Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Keys to Unlocking Buried Emotions by Amanda Hainline
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is usually associated with combat veterans who have suffered horrifying, violent experiences, but many other people suffer effects of trauma, including survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. When we are unable to process and release traumatic events, these events take on a life of their own and start to define who we are as a person. Even though it’s a false belief, over time it becomes very real. One’s whole life can be based on it.
People suffering effects of trauma may try to numb the pain through substances, or they may seek out counseling, which can be helpful. However, many people have difficulty verbally expressing what has happened to them, and therefore never healed to the level that they deserve. So what’s the answer?
When we create a safe space for healing that gently moves the mental blocks aside to get to the source of the emotional turmoil, we can reach a level of healing that was never before possible.
We can learn to clear out these imprints so that the traumatic and verbal inhibitory imprints no longer limit our lives. Understanding how these imprints function can help us to understand ourselves better and to move from feeling powerless to feeling powerful.
- The traumatic energetic imprint process occurs rather quickly, but its effects can last a lifetime if not addressed.
- The imprint process begins with the occurrence of the traumatic event.
- The imprint contains all of the energy of the event, including any sensations from the five senses (sight, sound, smell, taste and touch) and emotions, as well as causing a developmental arrest in regard to the trauma.
- The imprint changes the energy system wherever it is stored, distorting it, causing it to not function properly.
- As a result of the imprint, beliefs form that are filtered by the imprint.
- These beliefs are crafted from the mental capacity the person had at the particular age at which the trauma occurred.
- Negative coping mechanisms and behaviors are formed from these beliefs, manifesting, in basic terms, as either a fight or a flight response, depending on the individual.
- These coping mechanisms, such as withdrawing, lashing out or becoming passive-aggressive, for example, can become elements of long-term patterns when energy or situations similar to the traumatic imprint are experienced.
- After these patterns form, the person is likely to experience the patterns over and over again, reinforcing these filtered beliefs and coping mechanisms until the trauma is cleared.
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