Wayne Dyer writes, “Until recently, I accepted the idea that what we are is pretty much formulated by complex genetic input and strands of DNA inherited from our parents and other relatives. But I’ve changed my mind. My new personal philosophy is that who I am is first and foremost determined by what I believe–and that leads me to consciously focus on the fact that limitations or traits inherited from my ancestors are absolutely not the final word…. remember that what you are is what you believe, not what you were handed genetically.”
“Yes, You Can Change Old Habits”. Hay House, Inc. 2009
A few years ago while teaching a high school Sunday School class the subject of genetics came up. A student asked, “How should we think about genetics?” The question triggered a fascinating discussion. It hadn’t occurred to them to think about the relationship between the words “genetics” and “Genesis”–the name of the first book of the Bible. Checking the dictionary, we learned that one of the definitions of genesis is “origin”, and that one of the definitions of genetics is “the study of heredity”.
This simple discovery radically changed our view of genetics. We decided that from a spiritual perspective, genetics is hugely important, that if man is made in the image and likeness of God as so stated in Genesis, then we really need to reconsider the term, “genetic code”, or even “genetic predisposition”. As we continued studying genetics in our Sunday School class for the next few weeks, we came up with a new definition of DNA. Rather than standing for Deoxyribonucleic acid, we concluded that in metaphysics DNA stands for “divinely natural attributes”.
So if you agree with Dyer’s new awareness that our beliefs determine what we are, then understanding your place in the genetics of God’s creation is significant. Consider this: in the 31 verses comprising the story of creation in the first chapter of Genesis, God uses the term “good” seven times to describe each major element of his creation.
In my experience, people whose sense of identity is directly tied to the type of man created in the first chapter of Genesis have a much different experience than those who believe man is fallen, flawed, and cursed. Spiritual thinker, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote, “The parent of all human discord was the Adam-dream, the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life and intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures). This seems consistent with Paul’s statement in his letter to Corinthians, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (I Corinthians 15: 22).
It’s an interesting exercise to think about your DNA in terms of divinely natural attributes. To me, it can be summed up in one simple phrase from Psalms: “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made:”
By the way, Dyer’s conclusions are heavily influenced by Dr. Bruce Lipton. a cell biologist and leading expert in human genetics engineering.