Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
The Biology Of Belief – Affirmation and Action Series – Part 7
There is a scientific reason why Philippians 4:8 – “Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind…” – is a good idea.
Bruce Lipton, who is a developmental biologist, says that:
“With fifty trillion cells in your body, the human body is the equivalent of a skin-covered petri dish. Moving your body from one environment to another alters the composition of the ‘culture medium,’ the blood. The chemistry of the body’s culture medium determines the nature of the cell’s environment within you. The blood’s chemistry is largely impacted by the chemicals emitted from your brain. Brain chemistry adjusts the composition of the blood based upon your perceptions of life. So this means that your perception of any given thing, at any given moment, can influence the brain chemistry, which, in turn, affects the environment where your cells reside and controls their fate. In other words, your thoughts and perceptions have a direct and overwhelmingly significant effect on cells.” (1)
He goes on to say that “The subconscious mind controls 95 percent of how our circumstances manifest and our beliefs shape our lives. The power of the subconscious is about a million times greater than our conscious mind.” (1)
(this stuff blows my mind…)
So while we think that our conscious thoughts are controlling our lives, those thoughts are actually driven by the patterns and loops we’ve created in our mind and body that we don’t even think about anymore.
Ever wonder why you automatically respond to a certain thing a certain way? It’s your subconscious programming.
The good news is that Bruce Lipton and other neuroscientists believe that we can change our subconscious minds by changing our thoughts and beliefs.
That’s what affirmations are for me. They’re not a wish or statement based on fantasy. They're not a silver bullet or a magic spell to get me to where I want to be without doing any actual work. They are the practice of re-wiring what I believe about myself, my life, and others.
The Psalmist wrote:
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Ps 119:105 MSG).
I don’t think the Psalmist was referencing the biblical text because it kind of didn’t exist back then. But the whispers of grace; the encounters with Spirit; the love of God that was at times so strong it was audible and tangible. They’re the words he chose to light his way.
Because that’s what words do: influence the path you take.
What “path” do your words affirm?
At any moment, of any day, at any time, you have the power to choose.
1. The Biology of Belief. By Bruce Lipton.
Written by Liz Milani
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