DayBreaks for 1/05/18: What We Put in Affects the Future
From the DayBreaks archive, 2008:
A psychiatrist in England made an interesting revelation at a conference in Wales. Dr. Nick Warner revealed that a hymn penned in the mid-1800’s is the most common theme heard in what he termed “musical hallucinations.” We all have a tune that gets stuck in our heads (also called an “ear worm”) but in a musical hallucination, the song is heard as if it were really being played. About one in 10,000 people over 65 years of age report musical hallucinations. They are most common in people suffering from hearing problems.
Dr. Warner and a colleague studied 30 elderly people who experienced musical hallucinations. The tunes they heard ranged from “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina,” to “Yes, We Have No Bananas.” Over half of the people heard some sort of religious music, either hymns or Christmas carols. Six of the thirty heard the same song, “Abide With Me.” That is a statistically significant number considering the people did not have the opportunity to speak to one another about what they heard.
Dr. Warner believes the reason many people hear this song is that it brings sense of comfort and hope. He said, “The words of ‘Abide With Me’ are tremendously uplifting, hopeful words about heaven and God not abandoning us when we are dying.” Warner says, since we are becoming increasing secular, as the population ages, more people may start hearing the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones, because musical hallucinations tend to be songs people have heard many times. – —Reuters, ‘Abide With Me’ is Top Musical Hallucination, March 8, 2004
I’m sure that you’ve had songs that get “stuck” in your head that keep on playing over and over until you’re about to go nuts. And if you’ve not experienced that, maybe I’ve had your share of music playing in my head.
The human mind, created in all its wonder by God Almighty, is an amazing thing. It can perform more complex calculations in a fraction of a second than any computer ever built – and by a large margin. It constantly monitors our body’s chemistry and adjusts our blood pressure, heart beat, breathing, fluid balances, hormones and it does all those things without you ever giving it a thought. The mind of man is truly a wonder.
What we put into our mind is important. We need to be careful what we put into our minds today, because it may return in unexpected ways tomorrow or 10 years or 30 years in the future. It makes Paul’s passage from Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV) come to life: Finally, brothers whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praise worthy —think about such things. Whatever you have received or learned from me, or seen in me— put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
PRAYER: Help us to fill our hearts and minds with thoughts of your goodness and songs of praise, so that in times of need, it is You that comes to mind and nothing else. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.