A young woman is rocking back and forth in the same spot on the floor in the corner of the lounge. Her eyes are terrified; she is staring off into space oblivious of her surroundings. She is spoon-fed during breakfast and dinner; all the while, her gaze never wavers and her rocking never ceases.
Tonia suffered from a nervous breakdown. It wasn’t the first that got to her but the last one made her never to recover. At the age of 10, Tonia had witnessed her terrified mother have a nervous breakdown due to fear of storms.
Tonia had watched her mother in the basement, curled up and rock back and forth as the hurricane destroyed their home. All effort to make her mother snap out of it proved abortive and her mother would later die never to see her daughter again. This event made an impact in Tonia’s life and she would end up having the same condition as her mother after attempting to commit suicide once and losing her husband who couldn’t stand her condition anymore.
Every medication prescribed for Tonia had no effect. Her condition seemed not to bulge. She wasn’t responding to treatment and never spoke to anyone, just rocked back and forth. When it all seemed that Tonia’s condition would be permanent and her destiny would be lived as a Vegetable, a breakthrough came along. Tonia was miraculously healed.
How did she heal and recover from such condition? It was with healing that happened in her thoughts
Someone had been watching Tonia in the Lounge and was curious about her condition.
Tommy had acquired from the nurse about Tonia’s condition and decided to spend some time with her after seeing one of his members. Now Tommy would sit and chat with Tonia everyday and It took a while before Tonia would for the first time, give a faint smile. This encouraged Tommy to keep coming and praying for Tonia.
Little by little Tonia began to respond, as Tommy would pray for her, sometimes reading her poems and most times holding her hands and encouraging her.
Tommy then decided to do something very interesting. he knew that Tonia’s problem began with the horrible experience of the hurricane so he made her experience the dreaded event in her memory but this time, Jesus was introduced into the picture.
This caused a dramatic progress as Tonia allowed Jesus in her memory. She experienced the whole trauma again but this time Jesus was there to comfort Tonia and her mother. Tonia later was healed much to the shock of her doctors and is living her life with no fear and pain.
If you read this story to the finish, then maybe you are thinking so what? Tonia’s story reveals an important fact that there are myths about how our brain affects our thinking. What are these myths? Here are just four of them below:
1. The Brain is The Most Powerful Thing In The Universe.
There is a common knowledge that our brain creates what you do and how you think which makes it the most powerful thing in the universe. So when you have a condition like depression or nervous breakdown, it certainly looks like the brain is malfunctioning.
If this is your school of thought, then you are believing in a myth.
Research shows that our brain is controlled by our mind (our thoughts). 75% to 98% of mental, behavioral and physical illness comes from one’s thought life. Further research shows that our thought controls our DNA. So as you think negative thoughts, this can change your brain wiring and cause a lot of damage to your body.
2. Our Brain Controls Our Thoughts
It is easy to believe that the brain controls your thoughts and it is responsible for your actions but this is far from what happens in reality. As you can see from Tonia’s situation, it was her fearful thoughts that made her have a nervous breakdown.
Your body does not control your mind; Your brain does not control you but you control your brain and you do this through your thinking and choice. Think about this.
3. Circumstances and Events Shape Our Mindset
” Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!……… Robert H. Schuller”
Ever heard of this quote; I am sure you do. It is a quote that is in our hearts. When circumstances and challenges come our way, only the tough will stand and persevere. As good as this quote looks, there is a misconception in its meaning.
Yes you must face challenges and problems in this world but it is not circumstances and challenges that shape our mindset, it is the way we react to them. The keyword here is our reaction.
Challenges do not change your mindset, it how you think about them and the way you respond to them that matters. An Illustration is a research that was carried to compare Soweto students in Africa to Harvard students.
These Soweto students had been exposed to physical, mental and sexual abuse; they had no loving parents and some couldn’t afford the basic amenities of life. Yet when they were compared with Harvard students, 95% of the Soweto children loved school work and learning in comparison to 80% of Harvard students who suffered form depression. How was this possible? These Soweto students were brainwashed with techniques that made the student realize that they could use their minds to rise above their circumstances. (The Happiness Advantage. Shawn Achor)
You cannot control circumstances and situations but you can control how you react to them and your brain will follow suit.
4. Choice is A Function of The Brain.
How to do you make choice? How you decide which direction to go? Have you ever thought that free will is an illusion. You are not alone.
For centuries, there has been debate that our choices are controlled by our brains and every decision we take is as a result of brain activity. However, this school of thought has been proven wrong. Research shows that what we say and do is first built into our minds before we make our choice. The brain isn’t just some input-output machine, we are directly responsible for what we choose to think about and dwell upon; this then affects our decision.
Now here is a question do you think that your brain is in sole control of your thoughts? Please comment and share.
P.S You can check out this book titled “Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health by Caroline leaf” for more information about the brain and thoughts.