The Orphic egg and epigenetics

Epigenetics is the study, in the field of genetics, of how external or environmental factors affect changes in the DNA sequence. DNA is wrapped around a histone. When the DNA unwraps itself, its information becomes available and the DNA sequence changes. Histone has a tail and this can be affected by epigenetic factors (environmental, exercise, nutritions, and emotional health). This can change the wrapping of the DNA string and activate it. The DNA itself does not change, but the unwinding of the histone makes the potential of the DNA available.

The wrapping of the DNA string around the histone reminded me of the image of the orphic egg surrounded by a serpent and interestingly there are some similarities.

The Orphic egg is a symbol from the ancient Orphic Mysteries, the egg representing the cosmos, the serpent the creative spirit. The egg is also the soul of the philosopher, the serpent the mysteries. At the time of initiation the philosopher’s soul hatches from the egg, ie is reborn from physical into spiritual existence.

The Hermetic maxim ‘As above, so below’ states that the microcosm is oneself, and the macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm and vice versa; within each lies the other, and through understanding one (usually the microcosm) a man may understand the other. From this perspective the Orphic egg is on the macrocosm the DNA on a histone the microcosm scale.

The uncoiling of the serpent (creative spirit) on the orphic egg releases kundalini energy. Similar, the uncoiling of the DNA string (also creative sprit) from the histone makes the DNA available and the gene active. Both ways of uncoiling of the orphic egg and the DNA string (by the histone tail!) can be achieved by spiritual development. And both processes release dormant existing potential.

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