Isn’t that an interesting word? Limbic. It comes from limbus which mean a border or edge and it’s used in medical terminology. I’ve been reading about it lately as it relates to an important part of the human brain which is kind of on the edge of/between two other important parts of the brain (I don’t know if there is an unimportant part of the brain – probably not.) Some scientists say the limbic system is an outdated term since the things it includes and the functions it performs keeps changing.
This is one of the interesting things about this part of the brain, whatever you want to call it. It is the link between thoughts and physical reactions. It is why thinking you are allergic to something is pretty much the same as actually being allergic to something. It is why emotions such as fear can flood your body with hormones that trigger energy release, put some of your body systems in high gear and shut others down completely.
I have often felt compassion for people with multiple allergies that are limiting their lives significantly. Do you know there are people that have to isolate themselves from just about everything including regular atmospheric air, most foods and even other people? It’s called Multiple Chemical Sensitivities/Environmental Illness (MCS/EI). There are other conditions that have a connection with MCS/EI and can come along with it – fibromyalgia for one, depressive disorders, panic attacks, asthma, thyroid disorders, immune disorders.
What you think can affect every function of every system in your body. It is a fascinating area of study. And because it concerns thoughts, emotions and the spirit, science is not the only authority speaking to it. There is more to “as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7) than meets the eye. It’s why laughing is good for you. It’s why happily married couples live longer on average, and it’s why being confident and secure feels better than being fearful and resentful.