I was listening to a country radio station this weekend when I heard the song “Who needs pictures” by Brad Paisley.
I got to thinking (I am always thinking about what to write about) about how easy it is for me to recall many of the pornographic pictures I had seen years ago. Some of those porn pictures are hidden in the recesses of my mind.
I don’t get flashes of them much anymore since I have quit using pornography, but they are there waiting to be called upon. Users and former users of porn can back me up by agreeing to this fact.
Who needs a porn video or magazine when the pictures are there in your mind? This very fact trips up so many of us who have left that world behind or who are trying to leave it behind.
I describe the brain as a big computer hard drive where we store the information from places we have been, things we have seen, people we have associated with, and situations we have been in. This hard drive is limitless and keeps recording in sequential order. This means that as time passes, the farther away those recordings get and the harder they are to access. It is easier to access things that happened yesterday than it is those from last year. Occasionally we will have something that triggers a memory stored way in the back which makes it easier to retrieve that data and event. Some people have the ability to access that old data easier than the rest of us!
The point I am trying to make is the further we get away from using porn, the harder those pictures are to access. If we continually bombard or minds with porn, we have access to new images all the time, also the access to the older images are easier to get at. It seems that when we get our minds in gear and churning on a subject, the recesses open up for easy access. Staying away from porn and focusing our thoughts on other more noble things will allow those pictures from the past to be harder to access and further from our minds. Try fasting from porn for one week and see if I am not right. Remember that whatever you feed is what will grow. Stop feeding the porn habit and it will start to die.