Memories can be physical, emotional, visual and they can be stored through any of our senses. The basic premise that I use for recovery is trusting God to get me through. One has to relearn who they are in Christ and develop character and strength through Him to get to the other side. It is a lifelong process for many of us. Any probing that people do with hypnosis should be aware that they are not able to always put that person back together again. I believe that the hardest thing to deal with is how people closest to us do not honor the truth of what happened to us as a result of their own motivations and as such we are left isolated and even more shamed. One of my favorite scriptures is I can do all things through Christ…… By the time one finds a good therapist who has the ability to make it real to us….it is only then that the work begins. We have to reteach ourselves how to love and care for ourselves and then we have to learn how to trust our instincts that allow for us to avoid being re-traumatized. It is allot of work and takes allot of patience with yourself. You have to make a commitment to yourself to get better often times in the face of no one really caring! But there is always One Who will never leave us or forsake us. This is why the truth is so very important to me!!!
There many church leaders who say we have to re-invent Christianity. The Word of Faith (WoF), the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), and the Emergent Church movements are creating alternatives to Biblical Christianity. It is their viewpoint to re-create Christianity to reach out to the post-modern generation. In these movements, truth is subjective therefore it is relative. Subjectivism is the denial of absolute truth therefore everyone possess their own truth and we can all come together in unity. They have exchanged a rational Christianity for an irrational Christianity based on human subjective experiences and human subjective emotional experiences. Instead of excepting God’s Word objectively the post-modern generation want’s a more profound encounter with God. As a result, yoga, contemplative prayer, soaking prayer, and many Mystical Occult practices are Christianized. Many are seeking out experiences to participate in Christianity and are not interested in the Word of God, instead they seek to taste, feel, and touch God. They see Jesus as someone who came to show us our divinity, but this is God in the occultic sense, not the Judeo-Christian God, it is a god that resonated with the Hindu and Buddhist concepts of god, a god who you could have mystical experiences with, a god that you can embrace through meditative practices and new age spirituality.
What makes the “Sozo sessions” of Bethel Church, Redding CA. so dangerous is the mix of what is mentioned above with Physiology and a smattering of Scripture labeling it God. The Kundalini/soaking/contemplative prayer experience opens one up to the psycho-spiritual nirvana in an attempt to connect with the higher power/god. Because of problems within the sozo sessions a new Shabar sessions have been introduced dealing with individuals with multiple personality/disorders. Just like contemplative prayer, the practitioners of these “sessions” use formulas of prayer such as “soaking prayer” in preparation for the session. I link these sessions to the Hindu Kundalini experience as it is the model for Sozo, only Christianized. So let’s look the Kundalini practice and the long term jeopardy it’s effects have on people.
NOTE: most of the references and quotes used here on the “Kundalini syndrome” are in support of it. I have put them in to enforce the fact that this is occultism and not of God. Even those in the occult that practice “Kundalini” and other forms of mediation have strong warnings for those who are NOT properly trained in its “releasing” and the physical, mental and emotional damage that occurs. Imagine how worse off the typical Christian is when thinking it’s of God and wanting more.
· “Kundalini-syndrome. This psycho-spiritual and transformative process is believed to occur in connection with a near-death experience, or with prolonged, intensive spiritual or contemplative practice,as practiced within a few sub-disciplines of meditation or yoga.”
· The process is not always sudden and dramatic, it can also start slowly and increase gradually in activity over time.
· If the accompanying symptoms unfold in an intense manner that destabilizes the person, the process is usually interpreted as a spiritual emergency.
· Studies have suggested some common criteria that describe this condition, of which the most prominent feature is a feeling of energy or heat rushing up the spine
Other symptoms: Category Symptoms Sensory and motor symptoms
· The feeling of cranial pressures
· The perception of inner sounds
· Experiences of inner lights
· Vibrating or tickling sensations in the lower back
· Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
· Changes in breathing
· Spontaneous bodily movements
· Sensations of heat or cold moving through the body
· Localized bodily pain that starts and stops abruptly
· Vibrations and itching under the skin
· Unusual, or intense, sexual sensations
· Intense positive or negative emotions
· Spontaneous slowing or speeding of thoughts
· Spontaneous trance states
· Experiencing oneself as larger than the physical body
· Experiences of paranormal consciousness
Many individuals whose Kundalini has been unexpectedly unleashed DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING, and the prevailing social ignorance about this multidimensional transformative process makes it hard to find medical or alternative health practitioners or spiritual advisors who recognize the symptoms, particularly when they are strongly physical. Many people know that the risen Kundalini flings open gates to all sorts of mystical, paranormal and magical vistas but few realize it can also dramatically impact the body. Reported long bouts of strange illness as well as radical mental, emotional, interpersonal, psychic, spiritual and lifestyle changes exist. Over and again we hear stories of frustrating, sometimes desperate visits to doctors, healers, counselors, etc. who neither understood nor were able to help with the myriad pains and problems catalyzed by raging Kundalini.
