The information on this Website is to serve as an introduction to the concepts of Cooperating with God for a Change® training and to make available an understanding of how God designed the human nervous system. To improve our emotional health, we must be able to master our emotions. This training is about synergizing human-design engineering and applied theology. Its practitioners are committed to discovering and developing the passions and visions that pull us out of bed every morning with an excitement for being alive. Our mission is to help people live life passionately and abundantly.
Cooperating With God For A Change® training is an integration of applied theology and human design engineering. Our counseling and training programs help students and clients discover how the body, brain/mind, and spirit work together and how to align our thoughts with God’s truth. The Bible tells us to take thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, James 1:22; Colossians 3:10; Luke 7:36-39; 12:16-18; 16:1-8). Dynamics of Growth teaches people how to make “taking thoughts captive” a realty by cooperating with God for a change.
This is a cognitive-behavioral model about human functioning. It draws upon the cognitive sciences, Go in-depth the neuro-sciences , cognitive linguistics, cybernetics, system dynamics, and applied theology. Applied theology is also known as practical theology and is accomplished through specifically applying God’s Word to resolve the personal and interpersonal issues of live. Jesus said He came to bear witness to the truth and that truth will set us free (John 8:32; 18:37). We can cure phobias, depression, stress and many other dis-eases that manifest, but without spiritual regeneration, we are forever attached to the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) . If we die attached spritually to Satan, we remain attached to him forever. It is spiritual wisdom to have spirit and soul transformed to the image of Christ.
The Cooperating with God for a Change® model shows how we create meaning in our mind-body system as we set frame upon frame to create the matrix of our mind. This empowers us to run our own brain to become master of our emotions, as the Word of God encourages us to do throughout Scripture.
The techniques are the best processes for creating fast and long-lasting change. They produce tangible, concrete, and Godly results that give insight into how we work and how to take charge of our minds, emotions, and bodies. We have assisted thousands of people helping them change negative emotions (depression, anger, jealousy, fear, phobias, and anxiety) and to replace them with Godly wisdom.
This model gives you a foundation for taking charge of your life and running your brain. It does so by providing tools for gaining quality mindfulness about how your soul does your identity, emotions, motivations, skills, will and performance.
The material in the Foundations section will help you discover what Dynamics of Growth, Inc. is all about. Understanding this dynamic information can help lead you to a God-centered life. Please use the selections on the left to look through and study this revolutionary material.
Cooperation With God For a Change Defined
Cooperating with God for a change is more accurately defined as applied theology and human-design engineering rather than a distinct psychology, for the foundation is based on theology rather than standard psychological approaches to personal transformation and counseling. This revolutionary, dynamic approach is effective because it integrates the truth found in God’s Word with an understanding of how God wired the human nervous system to operate.
So Cooperating with God for a Change® training is a synergistic integration of God’s truth and God’s design of us, for us, and through us. It focuses on discovering truth within God’s Word and understanding the way God designed the human nervous system. We center on learning how to cooperate with God’s truth and design (applied theology) in order to renew the soul.
Cooperating with God for a change helps individuals create new options for themselves and for others that are useful and productive, and it equips helpers with the skills that allow them to intervene when necessary or desired. These innovative techniques offer versatile information with a broad range of applications that include business, education, parenting, marital relationships, social service, and dynamic personal growth.
Mastering Your Emotions
The integration of God’s design of the human nervous system and applying the powerful dynamic of God’s Word is what God encourages and admonishes us to do. Said another way, we are to master our emotions and renew our minds.
Immediately after the fall, God encourages/admonishes Cain to master the anger/rage that he was experiencing toward his brother, Able. God told Cain to master his emotions. God does not master our emotions for us, He designed us in such a way that we are to master them (Genesis 4:5-10).
All of us are emotional hostages in some area of our lives. For example, we learn to give the best of ourselves to people we hardly know while hurting the people we say we love. We have counseled thousands of people and found that many of them have developed skills to communicate effectively for a productive and successful work and social life. However, they struggle with intimate relationships.
