Knowing who you are? by Wendy Margolese

In this article, Wendy Margolese, a colleague and writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, poses a poignant question.  She asks does DNA really define who we are now and who we will be in the future?  Wendy shares her spiritual insight along with a story of an individual who refused to accept the predilection of being doomed to a health threatening condition due to his DNA.  She acknowledges that this young man was healed by aligning his thought with God through prayer to a deeper understanding of his spiritual identity.  Human DNA may stand for (Do Not Accept) unconditionally!

Who are you- DNA does not determine.Does our genetic code determine who we are? Studies initially suggested we are our genes – we’ve inherited them. We can shrug off certain personal traits, such as a tendency towards obesity, because it’s part of our inherited nature. But with the advent of the science of epigenetics, new studies now suggest there are ways to alter the way genes behave and thus change that predetermined path.

According to the latest theories of this science, we can modify our genetic health patterns through lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. This may sound promising and appealing, particularly to many of us living in conditions that allow us to eat well and stay active. However, much of the world’s population does not necessarily follow a recommended diet, nor in many cases, have access to what is considered healthy lifestyle opportunities. This appears to create a disparity in having any hope of affecting the epigenetic calculation.

Yet, there is a way to view our heritage that does not leave us defenseless with what seems an undesirable genetic code or dependent upon lifestyle circumstances in order to experience good health.

As a student of the Bible, I am inspired by the view of our birthright as declared in Genesis that we are made in the image and likeness of God (Gen.1:26,27). This divine heritage ensures that our spiritual likeness expresses freedom from material confines or any limited potential.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: