Do you find it
curious that you mentally talk to yourself?
When you are
internally dialoguing with yourself, who do you think is talking to whom inside
Decades ago I read a
book by Julian Jaynes, The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the
Bicameral Mind. If my recollection is
correct, Jaynes mostly theorized about the evolutionary development of
consciousness – from a two-sided (bicameral) brain (common a few thousand years
ago) to a more unified consciousness found in more ‘modern’ man.
But, the interesting
part of Jaynes book to me, was the idea of one hemisphere of the brain speaking
to the other – a thesis of what is happening when we internally dialogue with
Now, why would we be
made that way?
Why, waking in the
morning, would I have a discussion with myself about what I was going to
Why, upon seeing an
obese person struggling to ride their bike uphill, would I say to myself, “Good
for them, they should be exercising.”
Only to be answered by, “Now, don’t be nasty and judgmental, that could
Why, when watching a
brilliant sunset, would I commune with myself that this is a beautiful and
theologically, the question becomes; what was the intention of our Creator in
engineering us to have internal dialogue?
Could it be that,
like everything else, there was a conscious purpose in God making us this way?
What if our constant
mental chatter to ourselves was originally designed to be prayer directed to
What if, waking in
the morning, we were to talk to God instead of ourselves and ask him what He
intended us to accomplish today?
What if, upon seeing
an obese person struggling to ride their bike uphill, we were instead pray that
God would bless and benefit that person?
What if, when
watching a brilliant sunset, we were instead to give thanks and glory to the
Almighty for his enchanting and astonishing creation?
What if instead of
internally dialoguing with ourselves we were talking with God instead?
Would this qualify
as obeying the command in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing.”?
By Terry Applegate