And we shall be made truly wise if we be content; content, too, not only with what we can understand, but content with what we do not understand--the habit of mind which theologians call--and rightly--faith in God.
—Charles Kingsley

One of the ways your health care provider can assist your physical healing is to utilize a procedure called the Neuro-Emotional Technique, or NET. This technique is a synthesis of several sciences and healing traditions and has proven to provide relief in body, mind and spirit for many individuals. Why would physical health have anything to do with emotions? Emotions are about physiology -- that is why they are called "feelings" -- because we feel them in our physical bodies. Not to be confused with mind (psyche) or soul (spirit), NET focuses on physiology only.

The practice of NET does not include counseling or suggestions on how to live or behave, thus it is inherently respectful and harmless for even the most vulnerable or suggestible person. For this reason alone, NET is different from counseling.
Many Christians have questions about NET, perhaps because it seems so new. Included in this article are some frequently asked questions Christians have about NET. If you have others, ask your NET practitioner for additional information or see these NET websites: and Is NET Biblical? Jesus himself laid hands on people to heal them (Matt. 8:2-3 and 8:14 -15). He commissioned his disciples to do likewise, saying "they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover" (Mark 16:18b). In some respects, NET is similar to the long-standing Christian practice of laying-on-of-hands prayer.
Is NET of God or is it demonic?

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights." (James 1:17). When accused of casting out demons by the prince of demons, Jesus responded that "every city or house divided against itself shall not stand" (Matt 12:25b). If Satan were to be a part of this healing procedure, he would be destroying his own kingdom.

Jesus explained that "the tree is known by his fruit" (Matthew 12:33b). NET has borne much fruit, helping many people in the community to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Ask your NET practitioner for a few testimonials or read Dr. Lou Ann Hall's book Good News for People Who Hurt.

Jesus also noted that "the thief [Satan] cometh not but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Again, NET is designed to help you remove those impediments to abundant living.

Is NET "New Age?
" While it is new, in that it is a recent development of both ancient and modern methods of healing, it is not associated with any religion, spiritual practice or belief system. It is a "value free" procedure, just like other assessment tools (such as x-rays and blood tests) and just like other corrective procedures (such as chiropractic adjustments). You don't have to "believe" for them to work.

Like other techniques, NET requires training to effectively utilize: only trained professionals may employ NET in your healing process.

Is NET compatible with Christian teaching? NET helps you to "be transformed through the renewing of your mind" by helping to clear out false beliefs, negative emotions and bad memories which keep you from proving "what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Rom 12:2).

How can my past experiences and even those of parents and grandparents affect me today? The prophet Jeremiah lamented "Our fathers have sinned and are not, and we have borne their iniquities" (Lamentations 5:7). This means that sometime things that happened to our parents gets passed on to us unwanted. Christian writer and former priest Francis MacNutt further explains, "A good deal of evidence suggests that some hurts go back before birth while the child is still being carried in the mother's womb. Just as John the Baptist leapt in Elizabeth's womb when she heard Mary's greeting (Luke 1:41), so every child seems sensitive to its mother's needs. If the mother does not really want the child or is suffering from some anxiety or fear, the infant seems somehow to pick up the feelings of the mother and respond to them."

What if I'm still not certain? That's OK. Pray about it, asking God to cloak your NET session with His protection and care. Ask your provider to pray with you. And remember, back in 1611 when Galileo was teaching that the earth revolved around the sun, he was imprisoned for teaching heresy and theory contrary to the Bible. Some truths take a while to catch on.

When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He read from the scroll of Isaiah that the Spirit had anointed Him to preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, the recovery of sight to the blind and to set at liberty all who are oppressed (Luke 4:18). NET supports this ministry by releasing people who are held captive by bad memories and experiences, by providing recovery of "sight" to those blinded by old beliefs and destructive patterns of thinking and by setting at liberty those who are oppressed by physical and emotional trauma, freeing each to live life more abundantly.

What other Christians are saying about the effect emotions have on the body:

"Medical science is beginning to affirm that one's beliefs and feelings are the ultimate tools and powers for healing. Unresolved guilt, anger, resentment and meaninglessness are found to be the greatest suppressors of the body's powerful, health-controlling immune system..."
—David Hilton, M.D.,

World Council of Churches
"Time doesn't heal all wounds. It really doesn't heal any wounds. That's an illusion... Until we get to the core of what is really hurting us and properly resolve it, these suppressed feelings will return at the worst possible moments... Unhealed wounds are the unseen enemies of the soul that provoke most of our suffering and failures."
—Rev. Dr. Richard Lee,

The Healing Touch of Jesus
"We must give up the notion that we can harbor fears, resentments, self-centeredness and guilt and that nothing will happen to us physically... [or] that God will pass a miracle over us and heal us without out cooperating with God by giving up wrong thinking and negative emotions which produce disease."
-—Rev. Dr. E. Stanley Jones,

Christian Century
"Some scientists might describe the idea of a biochemical basis for the emotions as outrageous... I used to think the body was made just to carry around the brain... [However] the body is the unconscious mind! Repressed traumas, caused by overwhelming emotion can be stored in a body part, thereafter affecting our ability to feel that part or even move it."
Dr. Candace B. Pert, research

Professor and biophysicist
"Every change in the physiological state is accompanied by an appropriate change in the mental emotional state, conscious or unconscious, and [vice versa]."
— Dr. Elmer Green, the Mayo Clinic

"It's not what happens to us that causes our problems but how we "think about it" that keeps us stuck in our emotional pain and discomfort. Like Paul, we as Christians want to "be content in all things through Jesus Christ" (Phil. 4:11 ). NET is a simple and effective process that allows us to reorganize our thinking and our physiology and obtain physical and emotional relief from events that may have been disturbing us most of our lives; but we weren't aware of it."
—Rev. Dr. David Henson , Ph.D.
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