Here are some words of wisdom from one of the greatest minds in the health and wellness game - Paul Chek:
"Organized religion is a great expression of being disconnected from the spontaneity of Spirit through beliefs in words written on paper about "yesterday"...gone. Dead. You read yesterday's Bible, and then you look for it everywhere, and project it into the future. I say put the book down and dance it out, work it out, breath it out. Take the "Book" to a gym or rock garden and see if reading it improves your performance? If it does, keep reading it until it doesn't. Look carefully at what is being read when weakening and disconnection emerges."
"Letting go of the head, and letting the body be our guide is akin to letting a seeing eye dog lead you; when one is intellectually high jacked, and spiritually atrophied from believing in those that read and write better than they believe, the body mirrors the mind's inner-state. If one can make themselves feel better through movement, they can be more aware of what their inner-state and accompanying thoughts were."
Taken from Scientific American Mind (A phenomenal magazine btw...)
Author: Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde
A new study examining delusions—strongly held beliefs despite superior evidence to the contrary— has been conducted in healthy adults. The paper was published in the Journal of Neuroscience by a group of neuroscientists in Berlin, Germany, led by Katharina Schmack. They used fMRI techniques on volunteers to measure connectivity within the brain, in conjunction with behavioral questionnaires and perceptual tests to determine the strength of learned visual inferences as a function of delusional ideation. The basic idea was to test whether people with delusional tendencies are flexible in their perception—that they harbor weak predictions about how the world looks—and are therefore perceptually unstable. They were.
In each subject, the scientists also imaged the brain to determine if delusional people have overly strong functional connectivity between their frontal lobes and their visual cortex. And it was true.
So lack of clarity about how the world works is implicated in delusions, along with overly strong—stubborn—beliefs that sculpt perceptual data into conformity. Notice that this study examined individual differences within the healthy population: these are your friends and family members who feel unreasonably persecuted or overly confident in their connection with a higher power.
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