This book was given to me by the Janet Stiff, a close friend and the wife of Barry Stiff, with whom I set up Mancroft International many years ago.
Bruce Lipton, the author of the book, wrote the original version ten years before this second edition and it was the result of being in a very dark place. His personal life, to use his words was in a shamble and he more or less decided to accept his ‘fate’ and make the best of it.
His Eureka moment came when he was reviewing his research on the mechanisms by which cells control their physiology and behaviour. To use his words, because the early part of the book can get very dense in scientific language, he suddenly realised that a cell’s life is fundamentally controlled by the physical and energetic environment with only a small contribution by its genes.
From this realisation, he began to explore more and more how the basic tenet of the traditional Newtonian view of life that we are determined by our genes may not be the full story.
I found the first part of the book heavy going because of the above-mentioned scientific detail that he provides. This can easily lull the lay person into donating too much credibility to Lipton’s ideas simply because of the lack of knowledge with which to challenge his findings/assertions. Reading some of the less positive reviews does give pause to accepting everything that the author writes as true but there is no doubt that there is some ground-breaking stuff in this book that confirmed much of what is presented on The Winning Edge programme.
If it is read with positive scepticism, I believe this book can be truly inspirational and provide a platform for pursuing a life of positive purpose and a belief that we have much more control over our future than the traditional scientists have given us.
Neuroscientists use the word ‘neuroplasticity’ to describe the brain’s ability to adapt and change over time. Yes, of course damage can be caused by trauma or a mental disorder that makes change impossible but for most people, we are not locked into a behaviour pattern determined by our genes, we can make a choice to change, if we want to badly enough.
A thought-provoking must-read for anyone who would like to become an even better version of themselves.