The use of releasing is very powerful. The action of letting go reduces stress and striving. The miracle of our letting go is that we allowing God to be more active in our health and life as we let go of control. ‘Put it on the Altar’ is a Prayer Drama to have the heart experience of letting go.
There is a very present danger in verbal prayers - prayers in words - that our heart does not engage. As a result we fool ourselves. We think we have prayed about something but our heart may not have entered in. That is like buying and eating a hamburger with no meat in it and thinking you have had a hamburger. If you could be so easily fooled McDonalds could save a lot of money! In this chapter there will various prayers of release put in heart language - picture form. The most versatile image I use is the altar in the ‘Put it on the Altar’ prayer.
The ‘Put it on the Altar’ Prayer The "Put it on the Altar" prayer involves a visualization of an altar. Easy enough. You can have your own picture of what that means. With this prayer, I invite you to share the content of your issue with God. This takes some of the burden off your shoulders and leaves it with God. I often close a session with this prayer and explaining that by using this prayer we are giving all of the different issues and concerns to God. Then I describe the concept of putting all of what was discussed on God's altar; that we give it to God. I then ask the client if they would be willing to picture this in their mind's eye while I put it in words. I put the prayer into words, wait a while if the client is quiet, and then ask the client how that was for them if they were able to picture it. I know that not everyone finds it easy to picture things, however, if they do, that helps me to know that their heart is engaged in the prayer. I want the heart engaged. What happens in the picture now helps reveal the unconscious beliefs of their heart. The heart, as expressed in what we can "see," is our organ of faith. Our language reveals heart belief (which is our heart's wisdom) when we say either "I can see that happening" or "I can't see that working." The language of seeing is the language of heart faith. Another sign that the heart is engaged in the prayer is if there are feelings. There can be many different kinds of feelings from sadness to relief. Therefore, I ask, "How does that feel?" I often learn the outcome of this simple prayer when my client comes in for their next session. I am often surprised by how deeply they have been impacted by that simple prayer of "Put it on the Altar." They sometimes report profound release and peace. This simple prayer drama - "Put it on the Altar" - has a multitude of uses. It is helpful whenever there is an issue troubling you, a major loss you need to let go of or a person that is near to your heart. Releasing My Broken Heart
Events in my life piled up. Loss after loss broke my heart. It is too much to say. I lost job, wife, my role as a full-time father, a settled place in a small town community and the first house I owned. What did I do? I was assaulted with losses and burdened with griefs.
Christian friends I looked up to advised to keep up praise during this difficult time. As I did this I detected a stream of Joy underneath the grief in my broken heart. My spirit chose to praise God and experienced joy while any and all negative core beliefs stored in my heart were being activate by the negative implications and possible interpretations of all the losses.
One decision I made was not to have a stoney heart. I wanted to be able to love again and love more fully. In my devotional reading I was encouraged to give my heart to God.
I used a picture of putting my heart in the Father’s hands. This picture conveyed my release of my broken heart to God to keep it from hardening further but to soften. I believe the outcome of this was a softer heart and a bigger heart. The pain in God’s hands did surgery on my heart.
Mother and Son Annette’s had a married 28 year old son whose life was getting messed up with drugs and alcohol. She was over-involved in her son’s life and may have been for years. However, she was confused about her boundaries with her son.
She asked me if she should be letting go of her son. Well yes she should let go. Letting go meant less intrusion into his life. Letting go meant less rescuing him financially. Letting go meant not talking to those who were treating her son.
Annette knew the language. She knew she did not want to enable her son. However, she had no idea what that looked like in any particular situation.
I agreed to meet with her to help her sort out her confusion and I suggested AlAnon meetings where she would meet people who had their own struggle with boundaries with the alcoholic.
If Annette learned to ‘Let Go and Let God’ she would find peace herself while giving her son the sense of release from mom that he needed.
To help this letting go, I suggested that she pray a daily prayer of releasing her son into God’s hands. I recommended that she find a way to visualize this to make it real to her heart. For example, she could picture her son with Jesus and that she was in the background waving goodbye to them.
I want Annette to do this every day until her son and her could feel the freedom of being their own persons.
Releasing Anger Scripture: "Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden in light." Matthew 11:28 - 30. Releasing anger is one example of a releasing prayer - an action in prayer that portrays letting go to our Inner Child. It is a prayer because it is done with intention that is put into prayer. It triggers inner healing because it sends a message to the heart in the language of the heart. One could portray anger by putting it on the altar but I prefer another dramatic way to let of anger. Here we will dramatize the release of anger by picking up stones on the edge of a lake and throwing them out into the lake. The releasing anger prayer encounter is a powerful example of the use one's imagination in prayer. The prayer intention - to let go of anger, resentment, hate - is enacted in the imagination. That way our inner child can participate and agree with the prayer. That means it is a prayer of the heart. It can be used in groups. It can be a useful adjunct to dealing in depth with the many problems and memories associated with our anger. You will need wisdom to know when it is appropriate to use this exercise. It follows a declaration that Jesus is Lord, Saviour, Healer and Deliverer of your anger. First You may start with write down or telling your counsellor each of the things you are angry about that you want to release to God. Second Declare out loud: 'Jesus, you are my Lord and Savior and I invite you to be Lord of my anger and I want to release my anger about these issues to you.' Let your mind observe and note what happens. Be aware of what you are seeing, hearing, feeling and sensing. However, do not try to control with your mind. The prayer express andtouch your heart. Third To set up this prayer drama, use your imagination to picture a beautiful natural setting where you can be alone and commune God. Picture the blue sky and a still, calm body of water - such as a lake. Find a place near the shore where you can sit and enjoy the calm of the quiet blue lake or pond. The lake represents the peace of God. You are going to release your anger by having it be absorbed by this lake. You will dramatize this release of your anger by picturing yourself hurling a large stone into this calm lake. In your minds' eye picture yourself telling God about each issue about which you have anger. Find a large stone and declare: "God this stone represents my anger about ______. I am releasing this to you now." Now throw the stone far out into the lake. Watch it splash and sink. Let the ripples subside. Notice how you feel. Repeat for each anger issue. Listen Now wait silently by the lake and absorb the peace and calm. Notice if a confirming verse, thought or melody comes to your heart. Be Still and Wait How are you feeling? Drink in this scene and what it means to you. Let there be time for your heart to receive. Let the message and the feeling sink into your heart. Give thanks to God. This is a format for releasing everyday angers and frustrations and to begin a putting off of the old angry self and letting a more peaceful self be experienced and, therefore, strengthened. Testing and Alternating Personality States Consolidate the shift in your identity with this alternation:
Recall and feel the angry you. How strong is that identity? That is called the test.
Return to what it feels like after prayerfully enacting releasing your anger to God. How does that feel? How strong is that identity?
Alternate between 1. And 2. Each time asking yourself how real does this feel? How mush does this feel like my real identity?
Theology Ephesians 4:27 “If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin: and do not stay angry all day. Don’t give the Devil a chance.” This means that if you find your thoughts going along a track that will lead you into anger, get your thinking onto another track. You can use the Releasing Anger spiritual exercise to do that if needed.