Lately, I’ve been reading a book by Dr. Caroline Leaf. The book is called Switch on your brain. My mother gave me this book to read after I had my mental breakdown a few years ago (It’s been about three years thank God!) and I never could get around to reading the book. In counseling, I realized the reason I didn’t read this helpful book was that I was personally beefing with her and walking in unforgiveness and anything she gave me—even if to help me—subconsciously I would reject and develop a mental block around it. I didn’t realize at the time I was programming my mind to reject things (that could possibly be helpful) but now I know. You ever tried to hurt yourself to hurt someone else? Sounds ridiculous but trust me, examine your thought patterns and the motivations behind your decisions (like I touched on in my last post) and you’ll see.
Now, in chapter three of this book I’d like to include a brief excerpt:
Our choices—the natural consequences of our thoughts and imagination—get “under the skin” of our DNA and can turn certain genes on and off, changing the structure of the neurons in our brains. So our thoughts, imagination, and choices can change the structure and function of our brains on every level: molecular, genetic, epigenetic, cellular, structural, neurochemical, electromagnetic, and even subatomic. Through our thoughts, we can be our own brain surgeons as we make choices that change the circuits in our brains. We are designed to do our own brain surgery.
This scientific power of our mind to change the brain is called epigenetics and spiritually it is as a man thinks, so is he (Prov 23:7). The way the brain changes as a result of mental activity is scientifically called neuroplasticity. And spiritually, it is the renewing of the mind (Rom 12:2).
I learned a few things here that I’d like to share. All thoughts are not our thoughts to begin with. We have an adversary that doesn’t mind planting seeds in your mind and watching them grow. According to 2 Corinthians (the book in the bible Trump saw for the first time while giving his speech at Liberty University, but I digress) not only are thoughts ours but we can take them captive. When someone is taken captive in a foreign land they typically don’t live to tell what they experienced. MAN, in my mind I have allowed thoughts to stick around affecting my feelings, eventually my emotions and subsequently my behavior. Those thoughts that shouldn’t even have been there got excellent treatment. MAN, I was tripping. I can take them captive and they have no power in my life, now I know.
Knowing that thoughts can get under your skin and turn genes off or affect you in multiple ways blew me away. It makes perfect sense. That’s why the bible says as a man thinks so is he (again Prov 23:7). I’ve thought a lot less of myself for YEARS so there’s a lot of work to do. I understand better the purpose of God’s word in my life now. There are stories in the Bible (as an account of events and examples) and also promises in the bible. Those promises are to be meditated on and rehearsed to literally TRANSFORM your mind. The bible says in Romans 12 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. You meditate and rehearse the word and those promises over and over again until you renew your mind! Renew means to make new again! Neuroplasticity is a scientific way to describe this. A gene can be switched off by our thinking and its our job to go back in their and switch it back on.
I will leave you with this last excerpt:
Epigenetics (the study of biological mechanisms that will switch genes on and off) is referred to as a new science, but actually, it is an ancient science that we find throughout the Bible. At its most basic level, epigenetics is the fact that your thoughts and choices impact your physical brain and body, your mental health, and your spiritual development (Deut. 30:19; Ps 34:11-16; Prov 3:7-8). And these choices will impact not only your own spirit, soul, and body but also the people with whom you have relationships.
MAN this is literally blowing my mind away showing how connected everything is! When I saw that she said “with whom” I was shooketh. You only use whom when you’re dropping some knowledge lol Check out the scripture references when you get a chance!