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Excerpted from Inner Healing by Dan Joseph. Copyright © 2002 by Quiet Mind Publishing, LLC. Excerpted by permission of Quiet Mind Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.
"Itís important to realize that these are just perceptions (or thoughts), and that God can inspire another perception."
Inner Healing, Part 1
Inner Healing focuses on a three-step spiritual process of inner healing. These three steps involve:
Below is an exercise from Inner Healing that is based on the three-step process.
To begin this exercise, please choose some area of your life thatís troubling you. It could be a relationship, a work-related situation, or anything else. If you wish, you can describe the issue below.
(ex. My wife is bothering me about cleaning up my stuff around the house. Iím getting a little tired of it.)
In order to zero-in on the thoughts in need of healing, you can first take a look at your feelings. As I mentioned, uncomfortable feelings can serve as excellent pointers to the underlying thoughts.
When you think about this issue, how do you feel? I invite you to list out your specific feelings below.
(ex. I feel frustrated, and a bit guilty. I also feel a sense of dread about getting into further arguments.)
Having listed out some of your feelings, youíre halfway through step one. Now letís take a look at the thoughts that are giving rise to those feelings. Itís important to be very honest with yourself at this point. You donít want to "censor" your thoughts. Youíre honestly bringing these blocks into your awareness so you can offer them to God to be healed.
Here is one way to bridge from the feelings to the underlying thoughts: "I feel this way because I see myself as _______."
I invite you to complete that sentence.
(ex. I feel this way because I see myself as unfairly criticized. I see myself as unappreciated. I see myself as trapped by all this criticism.)
That completes step one. You have successfully identified some of the thoughts and perceptions that need to be replaced. In this example, the personís perceptions were: "I see myself as unfairly criticized," "I see myself as unappreciated," and "I see myself as trapped."
Of course, those might not look like thoughts or perceptions Ė they might look like objective descriptions of the situation. But itís important to realize that these are just perceptions (or thoughts), and that God can inspire another perception Ė a perception that leads to feelings of comfort and peace.