Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) is defined as an anxiety disorder characterized by reliving a psychologically traumatic situation, long after any physical danger involved has passed, through flashbacks and nightmares.”- CAMH
Post trauma affects more than just the psyche, its lives in the body. We experience our lives daily through energy. That being said, it means, simultaneously we are affected by our surroundings, by the way we think, feel, hear and smell, in any event, a memory is stored in our body. It goes the same with any traumatic event. Current scientific research views PTSD as a psychological issue not considering the body. Its naive to think that we only experience our lives through our mind- More recent studies have now concluded that PTSD lives as much in the body as it does in the mind!! 2016
Trauma affects the entire body, both physiologically, psychologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically.I believe PTSD to be symptoms manifested from the unresolved emotions revolving around past or current traumas and abuses. Moving forward without the help needed can become a mental health issue manifesting; acute anxiety, nervousness, depression, paranoia, or in some cases obsessive compulsive disorder.
Some clients who suffer PTSD have suffered some abuse in the past or a life-threatening experience. What we are dealing with more commonly, is work-related, first-responder PTSD, workers on the front-line. Understandably with witnessing a traumatic real life event that involves death, abuse, unlikely visual circumstances includes the energy that goes along with what that person sees. It is by no means a sole issue that exists only in the mind. The body takes on the energy of every event and experience you go through in your life, whether it is good or adverse.
Ekhart Tolle, an author and spiritual teacher, talks about the emotional pain body, where old emotions are living inside you, he describes; “It is an accumulation of painful life experiences that was not fully faced and accepted in the moment it arose. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain. It comes together with other energy forms from other instances, and so after some years you have a “painbody,” an energy entity consisting of old emotion.” I relate to the pain body in my work in a similar way.
The symptoms of PTSD such as anxiety, underlying stress in the body, insomnia, night terrors, fear and fear of vulnerability to name a few, can persist for long periods. When anyone experiences trauma, there is going to be a post-effect on the body and mind. During any moment of high stress or traumatic experience, the body goes into a Sympathic Nervous System (SNS) stress response- to ‘fight or to flight’. The opposite of this nervous system response is the Parasympathic (PNS), that’s the ‘rest and digest’. The problem with PTSD is the body has a hard time staying in the PNS state, its constantly awaken by the SNS response.
In an energy healing session, the client is brought down to a deep relaxed state that reaches the PNS, the relaxed state goes into the Theta brain waves and accesses the subconscious mind/body where all memories of the entire body is stored. We have to remember that the body does heal and the power of this healing happens through the human energy field. In the theta state where the subconscious mind is reached, the body’s memory system recognizes the triggers that create the resulting factors that cause the PTSD. Because the client is in the deepened state, the emotional impact is not felt but recognized by the brain. After the session is complete, the body and mind continue to process over time. The emotions that arise in each individual then must be processed at a conscious level. The all encapsulating result is healing through the mental/emotional/physical and energetic fields of the body- This is how we experience life, why would we not utilize what we are made of to heal?
In addition, Rapid Eye Movement (REM). Although REM is associated with dreaming stage of sleep, researchers noticed that when we dream, our eyes move back and forth rapidly, naming this phase REM. During the energy healing session, when I see the client going into REM I understand that, the body is processing. Talking about the experiences, can be helpful but allowing your energy field to process them at an unconscious level I think has a much greater ability to heal itself. The body know how to heal. Energy work, provides a channel for the body to process what the mind cannot consciously.