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When life gets hard, does what we think we believe hold us up, or does it crumble under the weight of doubt? I'm your host, Dr. Lee Warren- I'm a brain surgeon, author, and a person who's seen some stuff and wondered where God is in all this mess. This is The Spiritual Brain Surgery podcast, where we'll take a hard look at what we believe, why we believe it, and the neuroscience behind how our minds and our brains can smash together with faith to help us become healthier, feel better, and be happier so we can find the hope to withstand anything life throws at us. You've got questions, and we're going to do the hard work to find the answers, but you can't change your life until you change your mind, and it's gonna take some spiritual-brain surgery to get it done. So let's get after it.

Spiritual Brain Surgery with Dr. Lee Warren Dr. Lee Warren

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 54 Ratings

When life gets hard, does what we think we believe hold us up, or does it crumble under the weight of doubt? I'm your host, Dr. Lee Warren- I'm a brain surgeon, author, and a person who's seen some stuff and wondered where God is in all this mess. This is The Spiritual Brain Surgery podcast, where we'll take a hard look at what we believe, why we believe it, and the neuroscience behind how our minds and our brains can smash together with faith to help us become healthier, feel better, and be happier so we can find the hope to withstand anything life throws at us. You've got questions, and we're going to do the hard work to find the answers, but you can't change your life until you change your mind, and it's gonna take some spiritual-brain surgery to get it done. So let's get after it.

    You Have a Choice (Tuesdays with Tata)

    You Have a Choice (Tuesdays with Tata)

    It's Tuesdays with Tata!
    Today, Tata talks about choices, using the stories of two men who encountered Jesus.Leave a voicemail with your question or comment!
    Five Ways You Can Support this show:
    Pray for us!Subscribe, like, and share it with your friends! (We even have a YouTube channel!)Leave reviews and comments wherever you listen to podcasts!You can become a paid partner of the podcast and get special bonus episodes and lots more content by clicking here. Visit one of our affiliate partners and consider using their products (we use them every day):Improve your gut health, immune system, and protect your brain with Pique!Other Helpful Links:
    Click here to access the Hope Is the First Dose playlist of hopeful, healing songs!
    Be sure to check out my new book, Hope Is the First Dose!
    Here's a free 5-day Bible study on YouVersion/BibleApp based on my new book!
    Sign up for my weekly Self-Brain Surgery Newsletter here!All recent episodes with transcripts are available here!

    • 38 min
    Enough Trouble of Its Own (The Fifth Commandment of Self-Brain Surgery)

    Enough Trouble of Its Own (The Fifth Commandment of Self-Brain Surgery)

    Today, a look at the restated fifth commandment of Self-Brain Surgery: I must love tomorrow more than I hate what I'm feeling right now/I must not treat a bad feeling with a bad operation.
    (Putting these here for your ease of access. New Spiritual Brain Surgery episodes coming this week!)
    Scripture: Matthew 6:34
    Book Mentioned: This Naked Mind by Annie Grace
    The Ten Commandments of Self-Brain SurgeryI must relentlessly refuse to participate in my own demise.I must believe that feelings are not facts, they are chemical events in my brain.I must believe that most of my thoughts are untrue.I must believe that my brain is designed to heal (Ryker’s Regular Legs)I must love tomorrow more than I hate how I feel right now. (No Tomorrow Tax! Corollary: I must not treat bad feelings with bad operations.)I must stop making an operation out of everything.I must not perpetuate generational thought or behavioral issues in my family or start any new ones.I must love my brain and live in such a way as to protect and improve it.I must believe that what I’m doing I’m getting better at.I must understand that thoughts become things.
    Leave a voicemail with your question or comment!
    Five Ways You Can Support this show:
    Pray for us!Subscribe, like, and share it with your friends! (We even have a YouTube channel!)Leave reviews and comments wherever you listen to podcasts!You can become a paid partner of the podcast and get special bonus episodes and lots more content by clicking here. Visit one of our affiliate partners and consider using their products (we use them every day):Improve your gut health, immune system, and protect your brain with Pique!Other Helpful Links:
    Click here to access the Hope Is the First Dose playlist of hopeful, healing songs!
    Be sure to check out my new book, Hope Is the First Dose!
    Here's a free 5-day Bible study on YouVersion/BibleApp based on my new book!
    Sign up for my weekly Self-Brain Surgery Newsletter here!All recent episodes with transcripts are available here!


    (00:01) - Introduction
    (00:41) - Retooling the Ten Commandments
    (03:32) - The Fifth Commandment
    (23:50) - Embracing the Fifth Commandment

    • 25 min
    The Blame Ablation (The Fourth Commandment of Self-Brain Surgery)

    The Blame Ablation (The Fourth Commandment of Self-Brain Surgery)

    Better Beats Blame!A new operation for you, The Blame Ablation. This will help you stop being stuck in the past, and start moving forward towards becoming healthier, feeling better, and being happier.
    (Placing the Ten Commandments here for your easy reference)
    Also, an update to the Fourth and Fifth Commandments of Self Brain Surgery!
    Scripture: James 1:2-4
    Leave a voicemail with your question or comment!
    Five Ways You Can Support this show:
    Pray for us!Subscribe, like, and share it with your friends! (We even have a YouTube channel!)Leave reviews and comments wherever you listen to podcasts!You can become a paid partner of the podcast and get special bonus episodes and lots more content by clicking here. Visit one of our affiliate partners and consider using their products (we use them every day):Improve your gut health, immune system, and protect your brain with Pique!Other Helpful Links:
    Click here to access the Hope Is the First Dose playlist of hopeful, healing songs!
    Be sure to check out my new book, Hope Is the First Dose!
    Here's a free 5-day Bible study on YouVersion/BibleApp based on my new book!
    Sign up for my weekly Self-Brain Surgery Newsletter here!All recent episodes with transcripts are available here!

    (00:01) - Introduction
    (00:20) - The 10 Commandments Evolution
    (01:19) - Reordering the Commandments
    (02:57) - Introducing the New Fourth Commandment
    (04:31) - Self-Brain Surgery Saturday
    (05:10) - The Blame Ablation Operation
    (06:32) - Shifting Worldviews
    (08:19) - The Need for a Brain Transplant
    (10:33) - The Importance of Adversity
    (11:57) - Personal Growth through Challenges
    (17:35) - The Futility of Blaming
    (20:40) - The Fourth Commandment: Brain's Healing Ability
    (22:33) - Your Brain's Design to Heal
    (24:57) - The Concept of Design to Heal
    (27:45) - Embracing the Blame Ablation Operation
    (29:04) - Directing the Healing Process
    (29:42) - Starting Today

    • 31 min
    Thoughts Are Not Always True (The Third Commandment of Self-Brain Surgery)

    Thoughts Are Not Always True (The Third Commandment of Self-Brain Surgery)

    You have tens of thousands of thoughts per day. Most of them are not true. Today, the third in a series of looking at each of the Ten Commandments of Self-Brain Surgery in more detail. The third commandment is, "I must believe that most of my thoughts are untrue."
    Here are some tools to challenge bad thoughts, and how to manage them.
    Scripture: II Cor. 10:5, Psalm 34:8
    The Ten Commandments of Self-Brain Surgery (Updated 3/8/2024; corollaries coming soon)1. I must relentlessly refuse to participate in my own demise. 
    2. I must recognize that feelings are not facts, they are chemical events in my brain.  
    3. I must recognize that most of my thoughts are untrue. 
    4. I must love tomorrow more than I hate how I feel right now.  
    5. I must not treat bad feelings with bad operations. 
    6. I must stop making an operation out of everything. 
    7. I must not perpetuate generational thought or behavioral issues in my family or start any new ones.  
    8. I must love my brain and live in such a way as to improve it.  
    9. I must believe that what I’m doing I’m getting better at. 
    10. I must understand that thoughts become things. 
     Leave a voicemail with your question or comment!
    Five Ways You Can Support this show:
    Pray for us!Subscribe, like, and share it with your friends! (We even have a YouTube channel!)Leave reviews and comments wherever you listen to podcasts!You can become a paid partner of the podcast and get special bonus episodes and lots more content by clicking here. Visit one of our affiliate partners and consider using their products (we use them every day):Improve your gut health, immune system, and protect your brain with Pique!Other Helpful Links:
    Click here to access the Hope Is the First Dose playlist of hopeful, healing songs!
    Be sure to check out my new book, Hope Is the First Dose!
    Here's a free 5-day Bible study on YouVersion/BibleApp based on my new book!
    Sign up for my weekly Self-Brain Surgery Newsletter here!All recent episodes with transcripts are available here!

