There was a horizon programme last week about the brain, and asking the question ‘how much are we in control’ – exploring consciousness. I started watching it late on one evening on iPlayer, but by 30 mins I had got the gist, and was losing consciousness…
Earlier this evening there was a conversation about remembering combinations on numerical key-pads. We came to the same conclusions – if we thought about what the combination was, we were unable to recall it, but if we just stating tapping the keys habitually, without conscious thought, lo and behold the combination was there.
Think about driving. It is so complicated when you are learning, so many things to do simultaneously, so many things to be aware of. And then, as the sub-conscious takes over all the multi-tasking, we become proficient drivers – as long as we don’t let the conscious mind think about how we drive!
The human spirit (or soul) is harder to locate physiologically, but has a presence just as vital and critical as the subconscious mind. It is through our spirit that we know God (God is spirit, says John) and we make sense of this with mind and body. It is why we need to be born anew, and made alive in spirit, and so know God’s irrevocable presence in our lives.
Just like the sub-conscious is trainable (e.g. skills) so is the spirit (godliness, fruit of righteousness). Be exercised in these things.