Trauma & Spirituality
A Deeper Spiritual Path
Unresolved trauma can obscure higher states of being, while healing trauma inevitably opens you up to an embodied spirituality and more expanded states of consciousness.
Spiritual and religious paths have a long history of emphasizing spirit and spiritual states, yet they consistently neglected the body. The denial of the importance of the body cut us off from the brilliance of our senses, intuition, instincts, and capacity to heal trauma. Today we know the importance of both our physiology and psychology for healing, and we have an added benefit when including a spiritual practice.
Meditation & Healing Trauma
Meditation alone is unlikely to undo the psychodynamics of repression, suppression, dissociation, or immobility due to trauma, or provide insight to the effects of trauma.
Identification with spiritual experiences or states can become a primary defense against what was once intolerable in the body and the childhood interpersonal world. Spirituality, for many, became an unconscious means to bypass the pain of trauma. This does not mean that spiritual states, realizations and experiences are not valid, but unless embodied, and trauma healed, they tend to be transient states.
However, meditation or other spiritual practices, along with the psychological and physiological aspects of healing trauma, visualizations, and a conscious use of imagery and imagination, or other senses, have been empirically verified to bring positive outcomes of illness and trauma.
Flourish with Aliveness
The deeper your inner work goes, the greater clarity you discover, and the clearer your connection to spirit or Source.
Your renewed sense of life force fuels self-expression, intuition, healthy aggression, sexuality, passions, creativity, and your heart’s desire. It allows your aliveness to flourish.
Through our work together, you can foster an innate and embodied spirituality, corresponding to the flow of your own life force energy. You will learn to safely be with and allow all your human expressions and experiences to flow through you. Nothing needs to stick; everything changes. And, even amid ongoing change, there is a level of mind that is unchanging, unbounded in which all of life is displayed.
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The flow of breath in your body offers a healing and life-giving presence. Breath is the primordial foundation of the human spirit. Your breath carries oxygen into your body and your voice into the world. Research has demonstrated that conscious breathing is an important component of healing trauma. And just as ancient mariners learned to navigate the sea’s unpredictable currents and storms by working with the wind, you can learn to use your breath to navigate trauma’s inner storms and currents.
Conscious breathing is a key for healing and energizing your body and mind. The depth of your breath should be enough to invigorate and enliven you. Too much breath, and you become lightheaded; too little, and you become sluggish and dull. Yogis believe that specific breathing techniques infuse the body with prana—life force. Certain breathing techniques can deepen self-awareness and self-knowledge as they allow your life force to flow more freely, clearing blockages that obscure your essential nature. The breathing techniques in The Body Awareness Workbook for Trauma and on the resources page of my website will also help you restore balance to your psychobiology.
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