    (00:09) - Self-Brain Surgery Saturday
    (03:21) - Let's Get After It
    (05:43) - The Intersection of Science and Faith
    (10:37) - Ursula Le Guin's Three Writing Questions
    (16:40) - Examining Thought Biopsy Results
    (25:45) - Changing Your Mind, Changing Your Life

    • 27 min
    Feelings Are Not Facts

    Feelings Are Not Facts

    It's Frontal Lobe Friday!
    (Placing the Ten Commandments here for your ease of reference. These episodes played on The Dr. Warren Podcast earlier)Today, the second in a series of looking at each of the Ten Commandments of Self-Brain Surgery in more detail. The second commandment is, "I must recognize that feelings are not facts, they are chemical events in my brain."
    Also, learning to articulate what's really going on so we can begin to get after healing it is a crucial step in becoming great self-brain surgeons!
    Scripture: II Cor. 10:5, Romans 12:2
    The Ten Commandments of Self-Brain Surgery (Updated 3/8/2024; corollaries coming soon)1. I must relentlessly refuse to participate in my own demise. 
    2. I must recognize that feelings are not facts, they are chemical events in my brain.  
    3. I must recognize that most of my thoughts are untrue. 
    4. I must love tomorrow more than I hate how I feel right now.  
    5. I must not treat bad feelings with bad operations. 
    6. I must stop making an operation out of everything. 
    7. I must not perpetuate generational thought or behavioral issues in my family or start any new ones.  
    8. I must love my brain and live in such a way as to improve it.  
    9. I must believe that what I’m doing I’m getting better at. 
    10. I must understand that thoughts become things. 
     Leave a voicemail with your question or comment!
    Five Ways You Can Support this show:
    Pray for us!Subscribe, like, and share it with your friends! (We even have a YouTube channel!)Leave reviews and comments wherever you listen to podcasts!You can become a paid partner of the podcast and get special bonus episodes and lots more content by clicking here. Visit one of our affiliate partners and consider using their products (we use them every day):Improve your gut health, immune system, and protect your brain with Pique!Other Helpful Links:
    Click here to access the Hope Is the First Dose playlist of hopeful, healing songs!
    Be sure to check out my new book, Hope Is the First Dose!
    Here's a free 5-day Bible study on YouVersion/BibleApp based on my new book!
    Sign up for my weekly Self-Brain Surgery Newsletter here!All recent episodes with transcripts are available here!

    (00:01) - Introduction
    (02:08) - Medical School Interviews
    (14:14) - Understanding Feelings
    (25:47) - Imposter Syndrome
    (29:03) - Formulating the Chief Complaint

    • 31 min
    First No Harm (The 1st Commandment of Self-Brain Surgery)

    First No Harm (The 1st Commandment of Self-Brain Surgery)

    Life Is Hard. Here's a Practice to Keep from Making it Unnecessarily HarderToday, the first in a series of looking at each of the Ten Commandments of Self-Brain Surgery in more detail. The first commandment, just like in medical school, is primum non nocere, First No Harm. Self-Brain Surgeons say it like this: "I will relentlessly refuse to participate in my own demise."
    Scripture: Mark 12:30-31, Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 19:14
    The Ten Commandments of Self-Brain Surgery (More corollaries coming soon)1. I must relentlessly refuse to participate in my own demise. 
    2. I must recognize that feelings are not facts, they are chemical events in my brain.  
    3. I must recognize that most of my thoughts are untrue. 
    4. I must love tomorrow more than I hate how I feel right now.  
    5. I must not treat bad feelings with bad operations. 
    6. I must stop making an operation out of everything. 
    7. I must not perpetuate generational thought or behavioral issues in my family or start any new ones.  
    8. I must love my brain and live in such a way as to improve it.  
    9. I must believe that what I’m doing I’m getting better at. 
    10. I must understand that thoughts become things. 
     Leave a voicemail with your question or comment!
    Five Ways You Can Support this show:
    Pray for us!Subscribe, like, and share it with your friends! (We even have a YouTube channel!)Leave reviews and comments wherever you listen to podcasts!You can become a paid partner of the podcast and get special bonus episodes and lots more content by clicking here. Visit one of our affiliate partners and consider using their products (we use them every day):Improve your gut health, immune system, and protect your brain with Pique!Other Helpful Links:
    Click here to access the Hope Is the First Dose playlist of hopeful, healing songs!
    Be sure to check out my new book, Hope Is the First Dose!
    Here's a free 5-day Bible study on YouVersion/BibleApp based on my new book!
    Sign up for my weekly Self-Brain Surgery Newsletter here!All recent episodes with transcripts are available here!

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

LJCleveland ,

Want to change your life then change you mind

This is what Dr Lee Warren says, he is right on. Listening to his podcasts helps me tremendously to accept the traumas and tragedies in my life, the hardest being the death of my 34 year old son. Thank you so much Dr Warren!

Bemof13 ,

Abide

I bookmarked this episode. So good! Combining the science and scripture is such an encouragement to me.

elyseisabelle ,

Life changing

This podcast is changing my life and I am so grateful to Dr Lee Warren, Lisa, Tata and their son Mitch who I feel does this amazing work alongside them in spirit.
Thank you for giving me hope.

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