Soulology 101 From Whence Cometh Mental Illness? Introduction (Revised)

No soul can be properly studied without considering all three life functioning capacities. Because scientific psychological research has rejected one of these capacities, which does not require "rational " thought, there is now a scrambling in the search for the missing link - that which is spiritual and involves conscience and intuition. More

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About Garry G. Laser

The author, Garry G. Laser was born in Germany in 1947. After his birth the hospital was unable to treat the infant’s medical condition and he was sent home with his mother to die there. The prayer of godly family and friends and their faith in God brought the healing God wanted to give. The family of five immigrated to Canada in 1954 and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
As a child, he was raised in a German speaking home and church environment. Dogma and legalism were never far from being included in all teaching and preaching, yet at the age of 14 years through the work of the Holy Spirit, he asked Jesus to come into his life. In 1971 a beautiful and stunning young lady by the name of Nettie Reiter had come to Winnipeg to attend a family related funeral and as a result it was love at first sight. Within less than 6 months Garry convinced her that he was her man and they got married and had 4 children.
Garry and his wife currently live in Chilliwack, British Columbia and attend the Rosedale Community Church of God (affiliated with Anderson, Indiana and its heritage in the Wesleyan movement). Their 4 adult children and now five (5) grandchildren all reside within close driving proximity. What does Garry do for the most part of his day? Well, he gets up in the wee hours of the morning (12:01 to be more precise), studies and writes and then it’s off to work which commences at 5:35 AM in a cold, ‘case ready’ meat processing plant as a general laborer. At least that is the routine until he retires from there.
It was as a result of a one year separation early in their marriage that God was able to work in Garry’s life and prepare him for considering the study of Scripture. After reconciling in their marriage the young family with one child (son Kevin) at the time, moved to Germany. Garry studied at Brake Bible School for two years and the family with their second child (son Ron) returned to Canada and moved to Three Hills, Alberta where after a year of studies he graduated from Prairie Bible Institute. With their third child (daughter Cindy), a Three Hills New Year’s arrival in tow, Garry commenced his studies at North American Baptist College in Edmonton Alberta. (Currently operating as Taylor University College and Seminary). While studying at NABC he was introduced to studies in psychology. After his first semester, funds dwindled, and Garry had to consider abandoning further studies.
Garry’s work experience started at the entry level of stock boy with the Hudson’s Bay Company and within a short period of time he moved on to data processing and computer operations. He stayed within the field of computer operations until the move to Germany. When his studying years stopped, he found employment with Corrections Canada and commenced his job with corrections that had just opened the new Edmonton Maximum Security Institute. There he engaged in security and case work. At that time he also did voluntary chaplaincy work within that prison. From there he transferred to the newly opened Kent Maximum Security Institute in British Columbia and it was in Chilliwack where their fourth child (daughter Tamara) was born.
In 1985, their eldest son, 10 years of age at the time had an inner tube tobogganing accident which resulted in prolonged unconsciousness and spinal cord severance. At that time of their family life the mortgage rates were at 21% and the additional cost of borrowing funds for home renovations resulted in eventual foreclosure action commencement by the bank.
It was in this vulnerability that Garry came to believe he had freedom of choice to do whatever it would take to never again let his family down for lack of provision on his part. Garry wanted to get rich and get rich fast so nobody would ever again control his life and force him and his family out of their home. When he entered into the bankruptcy act for creditor protection and participated in the Orderly Debt Repayment program he was eventually able to pay off everything he owed, but there was one thing that really bothered him, he could not obtain a credit card for at least seven more years. That prompted him to seek any way possible to circumvent that restriction and during his pursuits in finding alternatives, he came upon the advertisements that promoted the “Get Rich Now” mail order programs. He took the bait and started selling “Get Rich” books too and that venture provided such an enormous income in only a few months that he quit his work in the field of corrections.
This trip into abundance of money, the belief in self-sufficiency and self-resourcefulness and the belief in the lie that he actually did have freedom of choice, moved him into the arena where the rich seek to hide money in offshore accounts. Such company always includes the fraudsters, the hucksters, the money launderers and the deceiving, greedy liars. Keeping such company is bound to catch up to you, and, as often happens, there are those times when people with such labels are given a temporary home away from home. Garry enjoyed such quiet respite under God’s ultimate control for 10 months in Seattle.
God has a way of catching up with all those who are His children for He has predestined all His children for the doing of good works for His good pleasure. Garry was one of those whom God wanted to change into the image of His Son. “God knew what He was doing from the very beginning. God decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity and therefore all of humanity is able to be restored in Christ. We all see the original and intended shape of our lives there in Him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.” (Romans 8:29 MSG) Garry was one of the names God lovingly called, and finally Garry heard.
I believe this short autobiography of Garry’s life will shed some light and insight on what it is that God wants to ultimately accomplish in him in the way of maturing faith and come to use, from his personal life experiences, in the writings of Soulology, the PinPoint Soul-Logical Understanding book series; where the Divine Self Being restores the human self being.
Garry is a follower of Jesus Christ; he is the husband of one, father of four, and a grandfather; a lover of God’s church and a general laborer in the service of God.
Praise be to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

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About the Series: Soulology - Your Mental Health Counts
The term Soulology is being used instead of psychology for the simple fact that the Christian understanding is that man is a human being who has three life functioning capacities. The spiritual, the physical and the soulogical or psychological. The "science of Psychiatry and psychology" however omit the non rational and intuitive conscience study of the spiritual capacity. They say it can't be seen therefore it can't be scientific. Soul-Logic focuses on the primary capacity as being the spiritual thought sourcing and deriving our character of the soul from a spiritual source.

PinPoint Soul-Logical Understanding is what this series aims to provide.

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