Fragments / Parts / Alter-egos
It's well-known that trauma can cause parts of the soul to break off and create unconscious "alter egos."
However, many times we are unaware of how prevalent this is within us; and that pain we've long been carrying can get released. The fascinating dynamic revealed by inner healing and deliverance ministries is that by doing a prayer that invites Christ to carry the burden of the alter-ego, very quick healing can result -- internally and even physically.
This insight sometimes explains why some aren't healed after prayers sessions: the central part of the person cooperates with God; but the "alter" doesn't.
I began to understand this when two major parts of me were integrated once, a few years ago. It was definitely supernatural. And many have similar experiences.
This intriguing material is actually widespread among the inner healing ministries, though not very well understood outside of that.
I've done it many times with several people who've requested it. In a nutshell: it's like sitting down with a little kid and asking them where they got hurt. You let them express themselves. They will feel like a rescue puppy. When you can, you ask if it's ok for Jesus to take away the pain, and let him take over the job of protecting them.
(The broken part doesn't have to be a little kid, but usually is since that's often where the trauma first happened.)
The first release I had was pretty significant (instant, clear, unexpected, and certainly supernatural). But I did it on myself—after consultations with experienced prayer ministers. The process can be as simple as talking to that part of yourself and then asking Christ to talk to that part.
Deeper alters are trickier. Resources below.
If you think of your soul like a house, then it's like a little kid trapped in a room created as an escape from trauma—but we often don't even know the kid is living there. (That's another reason why it's helpful to pray with others about it, esp. those whose prophetic gifts are mature enough to hear God tell them what's really going on.)
The kid might not even know what happened—only that they don't feel safe to come out. But stuff has festered in the room—mostly unconscious to us—because the door hasn't been opened in years. And sometimes just talking to the kid in the room is enough to get a release.
(The doors on the rooms are actually protection mechanisms from God so that the whole house can still function.)
Personal Kids, Not Just Code
The trapped kid has its own "soul" qualities (will, intellect and emotions) that kind of duplicate off from your core; sort of similar to software code that replicates off the main program.
In more extreme cases (roughly 5% of the population), the alter may actually speak out enough to manifest as a distinct "multiple personality".
You can actually converse with the alter and ask it to reveal its name (if it has one) and get other details where/when it was formed; it's role, etc. The worse the break, the more distinct the voice will be. (some actually hear a distinct voice).
I've had friends suffering significantly from this issue. The new, more polite term for Multiple Personality Disorder is D.I.D. (Disassociative Identity Disorder).
Even politer terms for lighter conditions include: fractures, fragments, walls, parts, splinters, sub-selves. These can all refer to mild alters or strong alters; and different groups use different lingo. E.g., some use "fragments" to mean mild alters. (Note that Bethel church in Redding, CA, calls their ministry to alters "Shabar" which is the Greek word for "broken-hearted"—Luke 4:18).
The problem with all those terms is that they are clinical and impersonal. And since the healing will move along much quickly when personal trust is established between the broken off you, the core you, and Christ; then we don't want the prayer to be mechanical.
Critters Convince the Kid To Stay Trapped
Because non-theists don't believe in the supernatural they often conclude this condition is merely brain code malfunctioning; and on the other extreme some Christians inexperienced with the supernatural may conclude the part is a demon.
And yet it turns out that there is often a demon present! But it's not the alter part -- it's usualy an agent of evil that comes through the house window to keep telling the kid the rest of the house is unsafe.
So obviously, any non-supernatural model is incomplete. The awesome part about this is just how quickly Jesus will heal the wounded kid and resolve into some form of healing.
Various Ministry Approaches
When deliverance ministries grew in the 1970s some mistook alters for demons—and now we can see why—because they inhabit the same room. And the reason the evil critter is allowed to harass the kid is simply that Christ has not been given permission to protect the kid.
In summary, the way to handle a demon effectively is by the inner healing basics: 1. repenting for yourself, 2. forgiving others, 3. receiving God in that area. Once those "legal" reasons in the spirit realm are brought to God for pardon, the guilaty demon can be commanded to leave and stay away, if it doesn't just leave by itself. (Note: You can command a demon away without removing the legal reason, but Jesus said it can just come back.)
Re-Integration or Non-Integration?
Most ministries refer to an "alter" to mean the trapped kid in the house; but some refer to it as the door of the room. So the question then comes up "do you integrate an alter or not?" Obviously, it depends on what we mean by the term. So note that lingo can vary.
From my own experience, I can say that you feel like "more", not "less." I was also surprised that after kids get reunited, they don't go away; they just grow up. The resulting harmonious family will often appear to function as one life, like the Trinity.
Resources and Ministries
- Deep Wounds, Deep Healing -- Charles Kraft. A very good pioneer book.
- Praying Medic audio -- very good free summary
- Broken to Whole -- 6 author ebook w/ many stories. Tackles unusual situations.
- Richard Mull Interview free Operation Light Force audio w/ Praying Medic (ep.85)
- Emotional Healing in Three Easy Steps -- A decent ebook simplification
- Help for the Fractured Soul -- Candyce Roberts. A trustworthy, light book read.
- Steve Harmon Audio MP3 Interview -- Daniel Duval podcast from 3/30/16.
- Steve Harmon -- Experienced with tough cases. Lives cutting edge.
- Disassociation—the Forgotten Factor in Healing -- Peter Toth. Highly technically book, but contains some things I disagree with (e.g., denial of trapped emotional ages, ghosts,witchcraft, translocation, resting in the Spirit, parts integration.) Perhaps by re-integration he is referring to the kid as the door? Maybe it's just semantics.
- Restoration in Christ (Tom Hawkins) early forerunner ministry on this.
- HeartSync early forerunner ministry on this.
- Don Dickerman deliverance ministry that does parts work.
- Freedom Encounters Ken Thornberg. Focuses on removing demonic.
- Jed Baptist -- videos w/ hit-and-miss theology; plus a little judgmental.
- Break the Cycle site / vidoes -- Peter Gerlach; an approachable secular version.
You can get expert advice or Facetime/Skype prayer ministry with Constanzia Hooker:
Christ the Healer
Ultimately we can simplify it and just ask God how to proceed. These sessions might require a lot of mature patience from the prayer minister, who simultaneously must be both gentle with the soul kid; but completely firm toward the villains.
However: though you might dialog with an alter at length, but it's much quicker to introduce them to Christ as soon as possible and get that conversation going.
God gives us this powerful tool for healing release. Jesus says he came to bind up the "broken-hearted." [Luke 4] And that's really great. Enjoy!
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