Thinking

 

 

 

 

The mind and its faculties

Using them as a friend

Using them for healing

1) our dreaming faculty: Or, thoughts (words, stories, commentaries, images, or movies that occur in the brain). Dreams can be automatic (occur unintentionally) or they can be pre-planned (occur intentionally).

2) our attention faculty. That part of our mind that is either:

a) fixed on a dream

b) fixed on what is actually being seen, heard, tasted, touched, or smelled at a particular moment in time (present moment living)

c) fixed on nothing (a rarity and usually only happens in those people who are engaged in a regular active contemplative prayer practice). 

90% of people likely don't use the 3 additional mind faculties below, as scripture instructs

3) our awareness/conscious faculty: that part of our mind that is available to see/notice what the dreaming faculty of the mind is dreaming/thinking about.

4) our assessment/reasoning faculty: that part of our mind that is available to assesses dreams as being either true, or false, per scripture Truth. 

 

5) our will faculty: that part of the mind that is available to people to direct what they place their mind's attention on. 

 

By not using these 3rd, 4th, and 5th mind faculties, human beings often unconsciously / unknowingly maintain the attention faculty of their mind on negative dreams/thinking.  Over time, this can and often results in a person experiencing physical or mental dis-ease. 

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"Be patient with yourself, as you become more and more deeply aware that your thoughts don't define you "

Dr. Gail Brenner, from the book: Suffering is optional

How are Christians to seek healing from the ill-effects of conditioned negative dreams/ thoughts, that have had 'free-reign' in their minds for much of their lives? It's by wisely using the various 'mind faculties' that are available to us

Thoughts of all types are normal. Why some people experience more intrusive ones than others, is a mystery. But, fighting, resisting, or trying to eliminate intrusive, negative or uncomfortable ones, just makes them grow stronger.