Caroline Leaf: Forgive! Part 3 of 4

Written by on May 26, 2014

Last month, I was excited to attend a Caroline Leaf seminar in Portland called The Designed Mind: Thinking and Living Like Royals. My friend, Vicki Norris of Restoring Order, hosted the event.

Here are some principles Caroline Leaf shared:

“Mind changes matter. You can describe it in terms of physics and quantum physics.

“God has given us a science to describe mind action. This is what is meant (in Romans 12:2) by “the renewing of the mind.” You are a neuroplastician. “Neuro-“ means “brain.” “Plastic” means “to change.” You are designed to change your brain.

“Everything about you is designed to renew your mind. God knew what you would do. He gave you everything. You are totally equipped.

“The law of quantum physics basically says that you—the observer outside the situation—turn the probability into the actuality. Information comes in, in the form of the messages of life. You choose your thoughts. When you choose, you collect the probability into the actuality. How you are going to choose is unpredictable.

“Entanglement is a primary law of quantum physics. Entanglement goes right from the subatomic level upwards. From the smallest level we know currently in science upwards, all particles are entangled. They cannot be separated. When they’re separated, they get back together again, as though time has been relaxed. From the subatomic level to the macro level, all particles are entangled. We’re in relationship with one another.”

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Friend, I’ve thought about the energy that we put into the relationships of those we love (and some of those we don’t). After attending this seminar, I came to realize that there is tangible matter and chemicals in the brain that interact when we renew our minds. It’s a very real, measurable matter and process. I  don’t know about you, but I want to renew my mind and allow the Holy Spirit to transform me.

Sometimes I have a hard time forgiving and I need to renew my mind every hour. Every minute. Every second. Keeping it real: let’s ask the Holy Spirit to reorder our thoughts, because they stray into the danger zone without Him.

But if  we’re going to be entangled with people on this planet,  we need to be free and clear of the briar patch of resentment. Let’s focus on braiding the particles of our emotions into those of kindness and renewal. Let’s shift our energy when we turn our thoughts, instead of negativity, to strength and hope for our relationships.

The concluding post of this blog series (Part 4 of 4) will share principles from Caroline Leaf’s latest book, “Switch on Your Brain.”

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Friend, how are you renewing your mind today?

This 4-part blog series explores what happens in your brain as reported by Dr. Caroline Leaf. Caroline is a communication pathologist and audiologist who has worked in the area of cognitive neuroscience since 1985. Her pioneering work on neuroplasticity—that changes in thinking actually change the brain and can effect behavioral change—paved the way for her current research on how scientific principles are supported by Scripture and vice versa. She is a prolific author.

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