Healing PTSD by Chat
There is a widespread belief that only those who are trained in mental health treatment are qualified to help people who suffer from emotional trauma such as PTSD. I’m grateful for people like Kathleen Young who have studied emotional trauma and dissociation and who have helped us understand the nature of this crippling condition. Their efforts have proven to be invaluable. But I’d like to suggest there is a way that ordinary people, who have no formal training in counseling, can help heal those who’ve suffered emotional trauma.
Years ago, my friends and I realized we could minister physical healing through chat on social media. I’ve seen all kinds of diseases, including cancer, healed this way. But it’s just as easy to help people receive emotional healing by chat.
I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed the other day when a friend asked for prayer to be healed of recurring flashbacks related to PTSD. She often feels a man’s hands around her throat, as if she is being choked. I sent her a private message asking if I could try to get her healed. Below is our exchange, which was done in my private chat. (I changed her name to protect her identity.)
Praying Medic: If you’d like, I might be able to help you with the memory of being choked.
Sam: I have to be honest and tell you that genuine healing prayer of the sort you do scares me. I’m not sure why – I think it’s probably a control thing. But yes, if you would be willing, I would love to be rid of this sensation.
Praying Medic: Okay. The process I use is pretty simple. And it is not very traumatic
Sam: OK – I’m game.
Praying Medic: Okay. The first thing I need you to do is recall a memory of being choked. When you do, tell me the emotion you feel at the time.
Sam: Scared, sad, struggling to maintain some sort of composure. A little angry
Praying Medic: Okay, here’s what I want you to do. Say this out loud:: “Jesus, I ask you to take the feelings of being scared and sad away from me. I don’t want them anymore. I ask you to heal the wound in my soul from them. I receive your healing.”
Let me know when you said this.
Sam: OK. done
Praying Medic: Okay, now recall the memory again and tell me what emotion you feel
Praying Medic: Okay, here’s what I want you to do. It’s the same thing we did before. Say this aloud: “Jesus I ask you to take this feeling of grief from me. I don’t want it anymore. I ask you to heal the wound in my soul. I receive your healing.
Let me know when you have said this.
Sam: OK. done.
Praying Medic: Okay, now I want you to recall the memory again and let me know what emotion you feel.
Sam: Well, this is interesting. I’ve only ever been able to remember this from the third-person perspective, as if I were watching from outside myself. Now the memory is from the first-person perspective. That’s never happened before. As for what I feel, I’d say it’s something like disdain or contempt for the person choking me.
Praying Medic: Okay, same as before. Only let’s ask Jesus to take away the feelings of disdain and contempt. Tell him you don’t want them. Ask him to heal the wound in your soul. Tell him you receive his healing.
Praying Medic: Recall the memory one more time & tell me what emotion you feel
Sam: I do feel much more detached from it. It’s like a memory of a bad dream.
Praying Medic: Right. Less emotional involvement?
Yes. But I’m exhausted. I think I need a nap!
Praying Medic: Sounds like a good idea
Sam: Thank you for taking the time with me!
Praying Medic: My pleasure!
Emotional healing is not difficult to do. The process I use can be done over chat, over the phone, or in person. You don’t even need anyone to help you do it. If you’d like, you can use these steps on yourself.
Does this process heal every kind of emotional trauma? No, it doesn’t. Complex trauma usually requires additional steps, and in many cases, deliverance. But we shouldn’t let the fact that we can’t get everyone healed of all their trauma stop us from healing those we can.
Emotional healing Is a process. It may take multiple sessions for someone to be healed of major trauma, but the more we allow Jesus to heal our wounded souls, the more freedom we will have. Each session we have moves us a little closer to the goal of complete freedom.
If you’d like more information on healing trauma, I write a short e-book on the subject titled Emotional Healing in 3 Easy Steps.
The other night we had one of Paul’s employees over for dinner. A few months back he had been attacked and beaten at a nearby park and even had his phone stolen. He received multiple stitches in his mouth and eyebrow area. He knows who the guy is who did this to him but has a lot of fear and emotional trauma from the event.
After dinner, Paul asked him if he wanted to be healed of all that emotional trauma; he said yes. Paul did exactly what you did and each time a different emotional trauma was healed. The last to go was shame. He blamed himself for not being able to defend against this attack. But…it couldn’t stay! I left with everything else!! He felt nothing but peace. His attacker had been found and arrested. The day after his prayer, he had to appear in court for a hearing against this guy. He was in a much better place to testify …
Emotional Healing, 3 Easy Steps – It works!
Thanks PM. I understand for physical healing, you use authority and command the sickness to go. But have you ever applied this three step method on physical healing when the commanding didn’t seem to be making much progress? And I wonder what happened then?
I have. This is what happened:
It doesn’t happen all the time. Just because one has the authority, it doesn’t mean the sickness has to go. That’s a fallacy and a false belief. I have spoken against a physical situation many times over that my wife has and nothing has taken place. You can take all the authority you can muster over a situation and fall flat in your face. Nothing will happen if the Lord is not one with you.
To believe that we have “dominion” over these situations is a lie because it sets us up as above immovable situations that do not move no matter what we say. There is not a formula in the Kingdom of God, and John G. Lake had it all wrong Lewis. His explanation of Job was so pathetic that I wondered how could anyone could destroy the word of God in order to force a belief that was totally out of wack. I read his explanation over Job’s suffering, but the response he gave was so lame that it made me angry to think that anyone with a little spiritual sense would accept such idiocy.
We are not God and if the Holy Spirit is not involved at the moment we are praying for the sick, all our “authority” is nothing but empty words.
John 15:5 is very clear Lewis.
Hi Joseph, it’s been a while. Good to hear from you again. I do believe this lie you mentioned, that in Christ I have authority over sicknesses and diseases. Though u say you are angry, as a long time Christian, you must be speaking out of love because afterall you are abide in Him as He in you isn’t it? May I then ask you to pray the Eph 1:17 prayer for me, as often as the Spirit leads you, and even when you’re not led by Him, so I will gain in the knowledge of God and rid myself of any belief in whatever lies I still believe? I know you will. And I thank you in advance.
before I even finished your post I knew what was wrong. You dont believe in this. You have to believe this for your wife. Your wife has to know you believe it too. You have too much doubt.
Going to try this when I get home with a friend Who sufferers with bipolar. We have discussed at length when this trama occurred.
Diana please post results. I have a friend suffering bipolar too. Though I am not sure if he knows what triggeredor caused it.
Bipolar isn’t always trauma related (although possibly.) I was healed of bipolar in 1998 through emotional healing/God’s love touching me.
I would use the ‘chat method’ with your friend but just deal with the emotions- one by one. if you deal with the most apparent one first and step by step work through the rest as P.M describes. The healing of the wounds in the soul at each stage are important because it’s the soul wounds that cause us the issues….and very often they are what hinder physical healing…
I thoroughly recommend P.M’s book too.
Thx for the suggestion Lucia
I read through your post a few times. I know I had written before what I had been taught ,but I realize that this way is tied into the Finished Work of the Cross. One is actually making that Divine Exchange,Beautiful Exchange. Reminds me of that song,”I’m trading my sorrow.I’m trading my pain(or shame) for the Joy of the Lord. Yes,Lord.Yes,Lord,Yes”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!