Where does the Holy Spirit Live in my Body! Being the New Temple of God?
The Heart Brain by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD. Click on the Read Question Mark to Read this Dynamic Article.
Hi i’m Dr. Michelle Strydom, Medical Doctor from Medi Cross Zimbabwe- And I Love the Lord. In my second year of medical school, I had to dissect a dead human body (cadaver) in a six week course on anatomy where we learnt all the names of the different bones, muscles, blood vessels and nerves in the body.
We started from the skin and dissected right to the bone. During those six weeks while I was dissecting and studying this human body, I used to wonder, “Where in this body does the Holy Spirit stay when we are born again?” Through the teaching of Dr. Caroline Leaf I found the answer:
We all know about the brain inside your head, but did you know that you
also have a smaller brain inside your heart? Science demonstrates that your
heart has its own independent nervous system, which is a complex system referred to as the “brain in the heart”.2 A brain is basically a collection of nerves. I explained earlier that you have 100 billion nerves in your brain inside your head.
Your brain inside your heart has 40 000 nerves.14 This heart brain works hand in hand with your pre-frontal cortex and free will’s decision making. Remember your free will is what you use to accept or reject thoughts and your pre-frontal cortex is your rational decision maker that you use to work through that strong emotion that rises up from the amygdala. The heart brain literally advises the free will and pre-frontal cortex what to do. It is proving to be a real intelligence force behind the intuitive thoughts and feelings you experience.1 The mini-brain of the heart literally functions like a conscience.14 This heart brain is the small still voice, it’s that gentle nudge, a voice of warning… it seems to be the voice of the Holy Spirit. I am not teaching this as doctrine but from scientific study of the functions of the heart brain it seems that:
The Holy Spirit speaks to our spirit through our heart
So we need to listen to that heart brain. Your heart brain knows what is good for you. Your heart advises your free will on what to do with a thought in your mind and helps you to make the right decision. As you are about to make a decision in your free will, there is a feedback loop that goes to your heart and your heart advice’s you – accept this thought, it is good for you or reject that thought, it is bad for you. If your mind is calm and you are at peace, you will hear the voice of your heart and you will know what is right.
However if there is a chaotic war of fearful, angry and anxious thoughts going back and forth and toxic thorn trees being re-activated and going mad all over the place, this will drown out the voice of your heart and you will find yourself struggling to differentiate between right and wrong.
Your heart will advise your free will what to do but your free will still ultimately makes the choice. The battlefield of the mind is at your free will – this is where you decide to listen to your heart or your flesh (carnal nature). For example, if an angry thought of unforgiveness and bitterness comes to your mind,your heart will advise your free will to reject that thought, to bring it captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10 v 5) and to forgive and release. Your free will has been advised by your heart on what is the right thing to do with that thought, but it is still up to the free will to decide whether to reject that
angry thought or meditate on it.
If you make a decision by your free will to listen to the voice of your heart, you reject that angry thought and choose to forgive that person, your heart will secrete a chemical called ANF (Atrial Natriuretic Factor). ANF is the peace chemical that literally calms your whole body down and makes you feel at peace.
It is very good for you – it produces health in your body, it motivates you and helps your brain to function more efficiently.14 When our heart is at peace, we are at peace.
If you make a decision by your free will to not listen to the voice of your heart and you choose to meditate on that angry thought, you begin to build a toxic thorn tree of bitterness. Also, because you did not listen to the voice of your heart, the heart doesn’t secrete ANF. Instead, the heart causes an imbalance We all know about the brain inside your head, but did you know that you also have a smaller brain inside your heart?
HEALING BEGINS WITH SANCTIFICATION OF THE HEART
in your whole body chemistry – your body goes into a toxic state of dis-ease that eventually leads to disease.
Obedience to God is not a thing to be taken lightly. When you choose to ignore the quiet prompting of the Holy Spirit in your heart, it has serious adverse effects on your health. Your whole body goes out of rhythm. Your heart is not just a pump, it is the body’s strongest oscillator – it pulls every other organ system of the body into its own rhythm. This rhythm can be peace or chaos. Peace means health. Chaos
means dis-ease and eventually disease.
