Our subconscious mind has the capacity to reproduce anything that deeply impresses it—and it will do exactly that, unless it is given instructions to the contrary. A traumatic event creates a powerful impression on the subconscious. Once it has experienced a trauma, the subconscious mind then creates its own version of that trauma, and replays it over and over again.
When we say we are traumatized, we are speaking of this tendency of our subconscious to keep reproducing a traumatic event in the sophisticated virtual reality theater of our mind. Consider a child who has been in accident in which the child or a parent was badly hurt. Unless someone discourages them from doing so, the child will tell the story again and again to whoever will listen. This is the mind’s natural method of handling the trauma in order to make sense of what happened, and to integrate the experience.
So we can easily see that the cause of ongoing (chronic) trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not the traumatic event itself. If it were, there would be no hope of healing that trauma. The damage would be permanent. But we know this is not the case. People can heal the psychological trauma of a serious accident, of childhood abuse, as well as the trauma of witnessing horrific events in combat. So how does healing of PTSD occur?
The true cause of ongoing trauma, or PTSD, lies within the activity of our subconscious mind. It’s as if our subconscious grabs us against our will, straps us down in a virtual reality theater, puts goggles on our head, hooks it all up to our central nervous system, and then replays its memory of the traumatic event.
When this happens, we experience our subconscious mind’s version—our memory of the frightening event—as if it were real, right now in this very moment. This is what commonly happens with soldiers, victims of abuse, and survivors of any kind of catastrophic experience. A soldier just back from Iraq is sitting at the dinner table enjoying a great meal, but then a car backfires on the street outside and suddenly he feels as if he’s back in combat evading gunfire. The memory is vivid and immediate, and the adrenals send corresponding messages to the brain that there’s a life-threatening situation, right here. Suddenly Dad is shouting at his wife and children to “get down! get down!” just as if he was on the field of battle. It’s deeply concerning to a soldier’s family, and it’s embarrassing and confusing for the soldier.
Learning the method I developed, called Transpersonal Hypnotherapy/NLP, you can quickly instruct the subconscious mind to store your traumatic memory in an informative, but harmless, way. You go back into the theater of your mind and reorganize the memory so that you can live with it. I know this works because I use Transpersonal Hypnotherapy every day to help people defuse the exhausting mental patterns of PTSD.
It’s empowering work! You’re able to keep the wisdom of your life experience without experiencing ongoing trauma to your nervous system.
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