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In an Apprenticeship Training I watched you demonstrate the process in a live setting.  I noticed that you used what you described as a "belief/feeling" question technique.  Later when I used this approach it seemed that the "belief" questions pulled the ministry recipient  into the cognitive and away from his feelings.  However, in a session I did tonight, working with a very logical,  emotionally cold person, the advantage of the feel/believe tool was very apparent.  Thank you for being so transparent in the Apprenticeship training and for being faithful to guard so carefully the simple and pure principles of what God has and is showing you.
Ed's response...
First let me describe the technique to make sure that we are on the same page.  People tend to report what they are experiencing in a session either from their feelings or from what they are believing.  Many times people will make a belief statement but cloak it in a feeling phrase.  For example, a person might say "I feel like they never really liked me."  This is not a feeling statement but rather a belief statement.  They believe that the person never liked them they don't feel this.  Actually it is the belief that is causing the feelings.  What I will want to ask now is how it makes them feel to think the thought that the person never really liked them.  My questioning will reflect this same process. If the person is making a belief statement (even if it is cloaked in a feeling phrase) I will usually ask a feeling question, "How does believing that make you feel?"  If they surface a feeling statement "I feel afraid!"  I will usually ask a belief question such as, "What is it about this memory that makes you feel afraid?"  I do not necessarily go back and forth but rather my questions are determined by the persons comments.
The reason you may have experienced the person coming out of their feelings and into the cognitive may have had something to do with the timing or way you asked the question.  If they are in deep pain, you may want to move slowly and phrase carefully how you ask your question.  Keep it simple and avoid questions that require complex reasoning.  A simple question such as "Why do you feel this way?" is often all that is needed.  Usually the lie-based belief is simple and childish in nature.  Remember that the lie was embraced at the time of the event.  If the person was six years old then the lie will be based upon a six year old's perspective.
Hope that this helps
Ed Smith

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  •  KimEdgel wrote 2079 Days Ago (neutral) 

    I have found that this is a very important and challanging detail in the TP process.  I still struggle to seperate feeling from belief while ministering.  It is important because as we seek to help walk them toward thier pain (the lie) it seems unconciously & semantically they are resisting this nudgeing.  In chapter 8 we've read that God won't reveal truth unles we have corectly exposed & identified the core lie.  Semantics get a bit tricky here for me as I minister TP.  Blessings,  Kim Edgel

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