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Mechanism of Action             Bingaman (2015) explored the mechanism of action that underlies the effectiveness of embodied mindfulness practices from a pastoral counseling vantage point. The third wave utilizes acceptance, distress tolerance, commitment, and presence to facilitate healing. MBCT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) both focus on reducing experiential avoidance. This reduces the stress […]

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Meditation

Christian Yoga as Lay-Ministry: Transpersonal Approaches to Pastoral Care

Pentecostal Faith Healing and Complementary Therapies. Brown (2014) has been following the charismatic and Pentecostal revivals sweeping North America for more than 10 years. During this time, she has noted an overlap between CTs and charismatics. Often, these conservative believers get disillusioned with modern medicine. Brown noted that Pentecostals tend to view spiritual healing in […]

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Attachment

Christian Transpersonal Psychology: Christian Meditation for Trauma

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Therapy. Chanler (2017) advocated for the use of mindfulness as a tool to heal enmeshed interpersonal and family relationships. She used somatic awareness to help disentangled specifically from mother-daughter enmeshment. Ong (2021) and Ong et al. (2019) described trauma-sensitive yoga (TSY). This somatic healing method is specifically geared toward C-PTSD by increasing awareness, […]

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The Real Impact of Developmental Trauma: What Every Christian Needs to Know

Betrayal Trauma A further subset of C-PTSD is betrayal trauma. Freyd et al. (2007) described betrayal trauma as a phenomenon of attachment failure. A child must create maladaptive survival strategies to survive abusive caregiving by a primary attachment figure. These coping mechanisms continue well into adulthood. These adult survivors who have experienced much betrayal can […]

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Borderline Personality Disorder: A Christian Perspective on Emotional Abuse

Related Literature An abundance of literature exists regarding the use of CTs for healing trauma (Gulden & Jennings, 2016; Hull et al., 2015; Mohi-Ud-Din & Pandey, 2018; Pence et al., 2014; Sears & Chard, 2016). There is an explicit conversation regarding the theological suitability of CTs for Christians (Brown, 2018; Garzon & Ford, 2016; Jain, […]

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Codependency, Attachment & Substance Use Disorder: What Every Pastor Needs to Understand

Attachment-Rooted Familial Substance Use Disorder. Substance use disorder (SUD) is a primary culprit of familial trauma often rooted in attachment dysfunction. Rasmussen et al. (2018) found that the prevention of childhood trauma can reduce SUD. Conversely, SUD clients should also get screened for childhood trauma and then treated with proper attachment-rooted interventions to increase recovery […]

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Attachment

Inner, Relational, and Family Healing: Overcoming Complex Trauma & Supporting Recovery through Addressing God-attachment

Overview Familial trauma theory is rooted in attachment theory. Attachment theory is the most well-researched theory of human development (Hughes, 2017). Dysfunctions of attachment lend themselves to a myriad of family systems chaos. Ainsworth and Bowlby (1991) were the founders of attachment theory. Different attachment styles stem from an infant’s initial bonds to their parents. […]

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Herbalism

Cultural Appropriation or Religious Accommodation in the Christian Yoga Debate

The future of this new age of American spirituality rests on the ability of all parties to enter the conversation with an ability to get to the bottom of the issue of Christian-suitability of CAM practices without further accusations of heresy, faddism, or appropriation. Instead, the CAM mechanism of action ought to get critiqued without […]

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Meditation

The New Age of Christian Spirituality & Healing

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION Introduction The study surveyed a large body of research on three topics: (a) Christian ministry and pastoral counseling, (b) complex relational and family trauma, and (c) complementary and alternative medicine. The topic of this study is—The new age of Christian healing and spirituality: A meta-synthesis exploring the efficacy of complementary therapies for […]

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