“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:4-5 KJV
Welcome to “You Are The Healed,” a thought-provoking journey that delves into the profound interplay between our physical bodies and our spiritual beings. Authored by Dr. Avery Jackson, renowned neurosurgeon, and author of the transformative book, “The God Prescription,” this blog post uncovers the intricate wonders of the human brain and its connection to our spiritual well-being.
Craniectomy – Physical Body – Relation to Spiritual Body
At the heart of our exploration lies the remarkable concept of craniectomy, where the skull is temporarily transferred to the abdomen. Interestingly, this process does not contaminate the rest of the body; it remains a harmonious entity. Similarly, when we experience healing, it echoes the body of Christ. As one member suffers, another becomes a conduit for healing, emphasizing the significance of prioritizing the Body and God’s kingdom.
Your Brain Never Shuts Off
The human brain is a perpetual powerhouse, continuously processing information through our five senses. It operates tirelessly, both when we are awake and asleep. Even in our dreams, our bodies respond to the brain’s signals as if we were awake. Information flows from the brain to the mind, where it is stored, processed, and further explored. Astonishingly, the mind processes an astounding 400 billion actions per second, a testament to the intricate design and capabilities of our mental faculties.
Brain Structures and Information Processing
Delving deeper into the fascinating realm of brain structures, we encounter key players that process information from our five senses and contribute to our overall perception. The frontal lobe empowers us with focus, efficient actions, and thoughtful planning. The amygdala and limbic system are responsible for emotional processing, shaping our responses to the world around us. The circuit of Papez, a memory processing loop, intricately weaves our past experiences into the tapestry of our present selves. The hypothalamus serves as a master relay system that influences every cell in the body. It orchestrates most bodily functions. And let us not forget the influential neurochemical, dopamine, which contributes to our sense of well-being and reward.
Perception as the Driver
In this final theme, we uncover the profound impact of perception on our lives. Dopamine reinforcements play a significant role, reinforcing pleasurable experiences and motivating us to seek them out. Think about the joyful memories created during memorable social settings, such as happy hours with friends. Our brains intricately link certain activities, like the smell of popcorn, to the positive emotions associated with a good movie, crafting lasting impressions that shape our perception of the world.