. Incredible sync ! Thank you.

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