Medical Science has helped us with this analogy of the prodigal son's story and the amazing sensation of Phantom Limbs .. What are phantom limbs ?
I believe that the Lord God has put his laws and themes as analogies all around us clearly showing that This whole world is one whole that surives not individually but collectively and that no man,woman nor limb nor cell nor soul
was made to exist by itself except God himself ! We exist in him we are part of him ... !
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.
Do amputee patients actually feel pain in missing limbs? If so how and why? These are some of the questions that have been asked for many years. One particular case study example displays this phenomenon. In 1983 a man named Aryee lost his right arm in an accident during a storm at sea.
The usual stress of losing an arm is not easy it is like losing a loved one in most cases if you are righthanded and you lose your right arm you have to learn how to use your left arm ...it is not easy !
14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. He had to learn all over again ..
An experiment was done on Aryee with the following results related in this dialogue between patient and observer:
'-"See if you can reach out and grab this cup in your right hand. What are you feeling now?
-I feel my fingers clasping the cup.
-Okay try it again." (As the patient tries to reach for the cup, the doctor pulls it farther away)
-Ouch! Why did you do that?
-It felt like you ripped the cup right out of my fingers"' (2) .
This dialogue that occurred between Aryee and the experimenter is a description of a common sensation felt by many amputee patients. Although they are missing an arm, finger, or leg, they have sensations similar to Aryee that include tingles, itching, and even pain where the limb used to be. Thus these patients feel sensations "which seem to emanate from the amputated part of the limb" (4). Phantom limb is the name for this type of phenomenon.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
Phantom limb is not a newly discovered occurrence among amputee victims; however it has persisted as a medical mystery for hundreds of years. Even the words associated with the sensation phantom and phenomena suggest that it is somehow out of the ordinary and without a rational explanation. Nonetheless, there is a long documented history of phantom limbs. During the Civil War, in 1872, Silas Weir Mitchell who worked at a hospital in Philadelphia wrote the first clinical documents on patients that experienced feeling where their missing limb used to be located (2) , (5). Today amputees are still experiencing this phenomenon.
The sensation of phantom limbs "occurs in 95-100 percent of amputees who lose an arm or leg" (6). At first people merely feel sensations coming from their amputated limb, however in time it develops into pains of stabbing, burning, or cramping (4). In addition, temperature and texture can be felt, such as warmth, cold, and rough surfaces (6). While the phantom limb now a day is no longer considered a myth, rather a legitimatized medically proved sensation the source of these sensations is still a topic of much debate. There are many theories neurobiologists argue are the cause of phantom limb. Two of these theories are based on two differing concepts of the brain: one that the brain is hardwired, the other that the brain, particularly, the cortex can be reorganized.
There was a time when the belief was held in the scientific community that adult brains lost their plasticity after adolescence (3). The idea was that there was no ability for change in the cortex but that the brain is considered to be hardwired with particularly functions that continue despite the fact that a limb might be missing. Michael Merzenich supported this theory with research on monkeys. He amputated the index finger of an adult monkey and recorded the signals that reached the cortical map (2). In the somatosensory cortex there is the representation of the human body called the homunculus, which is like a map of the body (2). The experiment resulted in the discovery that neurons in the index finger region of the homunculus were fired whenever fingers next to the amputated one were touched (2). In this experiment there was no evidence for neuronal growth, rather "unmasking [which] sends new impulses to the previously empty region" (2). Existing axon branches uncover at some point after the amputation and continue to operate. This concept is linked to the fact that body image or perception of the body is genetically hardwired in the brain (1), thus the cause of phantom limbs.
There are other scientific theories but i will give you one spiritual theory !
many accounts have been given of out of body experiences where patients who were clinically dead said they were still in possesion of their bodies howbeit in full spiritual form ! able to move between walls un noticed unlike living being still on earth . Their Bodies still had the same form !
Does this link to this weird occurence of phantom limbs ? that even though my arm is cut off there is a possibility that my ARM IS STILL THERE !
Phantom limbs are an intriguing concept. The thought that our body can feel what is not there has been a much debated and analyzed part of the human nervous system. Although many theories have been experimented and debated, the idea that seems most probable is that the brain reorganizes itself to deal with the change of the body. In all that the brain can do and does do it seems impossible for something like phantom limbs to happen in a brain that is hardwired, rather the possibility that with the change in the body the brain changes as well seems highly likely.
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
Still think you are CUT off from God ?
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son tat whosoever believes in him may not perish but have eternal life ..
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