Strongholds and Addictions take an enormous toll on people’s life. They exert a long and powerful influence as a whole.It’s tough to break it, but it can be done!
Definition of Strongholds
1. A place where a particular cause or belief is strongly defended or upheld.
2. A place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack.
Strongholds when they are not kept in check can become addictions. We have an initial belief or misconception. We build on this foundation and reinforce the belief. This becomes more difficult to overcome with each successive event or self-fulfilling prophecy. Common Strongholds and Addictions… Drugs, Alcohol, Over-eating, Offences, Sexual addictions, Fantasy worlds, Work, Pursuit of knowledge, Eating Disorders, Fear itself, Anger itself, Religion, Being dominated, Rejection, Fatherlessness How and why does this happen? The human brain is being continually receiving information through all the senses.
This information is put through filters and filed away. There is a vast amount of information that the unconscious brain is continually processing. The amount of space in the brain for such data in finite and so has to be dealt with appropriately. The idea is that this is dealt with three main processes Deleting, Distortion and Generalisation.
Delete – Pieces of information are deleted when it serves no useful purpose.
Distort – some information given more weight than others.
Generalisation- we take one example to be representative of a class of experiences.
For the therapies to be effective need to address the root cause of the problem and by not treating just the symptoms. This called Gestalt. Gestalt is a ‘series of events that are linked together in some way’, this particular Gestalt has also been called the string of pearls. The premise is that by cutting off the first event, the first pearl, all the others fall off the string. In so doing we are no longer just dealing with the symptoms of each event, but cutting away the source or the root of the problem. Gestalt therapy was developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls and Paul Goodman in the 1940s and 1950s.
The language that is used and the behaviour displayed, may reveal the root of the problem. Before we can begin to tackle such stronghold or addiction we have to acknowledge that there is a problem and that we need help to overcome it.
What we say can program our unconscious mind.
What we say Justification for Addictions
“My addiction doesn’t affect anyone else.”
“I’d never be able to manage my problem without ………..”
“I’m in control of ……….; I can stop whenever I want to.”
“But, I’m not like so-and- so…he/she’s really in bad shape.”
What we say with our mouths, is heard through our ears, and registers with our unconscious brain.
When we begin to tackle strongholds and addictions we need to change the language that is used. It is not a question of denial, making big unsustainable statements, but by not using self-defeating language.
Negative Statement “I can’t make it!”
Positive Statement “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
When we understand where we are and where we want to be, then we can devise an appropriate strategy to overcome the stronghold or addiction.