A metaphor for my own faith in Jesus for salvation

What I am writing today will perhaps seem rather strange and even mystical, especially if you have not read my last two or more blogs having to do with God’s loving influence as it is used to overpower our human fears.   Fears are part of our human nature as we live in a world of hurt and pain and sorrow, where evil seeks to control us.   Life is unfair and we are naturally tempted to fight back in order to gain control and save our own lives.   We may be tempted to do unto others as they have done unto us, or even before they may do unto us.   When we seem to gain control, we feel our own power.  We crave more of the same.  Habits form.  And this, my friend, is what sin’s own Kingdom does to place us in our own eventual hell.

It is in response to this universal human problem that I would invite you to learn and understand something more about a little known healing alternative called hypnosis.  It may seem like some mysterious art.  And, yes, the devil himself knows how to use it for those willing to become his subjects.  Yet, in the hands of God’s own healing artist, Jesus Christ, it is useful for anyone willing to let go of our own fearful control in order to experience the more powerful force of loving influence that lives within our internal and immortal souls.

And if you are still reading this and would allow yourself to imagine God as all wise, all loving, and having total control over our souls, you may do so.   For God is ready, willing, and able to sow  those seeds of loving influence within our own human, mortal, finite minds and bodies.   What Jesus spoke of when he was God’s body here on earth beneath the control of His own mind (Father) and soul (Holy Spirit) was His divine Kingdom.  The coming Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven is really that power of the Spirit’s infinite influence over this cruel world’s finite control.   Jesus says, “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.  We enter into God’s Kingdom and achieve the coming happiness when we live under the influence of the Spirit instead of under the control of the world……………….“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23.

And Jesus becomes our way, our truth, our life, and much like a “gate” as we think of that word as another metaphor for entering this state of happiness that lives beneath our Soul’s loving influence for eternity, all thanks to the Holy Spirit’s infinite power over our own finite minds and bodies.   Not even the gates of hell can prevail against us when our minds choose to resist the devil’s control and to instead live under the Holy Spirit’s loving influence.     So when we choose to follow Jesus, we are like a sick person choosing to seek healing through the art of hypnotherapy in which Jesus becomes our hypnotherapist.   We place our trust in Him as the One who can gently and safely lead us like a good shepherd leads his sheep through the gate into green pastures.   And in these green pastures there is no other gate, and even the gates of hell cannot prevail against us.   And in God’s Kingdom, the Holy Spirit provides our healing through God’s own loving influence that casts out the sin of fearful control which wrongly entered our minds and bodies through the world’s own evils from our past.

And in our present mind, we can experience what Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  All of you, put on My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.   For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”   

Hypnosis as salvation?   No, that is not the point at all.   Rather, hypnosis is a metaphor for the salvation we receive through Jesus Christ when we place our faith in Him, much as one who can be hypnotized places his or her faith in the healing art of the hypnotherapist.   All that is required is that we let go and let God, let go of our own control and accept in its place the Holy Spirit’s loving influence imbedded within our own soul.   As our body listens to our mind, so our mind listens to our soul even as the Son speaks for the Holy Spirit within us.   This is the Father’s plan of salvation about which we read in the Gospels of our Holy Bible.

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How does the Holy Spirit influence our minds?

Part II of that “ah-ha!” time with my wife on a Cape Cod beach practicing, of all things, hypnosis. 

          Now understand this about hypnotherapy.   It involves the conscious mind’s own choice to let go of control and begin surrendering itself to the loving influence of one’s own unconscious mind.   Involves a great deal of trust, and, where my wife was concerned in dealing with me as a novice hypnotherapist, a great deal of amazing grace.   And add this to your understanding about hypnotherapy.   It begins with a gentle influence, a gentle suggestion, by the therapist, to at first simply hope that a higher power lives within us to love us even at those very times when we feel most afraid.   When we are most conscious of some fear within us is when our unconscious mind, i.e. our higher power and, get ready to remember this today and tomorrow in your own life, God’s indwelling Holy Spirit, loves us most.   So it is like the very immortal soul that lives within us then empowers us to accept God’s perfect love and, by love’s all powerful influence, to cast out the very fear that lives below within our mortal, human mind and body.     

           Which takes me back to my wife there on the beach, waves of the Atlantic Ocean lapping ashore, trusting me enough to let go of her fearful control and accept this all-powerful influence of love within herself and watching her conscious fears float out to sea even as God’s on-going and eternal love washes ashore.   Well, in 2014 we celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary and she is still under love’s great trance until I figure out how to bring her out of it.  I shouldn’t have slept through that last day of training with O’Hanlon back in the 80’s at the Cape.   JUST KIDDING!!!

              My next blog will attempt an answer to this question you may have never considered before on your own, “If God’s loving influence acts as hypnotherapy with His indwelling Holy Spirit empowering our conscious minds to cast out our body’s mortal fears, then is it possible for Jesus to serve as our hypnotherapist in this healing process?”  If not, why not?  If so, then what’s next?  

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…so why am I STILL so happy?

So how does God’s Holy Spirit lovingly influence us to be happy by empowering us to cast out our fears? And what, again, does this all have to do with our choosing to let go of any control we desire to have over other people, places, and things in our life?
Consider this example from my own past. An example of aging’s silver linings, now that I’ve turned 68 last week, is I can remember back to some real “ah ha!” moments in my past. Here’s one I’d like to share. For my continuing education requirements as a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Ohio, I found a favorite resource used to be the New England Educational Institute’s Cape Cod Summer Symposia. Back in the 1980’s there was a summer where I took a week off to go there and study “hypnotherapy” with William O’Hanlon, a protégé of the famed psychiatrist, Milton Erikson, the father of modern hypnosis.
What I always liked best about the Cape Cod Summer Symposia, besides the automatic CEU’s for my license, was the workshop intensives would last all morning and we participants could play all afternoon. A favorite place for my wife and I to play was the super quiet sand beach of the Cape Cod National Seashore. So one afternoon, I did as O’Hanlon suggested and practiced my newfound art with my wife’s unsigned but hopefully informed consent. She agreed to let me “try” to hypnotize her for therapeutic purposes having to do with her own fear of her personal inadequacies. A rather generalized fear, I admit, but one not too different from others’ fear of chronic pain, fear of recurrent trauma, fear of sobriety from such addictions as nicotine, etc.
Tomorrow’s blog will finish my “ah ha!” story from Cape Cod and allow you to see more of how God’s Holy Spirit works to cast out fear in much the same way as hypnosis provides psychotherapy for those of us who are anxious, afraid, worried, nervous, panicky (choose your own word).

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