Emotional hostages have learned to do what they do. The Bible says what we believe, we do (Proverb 23:7). Said another way, our beliefs determine our actions. Our beliefs were installed (learned at some point) in us. As an example of this, take a minute and think of the word “liberty.” Write down what comes to your mind.
The Meaning of Liberty
When we asked people what came to their minds when they thought of the word liberty, we heard many different answers. At some point, the meaning of liberty was installed in you. Ultimately, everything in the human nervous system is about meaning.
Meaning and Installation of Emotions
Another example of installed meaning is what happens for some couples during the courtship/marriage process. Many couples have been traumatized immediately after getting married. The husband or wife knew the meaning of courtship and therefore, knew how to do courtship. They did it with excellence; they were the very best at romance prior to marriage. However, once they got married and said their wedding vows, the “I do” meaning of marriage now became what they do and is altogether different than the meaning of courtship. Now that they are married, they do what they learned that husbands or wives do. Too often the difference between doing courtship and doing husband or wife is dramatic and the spouse thinks they were fooled, deceived, or lied to. The truth is they didn’t know that their belief would shift after they became husband or wife; they were never married before and as soon as they said, “I do” their beliefs shifted to being and doing married.
As children we learn what husbands do, we learn what wives do, we learn what friends do, what leaders do, what teachers do, what police do, what parents do, what cheats do, what addicts do, etc. There are hundreds and hundreds of roles that hold unique meaning to each of us. We learn the meaning of everything because of the installation of beliefs that occur, for the most part, prior to the age of 12. There are four primary ways that these beliefs get installed in us.
- Modeling and Observation: what we observe
- Vicarious Traumatization: seeing or hearing about the meaning of things that happen to someone else, usually someone we care about.
- Experientially Installed: good and bad experiences that we have
- Direct Installation: when someone creditable tells us the truth according to his or her maps of meaning. When we are little, we do not have the cognitive ability to protect ourselves from the lies that people we love tell us.
God designed us with the ability to choose how we will live and what emotions we will experience. He has also given us hundreds of distinct emotions to live life through. We are responsible for learning how much, how often, and in what situation any given emotion is appropriate. Regardless of how much we have been hurt, victimized, or abused, God encourages/admonishes us to master our emotions (Genesis 4:5-10), guard our innermost thoughts (Proverbs 4:23), and transform our minds (Romans 12:1-2).
Different Kind of Model
The Cooperating with God for a Change® model is concrete and much less philosophical and psychological than other approaches to emotional healing. One key difference between our model and traditional philosophical psychology is that we ask how instead of why. There are approximately 800 psychological theories about the best way to make people whole. Most of these theories center on the question of why a person is the way he/she is. The theories attempt to explain why a person feels frustrated, depressed, angry, helpless, worthless, etc. While many people have been helped by some of these approaches, our practitioners do not believe that the why question is the most effective question to ask.
There are two primary problems with why approaches to personal transformation. First, it is often difficult to answer the why question definitively. Years can be spent rehearsing a person’s childhood experiences trying to figure out why I am so angry, jealous, depressed, etc. Rehearsing events over and over makes us very good at doing the dysfunctional emotion and behavior that have been installed. Secondly, even when this question is answered definitively, the answer does not necessarily result in transformation. Information does not lead to transformation if the information does not align the meaning congruently with God’s truth. For example, knowing that your fear of sex is rooted in childhood sexual abuse doesn’t empower you to have a healthy sex life. Indeed, sometimes preoccupation with the why question hinders the healing process by cultivating a victim mentality. The why question may help people learn who or what to blame for their woundedness without helping them learn how to divest this person or event from the past of its power over their present.
At Dynamics of Growth, we believe that the how question is more effective and empowering. We attempt to help a person understand how they do frustrated, depressed, angry, helpless, worthless, etc., rather than why they feel these things.
