Thoughts Grow Trees – pt.3

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Science has found that we can make the choice to interfere with protein synthesis by engaging new thoughts. So if you want to change old bad memories into good ones, you must do it consciously. It won’t happen non-consciously. This is what the Bible refers to as renewing your mind. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” How is this done? Second Corinthians 10:5b says, “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

When you bring your thoughts captive, the actual physical structure of the brain changes. This process is called neuroplasticity. Thinking causes neurotransmitters, which are chemicals in the brain that carry electrical impulses, to flow. “Neuro” refers to neuron connections. “Plasticity” refers to the growth of those neurons and connections. As we learn something, we increase plasticity into our being. We create more and more connections. We grow branches on our trees. The more we do this, the more connections we grow.

Consider the emotion of fear as an example. Over time, we make connections of fear with people, our job, driving—any number of things. When we do this, we develop many connections to fear. Neuron connections want to stay alive and need only three things to do so: oxygen, sugar and stimulation. Keep in mind, thoughts are stimulation.

To be Continued….

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