GREY MATTER VISION
Gale Maiden, April 2007
I was sitting on my front porch in Moravian Falls, NC looking westward at the clouds. I saw a most unusual cloud formation. I saw a very detailed right arm extended almost horizontally toward the south. There was no body attached. The arm was very muscular. The arm was fitted perfectly under the eave of my front porch roof and seemed as though it was supporting my roof.
As I continued intently gazing at this most intricately developed arm it appeared to be composed totally of brain matter. The arm was formed from a grey cloud.
I next heard a loud voice within say, “Grey matter.”
END OF VISION
THOUGHTS ON THE VISION
I had of course heard the term grey matter but as far as its function to the human body, I had not a clue. As I began to research grey matter I found out enough to know that the Spirit of God was speaking to me.
The following is a simple definition and description of the function of grey matter.
Grey matter is neural tissue especially of the brain and spinal cord that contains nerve-cell bodies as well as nerve fibers and has a brownish-gray color.
The function of grey matter is to route sensory or motor stimulus to interneurons of the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM in order to create a response to the stimulus through chemical synapse activity.
Grey matter structures (cortex, deep nuclei) process information originating in the sensory organs (See, hear, taste, touch and smell) or in other grey matter regions. This information is conveyed via specialized nerve cell extensions (long axons ), which form the bulk of the cerebral , cerebellar , and spinal white matter .
I don't understand all of the terms used to describe grey matter and its function. I do understand enough to now know that which the Lord is speaking to me. Let me explain.
BACK TO THE VISION
Have you ever thought that the roof was about to cave in on your head? Often we are challenged mentally in this way and find it very difficult to respond in a righteous way. At the time the Spirit gave me this vision I actually thought that the roof was about to fall on my head. There were so many things knocking on the door of my five senses (see, hear, touch, taste and smell) seemingly demanding a response and I could not properly respond.
From the vision, remember that the strong arm composed of grey matter appeared to be supporting the roof of my porch. As you will see it is properly functioning brain grey matter which will protect me from a mental roof collapse and maintain sanity (order of the mind).
From my research on grey matter I discovered that scientific research has shown that MEDITATION has a beneficial effect on grey matter. Although the research involved those practicing buddism and yoga, we know that meditation on our God will bring much more profound results.
Remembering that the function of grey matter is to route sensory or motor stimulus to the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM in order to create a response to the stimulus, how important is meditation? (See addendum below: Meditation Associated with Increased Grey Matter in the Brain)
Common sense will tell you that if your mind is attempting to respond to a multiplicity of external stimuli without focus, then we will “respond” most of the time in such a way as to in effect have no response.
God told Joshua to meditate continuously on the book of the law (word of God) and not only to meditate but to be careful to do all that is written in it. Meditation will make our ways prosperous and successful.
"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. (Josh 1:8, NAS)
I now know with more assurance that the Lord is encouraging me to meditate and focus on Him and to discern only those things to which He is requiring a response and do them . Wow! It is God's tug on our five senses which must first be acknowledged. As our meditation or focus is on Him He becomes our enhanced and properly functioning grey matter. It is the mind of God or Christ that is life and mental stability. God is our vibrant life giving grey matter.
As we humble ourselves before God and set our focus on Him grace comes. Grace empowers us to correctly exercise our senses through which we find correctly directed and righteous responses. Responses correctly ordered are first to God's stimuli and then to all other . Glory to God!
But solid food (Meat) belongs to those who are of full age (mature), that is, those who by reason of use have their senses (See, hear, taste, touch and smell) exercised (by doing His will) to discern (though meditation upon God) both good and evil. (Heb 5:14, parenthesis added, NKJ)
Maturity is when a child knows the father's every thought and intention concerning him and activates such.
God's mercy, grace and peace are with you as you enter into a new level of rest in the Lord through focus, meditation and righteous activation of the good discerned.
Meditation Associated With Increased Grey Matter In The Brain (Yale University research)
Science Daily — Meditation is known to alter resting brain patterns, suggesting long lasting brain changes, but a new study by researchers from Yale, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows meditation also is associated with increased cortical thickness.
The structural changes were found in areas of the brain that are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processing, the researchers report in the November issue of NeuroReport.
Although the study included only 20 participants, all with extensive training in Buddhist Insight meditation, the results are significant, said Jeremy Gray, assistant professor of psychology at Yale and co-author of the study led by Sara Lazar, assistant in psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
"What is most fascinating to me is the suggestion that meditation practice can change anyone's grey matter," Gray said. "The study participants were people with jobs and families. They just meditated on average 40 minutes each day; you don't have to be a monk."
Magnetic resonance imaging showed that regular practice of meditation is associated with increased thickness in a subset of cortical regions related to sensory, auditory, visual and internal perception, such as heart rate or breathing. The researchers also found that regular meditation practice may slow age-related thinning of the frontal cortex.
"Most of the regions identified in this study were found in the right hemisphere," the researchers said. "The right hemisphere is essential for sustaining attention, which is a central practice of Insight meditation."
They said other forms of yoga and meditation likely have a similar impact on cortical structure, although each tradition would be expected to have a slightly different pattern of cortical thickening based on the specific mental exercises involved.
Source: Yale University Research