The Lives We Design*


Using single words or brief phrases, please write down your answers to the following questions as honestly as you can.

For yes-or-no questions, circle your answer.

Questions about Your Origins.

1. Do you believe that the origin of life in general is the result of a chance event that happened long ago, as conventional science suggests?



2. Do you believe that human life—your life—is the result of a chance event that happened long ago, as evolutionary theory suggests?



Questions about Your Potential.

3. Do you believe that you’re designed to consciously influence the events of your life, the quality of your life, and how long you live?



If you answered no to the previous question, continue to “Defining Your Beliefs” below. If you answered yes to the previous question, please continue here:

4. Do you trust your ability to trigger self-healing in your body on demand when you need it?



5. Do you trust your ability to trigger your deepest states of intuition on demand when you need them?



6. Do you trust your ability to self-regulate your immune system, your longevity hormones, and your overall health?



Defining Your Beliefs.

7. When I notice something unusual happening with my body (sudden aches or pains, an unexplained rash, a rapid heartbeat for no apparent reason, and so on) I now find myself feeling _____________________________.

8. When I notice something out of the ordinary happening with my body, the first thing I will do is __________________________.

The way you’ve answered each of these questions will guide you to understand how you currently think of your potential. These answers can also serve as a compass that indicates in what direction you may want to explore your personal growth.

The key here is that your body can respond only to the fuel of the beliefs you embrace.

For example: If you believe that life in general, as well as your life in particular, is the result of a chance event that happened a long time ago, then this perception may be reflected in the choices you make in other areas of your life.

For example, it’s easier to discount the sacredness of life and the value of our experiences when we tell ourselves that we’re the result of a lucky accident of biology that just “happened” to have occurred long ago.

To embrace the growing body of evidence suggesting that we’re the result of an intentional act—when we really get that we’re here on purpose—we’re left with a sense of awe and a deep appreciation for all life, everywhere. That appreciation is reflected in the way we think of ourselves, as well as the way we treat our friends, family, and loved ones. If you don’t trust your body’s ability to maintain your health, heal, and strengthen your immunity, or your capacity for intuition, then this perception may show up in how you respond to changes in your body.

Do you become fearful at the first sign of something new or different in your body? When do you choose to see a doctor to interpret the signs that your body is showing you?

To be absolutely clear, there are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions. Your answers may be deep and personal reflections of the way you were conditioned to think of yourself. If that thinking has served you in the past and it continues to work for you today, then you are now consciously aware of the beliefs that guide you. But if you now find that you’d like to expand your relationship with your body, then your growth must begin with the beliefs that are the foundation of that relationship.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the more we know about ourselves—and the deeper we expand our awareness of our bodies’ potential—the more purpose we sense to our lives. And I believe that’s ultimately the goal for each of us: to discover and embrace our purpose while we’re experiencing life’s possibilities.


Almost universally, the indigenous traditions of the world remind us that we’re the products of a conscious and intentional act of creation and somehow part of a cosmic family, and that as we grow and mature in our understanding, our true heritage will come to have greater meaning in our daily lives.

In ancient writings, varying from Sumerian cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphics to the carvings and pictograms discovered in the Mayan jungles of Central America, and in the spoken wisdom of Native North Americans and South Americans, our ancestors have told us that we’re part of something vast and beautiful.

As described in the scriptures of the world’s most ancient traditions, we’re given extraordinary abilities—godlike traits—that set us apart from all other forms of life and empower us to have connected, vital, and meaningful lives.

We’re reminded, as well, that we are stewards in this world, here to protect all life, and not masters born to dominate life. It’s through our extraordinary powers of intuition, empathy, and compassion that we are granted the privilege to be the earth’s caretakers—an ability given to no other form of life.

One of the greatest visionaries in history, Chief Seattle, a leader of the Suquamish people of the American Pacific Northwest, reminds us of our role in clear, eloquent, and direct terms. While the source of the following statement, often attributed to Chief Seattle, remains unconfirmed, the sentiment that it carries is timeless:

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

The best science of the modern world seems to support the essence of this wisdom. Our extended neural networks and our ability to use our hearts, brains, and nervous systems to enhance our lives on demand are now scientifically documented.

While there are scientists who may not share the self-empowering interpretations of the scientific findings that are offered in this blog, what we can say with certainty is that there is nothing in the new discoveries that can deny that these capabilities exist in us or that would prevent these capabilities from being the result of an intentional design in the human genome.

While we may not fully understand where our advanced abilities come from, the evidence shows that our extraordinary intellect and our capacity for compassion, empathy, and deep intuition are no accident. They’ve been with us, as original “equipment,” from our beginning. They are inherent in our nature and appear to have a purpose—they are a vital part of an intentional design.

*From Human by Design: From Evolution by Chance to Transformation by Choice, by Gregg Braden.