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Poetry in Scripture does not rhyme sounds; it follows the Hebrew pattern and rhymes thoughts. Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” The second line is a thought rhyme not a word rhyme. We are God’s “poetry” (poiema”) Ephesians 2:10. This means that as God’s poetry, our thoughts can rhyme with God’s thoughts.
Often in conversation we easily finish each others sentences and thoughts. In a mutual mind state we are not sure where our thoughts stop and the other person’s thoughts begin. The structure in the brain called the cingulate cortex makes it possible for meaningful communication to occur between two different minds by establishing a mutual-mind state. When establishing a mutual-mind state, we learn to think and feel the way people we love think and feel.
The interesting aspect of the mutual-mind state in the brain is that it works faster than the conscious mind so that we are never sure whether a mutual-mind thought is theirs or ours. This is what happens with God when we ak and listen for God’s response to something we appreciate (Immanuel Journaling). We expect a similarity between God-thoughts and our thoughts.
Thoughts that rhyme with God’s thoughts produce shalom (peace). Shalom is a state of harmony where everything works together, makes sense and is good. Shalom is the “peace of Christ” which rules in our hearts. Shalom acts like a referee in our lives who “stops the action” every time shalom is missing. The Greek word “brabeuo” literally means “sit asan umpire”. The rule for our life and relationships is that everything is in shalom. This happens when we are synchronized with God’s thoughts, when our thoughts rhyme with God’s thoughts. A shalom check tests for the witness of Holy Spirit within us and between us, whether we accept what we have written as truth about ourselves and if our experience matches God’s character as revealed in Scripture.
- Do I feel peacefully calm
- Am I sensing God’s loving presence?
- Am I confident that nothing will take me away from God’s love?
- Am I portraying my weakness accurately?
- Am I still sensing God’s interactive presence in my painful memory?
- Have my joy, peace and hope increased?
- Has my desire to love and serve others increased?