Often when something traumatic happens, it seems to get locked in the body, with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings, and so on. Since the experience is stuck in our bodies, it continues to be triggered whenever a reminder comes up. It can be the basis for a lot of discomfort and sometimes a lot of negative emotions, such as fear and helplessness that we can’t seem to control.
Our inner systems can start to create “protective parts” that do not know the difference between healthy and unhealthy, these “protective parts” role is to simply help us survive. These “protective parts” can encourage us to avoid, so we do not have to experience the uncomfortable experience of being highjacked by our flight/freeze/flee response. The avoidance patterns create more distress, more anxiety, and increase our fear.
In inner healing therapy we address childhood wounds, distressful moments, traumatic events, current/recent struggles, and struggles from our past that are impacting our here and now. We strive for integration and we desire that our Spirit lead selves would be in control of our life choices and behaviors. We want to be in a position where our emotions and intrusive thoughts are not making the decisions, instead we desire to move forward in what we consider to be fruitful living.
Part of Inner Healing is exposer therapy. You may be asked to expose yourself to situations that are safe but feel “uncomfortable” to your inner system. Part of healing is walking through not around. Exposure therapy helps create inner trust, we desire that your “protective parts’ would begin to trust your Spirit lead self (self lead by the Holy Spirit). Trust is built out of experiences, actions speak louder than words. We do not heal in an isolated bubble. We often need to see that where we are weak He (God) is strong. We can say yes to exposure therapy from a place of faith. We know God is near those who are suffering and brokenhearted.
The Holy Spirit is our strong guide through the process of Inner Healing. We say yes to the work that He wants to do in our lives. Inner Healing is not only about the “self”, healing is also about loving and caring those beyond ourselves: our children, spouses/partners, church family, our neighbors, and our communities. We strive for generational change. As you engage in Inner Healing you are impacting future generations, you are sending a gift into the future.