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Life Transformation Therapy
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Listening Prayer Therapy - Here is a method
that helps you find inner and emotional healing
Find inner and
emotional healing through Listening Prayer Therapy and you will find
hope and positive energy in your life.
Prayer Therapy is able to transform lives that have been ravaged by:
Inner and Emotional Healing is Quick:
healing using "Listening Prayer Therapy" enable's
therapeutic work to proceed quickly. You achieve your goals with less
painful process, less hours of your life and with less total cost.
People are shocked, or at least pleasantly surprised by how much is
accomplished in so little time. Comments such as: "As our week
on retreat progressed, we were amazed at the ease and speed at which
we found ourselves being healed of strongholds and root issues"
are not unusual.
Emotional Healing gets at Core Issues:
The hope of
short term, insight and skills based counselling is to provide client
satisfaction by focussing on specific problems and learning practical
things to do about the specific problem. Generally the
counsellor is in charge helping to discover and diagnose the problem
and then to plan treatment. Small steps are taken at each
oppointment. These steps can change the tone and atmosphere of
a relationship, give hope and a sense of moving forward.
model of therapy is different and hopes to resolve issues rooted in
early experience. Rather than focussing on the immediate
problems the therapy moves to the root causes of the problems.
The therapists sincerely believes that dealing effectively with the
root issue is the best use of the therapeutic session; that changes
are more significant and longer lasting.
psychological therapies break from the insight and skill based
solving of problems and focus on core issues. I am thinking of,
so called, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The therapist here
focusses on beliefs rather than solving immediate problems.
This approach has been shown by research to be one of the most
effective forms of therapy.
Some forms of
inner and emotional therapy are also 'short term.' In my
esperience the use of prayer therapy to focus on core beliefs is also
a profoundly effective approach to life change.
I have seen
Listening Prayer Therapy deal rapidly and effectively with:
memories of trauma or abuse,
from alcohol and other bondages,
and nurturing the inner child.
My Inner Healing Principles
The following are some of the methods and principles
that I use:
God's presence is key to all healing and life transformation
so always open in prayer inviting God's presence. (Learned from
Leanne Payne who would have us always practice the presence of God.)
inhabits the praises of his people so
do not begin sessions addressing Satan, binding or commanding
demons. (Learned from Judson Cornwall who found out that demons
are attracted to the attention they get from our prayers against them.)
near to God. Avoid
so-called 'spiritual warfare' type prayer that binds principalities
or powers of the air or territorial spirits. This is a form of
witchcraft prayer. Repent of any and all such practices. (Made clear
in John Paul Jackson's book: "Needless Casualties of War.")
labels and diagnostics including getting entangled in the issues
around multiple personalities, DID, etc. Jesus can handle this. I
prefer not to let Him do it and not me.
times it helps to focus our question to God. Develop a simple root
issue question to guide listening to God. (Learned from John Regier's
who says that God can bring to mind a scripture, song or picture in
response to a simple core question. He expects a picture story when
dealing with very early memories from our younger years when words
have less meaning.)
the Holy Spirit guide. The Listening Prayer Therapist learns how to
focus a problem on a feeling and asking the Holy Spirit to lead to
the root memories connected with that feeling. Pray and take time to
listen for God's guidance during a session. I assume the memory
that comes to mind after such prayer is relevant to this person even
if it does not make immediate sense.
from bondage through Truth Encounters: avoid deliverance through
power encounter and personal authority. Neil Anderson teaches: that
an encounter with Jesus' truth is an effective deliverance method. I
make use of Jesus' life, presence and cutting of spiritual ties for
deliverance from darkness.
ENCOUNTER: I bring inner healing and personal transformation through
an encounter with Jesus - the Way, the Truth and the Life. The
healing we need is in God; the therapist provides the process or way
to God's healing presence.
BELIEFS: From Ed Smith's TheoPhostic process and Art Zielstra's
Prayer Counselling, I learned the method of following the feeling to
the memory; finding the core beliefs in the memory and asking for
Jesus' truth to overcome the unhealthy core belief.
IDENTITY: The core beliefs - sometimes learned in pain, trauma and
dysfunction define our negative identity and self-image. With healing
of core beliefs a positive identity emerges. Practice, name and
reinforce this new identity.
TRANSFORMATION: Like John Regier, I find that core belief healing
and transformational inner healing establishing a new identity is
necessary to restore and transform a couple's relationship. Like John
Regier, I include a minimum of 10 sessions in a marriage retreat.
Why a Life Transformation Retreat?
Why do inner
healing on a retreat? A retreat enhances the impact of Inner Healing
by reducing distractions, removing you from your normal routine,
lifting responsibilities off your mind, heart and soul. This gives
you the energy to focus and accomplish more emotional work than would
be accomplished in the same number of sessions over several months.
Inner Healing Benefits Summary:
for fun, let these penguins demonstrate the benefits of inner
healing. Inner healing:
Testimonies about inner healing:
changed. You are softer; more agreeable. You are more soft spoken.
But that is not really you." Husband (still a little skeptical)
wrote to me:
"I had struggled for years with these feelings:
vagueness, confusion, misunderstanding, anger, sadness and insecurity
to name but a few. I guess I was surprised that I could have an
encounter with God so easily and that He was so willing to heal me
right then, right there.
"I realize now that I had an incomplete understanding of God
and who He was and looking back, a great deal of unbelief about what
God could do and wanted to do.