Many people who struggle with psychological disorders use a mental strategy to sustain these disorders. Applying principles from God’s word and strategies refined over more than a decade of practice, this model helps people learn how to replace their effective strategies for doing woundedness with effective strategies for doing wholeness. We cooperate with God’s unique design for the nervous system and apply truths from God’s Word to empower people to be the whole person God intends them to be.
The following are our core theological beliefs.
- The Bible—the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- The Trinity—God eternally exists as the perfect love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 2; 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- Jesus Christ—Jesus is fully God and fully man. He came to earth, was conceived in the Virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He died and rose again to reconcile all people to God and to free them from the power of sin and the devil. He will return someday and consummate the building of His Kingdom. All who are His bride shall reign with him. All who reject Him shall suffer eternal destruction. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13)
- The Fall of Humanity—all people are sinners and need to have a saving relationship with God. A person is made a child of God when they repent of their sin, place their trust in Jesus Christ, and commit their life to him. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1, 24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; 1 John 1:8)
- The Holy Spirit—The Holy Spirit continually draws believers closer to God, transforms them into the image of Jesus Christ, empowers them for ministry, and distributes spiritual gifts to the Church. Believers are to always seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit. (John 16:5-15; Romans 8:16, 23, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 15:14; Matthew 26:64; Acts 2:33-36; Hebrews 7:25)
Presuppositions are basic underlying assumptions that are necessary in order for information to make sense. While there are exceptions to all of the following presuppositions, they are a very useful starting point on the road to helping people renew.
- The meaning of your communication with someone is the response you receive from him or her.
- People respond to their maps (ideas) of reality. Cooperating with God for a Change® methods are the result of a systematic and synergistic merging of applied theology and God’s design of the human nervous system. These methods create techniques that make it possible for practitioners to change the neurological maps that do not align with God’s territory.
- People work perfectly. Our model does not adhere to the medical model that works under the presupposition that people are broken (i.e., DSM-IV). “For he is like the one who is inwardly reckoning . . . but his heart is not with you.” Proverbs 23:7 Revised Standard. By perfect we mean:
- – Heart (subconscious, automatic) beliefs, once established, become the set-point that reference meaning.
- – The brain’s operating system develops a filtering mechanism or sorting system to attend, delete, distort, and generalize information, in order for specific beliefs to be perfectly accomplished. We do not equate perfect with truth. For example, the belief, I’m always late, or I’m stupid, worthless, helpless, hopeless, is rarely ever true. But the individual will perfectly accomplish these beliefs. The role of a practitioner is to find out how the person does the belief and then to work with the person to renew the belief so that the person has more useful, productive strategies.
- Versatility—Choice is better than no choice. Most individuals believe when it comes to a choice, they only have this or that to choose from. This is called the exclusive or. For example, the person who does anger as the primary means of protection and getting their needs met, has only two options in life; one is to do anger and the other is to be a doormat (this=anger and that=doormat). The practitioner helps the person develop more skills and choices in order to protect themselves and also have their needs met.
- Evil exists—Evil is not concerned with making the best choices available at the time. Satan desires to rob, kill, and destroy. He hates God and is at war with Him. Demonic wisdom (James 3:15) controls, influences, and possesses the behavior of individuals. The TNT practitioner does not attempt to renew evil. Demonic wisdom is to be destroyed. No technique will suffice, only the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
- People make the best choice (fleshly wisdom) available to them at the time. The choices a person has or lacks, at any given time, is dependent on the installation of beliefs that occur between conception and 12 years of age (give or take a few years in either direction).
- Every behavior, apart from evil, is useful in some context. The question is, in what context and to what degree? It is not appropriate to eliminate anger as a choice. However, it is a specialized skill to be used in appropriate situations with the appropriate intensity.
- People have all the resources they need. What a person needs is to access these resources at the appropriate times and places. There are no non-resourceful people, only non-resourceful states. The believer also has the fruits of God’s Spirit and the pillars of God’s wisdom as resources to fulfill God’s call upon their lives.
