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More About A Time Traveler’s Guide to the Present ®: Set the Captive Free, Field Guide No. 1
There must be more . . . why do many of us feel as though we are not living our purpose or passion? Our connection to the miracle of life seems elusive. Our relationships do not quite provide the joy and intimacy we hope for. We yearn for life-giving community, and yet connection, closeness, and true intimacy seem beyond our grasp.
Some of us have experienced separation or divorce, painful challenges with children, finances, or other issues with no sense of relief or solution. Why is it that we worry and live in a state of stress or anxiety even though we believe in the promises of God? Why does a spiritual experience appear to free some, but not others?
Not understanding these dynamics or the answer to these questions often leads to an experience of isolation or failure, followed by shame, guilt, and blame, regardless of how hard we struggle to change in order to demonstrate the values and principles that we ascribe to.
For the first time in the history of mankind, we have access to knowledge and research that can help explain these dynamics, especially to those of us who have experienced them.
We live in a drive-through culture. We are fond of quick-fix, easy answers, and one-stop convenience. And yet, this is not how real life works. No longer can we attempt to solve repetitive problems and issues with the same kind of thinking that created them in the first place.
Our competitive based world promotes thinking in a success/fail, good/bad, right/wrong manner that is contradictory to a spiritual way of life that calls for a contemplative experience.
A Time Traveler’s Guide to the Present®: Set the Captive Free is a unique journey that moves participants on deep levels in order to uncover foundational information that in turn provides understanding and awareness toward a path of sustainable transformation.
No longer will it be necessary to depend on motivational interludes, self-help books, or other forms of support just to maintain the status quo.
The statistics of the church with regard to mental well being, successful marriages, relationships, and family life should and can be different than that of the world. It is time to be set free in order to be the light of the world.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light . . . — 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear … — 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
First, participants learn to become aware of and understand that their self-ruminative chatter is NOT who they are. This step requires self-awareness and insight of the often non-conscious thought patterns and habits that flood our minds on a daily basis.
These habits of thought and the automatic reactionary responses that follow do not allow for true change. Participants learn what this dynamic is and where it came from . . . they learn how they were actually born with brain dominance in the protective mode and how this plays into a spirit or mind of fear.
But of power, love, and a sound mind . . . — 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
True renewal of the mind includes transformation. Participants explore environments — internal, external, and societal — that may have an impact on their paradigm or world view in a way that does not align with God’s plan and the potential He created for them. Hope and faith are increased as participants learn about current findings in neuroscience, brain development, epigenetics, and other fields that point to the fact that God has indeed equipped us with an amazing ability to transform. Participants learn about the biophysical nature of emotions and their relationship with the brain, heart, and other systems in the body.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. — I Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
A Time Traveler’s Guide to the Present®: Set the Captive Free course helps uncover the root cause of unwanted and repetitive relational experiences and patterns that are often passed down through the generations. Participants investigate communication and relational styles, roles, and identities that were learned and necessary in the family of origin environment.
They evaluate how these communication and relational styles may be blocking them from the intimacy, connection, and growth they desire in their present relationships. This insight leads to self-awareness, wisdom, and compassion toward self and then others.
Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me. — Psalm 51:10 (NKJV)
Participants also consider larger environments or paradigms that are fueled by philosophies and theories that color the way we view mankind, including issues and developmental challenges. Awareness of the fundamental beliefs beneath paradigms or schools of thought with regard to psychology and mental well-being provides choice and empowers participants to leave behind ineffective strategies and tools in order to move forward.
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine… — Ephesians 4:14 (NKJV)
Finally, with new understanding, awareness, and healing participants practice the principles of God with a foundation of truth and freedom, and a renewed awareness of who they truly are. Efforts at growth and transformation that were once frustrating — are now inspired, life giving, and freeing. They forge a new relationship with trustworthiness, honesty, appreciation, amends, neutrality, kindness, and surrender.
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ…
— Ephesians 4:15 (NKJV)
After they discover core beliefs foundational to their personal experience, they can step off of the hamster wheel of fighting symptoms, and onto a path of discovery and purpose. The pursuit of God’s principles, once connected to shame, guilt, or blame, changes to one of accomplishment and growth as they transform their relationship to God, themselves, their loved ones, and their greater community.
And be not conformed by this world, but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind. That you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. — Romans 12:2
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