Emotional Healing Made Simple
The Holy Spirit is teaching the body of Christ new things that are helping to heal mental illness and emotional trauma. Over the last few years, I’ve read a lot of books and reviewed many different approaches to emotional healing. I’ve also spoken with friends who have had decent success in healing mental illness and emotional trauma.
After going through my own emotional healing, and after looking at what others are doing that seems to work well, I developed an approach to emotional healing that’s simple, but effective. It’s one that I believe just about anyone can use and it doesn’t require special training. It doesn’t even require the person needing healing to be with you. I’ve used it often over internet chat and Skype. It’s so easy and quick that Michael King refers to it as the “one minute healing prayer.” Below is a brief explanation of the process I use and a step-by-step guide. If you need healing, you might ask a trusted friend to help you with this exercise or you can do it yourself:
I’ve seen excellent success with this approach, but it may not be completely effective with every kind of mental illness and emotional trauma. Some people have complex issues that require several different approaches to be used together. I believe this approach may help people with complex trauma, but they may require other methods in order to be completely healed. This approach seems to be most effective with the kind of emotional trauma typically seen in the average person.
Receiving healing of painful emotions and memories can be a fairly straight-forward process that consists of three simple steps:
- Identify the painful emotion associated with a particular event
- Ask Jesus to take the painful emotion from you
- Ask Him to heal the wound in your soul caused by it
For many people, emotional healing really can be that simple. Emotions simply need to be felt. Once you’ve felt them, you no longer need to carry them around, if they are painful.
The main problem I’ve found with emotional healing is that people who are extremely rational by nature may ask a lot of “why” questions in the middle of the healing process, which causes distractions and impedes the healing process. It doesn’t matter why something happened to you; the only thing that matters with regard to healing is how it affected you. If you focus on the emotions you’re feeling, and identify them one-by-one and allow Jesus to heal them, it’s likely that you’ll be able to receive healing fairly easily.
One of the things Jesus purchased for us on the cross is healing of our painful emotions. The Bible says that Jesus has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Is 53:4). If He has borne our painful emotions for us then we do not need to carry them any longer.
Healing painful emotions usually requires you to go back to events in your life where you can feel an emotion that is troubling you. Once you’ve accessed the memory of a particular event and you feel the emotion associated with it, ask Jesus to come to you.
- If the emotion you’re feeling is sinful, confess it as a sin and ask Him to forgive you of it. Say that you believe His blood has taken away the penalty and consequences of your sin.
- Tell Him you want the emotion removed from your soul.
- Ask Him to heal the wound in your soul caused by the emotion.
- Tell Him you receive His healing.
An optional step that some people find helpful is to ask Him to give you something positive to replace the negative emotion that He is removing. If you ask Him to take away sadness, you might ask Him to give you joy. If you ask Him to take away anger, you might ask Him to give you peace. If the emotion is there because you believed a lie about that situation, ask Him to show you the truth about it.
When you are done with this, bring the memory of the painful event to your mind again. If the emotion was healed, you should not be able to feel that emotion any longer, but there may be a different negative emotion that you can feel. Determine what negative emotion is strongest and do the same thing with it that you did with the first emotion:
- Tell Jesus you want the emotion removed from your soul.
- Ask Him to heal the wound in your soul caused by it.
- Tell Him you receive His healing.
When you’re done, bring the memory of the event to your mind again. Once more, try to determine if there are any negative emotions. If there are, repeat this process until you can bring the event to your memory and you feel no negative emotions. This process can be used on any memories that are associated with negative emotions.
If you suffer from amnesia concerning the events from your past, you can ask the Holy Spirit to bring to your memory the things you’ve forgotten. As He brings the events to mind, ask Jesus to heal them.
If you’d like to be healed of all the emotional trauma you’ve received over your lifetime, you might consider beginning with the earliest memories you have that are troublesome to you. Use this process to receive healing of the emotions of that event, then go to the next event from your past that stirs up negative emotions when you think about it. You can go year-by-year if you’d like from early childhood to the present.
If you apply this process to all the emotionally traumatic events you can think of, you will probably find a great deal of freedom afterward. I’ve seen a number of people receive healing of physical symptoms of illness and injury after going through this process.
After you’ve had your soul healed, you might consider keeping it healed. This approach also works well in the moment. It can be used to heal those minute-by-minute hurts, wounds and offenses we run into every day. Just give the painful emotion you’re feeling to Jesus and ask Him to heal the wound caused by it.
If you’ve received healing using this method, I’d love to hear your story. I’m gathering testimonies for the book I’m writing on emotional healing and I’d be happy to consider sharing your testimony in the book.