2 Corinthians 10 v 4 – 5: “4 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of the flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds. 5[In as much as we] refute arguments and theories and reasoning’s and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ.”
The Bible tells us to be careful what we think. You must never allow a thought to go unchecked – you need to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…and as you can see, there is an enormous reality to this from both a medical and Biblical perspective. The quality of your life and health is brought about by the quality of your thinking. If you are sick, you have to take responsibility with the help of the Holy Spirit to change your thinking and renew your mind with the Word of God so that you can pull down those negative strongholds in your brain.
Being a Christian means that you believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. However, as Dr. Caroline Leaf preaches, it also means that you have put Him on the Throne of your life. The Throne of your life is there in your free will in the front of your corpus callosum. He not only wants to be your Saviour, He wants to be your Lord. As we submit our thoughts to God with our free will, the Holy Spirit will lead us to make the right decisions, reject the bad information that literally becomes hot air and build good memories into our brain that produce health in our body.
If you want your life to change, if you are not happy with the state of your
health, you have got to change your thinking. Start to become aware of what
you are thinking…think about what you think about. It takes a lot of discipline to become aware of what you are thinking. You will be amazed at how lazy you have actually been when it comes to your thought life. We just let whatever toxic thought pops into our mind roam in our head and then we wonder why we are sick and why we have tension headaches. Meanwhile if we would just control our thought life, we would be so much happier, healthier people.
So don’t sit back and be passive, watch out for what is going on in your mind, say to yourself, “What is my breeze through the trees activating now? What thorns and toxic strongholds are being activated? How am I feeling?” Don’t react to that first strong emotion that rises up from your amygdala. First stand back and analyze it with your pre-frontal cortex which is your rational decision maker and listen to the advice from the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit in your heart. If that emotion is good for you – then run with that emotion. If it is not good for you, deal with it. Control your mind with your free will. Reject those toxic thoughts so that they become hot air and don’t penetrate your mind. Accept those good uplifting thoughts such as the Word of God and push it into the trees of your mind and grow branches.
That is great – you’ve built a good healthy memory. Remember, the more strong, good memories you build, the more healthy you become and the more intelligent you become. Now I don’t know about you, but increasing your intelligence is very appealing to me because the more intelligent you become, the more you use your mind correctly, the more wisdom you have, the healthier you become and the more enjoyable life becomes.
You will prosper and be in health, even as your soul (your mind) prospers (3 John v 2). And you will be able to help others as well. God gave you a phenomenal brain – purposefully use it to your advantage.
The more strong memories you build, the more healthy you become and the more intelligent you become.
Essential background knowledge of disease from a Medical perspective
“Whatever is true, whatever is worthy or reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there be any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” (Philippians 4 v 8) Mathew 5 v 8 and Psalm 24 v 3 and 4 – “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”.
When you get your inside world which is your mind and heart put right, then you can see God in your outside world. Here are some famous quotes:
Ralph Waldo Emerson: “You are what you think all day long.” J. Allen: “You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
Dennis Watley: “It’s not what you think that holds you back – it’s what you think you are not.” Dr. Caroline Leaf: “As we think the brain has the ability to change itself for better or for worse. The recognition of this is a gigantic and significant leap in the history of mankind.”
It all starts and ends in the mind. Your mind is fully under your control.
You can affect the whole way in which you function, just by controlling your
thought life. When your thoughts are toxic, you are going to develop a disease.
Your thoughts have a direct link to your body through the mind body connection involving all the different nerve and chemical pathways via the hypothalamus.
If 87% of diseases are a result of what goes on in our thought life, then
87% of diseases can be cured by sorting out our thought life. When you meditate
on the Word of God, you are going to build lush trees in your brain that
have been scientifically proven to secrete healthy chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, endorphins and enkephalins that cause healing. It is all in your thought life – the trees of your mind. This mystery or secret has been in the Word of God for thousands of years:
Revelation 22 v 2: “…the leaves of the trees are for the healing and restoration of the nations.”