Have you ever looked at an old picture of yourself and thought, “Wow, I’m a completely different person now than I was back then.” Well, you’re not wrong. While it may be an internet myth that every cell in the body turns over every 7 years – certain cells, like neurons, live much longer than that – our bodies do completely turnover at the more fundamental level of the atom!
According to experts in the field of “hmolscience” (human molecular science), 98% of the atoms in the body are replaced every year. And, while some cells may persist in the body for years to decades, those cells are themselves tiny machines that are constantly fixing and replacing their component parts. In brief, about every 5 years your body is completely replaced at the most fundamental material level.
So that’s the body. What about the mind? I hope I don’t need science to convince you that your mind can change as well. Let’s go back to the scenario above when you were looking at a picture of your younger self. There is a good chance that your personality and values have changed between then and now. As you encounter new experiences (you travel, make new friends, get married, have children, learn a new skill, etc) and, more importantly, react to those experiences, you become a new person mentally and emotionally.
Individually, the ideas that your body’s atoms turnover and that your life perspective also turns over with time aren’t remarkable, but combine them and you come to an astonishing conclusion: You can reincarnate while you’re alive! In fact, so long as you’re living a reasonably dynamic life, reincarnation is inevitable. However, how you reincarnate is within your control, and it is this that is most relevant. You can let life happen to you and reincarnate passively, or you can take life by the horns and actively transform into whoever it is you aspire to become.
(Credit for this piece goes to Dr. Vyvyane Loh, director of the Transform for Health.)
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