Rippling Through Generations



The Nature vs. Nurture debate has been part of the conversation around how generational changes occur for quite some time.  Most experts speculate that there is a mix of both of these factors.  While psychologists and other people studying behavior can lean on modeling as a mechanism for how changes occur through "nurture" finding biologic mechanisms for behavior to prove the "nature" side of the debate have been more challenging.    

Recent research at The University of Zurich is reporting a newly found biological mechanism for how behavior is passed down through sperm. The study focuses specifically on how traumatic experiences make changes in the second and third generations of mice.  They found that when mice are exposed to traumatic situations their offspring tend to demonstrate behaviors as if they, themselves, had been exposed to the trauma. 


The mechanism for this occurs in a molecule called microRNA (sometimes called miRNA).  microRNA are smaller RNA molecules that are transcripted from the DNA.  They serve primarily in regulatory functions like controlling how many copies of a specific cell should be made. 


Researchers found that when a mouse had been exposed to traumatic events the quantity and type of microRNA cells were altered from the population of mice that had not been traumatized.  They found these altered microRNA primarily in the blood, brain and sperm.  They also found metabolic variations in the second generation of the traumatized mice who had significantly lower blood sugar and insulin.


The researcher's primary interest was to understand classifiable mental health issues but they did state they believed this was a mechanism that could prove to be in action outside of just mental disorders.


The field of Epigenetics has been popularized by Bruce Lipton in his book The Biology of Belief. Epigentics tells us that our genes are a blueprint for what may happen and that the way that we think, feel and believe has a significant impact on whether the gene that controls any single characteristic will actually express.  The summary soundbite for epigenetics is "your life is not controlled by your genes."


This adds an interesting twist to this epigenetic conversation. Fundamentally it is true, the way we think, feel and believe impacts the genetic expression and yet, it seems, that we are genetically predisposed to certain perspectives, behavioral characteristics and habits based on the way our parents (father in this case) decided to think, feel and behave. 


Looking at this from a Reorganizational perspective is especially interesting.  In Discover we see this "problem" as one more roadblock to stop us from experiencing happiness and success, in Transform we see it as one more roadblock to overcome and change into fuel to experience success and in Awaken, of course, we say we say "roadblock? What roadblock? All I see are gifts"


The amazing benefit of Reorganizational Healing and Living is that we have a framework to understand and transform these potentially damaging experiences.  We know that we are responsible for the way we think and feel and that has a specific outcome in our lives, the lives of those around us and the lives of our children.  But understanding this and having tools to consciously heal these possible traumas is critical. 


Reorganizational Healing and Living provide opportunities for early detection and prevention of these traumas if they are lifestyle based.  It also creates the opportunity to heal these traumas and allow the microRNA to resume normal function in the first, second or third generations.  This has profound positive implications for overall health and wellness of a family, lineage and society.


It has been said by Donald Epstein, developer of the Reorganizational Healing model, that when someone heals the effects ripple through time to affect many parts and times of their life.  This new research now shows us that when we are healing and helping others heal the beneficial effects may actually be rippling through generations.