The “MAP” – TPM Process Explained
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Learning to Read a Map
The purpose of this animated presentation is to introduce you to the numerous stages of the TPM process, walk you through “the map,” and show you how to use it. The information that will be covered should help you familiarize yourself with the TPM process and offer the necessary tools and understanding to help you determine where you are in a TPM session, as well as what steps to take at any point along the way.
The TPM “process” the how-to-do-it- portion of Transformation Prayer can be explained using different analogies. The two that you will encounter throughout your training are the “Boxes” and the “Map.” This video primarily uses the “Map” illustration. Other videos and articles will use the “BOXES” analogy.
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There is always more to learn, as well as room for improvement, but if you can gain a solid grasp on the concepts that will be presented here, your ministry sessions should be consistent and successful.
The text that follows is a near word-for-word transcript of what is presented in the animation video. You can print it out (as you can any and all of the training made available) and follow along to increase your comprehension if you choose. As with all of the articles and videos, one time through will never do! Re-visit everything over and again. Become the “sharpest tool” you can in the hand of God as you seek to do His ministry.
Overview and Summary
- There are five essential stages (boxes) in the TPM process; EMOTION, MEMORY, BELIEF, TRUTH, TRANSFORMATION.
- Every ministry session begins in the EMOTION Box.
- There is no need to search for a MEMORY. Our mind’s do this automatically by way of association.
- When the appropriate memory comes to mind we are in the MEMORY Box where we proceed to identify the lie-based core belief that is producing our negative emotion.
- Once the lie has been identified we proceed to the BELIEF Box.
- Once belief is confirmed we move to the TRUTH Box where we ask the Lord for his truth and perspective.
- Finally, we check to see if there has been a change in what we believe in the TRANSFORMATION Box.
- This change/transformation confirms that the Holy Spirit has brought about mind renewal.
- Occasionally, a session may seem to become difficult or even “stall out. When this happens (and it will), we may have move out of the five essential stages or boxes over to additional boxes we call the ANGER Box or SOLUTION Box.
- These two “boxes” are designed to deal with anything that hinders us from moving forward.
- Each box on the map contains intentionally crafted questions that are to be asked at specific points during a session. Each question is ONLY to be asked when we are at the corresponding section of the map.
- When we know where are in the process (what box we are in) we will know exactly what question to ask.
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“The purpose of this presentation is to introduce you to the numerous stages of the TPM process, walk you through “the map,” and show you how to use it. The information that will be covered should help you familiarize yourself with the TPM process and offer the necessary tools and understanding to help you determine where you are in a TPM session, as well as what steps to take at any point along the way. There is always more to learn, as well as room for improvement, but if you can gain a solid grasp on the concepts that will be presented here, your ministry sessions should be consistent and successful. Let’s start with the fundamentals.
Emotion, Memory, Belief, Truth, and Transformation
Although these five stages represent the entire process of TPM, there are a few additional areas on the map that need to be discussed. These areas include the sections where we apply the clock principle, where we address (what we will call) “solutions,” where we address anger, and where you go when you are unsure of where you are in the process. Each of these elements represents a possible stage in which you might find yourself during the course of a TPM session.
This Chart is Like a Map. You can use this chart as a map to help you determine your precise location. You will soon discover, if you know where you are on the map, you will also know what to do and exactly what question to ask. This effectively takes the guesswork out of applying TPM and offers the needed guidance for when you are unsure of what to do next.
Each section on the map contains intentionally crafted questions that are to be asked at specific points during a session. Each question is ONLY to be asked when you are at the corresponding section of the map. These questions are not “magic words” that bring about forward movement or transformation. Rather, they function, more or less, as reminders that bring certain concepts and principles to the mind of the recipient.
When the recipient knows where he is in the session and what steps to take next, he then moves forward. It is the recipient’s belief and choice that cause him to move forward; not the facilitator’s questions. Most sections contain one or two questions, whereas a few have three, but even then, if you know where you are on the map, it is quite simple to determine which of the questions to ask. As you are now likely beginning to realize, the primary challenge for the ministry facilitator is knowing where he is on the map.
