By Dale Shumaker
The Power of the Brain
the Power of the Spirit
Neuropsychology compared to the Spiritual way. Similar, both powerful, but the Spirit is more advanced.
From neuropsychology, which I studied quite extensively in the 90's, I learned how powerful the mind is. When we constantly see the results we desire, keep telling ourselves it will happen, and say out loud the results we desire, it works into our subconscious where it forms an incredible human power cell.
Those who practice and master it say they have greater results in what they want to accomplish. As one said, the mind is like a magnet. It draws into our lives what it dwells on. This can be good and bad, depending on what we dwell on with emotional intensity.
One key activity is visualization... to keep playing a movie in the mind of what we hope for and desire. We naturally daydream, so control daydreams to be the outcomes in life as we prefer to have it. That is seeing it as happening as we desire in our imagination first, and not focusing on what we see as dire circumstances. What we imagine, with intensity, emotional desire, comes about.
Add positive self talk. That is we keep telling ourselves a positive potential of everything that happens.
All delays are just that, it will happen but not just yet.
Obstacles are temporary, and setbacks can lead us to something even better.
Talking positively to ourselves, and not criticizing ourselves or others, but being our own best encourager and keep telling ourselves what we see in our mind and believe...
it will happen.
Another key component is affirmations. Write positive statements of the outcome as you wish, and put them in the present tense as if they have already happened. Read them and say them constantly. What our mind hears us say it tends to want to take us that direction.
So speak positive, desired outcomes for every circumstance, what we hope for, and desire. Put a positive spin on all we say, in how we talk about things. Some have called this declarations.
What our mind hears us say it will obey.
The formula is visualize it as already in existence.
Use positive self-talk to condition the mind for making it happen,
and then affirm/declare it as if accomplished,
claiming it as done with confidence in your voice.
From a neuropsychological standpoint, those who do this say they accomplish what they hope for. Those who practice this, master it, say they have seen awesome results in what they wanted to be, attain or accomplish.
There is a higher dimension to this.
The brain is powerful, although the Spirit is even more powerful. Add the Spirit and we go up to a higher level, almost literally out of this world.
Now, we can stay at the mind level, which is amazing in what it can do when applied positively.
Or we can go up to a much Higher level...
adding what can be done through the Spirit.
First, God says have faith in Him to make it come to pass, which is having the God of the universe working with us but above the power of our mind.
It's called Faith.
Faith is what we hope for to the level as God can do. In Faith we see it already done, and live as if it already exists. We Believe this because the ultimate power of the universe, God's Spirit, is doing it.
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval." (Heb. 11:1, 2 NASB)
We then speak to ourselves as God sees us.
We do not dwell on thinking of past failures, mistakes, our shortcomings, or thinking there's no way I can do this, or it can happen.
(We don't say in our mind, "I am just not good enough," instead we say "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.") We live in the Holy Spirit and speak His Words of hope in our hearts.
We cultivate this through meditating on the Scriptures and talking to God about it happening, how it will happen, and what it will look like, and the excitement we have for it when it comes into place.
When Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration, He was discussing with the prophets what was coming into place and what the Kingdom would be, what He must do for it happen. When our minds are constantly reciting His promises in our thoughts, constantly reclaiming in our minds who we are through Christ in how we talk to ourselves, it transforms the mind to be His Mind.
We know it will be done through His Power.
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Rom. 12:2 NASB)
Next, saying it out loud with Scriptures. Use the Word of God to reinforce what the outcome will be. We proclaim it through the power of His Spirit. His Word is on our lips and we tell others about it continually. And we express belief in what God promises, His Spiritual Principles, in all our speech.
Jesus frequently quoted the Scriptures in response to somebody, something. We recite the Scriptures out loud in an affirming, declaring way.
("As you have believed, let it be done for you.” (Matt. 8:13, Holman)
"As we believe, it will be done.")
Say it out loud in prayer and when we talk to others. Saying it in light of God's Mighty all-powerful, all-loving Spirit working through us.
"Repeat them again and again.... Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up." (Deut. 6:7 NLT)
In Spirit it's Faith, meditating on His Word, and speaking His Promises.
In Spirit, it's mind power working in concert with Spirit power, with the Spirit as the mind’s director.
Sin is when we rely on our mind, and we don't include or let the Spirit direct it, to be inclusive in it.
When we value our thoughts, above God's Thoughts and Power through us, it is sin for us. It's the...
"If it's going to be it’s up to me" mindset
His Power works Mightily through me.
It's that we do God's mission,
and His will through us.
Seeing, Believing, Saying
at the Spiritual level,
through the Spirit.
This is part of the building blocks I have in Living Your Magnificent Mission. It's a powerful process when done well, as a discipline, as part of us. It's important we live out our mission, and follow this as we do.
"Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven." Matthew 7:21