In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being … And the Word became flesh and lived among us …
John 1, selected verses (NRSV)
Being a non-medical person, I’ve never considered that there are brain cells other than neurons. My wife and I were watching a show on television that talked about transforming brain glial cells into neurons. The implications for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other brain disorders is huge. Before this, the efforts were to reverse diseases or to heal the existing neurons. This research is not only a game-changer but actually changes the playing field.
I’ll probably never be involved in brain research until that ultimate day that I become a donor, but I am involved in everyday life. I’ve tried my whole life to work against adverse circumstances. I’ve overcome a lot of adversity along the way. I see a connection between my approach to life and this new brain research. At some point, we have to stop trying to fix what’s broken and look for an entirely new way.
What is a big obstacle in your life that you’ve always assumed keeps you stuck? What if you were to ignore it and just go a totally different direction? God tried a lot of different ways to keep the people of Israel in relationship with Him, but they kept messing it up. Then came the Christ child in a manger. A whole different way of getting the same thing accomplished. Let that same Light be born in your heart this Christmas and grow into a whole new way that ignores your obstacles.
Deepak Chopra said that, “The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.”