27 May 2009

Quick! Where is Heaven?

Posted in Correspondence, The Brain at 21:55 by Dr. Shue

Did you answer that question? Did you say “up”?

You aren’t the only one…

One of the primary things Swedenborg talks about with respect to reading and understanding the scriptures is the idea of a “spiritual sense” and correspondences between things spiritual and things natural.

Certainly, from the beginning this idea was probably the most intriguing to me about Swedenborg’s Writings — the notion that embedded in the words of the Bible is a deeper meaning.

And that we “detect” that meaning in some way as we read, whether we know it or not.

But how could that be? Don’t different people use “symbols” and metaphors differently? And how can reading have an impact if we don’t consciously “get” the meaning?

There are a couple of interesting lines of evidence that apply to these questions I would love to share with you.

The first relates directly to how the brain works — that mass of networked connections and associations we are building and changing with every experience we have. Read the rest of this entry »

15 May 2009

How God Changes Your Brain

Posted in Regeneration, The Brain at 23:03 by Dr. Shue

What if…How you see God and how you practice your faith actually influences your brain pathways and who you become —

Would this be…Regeneration in action before our very eyes?

Andrew Newberg and Mark Waldman have authored a book called How God Changes Your Brain, which seems full of juicy bits about the impact of our religious choices and practice on our brain’s structure and function.

“Juicy? Like what?”, I hear you asking.

Let’s start with one that may not be too new anymore, but is still kind of cool.

Did you know that… Read the rest of this entry »

27 Apr 2009

I Won’t Believe It Until I See It…

Posted in Regeneration, The Brain at 23:36 by Dr. Shue

I won’t believe it until I see it myself.

A common phrase.

How many times have you said this yourself? Or at least acted as if it’s true? Or known others who insist on it?

Yet,¬† Mike Gladish, in his 19 April Easter sermon, broght up an interesting point…

Is believing about seeing? Or is seeing about believing?

Before we go any further, I’d like you to do a short attention exercise. In a moment, I’m going to send you over to a link with a very short video (maybe 30sec). As you watch¬† this video, please count the number of passes made by the white team. Then come back with your answer. There will be a test. NO cheating — watch it only once, then come back here.

Count the passes of the white team.

So, how many did you count? I won’t give away the answer right here where you could be cheating, but don’t forget how many you counted.

Now onto our topic. Read the rest of this entry »