Are we Being Manipulated or Informed?

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

A lot is happening in our world and we're inundated with news. Are we being manipulated or informed?

What you focus on is what becomes powerful. Serious research backs this truth. It's called experience-dependent neuroplasticity.

For all of us, the implications are personally meaningful and profound.

Everything you experience alters your brain’s physical structure.

· What you do.

· People you spend time with.

· Your feelings that you focus on.

· Your thoughts.

· What you hear.

· What you read.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Neuroscience has discovered that the brain is changeable. Until recent history, it was believed that the brain changes very little. Research has shown that structures of neurons grow and that neuron structures can also shrink through what we’re exposed to and through what we think about.

What we read, listen to, think about, experience and feelings that we focus on grow neuron structures which influence us.

The good news is that we can choose what to focus upon. We can decided where to put our attention. We can set personal goals related to neuron growth for a desired result, plan how we will achieve our goals and deliberately choose what we allow in through our mind gate.

The Bible calls this “Renewing your mind,” (Romans 12:2). You can renew your mind and change your life.

This is exactly what the Bible teaches. Science has a scientific name for it…Experience-Dependent Neuroplasticity. But thousands of years ago, God called it transformation through the renewing of your mind.

Studies by Dr. Caroline Leaf, a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a Masters and PhD in Communication Pathology, and a BSc Logopaedics has studied this extensively.

Dr. Leaf has studied neuroplasticity extensively. Her research is well documented and respected. Her book, Who Switched Off My Brain, a tool for eliminating toxic thoughts and bringing emotional healing, is a favorite of mine.

It helped me understand why memories from long ago are still painful and how to heal those memories. I learned how to remove fear triggers and how to experience a greater sense of well-being.

A number of years ago, I used the information in her book, along with the Bible, to teach a series of classes on God’s Powerful Tool—the Brain. I recommend her book, Who Switched Off My Brain.

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