Lesson 10 - Healing from the Effects of Accident and Trauma
The fallen world in which we live is subject to many unexpected circumstances which cause pain and suffering. Machinery breaks down causing horrific injuries. Wild weather catches people unaware, bringing trauma and fear. Criminal attacks shock and wound without warning. Peter Horrobin of Ellel Ministries writes,
"We have found through extensive experience that moments of great trauma or major accident are also times of great spiritual sensitivity. We are then vulnerable to the supernatural in a way that perhaps we are not at other times, and if we are not secure in God's love and care when the evil day comes (as Paul assured us it would in Ephesians 6:13), then we are vulnerable to the enemy's attacks." (Healing through deliverance: part 2, p. 167-168)
The Impact of Accident and Trauma
Inner-brokenness - a rent within the inner being of spirit and soul (mind, emotions, will).
Shock/Accident - a severe and sudden impact, either physical or emotional.
Trauma - a severe wounding to the person, both the cause and the effect.
The Effect of Sudden Shock and Trauma
Body, soul and spirit are each affected by life events and their responses to them. (Psalm 103:1,2; Luke 10:27; Romans 12:1)
Inner-brokenness affects body, soul and spirit. (1 Samuel 4:18; Psalm 143:3-7; Proverbs 18:14; Habakkuk 3:16)
Every part needs to be healed and restored. (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 3 John:2)
God will search out the problem, the disorder. (Psalm 51:6)
Point out anything you find in me that makes You sad" (Psalm 139:23,24 Living Bible)
Healing is Necessary for the Whole Person
Acute incidents from the past causing shock and trauma may have received effective medical attention, yet there may continue to be ongoing pain and disorder that somehow still remains locked to the incident. With an accident, more than just the body suffers - the inner spirit can be damaged and trapped through the shock and trauma.
Effects of Severe Trauma
Cause of Some Undiagnosed Physical Problems (Luke 13:10-13)
The body may no longer have the pain, but it may be reflecting what is happening deep inside, eg. our face reflects what we are feeling within. The physical pain being experienced may appear to have no medical foundation.
The forty year old may still have the pain of the inner five year old, continuing to suffer from the effects of the accident or trauma long after it happened. The body is a natural healer, but the pain may be too deeply locked away on the inside.
Healing can be limited by what is unhealed on the inside. We pray not only for the symptoms, but also for the broken part within that still carries the trauma. Understanding the unseen effects of accident and trauma enables us to pray with far greater faith.
Mark 9:28 - After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer". There appears to be something more here, than was obvious to the onlookers.
A severe shock affects the whole person - we may choose to ignore it or rationalize it. Until recently, in serious cases it was believed that this could result in a part of our personality being completely fragmented and entrapped in the time the shock occurred.
More recently we have come to understand that such disociative parts, as they are called, are not fragments of the personality, but are rather areas of mind created during trauma to hold the memory and emotions of the event so that the brain will not be overloaded; then the person can to continue to function as if there had been no trauma.
The body is an active reflector of what is going on inside.
Undiagnosed pain may be caused by a part of us buried in the trauma of the past.
Incidents in our lives, that are not within God's order, make us vulnerable to the powers of darkness. (Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8)
They open doors to fear and deception. (Matthew 8:26)
We are not living with complete knowledge of our past, and as it is truth that sets us free (John 8:32), not ignorance, we are living in denial.
In Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) the memory of an event is fractured: (Isaiah 61:1) - "broken, shattered into pieces". Although probably almost all people dissociate, as above, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is the extreme end of the dissociation spectrum. It is a protective coping mechanism which enables us to avoid facing the extent and intensity of the trauma, by compartmentalising its pain and memory. A state of denial where we create a better world for ourselves and live as though nothing terrible ever happened.
James Friesen describes it thus, "Dissociation is the most wonderful protection against pain that any child could ever develop. There could be no more effective defense - the child pretends the traumatic event happened to somebody else, and then - Poof! - COMPLETELY forgets about it. It is gone." (Uncovering the mystery of MPD, p. 114). Peter Toth of Anazao, in The forgotten factor in healing, has greatly improved upon the understanding of the mechanism of dissociation given by Friesen and others, and produced an effective method by which it may be resolved.
