|Picture of a brain, via Wikipedia Common|
Lately, I have been watching this amazing Christian scientist named Caroline Leaf. Wow! Have you heard of her? I first saw her on the James Robison show and was fascinated! What she teaches about is THE BRAIN.
Now when I say "the brain," I don't mean the smart kid in the class. I mean the way our brains work, and function, and how that affects our lives. Wow, I shoulda warned you we are going to get deep--deep--deep ...
Here's goes. Let's dive right in.
First of all, get this. Our thoughts are real things. What does this mean? It means that our thoughts are not just abstract concepts only existing to each one of us, personally. Instead, thoughts are actual living things that can be seen, and documented with the latest in brain imaging.
Woah! To try to get a handle on this, check out this video of the brain as thoughts are being formed:
Neuroscientists are now working on methods of being able to "almost" read someone's thoughts, based on which part of the brain is active when varying stimuli are shown:
The scientists cannot read exact thoughts, but they can pick up clues of what is being thought of. Wow, this research makes a lot of the science fiction from the '70's much less fictional! Yikes!
You may wonder, how is this this information relevant for our everyday lives? Sure, it is fascinating to be able to show off my knowledge in the obscure field of neuroscience, but what else is it good for?
Well, according to Dr. Caroline Leaf, a neuroscientist and a Christian teacher, it is immensely relevant. And encouraging. I have downloaded Dr. Leaf's book called Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking and Health.
This book explains how we can affect our own brains, and control our thinking, so that we are not depressed and negative. This is so encouraging! To know that we are not doomed to negative thinking, because we have been diagnosed with a certain condition, or because we have been through some very bad experiences.
The latest science in brain research coincides so perfectly with the Scriptures. The Bible is full of teaching that says we are what we think. One example is Proverbs 23:7a: As a man thinketh, so is he.
I love learning about the brain, and how new thoughts form. This new knowledge gives us hope that anyone can change. And that anyone can learn. Even those with learning disabilities. Those in mental hospitals. Those that seem hopelessly addicted. Even me. Even you. Now, I hope you feel encouraged. Because I sure do!
And please let me know what you think in the comments box below. Do you believe anyone can change for the better, no matter how hopeless their situation might seem? Tell us your story!
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