Friday, March 7, 2008

Controlling Adrenaline Stress: Mental Imaging, 4

(Continued from "Controlling Adrenaline Stress: Mental Imaging, 3)

Through experience you can learn to control adrenaline & adrenaline stress. You can learn to stay calm in the face of threat or provocation, and you can learn to "throw the switch" that opens the floodgates. To deliberately seek the experiences that will teach you these things, however, is neither sage nor safe.

Nevertheless, through a peculiarity of human psychology, you can train your responses to potentially violent situations without actually putting yourself through them. I refer to the fact that for purposes of learning, the human psyche cannot tell vividly imagined experiences from real ones. They both affect the neural paths of the brain in like manner.

Perhaps this gives insight into Jesus' admonition, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matt. 5:28) Could it be that this exhortation arises -- at least in part -- out of the tendency for the human mind to treat imagined adultery the same as the act itself? This would mean that imagining an immoral act molds character and habit, thus rendering the outward expression easier and more likely.

God did not create the imagination for evil, but for good. The Christian Martialist must discipline himself against evil imaginations. But beyond that, he should learn to use the power of mental imaging to benefit his life and calling.

I want to continue with application in "Controlling Adrenaline Stress: Mental Imaging, 5".
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