Where there is any degree of dissociation a person will be continually searching for healing and answers, without even being aware of the cause of their suffering. They cannot then face the cause of the pain, an essential for healing. Before the Anazao method came to light ministry to DID was long, frustrating, and relatively ineffective. It was recommended that only professional counsellors carry it out. Using the Anazao principles it can be relatively quick and complete, and administered by any competent prayer counsellor. Should dissociation be suspected after initial ministry, then someone with training in the Anazao method should be sought to lend assistance until you have gained experience.
Some teaching on the Anazao approach to dissociation ministry and how it differs from previous understandings will be available elsewhere on this website.
Partial - Choosing to bury something too painful to remember. It is held just under the conscious memory and the struggle is to keep it from surfacing. When a like-situation occurs, unwanted reactions arise from that hidden part, causing inner conflict and confusion.
Full - (was known as Multiple Personality Disorder). A person is created with only one personality, yet can be so badly traumatised that their dissociative parts can be highly differentiated, to the extent that the person may no longer have any contact with the parts which carry all the pain and memory. This part will function almost like a separate, though incomplete, personality developed at the time of the dissociation. Note, however, that it is not a real personality, only having aspects of mind, no personal spirit, and no emotional mechanism except access to that of the body.
God's Plan for Restoration of His Order
God Heals the Bruised and Broken
Jesus has come to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, to release the oppressed, to save those who are crushed in spirit and release from darkness for the prisoners (Psalm 34:17,18; Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18)
Healing of the brokenhearted, those shattered into pieces. (Isaiah 61:1)
Freedom for captives and release from darkness by the truth. (Psalm 146:7,8; Isaiah 42:6,7)
Salvation to those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:15-18)
The Lord searches out His children to heal. (Ezekiel 34:13,16a; Matthew 8:16,17)
How to Minister Healing from Inner Brokenness Due to Accident and Trauma
"The key to having trauma healed: allowing the Holy Spirit to take you back into the trauma and show you what was happening in the spirit realm at the time of the incident. He overwrites trauma with truth. You realize the truth when you see with your real eyes - the eyes of the spirit." (Dale M. Sides, in Doris M. Wagner, ed., How to minister freedom, p.147.) Allow plenty of time for ministry and rely totally on the Holy Spirit's direction.
Confirm the Lordship and protection of Jesus.
Ask Jesus to separate any demons or demonic influence from the trauma.
Bind these demons in the authority of Jesus, command them to stand aside and forbid them to interfere with the ministry, including any generational demonic entities.
Ask questions relating to the trauma, e.g.:
"Were you unconscious at any time?"
"Do you have memory of what happened?"
"Have there been earlier accidents which you don't remember?"
This will enable you to check for dissociation to enable healing to take place in the different areas.
Confess any personal responsibility for the incident of trauma. e.g. "were you speeding when you crashed?"
Forgive those who in any way were responsible for what happened.
Forgive those you felt were unfeeling or uncaring at the time, (bystanders, medical staff etc.)
Cut soul ties where necessary.
Ask Jesus to go to the xxx year old (the age the accident or trauma happened).
Ask the Lord to come to the part that was traumatized through the accident and bring that part out of that memory.
Continue praying into any subsequent trauma, (medical procedures, operation, coma, negative words spoken etc.)
Keep assuring them that Jesus is there present with them, even as He was at the time.
Ask Jesus to safely remove and carry away all effects of trauma (eg. shock, pain, fear).
Have them release to Him all fear, pain, confusion and denial.
Speak Jesus' love and healing to the traumatized person part.
Ask Jesus to bring their human spirit and soul back into His light and truth.
Pray for Him to heal and diminish the painful memories, bringing healing to any emotions affected. Fear, loneliness, rejection, isolation and abandonment are common feelings resulting from accidents.
In Jesus name renounce and expel any demonic authority attached to this damaged part (eg. fear, infirmity, panic, death).
Pray for physical healing, asking the Lord to align spirit, soul and body back into creative order, anointing with oil if the person is agreeable.
Check with the person whether they feel the healing is complete. If not, seek discernment regarding any blockages.
Have them invite the Holy Spirit fill every area of their being.
Don't rush, allow time for the Lord to heal.