Walking Through the Stages and Understanding the Questions
All sessions begin with EMOTION. The goal here is to connect with emotion. Without feeling something, no forward motion can occur. This is commonly accomplished by simply “telling the story” of a recent time in which you felt negative emotion; such as when your boss confronted you, when you were cut-off in traffic, when you opened your credit card bill, when you were asked to volunteer at a local charity, when you were forced to enter into conversation with “that guy,” or when you unsuccessfully attempted to put your children to bed. By “telling the story,” emotion will typically surface. You will again feel what you felt at the time. When this occurs you are ready for the first question in the Emotion section.
First EMOTION Question
“How does that make you feel right now?” Or “What are you feeling right now?”
This question should help you to connect with your emotion.
Second EMOTION Question
“What comes to your mind as you focus on what you are feeling?”
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At this point, a memory will likely come to mind, and you move to the Memory section of the map.
[NOTE: There is a slight change in protocol here that is not mentioned in the “MAP” video. This procedure will be discussed in the following article.]
If this does not happen automatically, don’t panic. You would simply follow the procedure in the Solution section of the map. But more on that later.
There are three questions to be asked in the memory section of the map. One question is asked in response to a stated emotion, another is asked in response to a stated belief, and the third is asked when the recipient’s responses begin to repeat or “loop.” These three questions are designed to help you to identify the lie-based core belief that is causing you to feel what you are feeling.
Note: These three questions do not have a sequential order. Each one is asked based on the information that you receive from the person.
The three MEMORY Box questions are as follows:
“How does that make you feel?”
“Why do you feel that way?”
“Why does believing that…(the belief or information that was stated) make you feel this way (the emotion that was reported)?” For example, “Why does remembering your dad coming home make you feel afraid?”
Each of these questions is designed to either help you to focus on what you are feeling or identify what you experientially believe.
Identifying Core Belief
The particular kind of belief that we are searching for is what is known as lie-based “core belief.”
“Core Beliefs” consist of what we experientially believe regarding our “self-identity” (who of what we are) and our “state of being” (our situation or condition). Note: There are expanded discussions about this in other articles.
These beliefs are “located” by paying close attention to the emotions that they produce.
If I “feel” as though I am worthless, it is because I believe that I am worthless. Likewise, if I “feel” as though I am alone, it is because I believe that I am alone. (and so on) After asking the necessary questions and identifying a potential lie-based core belief, you then move to the Belief section of the map.
There is only one question to be asked in the belief section:
“Not is it true, but does it feel or seem true that _____?” (inserting the lie-based belief)
This question is asked to determine if the stated belief is, in fact, experientially believed to be true.
For when we believe a lie, it will feel or seem true even if we intellectually know otherwise. This is the fundamental principle that is in play at this point in the session; “If a lie feels true, then it is believed to be true.”
Asking the question in the Belief section establishes a “baseline” which we will use later in the Transformation section. After this question has been answered in the affirmative, you are ready to move to the Truth section of the map.
There are two questions in the truth section. One is addressed to the recipient, while the other is addressed to God. The first question is essentially proper etiquette and reminds the recipient where we are in the process. It is a transition question which shifts our focus from the person to the Lord.
“May we present that belief to the Lord?” If “yes,” you then ask the second question.
“Lord, what do you want (the recipient) to know?”
Or, if applying the process on your own, “Lord, what do you want me to know?”
This question is essentially a short, one-line prayer directed to God. It is important to note that this “prayer” does not need to be any longer or more elaborate than this. God is patiently waiting to offer His truth to the person when he or she is ready to receive it. In fact, this entire process is essentially our willful decision to acknowledge and “own” the lies that we believe and ask the Lord for His truth and perspective. And asking Him really is as simple as “Lord, what do you want me to know?” After asking the questions in the Truth section of the map, you proceed to the next section; “Transformation.”
The facilitator does not need to ask any additional questions (such as “what did the Lord say?” or “did you hear from God?”) nor does he or she need to make any additional comments (such as offering advice or sharing insight) while in the Truth section. Since you are now in the Transformation section of the map, there is only one question to be asked. This question is vitally important as it seeks to determine if the recipient has, in fact, received truth from the Holy Spirit. The question is simple.
“Does it still feel or seem true that… (the lie that was reported in the Belief section)?”
