There it was. Suspended in the undulating stasis of an eel grass bed. The dull pinkish claws of the hermit crab Pagurus Prideauxi were the only discernible feature that the Octopus can recognize of its sublittoral meal. As the predator inched closer, the camouflaged Cloak Anemone Adamsia carciniopados, who shared a lifetime lease on the crab’s outer shell, exploded in a supernova of colors and acontia, microscopic poisoned darts, that stung and startled the Octopus to scurry away and seek it’s lunch elsewhere. Systems Biology over the last decade has expanded our awareness of the important role that symbiotic relationships play in determining survival in the biosphere. This memeplex recurs in the evolutionary expression of the 50-trillion-celled creature known as a Human Being, where multicellular communities carry out specialized tasks that depend on ‘free trade’ among it’s neighbors for survival and growth. Since Cellular Biologists tell us that “We are our DNA” and that our quality of health is intimately linked to the quality of our cells, we shall explore some of the ‘hidden’ lessons that our cells can teach us about achieving and maintaining vibrant ‘fiscal’ health.
In Dr. Bruce Lipton’s Book, “The Biology of Belief”, he shared some ground-breaking realization based on the peculiar behavior of a cloned Endothelial cell while working in his lab one day. He noticed that when he introduced nutrients into the petri dish, the cell inexorably gravitated toward the food source, and when he introduced a threat element into its environment, it tended to move away. Some of his conclusions are turning Classical Cellular Biology on its head. Dr. Lipton’s main point was that we can learn a great deal from our “Miniature Humans”, i.e., our cells. He posits that in order for cells to thrive, it needs to be (mostly) in an open exchange with its environment, because when it stays in ‘protective’ mode for too long, everything starts to shut down and die.
This closely correlates with Deepak Chopra’s admonition in “The Book Of Secrets”, where in the Second Secret, he states “To solve the mystery of life requires only one commandment: Live like a cell… You are not in the world; the world is in you.
… Cells have no problem fully participating in the mystery of life. Theirs is a wisdom of total passion and commitment. So let’s see if we can link the qualities of bodily wisdom with the hidden dimensions we want to uncover:
. . . Communion: A cell keeps in touch with every other cell. Messenger molecules race everywhere to notify the body’s farthest outposts of desire or intention, however slight. Withdrawing or refusing to communicate is not an option.
. . . Awareness: Cells adapt from moment to moment. . . Getting caught up in rigid habits is not an option.
. . . Acceptance: Cells recognize each other as equally important. Every function in the body is interdependent with every other.
. . . Efficiency: Cells function with the smallest possible expenditure of energy. Typically, a cell stores only three seconds of food and oxygen insides its cell wall. It trusts totally on being provided for.
. . . Giving: The primary activity of cells is giving, which maintains the integrity of all other cells. Total commitment to giving makes receiving automatic ~ it is the other half of a natural cycle.
. . . Immortality: Cells reproduce in order to pass on their knowledge, experience, and talents, withholding nothing from their offspring. This is a kind of practical immortality, submitting to death on the physical plane but defeating it on the nonphysical.”
To significantly increase the organism’s efficiency, cells create structured environments to subdivide the workload into specialized tasks. This process of cytological specialization enabled the cells to expend smaller amounts of energy and efficiently form the specific tissues and organs of the body. From a business perspective, Henry Ford revolutionized modern production methods by introducing this form of differentiation in his assembly line system of manufacturing automobiles. He organized each worker in the assembly line to specialize in one task and to pass on the aggregately assembled automobile from one specialist to the next to arrive at a finished product every 90 minutes instead of two weeks!
New data are emerging to suggest that the environment interacting with the cell membrane, and not genetic information in it’s nucleus (as previously thought), controls the functioning of the cells. This underscores the importance of surrounding one’s business environment with empowering mentors which impel one to single-minded success.
Since our Nervous Systems and cells rely and thrive upon ‘free trade’ within our multi-celled community network. The emergent benefits of 21st Century business, according to Joe Schroeder in his “Predictions for 2007”, hinges upon the strength of our reputation in this new “Economy of Influence.” The better we serve, the bigger our network grows, and the higher our reputation, the greater the rewards we receive. I believe, this was more or less ‘hinted at’ in “The Secret”. As Mark Victor Hansen pointed out “Your Network determines your Net Worth!”
Finally, each cell is imbued with a purpose. Mr. Albert E. N. Gray, whose major address to the National Association of Life Underwriters annual convention in 1940, which later became a pamphlet classic called “The Common Denominator of Success” stressed the importance of a big “Why” in life. “…any resolution or decision you make today has to be made again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, and the next, and so on. And it not only has to be made each day, but it has to be kept each day, for if you miss one day in the making or keeping of it, you’ve got to go back and begin all over again. But if you continue the process of making it each morning and keeping it each day, you will finally wake up some morning a different person in a different world, and you will wonder what has happened to you and the world you used to live in. …the strength which holds you to your purpose is not your own strength but the strength of the purpose itself. If it’s a big purpose, you will be big in its accomplishment. If it’s an unselfish purpose, you will be unselfish in accomplishing it. And if it’s an honest purpose, you will be honest and honorable in the accomplishment of it. But as long as you live, don’t ever forget that while you may succeed beyond your fondest hopes and your greatest expectations, you will never succeed beyond the purpose to which you are willing to surrender.”
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