The following are common manifestations of the risen Kundalini:
Muscle twitches, cramps or spasms.
Energy rushes or immense electricity circulating the body
Itching, vibrating, prickling, tingling, stinging or crawling sensations
Intense heat or cold
Involuntary bodily movements (occur more often during meditation, rest or sleep): jerking, tremors, shaking; feeling an inner force pushing one into postures or moving one’s body in unusual ways. (May be misdiagnosed as epilepsy, restless legs syndrome (RLS), or PLMD.)
Alterations in eating and sleeping patterns
Episodes of extreme hyperactivity or, conversely, overwhelming fatigue (some CFS victims are experiencing Kundalini awakening)
Intensified or diminished sexual desires
Headaches, pressures within the skull
Racing heartbeat, pains in the chest
Digestive system problems
Numbness or pain in the limbs (particularly the left foot and leg)
Pains and blockages anywhere; often in the back and neck (Many cases of FMS are Kundalini-related.)
Emotional outbursts; rapid mood shifts; seemingly unprovoked or excessive episodes of grief, fear, rage, depression
Spontaneous vocalizations (including laughing and weeping) — are as unintentional and uncontrollable as hiccoughs
Hearing an inner sound or sounds, classically described as a flute, drum, waterfall, birds singing, bees buzzing but which may also sound like roaring, whooshing, or thunderous noises or like ringing in the ears.
Mental confusion; difficulty concentrating
Altered states of consciousness: heightened awareness; spontaneous trance states; mystical experiences (if the individual’s prior belief system is too threatened by these, they can lead to bouts of psychosis or self-grandiosity)
Heat, strange activity, and/or blissful sensations in the head, particularly in the crown area.
Ecstasy, bliss and intervals of tremendous joy, love, peace and compassion
Psychic experiences: extrasensory perception; out-of-body experiences; pastlife memories; astral travel; direct awareness of auras and chakras; contact with spirit guides through inner voices, dreams or visions; healing powers
Increased creativity: new interests in self-expression and spiritual communication through music, art, poetry, etc.
Intensified understanding and sensitivity: insight into one’s own essence; deeper understanding of spiritual truths; exquisite awareness of one’s environment (including “vibes” from others)
Enlightenment experiences: direct Knowing of a more expansive reality; transcendent awareness
Outside of the short-term physical effects of Kundalini, nothing produces more wonder and curiosity than the reported mental effects. Along the path of raising Kundalini, yogis like Swami Saraswati reveal that some participants may experience mental clarity to the extent of supernatural ability.
Likewise, without the guidance of trained Kundalini instructors, a person can experience confusion, depression, hallucinations and other unpleasant mental disturbances. “http://www.livestrong.com/article/82169-impact-kundalini-yoga/”
I have spoken to several who were involved in the inner healing and deliverance ministry as well as the Sozo ministry of Bethel Church. All of them have illustrated just how dangerous the “Sozo sessions” are and the effects it had on them, how long it took to overcome the effects, etc. Some individuals who have been involved as “lead” Sozoer’s are now on medications to prevent psychotic episodes/manic attacks etc. Now if people who practice Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, Kundalini, contemplative prayer etc. experience these types of symptoms and they last for years and possibly the rest of their lives……..how are “Christians” who are practicing the same thing going to fair? In a few years many will be institutionalized, hospitalized and on medication and still have lingering symptoms. It’s absolutely frightening to think about how long this has been going on in the church and we are starting to see it all crumble and take many we love and care for with it. Those who engage in this behavior in the churches are almost obsessed with the “high” it gives them so they are continually looking for the next “carpet time” or altar area experience, which is increasing and bringing about quickly a “spiritual emergency.”