In the early versions of the TPM training, this “test” was accomplished by checking the person’s emotional state. The facilitator would ask the recipient about emotion, rather than belief. We have since discovered that emotion is not a reliable test for transformation as a great many things can influence what we feel. But only God, through His Holy Spirit, can refine our faith, renew our minds, and change what we experientially believe. Because of this reality, the way to check for transformation is simply, “does the lie still feel true.” But a change in experiential belief is evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives.
This question uses the baseline that was established in the Belief section to determine if mind renewal (a change in belief) has occurred. If the lie no longer feels true, then it is no longer believed to be true, and thus, mind renewal has, in fact, occurred. After asking the question in the Transformation section of the map, you will need to apply “The Clock Principle.”
The Clock Principle
The Clock Principle is essentially the step in between the Transformation section and the Emotion section of map in which you “check the clock” to determine if you have enough time for an additional ministry session. If you do not have enough time for another complete session, then it might be better spent debriefing and offering additional training.
The Answer to the Transformation Question ALWAYS Takes You to the Emotion Location on the Map. No matter whether they report having received truth or not, you move to the EMOTION Box. The question you ask is somewhat modified to fit the situation.
“What are you feeling now?”
It is important to note that no matter how the Transformation question is answered, you automatically move to the Emotion section of the map. There is nothing that you need to do or ask concerning the response to this question. Even if the lie “still feels true,” the next question to be asked is the first question in the Emotion section. “What are you feeling now?” But all of this is dependent upon whether you have time to proceed or not.
If at any point along the way, the recipient gets “stuck” or the session becomes “sidetracked,” it will likely be caused by what is referred to as a “solution.” When this occurs you have left whatever box you may have been in and have moved over to the SOLUTION Box.
A “solution” is simply a person’s vain attempt to solve what he or she perceives to be the problem. For example, a person may believe that if he remembers a particular memory, something bad will happen, and by “blocking it out” he will remain safe. Thus, because of this belief, he will face an enormous challenge when attempting to recall that particular memory. And when this happens, it should be addressed in the Solution section (also known as “The De-Solution Tool”)
There are three questions in the Solution section on the map.
The first question identifies the presence of a problem by identifying the presence of a “solution.” The question is as follows:
“Do you sense any resistance or hesitancy at the thought of (doing the opposite of the solution/Behavior)?”
As you probably noticed, this question does not have the recipient “attempt” or “try” to do anything. Rather, the recipient is to “feel for” or “sense for” something; specifically, a hesitance to stop doing what they are doing or a resistance to start doing what they are not.
For example, if the man mentioned earlier were asked if he felt any “resistance or hesitancy” at the thought of remembering a particular memory, he would obviously say, “yes.” For to do so would require him to put himself in perceived danger. (…something bad would happen.) Or, if someone believed that by holding onto her grief, for example, would somehow prove that she loved her husband who died 11 years ago, then she would likely feel a great deal of resistance at the thought of releasing the grief. The only thing being looked for at this point is the presence of resistance and hesitancy.
The second question is designed to identify the perceived problem.
“What do you believe would happen if you were to (do what you are resistant or hesitant to do)?” Alternate wording: “What do you believe would happen if you were to __________ that causes you to hesitate or resist?”
The perceived problem might be something like, “If I remember, something bad will happen.” Or, “If I let myself feel, I will become overwhelmed by the pain.” Or “If I let my anger go, I will be hurt again.” Once the perceived problem has been stated, the next question is to be asked.
The third question reveals the lie-based belief that is supporting the solution/behavior.
“So then, the reason for ________ (doing the solution/behavior) is what?” For example, “So then, the reason for blocking-out your emotion is what?”
The response to this question may be something like, “It keeps me safe,” “It keeps me from being hurt again,” “It keeps me from becoming overwhelmed,” or “it holds the person who hurt me accountable for his actions.”
When the core belief has been identified, we move to the Belief section of the map and ask the Belief Question.
“Not that it is true, but does it feel or seem true that…?”
Alternative wording: “Not is it true, but does it feel true that…?