Remember that the wounding from accident and trauma affects body, soul and spirit and healing needs to go deep into the person. There may be strong feelings experienced during the ministry and great weariness and reaction afterwards because people have got in touch with these buried feelings. It is good to alert people to the possibility and encourage self-care and gentleness for a while after. It can sometimes take a while to adjust to being whole for the first time in years.
While we still minister using the above guidelines at times, we have found going straight to dissociative parts and dealing with the issues involved in the trauma memory and any demons present is generally quicker and more effective.
Some Notes about Ministry to DID
It is helpful to remember that almost everyone dissociates to some degree. The ability of children, particularly if they are intelligent and creative, to dissociate from a severe trauma to the extent that they no longer remember it because they have created a new part of themselves to carry it, is a blessing from God. Unfortunately, some then learn to do this as the means of avoiding facing later, less traumatic events. And there will come a time when the Lord says they must now face what happened and deal with it in order to become whole.
While learning to deal with DID we have found that there is much confusion among those who specialise in this disorder. As with any relatively new field of experience, new ideas come up and need to be tested. For example, many speak about the need to integrate the person parts, often by introducing each one to Jesus so that he can heal them and bind them back into the core personality. This relies on the assumption that the person part has been split off from the original person. Experience has shown that this is not the case. During trauma a person can create a new part to bear the pain and protect the person from those memories. Once the part has met Jesus and been convinced that it is now safe for the person to allow Jesus to carry the pain and for them to remember the details of the trauma, that part is no longer needed. It is NOT reintegrated - rather it ceases to exist. Jesus takes it away.
Because we desire to remove all of a person's parts, we ask them to remain during the ministry and help us identify other parts. Once all are found and are happy with Jesus' ability to protect the person, he takes them all away together. This process saves a great deal of time, as not all memories have to be visited before complete part removal, and head parts can give permission for Jesus to visit their subordinate parts. Onlu objectors need to be addressed individually
Person parts are not malignant parts of the person. Neither are they separate minds or personalities - they are dissociative parts of the person's own mind. In fact, they are a blessing - enabling someone to survive experiences that could otherwise have caused more serious disfunction, such as severe mental disturbance. Healing comes once the part has been convinced that the person no longer needs them, and will be safe if the memories are released to them. Once this happens, inner healing is needed by the person to help them deal with the memories and effects of the trauma that they could not face when they were younger.
Demons can cause major interference when dealing with person parts, and must be isolated and evicted. This can be done by addressing all demons that have a legal right to be there through personal or generational sin the person has not dealt with, or through the trauma itself. Bind their ability to manifest and work through those legal rights.
Some groups seem to have developed such a fascination for the demonic part of this ministry that the person needing healing is almost lost sight of. They theorise about and play with demonic structures and organisations so complicated that one must wonder whether Satan is not dragging a red herring across their path. Certainly, in the case of DID resulting from Satanic Ritual Abuse, demons will play a prominent part in the disorder, but the counsellor must always remember that healing the person is the priority - their dignity and well-being are far more important than unravelling satanic mysteries. Otherwise we risk violating the person even further.
Ministering to victims of true SRA is similar to that of DID, except there are certain extra steps required to prevent ongoing access to the person by the demonic perpetrators. Again, there is much misinformation surrounding the nature of SRA. Much of what "experts" are describing as SRA is simply ritual abuse by satanists, which while bad enough, is not the same thing as true SRA. The method of ministry also differs in important ways. We will not go further into this here.
In all ministry we do well to remember that it is through the death of Jesus and the shedding of his blood, that forgiveness and healing can be effected, and through the resurrection life of Jesus that people are given new life. That is the aim of ministry.
"The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10).
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Bibliography and Suggested Reading
- Anderson, Neil, Released from bondage. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1993.
- Dearing, Norma, The healing touch: a guide to healing prayer for yourself and those you love. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books, 2002.
- Friesen, James G., Uncovering the mystery of MPD. San Bernardino: Here's Life Publishers, 1991.
- Horrobin, Peter, Healing through deliverance: part 2 - the practical ministry. Tonbridge: Sovereign World, 1995.
- Kraft, Charles H., Deep wounds deep healing: discovering the vital link between spiritual warfare and inner healing. Tonbridge: Sovereign World, 1993.
- Toth, Peter, The forgotten factor in healing. Sydney: Arc House, 2006.
- Wagner, Doris M., ed., How to minister freedom. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2005.