The Power of the Force
Paul said in Romans 12:1,
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And 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.”
We are so attached to our bodies that we think what you see is what you get. As such, when we talk about our mind we think about what the doctors tell us is our mind. They are speaking of the fleshly organism contained in our head. Jesus had a very interesting statement about the flesh in John 6:63,
“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
Our spirit is what gives life to our mortal bodies. If and when our spirits decide to leave this body the body immediately begins to decay and return to the dust it was formed from. The mind that we usually talk about returns to dust along with the body it is in. Scientists have been studying the mind for years and still know very little about it. They recognize the awesome power of the mind but because of their lack of understanding of the spirit cannot fathom the source of visions and dreams.
The following is taken from a book written by Michael Talbot entitled ‘The Holographic Universe’.
Research conducted by Canadian neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield in the 1920s had offered convincing evidence that specific memories did have specific locations in the brain. One of the most unusual features of the brain is that the object itself doesn’t sense pain directly. As long as the scalp and skull have been deadened with a local anesthetic, surgery can be performed on the brain of a fully conscious person without causing any pain.
In a series of landmark experiments, Penfield used this fact to his advantage. While operating on the brains of epileptics, he would electrically stimulate various areas of their brain cells. To his amazement he found that when he stimulated the temporal lobes (the region of the brain behind the temples) of one of his fully conscious patients, they re-experienced memories of past episodes from their lives in vivid detail. One man suddenly relived a conversation he had had with friends in South Africa; a boy heard his mother talking on the telephone and after several touches from Penfield’s electrode was able to repeat her entire conversation; a woman found herself in her kitchen and could hear her son playing outside. Even when Penfield tried to mislead his patients by telling them he was stimulating a different area when he was not, he found that when he touched the same spot it always evoked the same memory.
In his book The Mystery of the Mind, published in 1975, just shortly before his death, he wrote, “It was evident at once that these were not dreams. They were electrical activations of the sequential record of consciousness, a record that had been laid down during the patient’s earlier experience. The patient ‘relived’ all that he had been aware of in that earlier period of time as in a moving-picture ‘flashback.’
From his research Penfield concluded that everything we have ever experienced is recorded in our brain, from every stranger’s face we have glanced at in a crowd to every spider web we gazed at as a child. cropping up in his sampling. If our memory is a complete record of even that dipping randomly into such a massive chronicle would produce a good deal of trifling information.
As a young neurosurgery resident, Pribram had no reason to doubt his thinking forever. In 1946 he went to work with the great neuropsychologist Karl Lashley at the Yerkes Laboratory of Primate involved in his own ongoing search for the elusive mechanisms responsible for memory, and there Pribram was able to witness the fruits of Lashley’s labors firsthand.
What Lashley had done was to train rats to perform a variety of tasks, such as to run a maze. Then he surgically removed various portions of their brains and retested them. His aim was literally to cut out the area of the rats’ brains containing the memory of their maze running ability. To his surprise he found that no matter what portion of their brains he cut out, he could not eradicate their memories. Often the rat’s motor skills were impaired and they stumbled clumsily through the mazes, but even with massive portions of their brains removed, their memories remained stubbornly intact.
For a scientist by the name of Karl Pribram these were incredible findings. If memories possessed specific locations in the brain in the same way that books possess specific locations on library shelves, why didn’t Lashley’s surgical plunderings have any effect on them? For Pribram the only answer seemed to be that memories were not localized at specific brain sites, but somehow spread out or distributed throughout the brain as a whole. The problem was that he knew of no mechanism or process that could account for such a state of affairs.
Lashley was even less certain and later wrote, “1 sometimes feel, in reviewing the evidence on the localization of the memory trace, that the necessary conclusion is that learning just is not possible at all. Nevertheless, in spite of such evidence against it, learning does sometimes occur.Pribram continued to ponder the idea that memories were distributed throughout the brain, and the more he thought about it the more convinced he became. After all, patients who had had portions of their brains removed for medical reasons never suffered the loss of memories. Removal of a large section of the brain might cause a patient’s memory to become generally hazy, but no one ever came out of surgery with any selective memory loss. Similarly, individuals who had received head injuries in car collisions and other accidents never forgot half of their family, or half of a novel they had read. Even removal of sections of the temporal lobes, the area of the brain that had figured so prominently in Penfield’s research, didn’t create any gaps in a person’s memories.
Scientist are limited by their own prejudices of not accepting the bible as the word of God and most of them don’t even believe there is a God, as a result, they know nothing of the spirit of man.
This has causes me to realize that our memory is contained in our spirit and not in our brain. Our brain serves as a computer that allows our spirit to dictate the activities of our body.As long as any part of the computer is functioning our memory is unaffected. When the spirit leaves a body the physical mind becomes useless. The life power of our spirit has been remove just as you would pull the plug on an appliance, as a result you take the body to the cemetery and bury it and it turns into dust. Our physical mind allows our spirit to control this body of flesh that enables us to express the mind of our spirit.
The physical mind of man is a very powerful organism. As I meditated on this the Lord said to me that the brain is able to create anything that the spirit can imagine. Perhaps this is why Jesus said that all things are possible to them that believe. Even some scientists recognize the power of a person’s belief system.
Talbot also writes:
Numerous studies have demonstrated irrefutably that under hypnosis a person can influence processes usually considered unchangeable. For instance, a deeply hypnotized person can control allergic reactions, blood flow patterns, and nearsightedness. In addition, they can control heart rate, pain, body temperature, and even will away some kinds of birthmarks.
There is a disease known as Brocq’s disease. Victims of Brocq’s disease develop a thick, covering over their skin that resembles the scales of a reptile. The skin can become so hardened and rigid that even the slightest movement will cause it to crack and bleed. Many of the so-called alligator-skinned people in circus sideshows were actually individuals with Brocq’s disease, and because of the risk of infection, victims of this disease used to have relatively short lifespans.
Brocq’s disease was incurable until 1951 when a sixteen-year-old boy with an advanced case of the affliction was referred as a last resort to a hypnotherapist named A. A. Mason at the Queen Victoria Hospital in London. Mason discovered that the boy was a good hypnotic subject and could easily be put into a deep state of trance. While the boy was in a trance, Mason told him that his Brocq’s disease was healing and would soon be gone. Five days later the scaly layer covering the boy’s arm fell off, revealing soft, healthy flesh beneath. By the end of ten days the arm was completely normal. Mason and the boy continued to work on different body areas until all of the scaly skin was gone.
The boy remained symptom-free for at least five years, at which point Mason lost touch with him. This is extraordinary because Brocq’s disease is a genetic condition, and getting rid of it involves more than just controlling autonomic processes such as blood flow patterns and various cells of the immune system. It means tapping into the master-plan, our DNA programming So, it would appear that when we access the right strata of our beliefs, our minds can override even our genetic makeup.
This is why I have said for years that most of the healings that occur in Christian meetings are the result of getting people to believe. The woman with the issue of blood believed if she could only touch the hem of Jesus garment she would be healed. What did Jesus tell her?“Your faith has made you whole.”
Even scientists have proved that belief is a powerful force. To have this powerful kind of belief there must be an image in your spirit that gives life to your believing.With out an image belief has no power. Proverbs 29:18 says,