Overcoming Trauma – Part One

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One of the biggest fields of study in psychology of recent years has been in the area of trauma.  Trauma in itself occurs anytime something happens to someone, whether that experience occurs because of choices that individual makes or just simply by happenstance (being in the wrong place at the wrong time).

 

If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. But with the right treatment, self-help strategies, and support, you can speed your recovery. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on.

 

When trauma occurs in someone’s life, what we discover is that there has been an imprint made on the psyche of the individual, and that imprint carries with it the impact (emotional response or reaction) and the memory (images, feelings, sensations, and thoughts) that were in motion at the time the event occurred.

Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.

What an individual is left to deal with is how the body takes hold of the trauma and the future experiences that may go along with it.  Often times, it is a replaying of the same event, if that event was exceedingly fearful or shocking, so that the event is relived and re-established within the mind.

Our minds play an important role in the effects of trauma and likewise, our minds are the most effective means to overcome trauma.  We must use our minds to reframe traumatic events so that we can move past them and into the present.  This is important, because if we are living mentally through the experiences of the past, all those images and imprints that are occurring today are being subconsciously placed behind the trauma, and those ideas begin ruminating blindly in the subjective memory of our minds.

Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by single-blow, one-time events, such as a horrible accident, a natural disaster, or a violent attack. Trauma can also stem from ongoing, relentless stress, such as living in a crime-ridden neighborhood or struggling with cancer.

Traumatic events typically involve recurring interpersonal events that are linked to sexual abuse, ideas or visions of war, violence in the surrounding community, neglect, a loss of a loved one or caregiver, and also trauma occurs from life-threatening injuries, illness and accidents.  In fact, most professionals and clinicians claim that all trauma is based in repeating events and patterns that effect the psyche.

Our minds are powerful, and they take in information through all our senses and also through the rationalizations that unfold from within us based upon all the information our minds have taken in.  We develop patterns of processing this subjective information (the information that enters our minds without us being aware of its entrance), and it’s these hidden or subjective tendencies which seem to play out as recurring patterns in our life.

The Science of Mind uses methods and practices, as well as gives us the means by which to overcome trauma by reorganizing the subjective medium of our minds.  When we learn to work within the subjective from a Spiritual form of practice, what we discover is that there is something that takes place that no other field of science has been able to qualify as a permanent healing.  The work we do within the practices of the Science of Mind gives us a fresh start, what the bible calls, “a renewing of the mind,” and it is from this premise that all the work is done.

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