Anger is commonly used in an attempt to “solve” perceived problems. In fact, anger is one of the only emotions that we intentionally use for one purpose or another. Other negative emotions are generally pushed away, denied, or suppressed. Whereas we often view anger as a way to block-out other emotions, empower us to do what we need to do, or “get-back” at someone who deserves our wrath. If anger shows-up at any point in during the process, then this moves you to the Anger section of the map.
However, it is important to realize that it is not uncommon for a person to avoid admitting that he or she is angry for a myriad of reasons. And although providing good orientation regarding anger prior to the session is ideal, if the person’s behavior suggests that he may be angry and yet he is not reporting anger, there is a question designed to help identify this “elusive” anger.
This is not a question to ask when you do not know what else to do. Rather, it is only asked when you have genuine reasons for believing anger is present, but providing orientation is not a viable option. Because anger is unique from other emotions in that it is typically a protective emotion that is felt towards people, things, and our circumstances, if a person feels an emotion towards someone or something, that emotion is likely anger.
Because of this unique characteristic, the question is this:
“Is any portion of what you are feeling being felt towards any person or anything?”
If the answer is, “Yes,” then you need to determine what is being felt and who or what it is being felt towards.
In most cases, however, a person will tell you what he or she is feeling and toward whom it is being felt all at the same time. For example, “yes, I feel angry at my father!” or “why yes, I am terribly frustrated with God!” If they do not do this, you can simply ask this follow-up question:
“Who or what do you feel angry towards?”
If anger is being felt towards God, two additional questions are asked. First,
“Why do you feel angry at God?”
A typical response might be, “I am angry with God because He did not protect me from what happened,” “He abandoned me,” or “He let me down,” etc.
The next question helps to clarify the belief.
“Why does believing that make you feel angry at God?” For example, “Why does believing that He did not protect you from what happened cause you to feel angry towards Him?“
Note: This question is essentially the “looping question” borrowed from the Memory section of the map.
Any belief that has them angry with God is a false, or at the very least, inaccurate belief. From here, the next step is to head over to the Belief section of the map using the person’s response to the previous question as the “belief.” If, however, anger is felt towards anything or anyone other than God, simply head over to the Solution section of the map. Anger felt toward anyone or thing other than God is being used to solve a perceived problem.
Using anger as a “solution” to a perceived problem is not uncommon, so do not be surprised if you find yourself here in many future sessions.
Such perceived problems might include things like: “If I am not angry, I will get hurt again,” “If I am not angry, that person gets by with what they did to me.” Or “If I am not angry, I will lose control.” Common beliefs that support being angry might include such things as, “Being angry keeps me safe,” “My anger holds him accountable,” or “As long as I am angry, I am in control.” But remember, if the anger is being felt towards God, we ask two questions before heading to the Belief section. And if the anger is being felt towards anything or anyone other than God, we go to the Solution section of the map.
The “Lost” Question
These seven sections (Emotion, Memory, Belief, Truth, Transformation, Solution, and Anger) come together to form the map. However, there is one additional place that you may find yourself in a session; that is, lost. If a person is unfamiliar with the TPM process or has little-to-no experience in applying it, it is quite possible that he or she might become “lost” along the way; not knowing what to do. This can be alleviated simply through additional orientation, training, and practice.
Likewise, a facilitator may become “lost” in a session for many reasons, such as being distracted by outside interruptions or the recipient not verbalizing what is happening internally. When this occurs, there is a simple way to find out where you are on the map so that you know what to do next.
Simply ask, “What’s going on right now?”
The recipient’s answer to this question should supply all the necessary information needed to locate yourself “on the map.” An example of this would be if, after asking the Lord for truth, the recipient seems to pause for a minute or two. The facilitator might begin to wonder, “Well, is it time to ask the next question? I don’t want to rush the person. But, what if the person is disconnecting from emotion or remembering a different memory or simply waiting on me? What do I do?!?”
First of all, again, don’t panic. To determine what is happening and where you are on the map, just ask “What’s going on right now?” No matter what is happening at that point, you should then be able to determine what the next step should be.
Use the map to find the recipient, and then ask the appropriate question. Get in the habit of using the recipient’s responses to locate “where you are” on the map, and then ask the appropriate questions for that section. If you can consistently accomplish this, you will have simple, successful sessions and a boost in your self-confidence when applying this process.
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