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Episode 10: Trauma in the Body

One thing I have seen psychoanalysts agree: we cannot definitively decide which experiences are considered "Trauma" and which are not except with how the individual responds. When I am doing healing work with clients, I reassure them that emotional, physical or sexual abuse are not the only traumatic events we might need processing. I have done sessions wherein the "age of decision" we are working with is in the womb. Some have been centered around a bad haircut they endured at age 6. The only thing that matters in healing work is the amount of heavy emotional energy revolving around the events in question. The way they have been experienced by the individual is just that, individual. In this episode of the podcast, I am determined to outline the effects of unprocessed, unhealed trauma in the physical body.

The conscious mind doesn’t always remember everything, but the body does. The emotional process sessions are not centered around the memories as factual, but as emotional. A client may not have any memories of being 3 months in the womb, but they can feel it in their body and intuitively bring out what they experienced. It is never my job as the facilitator to determine what the facts were, but listen to how the energy feels in the body and make awareness to the effects it has.

Western Medicine has compartmentalized health in such a way that a person needs to seek mental health in one profession, emotional or spiritual help from someone else, and physical or chemical needs from a physician. In Eastern Medicine, many of the pillars of health can be found seeking one person or group of professionals in one place. The doctor will have an understanding of herblore and medicines as well as a spiritual understanding of the soul's needs. Their culture have an understanding of the connection to all aspects of health. You are experiencing pain and sickness? They understand that it is the mind, body and soul that requires treatment. In my line of work, I have not a physicians expertise to diagnose or treat the body, but I help make the connections to the emotional and spiritual blocks that keep a person from health. There is more than one way to seek good health.

Making this connection starts with an understanding of the function of the Thymus Gland and the effects of stress. The thymus gland's job is to produce the most amazing T-Cells that fight off disease, bacteria, virus, and cancer cells. However, the more a person experiences stress, the more the thymus gland shrinks. It is obvious that traumatic events and the subconscious triggers of that stress are going to have an effect on your body's ability to fight disease and remain healthy.

In my work, we can measure this stress using Muscle Testing= Kinesiology. It is method of putting pressure on the muscles while issuing a statement of truth or falsehood. If the statement is false, the thymus gland is under stress and the body looses energy throughout the muscles. If I push on someone's non-dominant arm while they say a false statement, the arm will show weakness. This is subconscious truths and falsehood, so the body will lose energy regardless of what you think the answer will be. It is a way for me to determine what the "Age of Decision" will be for our session or what emotion points we need to shift energies. Anyone can learn to use Kinesiology to determine their own body's needs. I use it when I want to know which scents to put in the diffuser for a client. I use it to pick out vitamins my body needs. It is a helpful tool.

Ancient peoples of almost any culture understood that the body holds onto blocked or unprocessed emotions. We are beginning to understand that the Wheels of Energy or Chakras, the Meridians of energy flow, and vibrational frequency of the emotions and experiences give clues on where and how the body falls ill. If someone is complaining of an aching lower back, I may ask questions like, "Did you experience poverty and scarcity in your childhood or your parents upbringing?" The word disease = dis-ease in the body.

From before birth to present day, the body’s genetics and epigenetics play a role in where we are. In a future episode, I will give more focused information on Generational Healing and how that plays a role in the trauma of our lives. It is important to understand as much as we can about the trauma we and our family's trauma's have an impact in how our health and healing comes about.

This topic of trauma also brings up philosophical questions about our existence. Spiritually, did we choose this life? Did we know the obstacles we might face in living this life or even sign up for all that we might have to endure as a rite of passage to our immortal soul? If that is true, is it my fault? There are many schools of thought and some of the implications of that idea may make you feel angry and defensive. If you've endured atrocities as a victim, you might have passionate resistance to any of the responsibility. What if both are true? You are an innocent victim in the events that played out (especially as a young child) AND you also have a responsibility to account for in taking back control and making new decisions about how your life plays out because of the trauma? Something to consider as you contemplate the effects of trauma on your own life.

I'd like to introduce a NEW WAY to turn from Judgement into Curiosity. Once the trauma has been processed during an Emotional Process session, it no longer holds the weight it once did, ESPECIALLY in the body. We are able to take the subconscious and lay it out on a metaphorical table in the conscious stage. Now, everything is a clue- data- to be analyzed and better understand ourselves. Uncovering it can be like unlocking a key.

You may not be ready to face everything you’ve experienced. You may only want to receive what is missing at first. You will only be ready when you are ready. You won’t need to rely on memories for deep healing, because the body will always remember. When you are ready to feel, you will be ready to heal.

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Book Resources to check out:

  • The Body Doesn’t Lie by John Diamond

  • The Body Talks by the Struts

  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk. M.D.

  • Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K. Truman

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