Restoring the Past with Jesus
From episode: Reprocessing Memories with Jesus
[Excert is from our series on the Rescuer. This episode is talking about the story of Joseph]
...an interesting perspective on dreams I heard recently was about how our subconscious finds a way to inform us of things [through dreams] that it's become aware of. And I kind of enjoyed the way they personified the subconscious so that I could understand a little bit of what was going on.
So, when Joseph has these dreams about the stars bowing down to him and everything else, the sheaves bowing down to him and, you know, one can imagine that it would have a pretty massive impact on the way that you would conduct your life from that day forward [if you had these dreams]. You know, sometimes our dreams are just ambitions as well, and those are also coming from somewhere. It's interesting to consider what is being interpreted or what is impacting our subconscious. Is it coming up with different images to communicate [with us]? And, you know, that can help us to understand. I mean, if it's a spiritual place, then that's one thing, but if it's a place of pain in our past, or maybe we just don't feel significant, for example, and if we don't feel significant, again, it may have something to do with a difficult experience that we had growing up, maybe even neglect or worse.
And so it's important that we find a way to heal those broken places... There's a lot of different reprocessing techniques and treatments out there that people do. EMDR is one that I'm really interested in personally. But, you know, even if we've had really, really terrible experiences, one of the greatest reprocessing tools that I've used personally and have is from the Sozo ministry, and it's called Presenting Jesus.
Presenting Jesus is really simple. We go to that dream, that memory, and we purposefully bring ourselves to that experience. And we ask Jesus where He is. This is how we restore the past with Jesus. And sometimes He surprises people, you know, He could be behind them, or sometimes He's just everywhere, or He's represented as an object, but He always has something to say about the situation, you know. If our theology is that God is good and that He doesn't agree with the fallenness of the world, then that makes it possible for us to understand that God wasn't for that terrible evil thing that happened. He didn't want it. He didn't agree to that so that it would happen to you. He wasn't trying to teach you a lesson or trying to grow you up. He's just not an evil dad. He's not a psychotic father, either. He doesn't go back and forth and just have so many issues like that. His intent in our lives is to continuously rescue us.