"I believe George's faith has been and is instrumental in
Listening Prayer Therapy. It is he who guided me and instructed
me in how to listen to God and to have the same faith in what I was experiencing.
"I always thank God for George and how he has helped me and my
family. He is able to lead me through my confusion and
distractions to an encounter with the Living God in whom there is
abundant life and healing! Praise God!"
Why is Inner Healing Effective?
believe that some of the effectiveness of Listening Prayer Therapy
is based on the following:
Listening Prayer Therapy focuses on the cognitive component of
significant root memories. Counselling research is clear - therapies
that deal directly with the beliefs that underlie behavior are the
most effective. God's healing goes to the heart (unconscious mind)
while self change depends on the conscious mind.
the HEART by using the IMAGINATION:
Listening Prayer Therapy works at the heart level not just the head
level. We always add an encounter with God, an experience or God to
our prayers to God. Prayer involving the imagination, like Jesus'
parables and children's stories, touch the heart.
In listening Prayer Therapy makes use of God's word spoken to me.
This is the living and effective Word spoken of in Hebrews 4:12. We
don't just speak to God in prayer; we listen for God's word to us.
God guides the process so that we are lead to focus on those
memories whose healing will impact many other memories. To human
wisdom and experience, add divine guidance.
HEART, NEW SPIRIT:
Time after time we find that an encounter with God brings about a
whole new heart, new spirit, a new attitude. For example, when
dealing with abuse and core beliefs are replaced with God's truth,
there will be a spontaneous new attitude toward the abuser.
Understanding and compassion replaces bitterness and fear. This is
one fulfillment of the Biblical promise a new heart and a new spirit
in Ezekiel 36:26.
IS THE CORE:
The great benefit in dealing with core beliefs and new attitudes is
that these are the foundation of one's identity. Bring wholeness to
someone's identity and self-concept and everything else in their
life, personality and behaviour will be effected. I find that clients
gain personal security and a stronger sense of identity. as
they develop this strong secure bond with God.
One thing that sustains these positive changes is that others will
respond positively to positive changes in us. This makes our life
happier and we are more likely to be stay positive in our attitudes,
expectations and behaviour. My experience at Agape
Christian Counselling and with Inner Healing Retreats is that
clients feel more comfortable with God. They learn to listen to God
and develop a strong secure bond with God which provides core security.
very word spoken to us' is very thorough and complete in removing
and replacing old belief patterns. There are no hidden roots that
spring up later like the severed root of a dandelion living to bloom
Biblical Basis of Inner Healing through Listening
Biblical basis of Listening Prayer Therapy would include the
following Bible references:
is my own dear Son - listen to him!" In Mark 9:7 the Father
gives orders to three of Jesus' disciples. The command to listen to
Jesus" is fundamental to all Christian counselling and Christian
sheep listen to my voice." Jesus speaks of his true followers
as those who listen to his voice. Followers must learn to listen to
Jesus. Listening to Jesus is foundational to "Listening Prayer Therapy."
stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the
door, I will come into his house and eat with him, and he will eat
with me." In Revelation 3:20 Jesus speaks to us about listening
to him and then introduces an image - something that speaks to our
imagination. In listening Prayer therapy we respond to Jesus words
with our "Yes" both with listening and in opening our
imaginations to him.
Bible speaks of our inner minds ability to see. Paul spoke of the
'eyes of your understanding' - Ephesians 1:18. Jesus said: "the
Son does nothing on his own; he only does what he sees his Father
doing." It is remarkable that Jesus said his relationship of
submission and obedience to his Father depended upon his
"seeing" what his Father was doing.
a foundation to Inner Healing and Listening Prayer - practicing the
Presence of Christ.
Payne, of Pastoral Care Ministries,
learned to practice the presence of God as the way toward healing.
She says: "I was learning to see the invisible with the eyes of
my heart, to hear the inaudible with the ears of my hears. In other
words, I had come to rely on God's Healing Presence with His
people." (The Healing Presence, page xv)
who follow her lead develop deep confidence in God's faithfulness to
speak to us when we ask Him to and we listen. God will speak in story
and image when that is how we need to receive. God is faithful to
heal and set us free when that is what we want and what we ask.
Therapists who practice the listening process become skilled in
finding ways to encounter the 'God Who Heals' in the way that is
appropriate for each one.
Practicing the Presence of Christ (not the demonic)
Listening Prayer Therapy the focus is Christ not demons.
My mentors, John and Paula Sandford, avoided focusing on the
demonic. I am following this is a good pattern.
Payne warned against binding principalities - a practice that it is
wise to avoid like the plague. See the book review in her latest
newsletter re a misguided
focus on the demonic.
Read John Paul Jackson's book: "Needless Casualties of War."
She says: "For
the last three decades we in PCM have had to deal with the
extraordinarily grievous effects that misguided practices of
spiritual warfare have had upon Christian leaders, communities, and
families, and most particularly upon children growing up in homes
where an all-consuming focus on the demonic has crippled the
formation of their minds and imaginations. To see evangelical leaders
such as C. Peter Wagner and others dress up these unscriptural ideas
and methods in pseudo-technical language and then give to them a
universal platform has been and continues to be for us among the
gravest of concerns. (We need to) call for nothing less than a return
to a Christian worldview, and to the wisdom and knowledge that come
with the empowering of the Holy Spirit."
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