- There is no such thing as failure, apart from evil, only feedback. Life is about discovery and learning how to do the stuff of life more purposefully and appropriately. Everything we do can become a positive learning experience. Remember there are always exceptions.
- Anyone can do anything. If one person can do something, it is possible to model it and teach it to someone else. Competency takes more time to develop than the motivational strategies that set up learning, but competency can be so much quicker to develop with the appropriate strategies in place.
God’s Design for the Human Nervous System
One of the primary concepts within Cooperating with God for a Change® model is how God designed the human nervous system to operate. God has designed, within the nervous system, the ability to heal and renew. For example, if we were to cut our finger, we have learned to keep the wound clean in order for the cut to heal miraculously on its own. Not that long ago, we were not aware that we were to keep wounds clean in order for the genetically wired healing mechanism to efficiently work. Surgeons were eating their lunch and blowing their nose while operating on their patients. They didn’t wear gloves or masks to shield the patient from germs that would war against the healing process. Now, surgeons use sterile environments and protocols that increase the possibility that healing will not be hindered.
God also designed our nervous system so that we can renew our emotions in order to transform our lives. We are on the cutting edge of understanding how fearfully and wonderfully we have been made (designed Psalm 139). We work together with God and His awesome design in order to bring about the changes that allow us to follow God’s heart desire for our lives. This works because we are working with God’s truth and His design. For example, an emotional wound like bitterness is healed through cooperating with God’s design of spirit, through soul and body.
The soul (the manifest personality centered on the mind) is the key variable in human transformation. The mind must conform with the spirit as the spirit is submitted to Christ’s Lordship. But how do we transform our minds? We have discovered that the most effective way is to cooperate with how God designed our minds to operate. Standard psychological approaches to human transformation have limited success, we believe, because they often fail to do this. Following is a brief explanation of the connection of spirit, soul, and body.
The Connection of Body, Soul, and Spirit
The Bible describes humans as body, soul, and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12). Historically, Christians have disagreed over whether or not these three aspects of the self are metaphysically distinct. For our purposes, however, we do not believe that the debate should be the focus. What is important is that this Biblical way of thinking about the human self is useful in bringing about transformation. We think of the spirit as a person’s core, the soul as the person’s manifested personality centering on their thinking and feeling processes, and the body as the person’s physical manifestation of what they say and do.
In our view, God’s original design was for our spirit to be submitted to Christ’s Lordship, for our soul to be submitted to our spirit, for our body to be submitted to our soul, and for the world to be transformed by what we do with our bodies. Our Creator should tell our spirit who we are. Our spirit should tell our soul what to think in accordance with who we are. Our mind should then tell our bodies how to behave. Thus, our behaviors should shape the world according to God’s will. In other words, we should be defined from the top down and from the inside out, as it says in Hebrews 4:12. Did God’s design fail?
God’s original design
Satan’s Plan for the World
Unfortunately, the order defined above has been inverted by the fall (human rebellion against God). As a result, the world influences what we think and feel through our bodies and thus shapes who we are. Consequently, our Creator, who alone has the right to define us, is only given a minor role in how we actually experience the world and ourselves. According to Scripture, the spiritual force behind this fallen order of creation is Satan. Scripture calls him the god of this age who is in control of the entire world. (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19) Instead of being defined from the top down and inside out, we become defined from the bottom up and outside in.
Satan’s Design—the Pattern of this World
To the extent that our view of ourselves and the world has been determined by things that have been said and done to us, and to the extent that this view is not consistent with God’s Word, we are living according to the pattern of this (fallen) age (Romans 12:2)
When a person accepts Christ’s Lordship, the proper relationship between the Lord and a person’s spirit is restored. Scripture indicates that under Christ’s Lordship our sins are forgiven, our spirit is regenerated, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14), and we receive a new holy nature. Yet, Scripture also indicates—and we know from experience—that this doesn’t automatically mean that our thinking and feeling processes (our soul) are transformed. All Christians have a new nature, yet all Christians, to some extent, still think, feel, and act as though their new life in Christ was not real. In this sense, we remain defined from the bottom up and from the outside in.
