How We Heal The Mind: Part One

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 4 September 2016.
By John Abbate.

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

—Ernest Hemingway

The human mind is responsible for the wonders of consciousness, meaning, thought and creation. Yet the mind is unparalleled in its complexity; even as it creates, it “worries, grieves, forgets and can never forget.”

Dr Macnab’s concern in this address is to focus on ways to heal the mind, and ways to understand the troubles, and the mental landscape, of our everyday reflections and interactions. The key to unlocking some of this mystery is the word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

—John 1:1 (KJV)

The roots of our concern with the power of words are ancient. It is by words that the mind empowers itself, has always empowered itself, to feel, and to heal. Whether they are thought or spoken, words can both make and unmake us.

Five ways of healing:

  1. Healing comes when all is silent, in the quiet places
  2. Healing comes with a good presence, and the word of that presence
  3. Healing comes with the affirming, favourable word
  4. Healing comes when we reconnect with healing influences
  5. Healing comes when you are open to the strengths that are contained in the afterwards

Plus 1:

  1. Healing comes when we re-value ourselves.

Five ways religion and faith can become an effective part of the healing of the mind:

  1. Let religion and faith speak of new beginnings, growth and faith
  2. Let them speak the powerful words of softening and strength
  3. Let them speak the powerful words of comfort and courage
  4. Let them speak words to elevate and expand the human spirit
  5. Let religion and faith speak of life, in all its variety

Plus 1:

  1. Let religion and faith speak of the power of the word you hear and speak; the word that can change a life.

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