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Integrating Brandon Bays 'The Jouney' in Listening Prayer Therapy
My interest and knowledge about 'The Journey' has been growing. I contacted and had a session with a local to Toronto, Journey practitioner. I attended a Journey intensive weekend held in Toronto in November.
I am now finding myself able to integrate some of Brandon Bays' methods into Listening Prayer Therapy sessions. This has been rewarding for some of my clients who have benefited from this new method of inner healing.
Of course my use of 'The Journey' is set within a Biblical theological context. In practice, this means that sessions are initiated with some spoken prayer asking for God's presence and guidance.
There are two important reasons that I will make use of 'The Journey:' 1. My client is able to experience feelings well and may have not responded well to direct "listening to God" or my use of picture and imagination in prayer, or, 2. I have identified a personality style / character pattern that needs transforming.
'The Journey' involves allowing oneself to fully experience one's feelings. For some clients this is great. However, one of my clients absolutely refused to experience his feelings. "Different strokes for different folks!" - an expression that means people respond to different things.
I would help a client identify a pattern that needed transforming. That may get expressed in a form of a general confession and request for change type of prayer, out loud by the client. This is followed by a proclamation in prayer, out loud, that Jesus is Lord, Saviour, Healer and Deliverer and, therefore, in charge of this process.
Brandon Bays always sets up an imaginary campfire to talk things out. Good idea. I do it if it is clearly needed but not always.
Brandon Bays lets a person chose a mentor to be with them at the campfire. We usually assume form the start that Jesus is the mentor unless the person prefers another person of the Trinity because of a problem with Jesus.
At the campfire Brandon assumes that healing comes because you expressed your feelings (got it all out) and because you forgive. In contrast, I believe healing comes because wrong beliefs are corrected and we have got God's TRUTH and perspective. Once that occurs our attitude usually will become that of forgiveness from our (healed) heart. I do not push for a decision (will choosing) for forgiveness without clear evidence of heart healing first.
In order to discover the truth - and destroy the wrong beliefs lodged in our memories - we need to hear the truth whether it comes from our mentor, from understanding from the other at the campfire or from gaining empathy for their perspective. In Listening Prayer Therapy I may have the person ask Jesus at the campfire to correct a particular belief by putting a clear question to Him.
In the Emotional Journey, Brandon Bays, or the Journey therapist, allows you to fully experience your feelings as they emerge. You are to be present to your feelings without denying, suppressing, judging or analyzing them. As we release our grip, let go of our control, and experience our feelings they are able to come and go fairly quickly.
Soon we come to our stuck point: we feel blank, "I don't know," fear of dying, panic about who we will be if we allow this feeling or state to be present. This is the 'death gate' - the valley of the dying to the old identity - the birth canal to the new identity. If we are present to this without blocking ourselves to the experience then the new can emerge. We then begin to experience the center of our being where the Holy Spirit lives.
We begin to emerge into life, light, love, peace, freedom, wholeness, beauty - what Brandon calls SOURCE. Only here do we experience God. Only here do we experience our true selves. Only here does the New Creature, our new identity start to take form. Once we get to this point the transformation of our life has begun - the old has passed away and the new has come.
Brandon uses this experience of Source - God's truth and presence - to speak to and cleanse each of the other feelings that we experienced in our journey to Source. Then she has a campfire with relevant people in our life. Then she projects our new identity forward and has us imagine what it would be like a day, a week and a month from now.
What emerges is a new identity.
What I have described is the most powerful process for identity transformation that I have seen. I recommend you try it and learn to use it with others.
George Hartwell - a Life Transformation Therapist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada with 30 years experience and a masters degree in Clinical Psychology - integrates Brandon Bays "The Journey" into Listening Prayer Therapy as a form of core identity transformation. Contact George at 877 854-3990 or, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (416) 234-1850. See Services
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