“The Soul Roots of Sickness-Part Four”

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Welcome to the last post in our series on soul sickness and its connection to physical sickness. Last week, we talked about “soul fragmentation,” another term for the tearing apart of the soul that occurs during times of trauma. Today, we’re going to discuss alters.

What is an alter?

First of all, an alter is not an altar. 🙂 These two words are often confused. The latter is a structure found in a church for the purpose of worship. An “alter” as it relates to the soul is similar to a fragment in that it protects the soul from the effects of trauma by walling off a portion of the soul from the main core of the soul.

While a fragment is simply a walled-off part of the soul, an alter can have a personality distinct from the soul’s core personality. In such cases, a person is often diagnosed as having a mental disorder, such as Dissociative Identify Disorder (DID), formerly called “Multiple Personality Disorder.”  People who have been severely traumatized can have numerous alters.

Another difference between a fragment and an alter is that a fragment does not have a false personality of its own, whereas an alter does. For instance, when a present-day event triggers an alter that is connected to a past traumatic event, the alter responds according to its false personality rather than according to the true personality of the person’s soul. In other words, the person comes under the control of the alter. This is the reason some people say that when they react in a negative way, they feel as though it is someone else reacting and that they are simply observing a movie playing out before their eyes.

“The Lord restores my soul.” – Psalm 23: 3

So, what is a person to do if his soul has been torn apart into fragments or alters?

1) Believe that Jesus wants to restore your soul. He promised as much in Psalm 23: 3. Only Jesus can heal a fragmented or altered soul. So, the first step to take, if you have not already done so, is to invite Jesus Christ into your life and receive Him as Your Savior and Lord. Here’s how.

2) Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you what soul fragments and alters you are dealing with. As He shows them to you, give them to Jesus one by one for His healing touch. 

3) Seek the help of Christ-Followers trained in deliverance ministry or a Christian counselor trained in dealing with fragments and alters. There is help for you out there if you just look for it.

Remember this: As you look up to Jesus, trusting Him to heal your broken soul, He will. And as your broken soul is restored to wholeness, your body will also be restored to health. 

My Prayer for You Today: Lord Jesus, we thank You that You restore our souls. We thank You for taking the broken pieces of our soul, for healing them, and for restoring them back to their original place where You intended them to be. Amen.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you dealing with soul fragments or alters? Have you experienced healing of soul fragments and/or alters? If so in either case, I invite you to share your experiences. Please leave your valued comment in the box below. 

NOTE: If you think you are in need of deliverance ministry, please write to me at info@maryanndiorio.com. I will be happy to pray for you. 

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