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fear of the serpent in the garden of the mind

Isaiah 58 compares our soul to the garden and we know from Genesis that the serpent was also in the garden. The top of the spinal cord is part of the reptilian brain. And we can see from the left hand illustration below that the spinal cord even looks like a serpent coming into the garden of the mind.

ISA 58:10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: 11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Brain. 1. An almond-shaped neuro structure involved in producing and responding to nonverbal signs of anger, avoidance, defensiveness, and fear. 2. A small mass of gray matter that inspires aversive cues, such as the freeze reaction, sweaty palms, and the tense-mouth display. ... The amygdala also prompts releases of adrenaline and other hormones into the blood stream, thus stepping-up an avoider's response and disrupting the control of rational thought.

Some may say - we've long passed the activities of the outer court - why are we dwelling on the amygdala's and the reptilian brain's functions. Because, for many Christians, further work needs to be done in this area. Look at the list below - you certainly are in contact with others who have these kind of symptoms and they need help in understanding their problem and appropriating God's help in solving it.

ANXIETY DISORDERS; PHOBIAS; PANIC DISORDERS; ROOT OF EPILEPSY; OBSESSIVE - COMPULSIVE DISORDER; POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER; PRE-PROGRAMMED DISPOSITION TO FAILURE.

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