When Tracy contacted me I was very up front that I have helped a LOT of people find intimacy with God, but have not been able to crack a tough nut yet, since I have not had anyone who would spend long enough to exhaust the tools I had. She said she would like to run with it.
So here is my grid as a logician. This is how I solve problems in the lab.
First I look at what right is.
Simply put, in this situation, there is a transmitter and a receiver. Both have to be functional for there to be intimacy. God is never broken. He is at times silent, but His transmitter is not broken, and over as long a period as Tracy has been seeking God, there is every reason to believe that God has been reaching out to her some of the time. AND God has an extremely detailed master plan of how each person’s receiver works. So God is not the problem. But there is a problem, so it must be in the receiver. We know that Tracy is plugged in, spinning the dial, reading the instruction manual and doing everything possible with her will to connect with the frequency of God’s love, so it is not lack of will or engagement on her part that causes the problems.
Second, I take the problem and try to break it down in pieces so I can see what works and what doesn’t.
Clearly, we are dealing with spirit, soul and body. All three can contribute to a broken connection. In absolute terms, you can experience God with your spirit alone, but that is usually the result of someone who has an encounter initiated by God, or they have worked for many years to connect with God spirit to Spirit. So pragmatically, we could have problems in one, two or three sectors.
Third, I look at possible obstructions.
Here we have the usual collection of critters, trauma bonds, devices and generational issues. Any or all of those could be obstructing the transmission of God’s love, exacerbating the problems in the receiver, or they could be the sole cause of the problem. Her receiver could be in perfect condition, just blocked by one of those.
Fourth, I look at where there has and has not been work already done. No point in reinventing the wheel.
Clearly there has been a ton of work on all of item #3. And in item #2, she has had a lot of inner healing for her soul. The possibility remains there might be some work yet to be done in the areas she has already worked, but we have as a starting point the fact that Tracy has invested a LOT into this journey already, which makes my job a lot easier.
Fifth, I evaluate where to start based on risk and potential ROI.
In terms of risk, there seems to be little. She is not in crisis. There are not 20 other ministries competing with me for her attention. If I fail at any point, nothing will get worse except the discouragement. So that is not a factor I need to consider.
When I have a well honed set of tools, I can determine where I will get the greatest ROI pretty easily. However, when I am starting a project, there is no such grid, so everything is just a guess.
With that amount of vagueness, I have decided to go with the areas that have had the least work, and where she can do basic things herself. Not exactly a profound approach, but hey, we work with what we have.
With that in mind, I asked her to listen to the PTSD album. This is not a diagnosis she has, but this teaching has some of my best material about intentionally growing neurological pathways in the brain, so I asked her to become acquainted with the tools I shared there so we could modify them a bit and apply them to a different area of the brain.
My logic is that her troubled childhood kept her from developing the brain pathways that we would normally use for intimacy with man or God. So we will start there, to be sure that this part of the receiver is working.
Copyright January 2016 by Arthur Burk
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