Cell-Level Healing: The Bridge from Soul to Cell – Joyce Hawkes, Ph.D.


After a shattering near-death experience, Joyce Whiteley Hawkes left her career as a biophysicist and embarked on a study of indigenous healing practices.

Living and working with priests and shamans in the Philippines, South India, and Bali, she explored the previously uncharted territories that divide biology from spirituality — and discovered that emotional, mental, and spiritual feelings can have a profound and positive impact on our bodies at the cellular level.

Cell-Level Healing shows how our thoughts change the functioning of our cells to repair and renew the body. With profound yet simple exercises, this book provides a guide to tap your innate healing abilities by showing that healing is a basic part of human nature.

Filled with thought-provoking stories and photographs, free of jargon, and thoroughly grounded in Dr. Hawkes’s decades of experience in laboratory science and practical, hands-on healing, Cell-Level Healing invites you to explore your intrinsic powers of transformation and regeneration to attain new levels of spiritual and bodily health.

Questions & Answers
with Joyce Hawkes, Ph.D.

The body is sacred, filled with molecules created in the same sacred way as the universe, according to Joyce Whiteley Hawkes, author of Cell-Level Healing: The Bridge from Soul to Cell. A biophysicist for 15 years, she changed careers in 1984 after a near-death experience opened a bridge to accessing a natural state of compassion.

Q. Society often wants a magic pill to cure illness. But when our body heals naturally, it’s often not a quick cure. Our expectations of healing seem accelerated.

A. There are times in the mystery of all this where healing can occur unexpectedly or instantaneously — I’ve seen it happen. But most of the time, however, it is a healing process that runs with the dimension of time within the body. So cells have certain time dimensions in which they work when they are producing hormones, when they’re creating energy for the cells from breaking down glucose, when it’s time for them to divide for renewal within a particular organ.

And yet, consciousness seems to be without time. So on occasions we touch that quantum level, which also is part of the cell itself and things can happen very quickly.

It is an expectation that we’re going to say the right word, think the right thoughts, wave our hands in the right paths, and all of a sudden everything’s fine and we’re completely healed. I’ve seen a few of those, but mostly my experience has been that it’s a disciplined journey where we have to work with the body, with the timing of the body.

One of the things that’s helpful to know is that your body is healing all the time. In every second you breathe, you have 3 million brand new red blood cells, so the body is geared for healing and it’s natural to it. Some of the work is to relax into the natural tendency of the body to right itself, to come back to that harmonious state.

Q. How are blockages created in the body and how are they released?

A. Blockages occur in lots of ways. There could be a blockage that came with you when you were born, some congenital issue. There are blockages that come from large traumas or the small everyday kind of hurts, pains and difficulties that all of us experience as we grow up and go through life. And those seem to have some kind of a cellular or body memory that keeps people locked in a loop.

So clearing those kinds of blockages at whatever large or small level is really important for healing to penetrate deeply so that you’re not trying to reheal the same thing over and over again.

Blockages can cause specific illness or they can be more systemic where stress is created throughout the body rather than one specific location. You’ve got a generalized response that could be stress related or you might have a specific localized response.

I think in our modern culture, probably many of these are non-localized. They’re general throughout the body because of the many biochemical substances our body creates when we’re stressed.

Q. So if you’re under stress and you’re creating chemicals and hormones, what is the body’s natural response?

A. The response is the classic fight or flight. All of a sudden your blood pressure goes up and you are ready to run, or you’re ready to stop and fight. When we pump ourselves with those kinds molecules day after day, it’s exhausting to the body.

It can lower resistance to illness or it can be as simple as being so focused on what the problem is, you miss the traffic light that’s changed and you inadvertently set yourself up for a car to plow into you because you’re in the wrong place in the intersection.

Our bodies are so resilient and redundant in that they’re created as sustaining and healing temples. It’s repeated problems that bring us to the point where the body suddenly breaks down or it seems sudden. And then we’re ill.

Q. You talk about how most people need a downward flow of energy for good health.

A. You open the crown of your head and invite the universal energy to flow down through your body, down your spine, out your arms, across your hips, down the legs and out the feet. The universe is unlimited and abundant so you don’t have to hang on to the energy. You can let it move through your body and out, and in that sense, it flushes out what you no longer need. It keeps a flow of life consciousness, juice energy for you available all the time.