Is there any hope? How am I to live an empowered Christian life?
Growth as Realignment
Our spiritual growth is a matter of aligning the whole self with the truth of God’s Word. In other words, spiritual growth occurs when we align the God-spirit-soul-body-world relationship with God’s original design for the self and for creation. It is a matter of making the soul subject to the spirit and the body subject to the soul. This is why Scripture says we are to be no longer conformed to the patterns of this age but to be transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). We are to take captive every thought to Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Our spirit is to submit to God (God’s design), define our mind, which controls our body (behavior) and thus have dominion over the world. Satan (Satan’s design) and the fall reverse this proper order.
To oversimplify the matter, God designed our minds in such a way as to recreate events as they actually happened. The world becomes present again in our minds when we think about things that have happened in the past. The way we process these events and experience life is through our five senses: Visual in terms of pictures, Auditory in terms of sounds and words, Kinesthetic in terms of feelings, Olfactory in terms of smell, and Gustatory in terms of taste. Collectively this is referred to by the acronym VAKOG. Go in-depth Modalities and Sub-modalities
For an example of this, think about an apple. How did you do this? You did not suddenly evoke information about an apple in your mind, rather, you saw an apple. If you concentrate on this thought, you can even feel, taste, and smell the apple in your mind. Thus, our thoughts mentally replicate our sense experience of the external world.
Indeed, research over the last two decades demonstrates that external stimuli activate neurological activity in the brain that produces mental holographic images. The world of our mind is a holographic replica of the world experienced by our five senses. The word “apple” activates a holographic experience of an apple in your mind.
What Does Apple Mean
It is important to understand that we all might do this differently. It is also important to understand that the mind not only re-presents the external world in our thoughts, it also interprets it. Our feelings about things are directly associated without interpretation of those things.
For example, my mental holographic apple includes whatever apple means to me. If I have always enjoyed (my experience of) apples, my mental replica will probably evoke positive feelings, perhaps a desire for a nice, juicy apple. However, if I almost choked to death on an apple as a child, this negative experience may be replicated in my mind’s holographic image of an apple and may evoke a feeling of panic or revulsion. When the right stimuli are present (e.g., I hear the word apple, see red, smell apple cider, etc.), I re-present the experience of nearly choking to death as a child.
Remember, we experience life through the five senses.
How we Represent Information Determines our Feelings
Stop for a moment and think of someone you like. Now that you have thought of someone you like, think of someone you don’t like.
How you do these two representations determines how you feel about these two people. Notice if the pictures you represent of the two people are in a different location on the screen of your mind? Notice the color or lack of color and the size of the pictures. Are there any sounds or words? Each of these pictures is specific to the way you do like or do not like.
Think about it. We need a way to reference one feeling from another. The VAKOG is how we represent life and its meaning. If I experienced a pleasant, intimate, happy time with someone, the representation (VAKOG) of that person will be done in a way to help me know to move toward that specific person. If the experience I had was painful, fearful, conflicted, or upsetting, I will represent them (VAKOG) in a way that causes me to move away from that specific person.
The Holographic Model
Think of your favorite dessert. Let’s say it is chocolate fudge cake or oatmeal raisin cookies. Pick one. See it in your mind’s eye. Now make it bigger, right out of the oven, and made with the finest ingredients. This way of representing your favorite dessert motivates us toward the dessert. Now see the dessert dated and dry. Look closer and you can see maggots crawling in it. Gross! Who would want to eat it presented like that? This way of representing the dessert motivates us away from the dessert. Go in-depth Holographic Mind
Putting it in Practice
Think how empowering it would be for someone, for the first time in their life, to be able to choose to change how they represent to themselves whatever they were addicted to so that they would never desire the thing of addiction again.
