Epigenetics is the study of how the experiences we have in life affect how our genetic material, our DNA, is expressed. It is the forefront of healthcare research and considered THE primary contributing factor to disease and dysfunction (Laura Stuve, PhD). In other words, things that happen to us…traumas and experiences we’ve been exposed to, among other things, create locks at the DNA level that block us from living healthily and can actually lock our body’s into a state of chronic health imbalance, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
When I signed up to work with a Visibility Coach and it sounded really great, until I had to be visible and use my voice. It took me a while to understand why I was so afraid to speak out, in my own voice. Two main factors emerged which had epigenetic components:
1.My epigenetic code was also influenced by what I had experienced in my life time. When my coach asked me to write down twenty-five times I had been heard and accepted, I could only make the full list by counting incidents where it was me who accepted myself. I could not come up with twenty-five instances of being heard and accepted for being me. This experience in my life time, also shaped my epigenetic landscape.
2.My ancestors were persecuted for speaking up to the powers of their day, for what the way they wanted to live their life. I found that epigenetic changes, connected with their fears of speaking out, were part of why I had been born with a congenitally small thyroid, suffered hypothyroidism, and found it so hard to be able to speak up for myself or about who I was. All these issues centre around the throat and throat chakra and were reflected in my epigenetic inheritance.
My voice had been locked down because of my fear and the fear of my ancestors and how it shaped the expression of my DNA. I have found it was particularly the experiences when I was young or my ancestors, which had the most profound effect. Dan Siegel writes in the excellent book, The Developing Mind, ” [T]raumatic experiences at the beginning of life may have more profound effects on the “deeper” structures of the brain, which are responsible for the basic regulatory capacities and enable the mind to respond later to stress… Early in life, interpersonal relationships are a primary source of the experience that shapes how genes express themselves within the brain.”
As a BodyTalk Practitioner, I have studied Epigenetics and epigenetic techniques with molecular biologist Laura Stuve, PhD, who was a researcher in the Human Genome Project. I can listen to the story of how epigenetic locks, or ‘tags’ were created, and using the tools of BodyTalk, unlock the locks which are holding the body in a dysfunctional state, so the natural state of the body for can be released for health and well-being.
If any of this perks your interest and you feel its a pathway to explore for your health, book a free 30 minute Discovery Call, and let’s see if we connect.
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Here is a short segment about eipgenetics from a recent Canadian news interview by Brent Bambury with Amy Bombay, assistant professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University:
BB: So it’s not the DNA code itself that’s being affected, it’s something else?
AB: That’s right. We’re all born with our with our DNA and we used to think that wasn’t changeable and it’s not. But what we know now is that experience can make certain kinds of these DNA “tags”, which is the unscientific way to talk about it, that can tag onto our DNA. Those little tags can basically turn the gene on or off. And so while the same gene is still there, it could be not functioning or functioning differently and therefore the functional aspects and roles of that DNA are different.