Magicians may use redirection, but thought redirection is a powerful tool in the treatment of mental disorders, anxiety, OCD, and the battle of diseases like cancer.
bible example of thought redirection
Philippians 4:4-9 gives us the Biblical version of thought redirection:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Let’s break down the steps:
- Be happy in God (circumstances do not dictate happy, happy is a choice).
- Be gentle.
- Remember, God is near.Don’t worry or be anxious.
- Be thankful in your prayers.
- Don’t wait to figure everything out, just receive God’s gift of peace.
- Fix your thoughts on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy.
Our primary contact with God is in our minds. Our minds dictate our actions and attitudes. Without the proper focus on God, our decision base is corrupted, ultimately leading to choices with negative results. The people, places, and media you fill your mind with has consequences—positive or negative.
Keep your focus on god
Keep your connection with God by retaining your focus on what is positive. Be an optimist. Refuse to be sucked in by angry, ugly negativity. And as much as you can, physically separate yourself from negative images, situations, and people. Hint: bathrooms are great places to get away by yourself! 😉
In The Powerful Purpose of Introverts, Holley Gerth explains how we can rewire our brains: “Thankfully, neural plasticity means we can change our pathways when we’re intentional about doing so. That’s possible even if we’ve struggled with self-doubt all our lives. How amazing is it that being “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2 NIV) is not just a spiritual process but a literal, physical process that happens in our brains?”