Science & The Bible tells us : Mind over Matter
healthy vs unhealthy dendrites
This is an image of dendrites in our brain. This imaging also shows the difference between healthy dendrites (left) and unhealthy ones (right).
Dendrites relay information in the brain, and the transfer and connections of information are what allow people to think and reason. If the dendrite length is shorter than average, or contains less robust branching, this will impact how information can flow and be processed.
You are in control of how healthy your dendrite branches are, by either choosing a toxic or a life promoting mind set. The mind is not simply over matter, it precedes matter.
‘What you are thinking every moment of every day becomes a physical reality in your brain and body, which affects your optimal mental and physical health. These thoughts collectively form your attitude, which is your state of mind, and it’s your attitude and not your DNA that determines much of the quality of your life.’- Dr Caroline Leaf
Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us, ‘life or death, blessing or curses are set before us. And we are to choose life’ it’s an active choice which means you have more control than you think over your life and how you perceive it.
I cringe when I hear people use excuses like ‘it’s in my genes’ or ‘I didn’t have the life that ‘he’ (she) was given’ as an excuse for their suboptimal health or lack of lustre of a life, because it’s simply not true.
You may have ‘bad genes’ or rather some gene mutations which I prefer to call it, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. You may have had a harder upbringing and been through some tough stuff, but you’re alive now today and can choose to promote health and life in your future days simply by consciously choosing to want a better future.
I understand it’s hard, I too have gene mutations (SNP’s) that make it harder for my body to detoxify. My phase 2 detoxification is particularly bad. But the great thing is that I know and that I can make wiser choices. I didn’t choose cancer, I didn’t choose to lose my hearing. But I choose to believe that life can still be lived beautifully with the pains of the past and even the remnants of the pains of the past.
I’ve been just a bit obsessed with Dr Caroline Leaf and her teaching but truly believe that much of the pain, setbacks and health conditions we all live with can be prevented if not cured with a healthy thoughts and by taking our thoughts captive (Rom12).
If you have a chance, please read her book ‘Switch on your Brain’ where she beautifully explains the science behind scriptures like:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 “His mercies are new every morning” Lamentation 3:23 “And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” Genesis 11:6
And many more!
Learn to switch on your brain and switch on the power to life. Learn to be aware of your thoughts and what kind of dendrites you are growing in. Learn to reject and weaken existing negative thoughts that are not life giving.
It all starts with awareness and hopefully by reading this post you would have gained some awareness.
If this has inspired you at all or intrigued you at the slightest, I encourage you to keep digging into this.