Chapter 17 Imagination and Heart Language - Inner Healing and Heart Language - The Church and Heart Language - C. S. Lewis and Leanne Payne on the Imagination
This has been a book about Inner Healing without the academic language or the full professional details. It was written for every Christian to enjoy and learn from.
I hope you tried some of the suggested prayer exercises. This was not written as a book to read through without stopping, so much as an open door to new discoveries by doing the suggested prayers and teaching them to others.
We learned that the heart is only stores very personally meaningful events. They are stored as dramas. These dramas contain feelings, perceptions, and conclusions. are the strongholds that hold firmly to the messages in our dramas. These feelings, perceptions and conclusions:
Become the framework of our personality.
Become the basis of all the life decisions that originate in our heart.
Contain our impulses to sin according to Jesus.
Record many attitudes and learnings about work and reward that establish our work and achievement level,
This may remind you of the life of Jesus as recorded in four different accounts. What these gospels give us is stories to read to our children and that our Inner Child takes in. My own heart desire for love, and a God of miracles and life transformation may have been fanned to flames by the amount of time I spent studying Jesus’ parables in my teen years.
Careful study and reflection on the life of Jesus will reveal that he was very intentional about keeping his contribution to human history primarily in the form of stories he told, things he did and questions he answered. He did not even talk much about who he was. As important as that doctrine is to the church, Jesus himself in the gospel accounts did not major in it. He almost avoided the topic.
Jesus always used the language of the Inner Child - the language of the Heart. That is how he spoke to our Inner Child and invited our heart response. By using the language of the heart, he became part of our story. By speaking the language of the Inner Child, Jesus affirms to us the importance of our Inner Child.
If you do a study of the gospels you will notice how much Jesus included heart language and avoided academic, theological language. You will not find Jesus affirming the right creedal statements. He did not use that kind of language. He primarily and almost exclusively used the language of the heart. That was how Jesus - the word of God - spoke to us. By this Jesus has affirmed for us the importance of the heart.
Do you understand and can you put in your own words why Jesus did not give us doctrine? Why did not Jesus give us right doctrine to be the basis of Christianity?
(Note 16.1 Jesus chose to speak to your Inner Child. He used the language of your heart. He was adamant in not using the academic language of your head so you could respond to Him with your whole heart when you were ready.)
Inner Healing and Heart Language The Sandford their materials such as the ‘Transformation of the Inner Man’ often use theological and abstract language. In prayer they neglect the use of picture and imagination to engage the heart. The Sandford method makes use of verbal prayers that express the head and engage the mind but fail to express and engage the heart.
The failure to of a verbal approach to create heart forgiveness falls short of the biblical target of forgiveness from the heart. Many who have faithfully followed the verbal approach to forgiveness are confused as they either observe lack of fruit or insist that it has been done because the formula prayer was followed.
This perpetuates pretending in the Body of Christ as we pretend something is complete when it is not:
We pretend head belief saves when heart belief is needed.
We pretend that choosing to forgive a parent means the inner healing is done and one does not have to heal the wounds in order to achieve heart forgiveness.
We pretend we are forgiven and in good standing with God while our heart harbours hate and resentment and is blocking our connection with God.
We pretend that ritual and prayer is effective when we do not see the fruit of sanctified lives.
We pretend sanctification is not a process with its own discipline. Instead, doing lazy theology, we declare it is all done at the cross.
The Ongoing Discipline of Sanctification
That ongoing discipline of sanctification includes confessing sin and turning the issue over to Jesus and experiencing forgiveness - Chapter 2.
That ongoing discipline of sanctification includes the discipline of claiming of death to old patterns when tempted and affirming one is a new creature in Christ and using prayer dramas like The Trading Post - Chapter 4.
That ongoing discipline of sanctification includes continued inner healing of core beliefs locked into the heart as strongholds of unhealed memories recorded as personal dramas. We allow Jesus to be part of our drama using Listening Prayer Therapy.
That ongoing discipline of sanctification includes deliverance from demonic entities or energies lurking in the heart of strongholds of unhealed memories. First Healing of the memory and then demons leave easily as we invite in the Life of Jesus.
That ongoing discipline of sanctification includes participation in the sacraments of confession, communion in the bread and the cup and baptism and refilling with the Holy Spirit, and worship.
The Church Avoidance of Heart Language Jesus had wisdom in using the language of the heart. By teaching us with stories and illustrations he demonstrated the way to life for his followers. Jesus pointed toward a way of the heart through the use of heart language. For 1700 years the church turned away from heart language and missed where Jesus was pointing us. With a primary focus on words, creeds, and consciously affirmed beliefs, the church missed the mark set by Jesus to focus on heart and the Inner Child.
It feels to most of us that he church has aligned itself with the Critical Parent againstthe Inner Child. The Inner Child is suppressed by the church’s approach. Heart and spirit are not nurtured or flowing with the life of God.
The result is that Christian converts are out out of touch with their intuition and are trying to be good in their own strength.
Many years ago, Gary asked why business people who become Christians losetouch with their gut instincts and end up being less effective in business. The answer, Gary, is that the church does not really trust the Holy Spirit and intuition. The church by choose an approach that avoid real encounter with God, real openness to the Holy Spirit and showing us how to encounter Jesus in prayer by using the imagination.
The church by choosing a way of less risk and more control ended up in flight from really knowing Jesus in personal experience. This is a flight from God, life, love, health and wealth.
The church abandoned the Inner Child by:
Not using the language of the heart,
Denouncing the use of the imagination,
Discounting feelings, and
Avoiding the work of the the Holy Spirit.
The church failed to notice that Jesus in the gospel accounts spoke the language of the heart and imagination and avoided the abstract language of the head. Doing the opposite, the church bypassed the heart and avoided speaking in the language that Jesus chose.
A very significant outcome of the church choosing another way, is the failure of converts in be encouraged in communion with God or sanctification through communion with the Holy Spirit, listening to Jesus and Bible reading. This other path does not lead to holiness but to hypocrisy.
Ways the Church can Include the Inner Child
The church includes the Inner child by:
Making use of story - especially telling the stories of Jesus’ life,
Make use of time of silence to listen to what God is saying. I suggest a minute of silence after every sermon, for example.
Provide small groups with discussion and dialogue for Christian growth instead of classroom or lecture style teaching.
Rediscover the ways of sanctification of the heart. Learn from what the Christian inner healing movement is discovering about Life Transformation through listening prayer that is in line with the research on memory reconsolidation.
Appreciate and make place for the gifts on the Holy Spirit to be present in Christians, praying specifically for baptism in the Holy Spirit at the time of water baptism.
Provide more options for prayer ministry and healing during the regular service.
Reduce the use of exhortative preaching that tells Christians to be good and focus more on Christians having communion with God, soak in God’s, individual Bible study and let the Holy Spirit work in people’s lives to sanctify them. Less of the Critical Parent and more of the Caring Parent.