The Greek philosopher Heraclitus made the famous remark, “You cannot step into the same river twice,” because the river is constantly being changed by new water rushing in. The same holds true for the body. All of us are much more like a river than anything frozen in time and space.
If you could see your body as it really is, you would never see it the same way twice. Ninety-eight percent of the atoms in your body were not there a year ago. The skeleton that seems so solid was not there three months ago. The configuration of the bone cells remains somewhat constant, but atoms of all kinds pass freely back and forth through the cell walls, and that means you acquire a new skeleton every three months.
The skin is new every month. You have a new stomach lining every five minutes. The cells in the liver turn over very slowly, but new atoms still flow through them, like water in a river course, making a new liver every six weeks. Even within the brain, whose cells are not replaced once they die, the content of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and so on is totally different from a year ago.
It is as if you lived in a building whose bricks were systematically taken out and replaced every year. If you keep the same blueprint, then it will still look like the same building. But it won’t be the same in actuality. The human body also stands there looking much the same from day to day, but through the processes of respiration, digestion, elimination, and so forth, it is constantly and ever in exchange with the rest of the world. – Quantum Healing, Deepak Chopra, M.D.
We are all inter-connected to all of life. I am a firm believer that we have the capability to renew ourselves, heal ourselves from diseases, and become a new healthier being again – if we so desire. There are many cases where people heal from tragic circumstances and illness – I am a person who has healed from semi-debilitating illness. Before I could heal, I had to believe I had the capability to heal for this process to happen. All this change is going on inside ourselves, we must let go of the diseases and let them flow like a river outside of our bodies and minds – and heal – and become a healthy and fully restored person again.