Dr. Larson was invited to an in-house treatment center to demonstrate how fast someone could be set free from rehabilitating addictions. There were 15 men, all of whom had been through at least three, in-house treatment programs. Dr. Larson educated them about how God designed the human nervous system and the power of the truths in God’s word. He asked each man to think of his drug of choice. He asked one of the men (we will refer to him as John) to share what the VAKOG was. John said, “It is a beer.” It was a very specific kind of beer, in color, and sitting in a bucket of ice. The top was popped off and the steam was coming out of the top of the bottle; a bead of water was running down the side of it. John could see the ice in the bucket, smell the beer, remember the taste, hear the sound of the top popping off, and hear a self-talk that said, “You really want it, it looks so good.” John said that he had incredibly strong feelings of craving for the beer (move toward), and he was experiencing panic because he knew that he might drink again.
Dr. Larson asked John if he was in a struggle often over whether to drink again or not. John said, “Every single day I am in a fight for my life.” Dr. Larson asked John if he wanted to change the meaning of “beer” and to be done with his daily struggle over whether to drink again. After John agreed, he asked John to see the beer in the bucket without ice and then to pour half of the beer out and see two demons come into the picture and fill the beer up with their urine. Dr. Larson instructed John to see two more demons walk up to the beer, and to notice that the demons had huge open wounds on their faces. John was told to see the demons squeeze the puss into the beer and leave it sit in the hot desert for three weeks. Next Al anchored this new image to the memories of pain John had to his experience of alcohol.
After John successfully did what was asked, Dr. Larson asked him to think of his drug of choice again and what came to his mind now. John said that he saw the installed image and heard the self-talk saying, “That’s disgusting!” The feeling John had was confidence that he would not want to drink again. John was in tears. When asked what he was feeling he said, “The relief was so great that I felt joy over the thought that I could practice seeing alcohol in a way that makes me want to avoid it.”
John is just one example of thousands who have been set free of addictions to drugs, alcohol, pornography, depression, anxiety, fear, anger, bitterness, shame, poor self-image, etc. Other stories are available in our Testimonials section. Transformation is the ability to discover and utilize how we run (our communication to ourselves and to others) our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.
Thoughts as Re-Presentation
This process of presenting information in a new way to achieve a desired outcome is referred to as “re-presentation.” This method is one of the keys to effective transformation. Behind a person’s feelings of frustration, fear, anger, depression, worthlessness, etc., is an interpretation of reality often rooted in past experiences. These experiences can be holographically re-presented each time the right “activating” stimuli are present.
This process occurs in an incredibly fast, automatic fashion. Research suggests that the subconscious mind attends to information at about 1/3000th of a second, 100 times faster than the conscious mind. It constitutes how the person does their frustration, fear, anger, depression, worthlessness, etc. In order to help the person overcome their disorder, we do not necessarily need to discover why particular stimuli evoke particular holographic images and sounds. Instead, we identify what the holographic images and sounds consist of, how they are activated, and how we can transform them (take them “captive to Jesus Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5).
The way to make our soul subject to our spirit (to be transformed by the renewing of our mind and to bring every thought captive to Jesus Christ) is to master the holographic images and sounds that constitute our thought and feeling process. Simply acquiring the right information is not enough. Finding out why we have particular thoughts and feelings that aren’t captive to Christ isn’t enough. We need to change the way our minds automatically evoke holographic images that interpret reality. We need to experience truth as vividly and as holographically as we experience “the pattern of this age.”
This is one of the basis used to transform lives. By applying principles of God’s word and cooperating with God’s design for the human nervous system, Cooperating with God for a Change® training empowers people to control their internal representations (VAKOG) and bring them into alignment with the truth.
