Using PSYCH-K and the Belief Effect
By Tim Thompson



The Human Genome Project, considered by some at the time to be the pinnacle of bio-scientific achievement, was begun in 1990 and finally completed in 2000. From the start, the project was extremely ambitious.

Biologists and medical scientists speculated that humanity, thought to be at the apex of evolution on planet earth, would have a far greater number of genes to map than other species, and that a complete mapping of our human gene pool would speedily provide the means to reduce or eradicate the scourges of disease, disability and dysfunction for everyone — for all time.

It didn’t happen. A decade has passed since the completion of the Human Genome Project and humanity is still plagued by disease, disability and dysfunction, despite science’s best efforts to the contrary. Hardly a dent has been made in the genetic armor against the war on human misery.

But all is not lost, it appears that there are a host of hidden connections (No surprise there!) between the power of the mind to generate the belief necessary to achieve perfect health and the ability of our personal genetics to anchor such beneficial changes in reality.

It appears that, for the genetic scientists, more questions have been raised than answers found. Simply mapping the entire human genome has not provided the answers to the questions that have raised eyebrows and stumped brilliant minds in research labs all around the world.
• How can only 20,000-25,000 genes in the human genome possibly control all human physical characteristics and conditions of health?

• Why do some so-called primitive organisms have many times the number of genes in their genome than do humans?

• How do some genetic traits and predispositions skip one, two or more generations to manifest completely in later branches of the genetic tree?

The more the questions piled up, the more the staunchly-empirical scientists began to realize that their tidy gene-centered world was beginning to experience the beginnings of a revolution in awareness that would parallel the shakeup experienced by physicists in the middle of the twentieth century with the maturation of our understanding of quantum mechanics. The world for both groups of scientists would never be the same.

Everything that the geneticists believed about human genetics going into the Human Genome Project had to give way to mounting evidence to the contrary by the end of it. DNA alone turned out not to be the holy grail of disease and disability control. Genetics, it appeared, was a much more slippery thing to understand than once believed.

As it turned out, the answers to many of the genetic scientists questions began to filter in from unexpected quarters. Biology could provide only some of the answers. Psychology was to provide many of the rest.

Biology works hand in hand with belief to determine our state of wellness at any given time. What we believe influences how our bodies function and how our bodies function influences what we believe. The line between what is physical and what is mental has been erased by our new understanding that one influences the other.

Many biologists have now embraced this concept and are busy putting together a better conceptual model for the facts. It is called the new biology and it is currently at the forefront of genetic research and rapidly gaining adherents as the in-depth analyses of the genome data have begun to be published in scientific circles.

The study of how genes express themselves by way of means other than the underlying DNA is called epigenetics. This branch of biology will become more important and critical to our understanding of genetics in the coming years.

In his groundbreaking book, The Biology of Belief, cellular biologist and epigeneticist Dr. Bruce H. Lipton writes about how placebos can and often have great positive effects when battling disease. Dr. Lipton calls this the “belief effect” and calls for western medicine to pay more attention to how the mind can affect behavior and the body.

He also speaks highly of a particular energy psychology technique, PSYCH-K®, as a useful tool to eliminate limiting beliefs and achieve deep personal growth. Dr. Lipton highlights PSYCH-K as developed by its originator, Robert Williams, M.A. as a simple, easy-to-learn process that incorporates kinesiology and left brain/right brain integration techniques to effect “swift and long-lasting changes” in human behavior and wellness.

In short, it works with an individual’s personal belief effect to attain the desired results. This kind of impact on the lives of people is, after all, exactly what the gene scientists had hoped to achieve by mapping the genome.

Robert Williams’ own story of his journey from dissatisfied business executive to psychotherapist to pioneer in the field of the mind/body connection is illustrated in the book PSYCH-K: The Missing Piece Peace in Your Life. Together, Williams and Lipton have produced a DVD called The Biology of Perception — The Psychology of Change: Putting It All Together.

Williams’ PSYCH-K program encompasses training and workshops for self-esteem, relationships, prosperity, personal power, health and body, spirituality, grief and loss, and more. PSYCH-K workshops and study materials are extensively available in southern California and well worth looking into if you seek to change your self-limiting beliefs.

Tim Thompson is a freelance writer/editor whose love affair with words has allowed him to explore diverse interests in the human mind, spiritual advancement, global environmental and lifestyle challenges and personal development. He currently makes his living working on web content and other writing projects from his home in southern California. Visit for more information, or call (800) 642-3034, ext. 4

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