Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Repairer of the Breach

Repairer of the Breach
Could it be that we inherit not only our looks, but our mental and emotional disposition? Scientists in the field of Epigenetics believe so. With the advent of genetic research, scientists have discovered that chemical codes which lie upon the DNA account for much of how we view and react to life. Here is an example of one study. Scientist took some lab rats and exposed them to a smell, and then shocked them.  They did it again, and again. Soon the rats knew that as soon as they got a whiff of the smell, they got zapped.  Next they bred the shocked rats and introduced to the litter some foster baby rats (these with no parental shock experience). 

So offspring of shocked rats were being raised with foster pups. Got it? The pups (that really is what a baby rat is called) grew up. Then one day the sneaky scientists introduce the smell.  Offspring of shocked parents freaked out - they didn't know what was going to happen, but they KNEW it was bad.  The foster siblings raised by the same mother had no reaction.

What we learn here is that emotions - in this case FEAR- and the emotional triggers can be passed down or inherited. WOW!

It is now being confirmed that traumatic experiences of parent and grandparents can be passed down. A parent who has PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress-Disorder) will have children who are significantly more predisposed to PTSD even though their trauma may be no where near what their parents experienced. This genetically encoded response to trauma, or depression or anxiety or worry is often beyond a persons control.
Diet and chemicals can cause some of these epigenetic changes, as could certain experiences - such as child neglect, drug abuse or other severe stresses.  Traumatic experiences in our past, or in our recent ancestors' past can leave molecular scars that adhere to and influence our DNA.  Parents and grandparents who survived traumatic life events or grew up with alcoholic or abusive parents carry a molecular residue, which holds fast to the genetic scaffolding.  The DNA may remain the same, but psychological and behavioral tendencies can be passed down or inherited.  You may not only inherit your grandmothers nose and eyes, but also her predisposition to anxiety or depression caused by the neglect she suffered as a newborn.
But it is not all bad.  Just as we can inherit negative tendencies, we also inherit positive emotional and psychological attributes.  This can be seen by contrasting birth children to adoptive siblings. 

In working with allergies, I have discovered that if the body has the ability to create an allergy, then it should also have the ability to un-create that allergy.  And through our allergy elimination treatment, we do just that.
Likewise, I believe that the body can heal and remove these epigenetic attachments, which propel so many into depression, anxiety, anger and other destructive behaviors. 

In the bible, the terms "sin" and "iniquity" are often coupled together. Iniquity is often used in conjunction with iniquity being "unto the third and fourth generation" (Exodus 20:5, Numbers 14:18). My understanding is that sins are personal misdeeds, while iniquity is prejudices, practices or behaviors that are passed down from parents and grandparents, etc.

So it boils down to this. Much of what we may experience in this life IS NOT YOUR FAULT. [Boy, that is the mantra of the teenager. "It's not my fault!"] While your predisposition to anxiety, depression or your unexplained phobias may not be of your own doing, these conditions are certainly your responsibility.  Fortunately, the modern study of genetics and epigenetics has proven that we are not stuck with what we have. We have the ability to grow, change, improve and even transform.

In the 58th chapter of Isaiah (in the Old Testament of the Bible), the prophet tells us to "Hide not thyself from thine own flesh" [your own family]. I believe we are being admonished to be connected to our families, both those living and those who have gone before us. Isaiah outlines that through fasting and prayer, we can become sanctified and ultimately become what he calls the "Repairer of the Breach".
A breach is a broken section or gap in a wall, a fence or a hedge. In warfare or agriculture, a breach is a place where the enemy comes in to destroy or where the sheep break out and get lost. As every farmer knows, repairing breaches or broken fences is a never-ending task. No matter how well built a fence may be, there will come a time when it will need to be repaired. This also applies to the walls surrounding cities or large properties. Even the best of walls can be broken into by thieves. In spiritual matters, a breach in a defensive wall is even more serious, because it lets temptation in and encourages those striving to do what is right to stray.

A breach as it relates to our family can be the emotional rift or negative predisposition that is inherited.  I have a friend who has 3 daughters - a whiner, a worrier and a happy-go-lucky, each of which mirrors the disposition of close relatives.

Fasting and prayer empowers us to repair anything that has torn the relationship apart - even those of a multi-generational nature. Through fasting and prayer and applying the atonement of Jesus Christ, we can gain power to repair generational family problems and stop the inter-generational flow of affliction or stop the iniquity from predisposing us to conflict and sin. Can it really be that simple? Simple and straight forward, yes, but not necessarily easy.

During one of our emotion treatments, we can identify inherited emotions that have created a breach in your protective wall.  These cracks or breaches can leave you vulnerable to negative influences or attacks. We may become subject to or even attracted to self-destructive behaviors, attitudes and influences. By assisting the subconscious mind to release or let go of trapped emotions (even inherited emotions), their grip can be loosened. As we work to replace the negative emotions by actively developing virtue or the positive emotions, such as kindness, compassion, love through service, gentleness, etc., we can begin to develop lasting change and happiness.

When an inherited trapped emotion is released, it can heal not only the influence of that emotion on you, but may also assist to heal the generations, both forward and back.

Fasting coupled with prayer can be a therapeutic approach.

Fasting is more than going without food.  You can fast from things other than food or drink. You can fast from some foods, and not others. You can fast from watching television or playing video games, having sex, and buying pleasure items, even from buying ordinary stuff. You can fast from hobbies you crave, places you are unhealthily drawn to, music, books, news, and movies. You might even find it necessary to be fasting from use of the Internet.  In a fast, you choose, for a set time, to do without something that is hard to do without. Specifically, we humbly deny something of the flesh to strengthen our connection to God, enhance our spirit, and go deeper in our prayer life.

Fasting should not be considered a "dieting method". We shouldn't fast to lose weight, but rather to gain deeper relationship with God. Yes, anyone can fast. Some may not be able to fast from food (diabetics or during pregnancy, for example), but everyone can temporarily give up something in order to focus on God. Even unplugging the television for a period of time can be an effective fast.

Fasting to be done appropriately is coupled with prayer.  For me, I have found it effective to draw my mind to God in prayer each time I think of or want to go to what I am fasting from.  For example, each time I feel a hunger pang - that is my signal to pray and focus on my purpose of the fast. Healing my body, mind or that of a loved one.

So how can the breach of generational family ties be repaired? How can loved ones be helped and even rescued? How can emotional cracks, fissures and broken walls be mended? I suggest a spiritual approach.

Consider taking the opportunity to exercise the principle of fasting coupled with prayer. If you are accustomed to a regular fasting practice of abstaining from food for a day, I would encourage you to explore something different. Seek inspiration as to what you can fast (abstain from for a set period) from. A thought, idea or impression will enter your mind as to what to fast from. Go with that. Then each time you feel the urge or desire toward that thing (food, unhealthy sweets, TV, etc.) - that is your signal to pray. Pour out your soul to God. Share your yearnings and desires. Be open to possibilities that you may not be aware of. Pray as though everything depends upon God and then go and act as though everything depends on you. Faith is an action word. Listen to and obey your conscience or that inner voice.

Schedule a session to have trapped or generational emotions identified and released. If this resonates at all with you, take action. Understand that you can be healed, but it may take time. It will take effort. And until the drug companies come up with that magic pill, quit hoping for a quick and easy resolution. Become a Repairer of the Breach!


Dr. Kyle Christensen
September 28, 2016