Method of managing (perceiving, filtering and acting) on brain stored information in order to delete, distort or filter based on eight categories of belief. They are contextually dependent by domain (job, friend, etc..), by majority in continuum (by exceptions at extremes), they differ according to (internal state, external context and specific emotional experience) and with individual preferences. Mental habits of sorting help us remain consistent and dependable. Go in-depth Sorting System Strategies
Same (most people) attend to information based on what’s already stored : resist change, draw people to agreement, in a conversation will notice things similar to what they already think, dreamers and barnstormers, overlook potential problems and difficulties.
Difference attend to information based on upon the differences to what’s already stored: asks what’s off, wrong, different or missing.
In time immediate involvement or concern: lost in the moment, enjoys whatever doing, get so involved they are late, great to take a vacation with, bad planners, don’t know how long it takes to go from here to there, so late, Mid Eastern people are in time, more associated to where they are.
Through time future involvement or concern: leave meeting (mentally) when they get there, two minute showers, only late when list is too long, tend to be dissociated from where their presence is (our western culture demands this), needs to develop present time consciousness.
We learn from experience that A equals B. If I fall down I get hurt and I feel pain. We know, that there is a direct relationship between gravity and our bodies. A equals gravity force that insists that we hit the ground. Hitting the ground hurts so we through association and consistency, pair the two laws falling and hurting together.
Studies show that 60% of young adults graduating from high school do not know cause and effect. They do not realize they if they do x then y will happen. If they do not do x, y does not happen but z will happen. This happens in a world of instant gratification and association because they remain in a subconscious, first-position state of existence in relation to the perceptual positions. Go in-depth Modalities
Self based on needs and wants self: in formative years not taken care of so learned to take care of self, adult must learn to sort by others, impactions in relationship if sort by self to extreme , happy when someone serves them.
Others based on needs and wants others: peacemakers, pick sort by self people in relationships, not happy when severed.
Move toward in the direction of what they want to happen: up out of bed. Think about what they want to do, want to have, how much they get to do, move toward preachers give sermons on grace, love, and heaven. Accept Jesus and you get to go to heaven. Capitalism is a move toward strategy (reward system).
Move away opposite direction of what they don’t want to happen: move away from loss, I can’t go if I don’t, have a voice inside head loudly saying “You have to get up or else, and do it now!”, negotiate with themselves “If I don’t do this I won’t get…” “Just keep at it or you will not be able…”, Move away preachers give sermons on hell and loss. You must accept Jesus or you will go to hell, Communism is a move away strategy.
The process of transformation begins with being firmly rooted in what the concept of truth means and what the truth is. Cooperating with God for a change presupposes that God’s design is truth; this is the first area that is covered in all of interactions with our clients. We must know who we are and how God created us in order to cooperate with the emotional healing process that God designed within us.
Next in the process is understanding Hebrews 4:12: “For actively alive is the word of God and energetic and sharper than any two-edged sword, going through even to dividing the soul and spirit and of joints and marrow and is the sifter and analyzer (kritikos) of the reflections and conceptions of the heart.” (Kenneth Wuest, An Expanded Translation of the New Testament)
The division of spirit, soul, and body is critical so that there is a means of analyzing, discerning, or judging the innermost thoughts (VAKOG) that come from the heart (the part of the nervous system known as the subconscious mind).
The concept in Romans 8:28 (“And we know that all things work (synergeo) together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” King James) is that God desires to take our past and present experiences and work with us (working, cooperating, synergistically—synergeo) to make us better. If we remain stuck in the emotions and filters caused by past events, Satan has to do very little to keep us defeated. We cooperate with God’s design of the human nervous system in order to collapse the negative, debilitating emotions of the past, so that the abundant life can be experienced.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Watch (guard) over your heart (innermost thoughts, pictures, and words) with all diligence, for from it (innermost thoughts) flow the springs of life.” (New American Standard) The presupposition within this verse is that there is a part of us that is to watch or guard our innermost thinking (pictures or words). This watcher or guardian is directed to join with something in us called diligence. The reason we are to guard the heart is that from the heart (our innermost thoughts, pictures, and words) comes the springs (abundance) of life.