Simply imagine the spirals of universal energy. Take a deep breath and invite in spirals of universal energy. Imagine it flowing through the whole body and that the body is just soaking it up and embracing it. With the in-breath, invite in the spiral and with the out-breath, sink into your body and into that place. Or take three or four breaths that are focused simply on bringing in the energy.

Q. It’s funny how spiritualism can be very head oriented. Surrendering to the body and tapping into your inner healer is a challenge.

A. The inner healer is not accessed by cranking through the gears of the mind. The inner healer arises somewhere else. It feels like it rises out of the mystery. It feels like it’s deep in the body, somewhere between my heart and my solar plexus. It’s as if the thoughts actually block being closer to it.

Q. Cell-Level Healing shares many tools for healing diseases. Can you recommend a practice for increasing energy and vitality during life’s daily stress?

A. I meditate on the four functions of each cell. First you focus on the information in the cell and ask that all information be encoded correctly. Second is communication between cells, which is crucial to our good health that communication move smoothly.

Third is the power pack of the cell, which creates all of the energy that keeps us alive. Without it, we’re gone. And that’s one of the places that stress hits us the most. It’s in the organelle called the mitochondria. So to work with energy flowing deep inside each cell to these power houses, that they may be working smoothly without damage, is incredibly important. Fourth is the action part of cell where proteins are made for the structure of the cell, for all the enzymes of the cell – focus on that aspect of our cell function not being blocked and moving smoothly.

The biochemistry of stress blocks many of the normal, healthy functions of repair in the cell. We want to clear out whatever those molecules of stress are so that the body can function completely healthy with these four main functions.

Q. You had your brainwaves mapped by neurological researchers. What did they find?

A. They found my brain works weirdly. Most of us run beta waves just walking around – that’s our thinking mind. When we’re peaceful and happy, and we see something beautiful, we run alpha waves. Delta waves occur in the brain of people in deep states of sleep – they’re not usually found in a waking state. My brain runs beta, so it’s alert and aware and thinking, and delta in a waking state at the same time.

That has been found to be the case in Tibetan monks who have meditated 50,000 hours or more. It seems to be a product of compassion meditation. And I live in that state – it’s not just when I’m doing healing work or meditating, but I walk around like that now.

What I experience in myself is a sense of well being and listening. It’s as if my alert mind is listening for guidance or aware of the larger reality all the time. And it’s been consistent – I was tested in 2002, 2005 and 2006 so it’s not an anomaly.

Q. What is your daily meditation practice?

A. I meditate for half-hour to an hour in the morning, and on and off throughout the day. I stop for a minute and I’m so grateful for my life and what I get to do. Then I stop to simply make a connection and allow energy to flow through my body. When I’m working with people, I’m in a constant state of experience of that flow.

We all sit down to have a cup of tea or coffee. In those moments can be a moment of mediation, appreciation and blessings.

Q. If the body could give us a message, what would it be?

A. I have a sacred gift from the creator of the universe. I bring the resources of consciousness to you. You can trust me. I am a natural healer.

Joyce Hawkes, Ph.D.
Joyce Hawkes is a biophysicist and cell-biologist by training. She completed her doctorate in Biophysics at The Pennsylvania State University, and was a postdoctoral Fellow with the National Institutes of Health before settling in Seattle to work in research for the National Marine Fisheries Reseach Center, a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. While there, she was honored with a National Achievement Award for her work.

She is currently a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Over the course of 15 years, she has earned an international reputation for her scientific contributions in the field of ultra high-speed laser effects on cells, and the effects of environmental pollutants on cells. She has published 36 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Following a near-death experience in 1984, Joyce changed careers and embarked on extensive exploration of indigenous spiritual and healing traditions, which she incorporated in her first book: Cell-Level Healing: The Bridge from Soul to Cell. Dr. Hawkes is the founder of Healing Arts Associates and maintains a private practice at her office in Seattle. She keeps a busy schedule of teaching and conference presentations in the Seattle area, across the the US and abroad.

Joyce’s fascinating science, stories and rapport with audiences has made her a popular radio and television guest. She has been a featured guest of Art Bell on Coast to Coast Radio and George Noory. Joyce was featured on a national TV special with Diane Sawyer (seen on Turning Point and on Good Morning America), She was also filmed in Japan in 2005 for a documentary. Her brain wave patterns were tested with EEG recordings during meditation (see image upper right) and while doing healing work (lower right) The results were quite unusual, according to Dr. Akio Mori, of Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan. “I’ve never seen anyone with as highly focused brain patterns as Dr. Hawkes,” he said.

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