The Thinking Body | Health Podcasts

Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you in part by Book of Zen, makers of wearable inspiration for a better world. Today’s podcast has been edited and adapted from the book How to Get What You Want by Dr. Orison Swett Marden, published in 1917…

Modern science has proved that intelligence is not confined to the brain cells, but that we think as a whole, that all cell life takes part in the thinking process. Scientists tell us that the individual cells in a piece of flesh and placed near a drug that is harmful to cell life will draw away as far as they can from this harmful substance.

On the other hand, when a substance friendly to cell life is placed near, the cells will draw as close as possible to this friendly substance and apparently try to absorb it. In other words, these cells manifest the power of intelligent selection, or choice. One reason why our mental attitudes, our hopes, our fears, our joys, and our sorrows have such a tremendous influence upon our bodies and our lives, is because, as Thomas Edison said, every cell in us thinks. And since this is true, we know that every thought, every impression made on the mind, every mental attitude, affects all of the cells of the body, affects the whole organism.

We have been so accustomed to confining intelligence to the brain alone that it is difficult to think of it as a product of the cellular activity of the entire body: brain, muscles, bones, tissues, and all. In fact, we think all over. The mind is the product of activity in all the cells of the body. The latest scientific investigations seem to show that each one of the tiny microscopic cells of a body contains in itself creative, reproducing, repairing, recreating qualities, thus determining the entire future of the body and guiding the plan, the development, and the limitation of growth, that is, physically considered.

Each cell is endowed with intelligence and has a consciousness of its own, and, although each one of these cells has a separate consciousness, the communal, or community cells all work together for the federation of the whole in a most orderly, scientific manner. They build, repair, renew, and maintain the entire organism of the body.

In the book “Cell Intelligence,” it says that the cell is a conscious intelligent being, and by reason thereof plans and builds all plants and animals in the same manner as we construct houses, railroads and other structures. Individual cells of any animal, acting harmoniously with the entire organism, alter the plan of the animal to meet any new demand caused by changes in habitat or in response to needed protection, as in the case of animals which change their colors to correspond to the coloring of the trees upon which they live, so as to make them invisible to their enemies.

It is believed that the cells in any part of the body contain a property of memory reaching back through the ages to the primordial cells, to the beginning of life itself. These qualities are preserved when the cells divide. All the qualities which were in the original cell before the division are passed along to each of the new halves. The new cells formed are really a part of the old one; containing everything which the original cell contained.

We are apt to think of the body as a collection of different organs and that these organs are in a way separate, of different material or construction. But we are simply one enormous mass of tiny cells closely related to one another. Because the bones, for example, are harder than the brain, we think there can be little affinity between them, but, as a matter of fact, what affects one cell anywhere in the body affects all. Each cell is an entity or little self, and we are made up of these billions of our little selves or cells.

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