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Occasionally we find that we can’t let go of negative, traumatic events of the past. We dwell on them, sometimes to the extent that our spontaneity is inhibited by recurring thoughts of the event. This may happen with victims of crime, abuse, assault, war, and severe psychological shock or pain.

Trauma is suppression in which feelings are involuntarily rejected, blocking release of the energies. This mechanism seems to be part of the instinctive defenses. Treating traumatic reactions always has been the focus of much of traditional psychotherapy. Trauma arises because the pain involved in the event has not been faced and experienced so that it could clear. Instead, we remain in the mind, constantly thinking about the event. Ironically, our thoughts become the shield from our feelings. Even though we constantly think about the event, we still do not integrate the feelings, which continue to haunt us.

There is no way to clear traumatic feelings except by ending resistance to them and experiencing them, as was not done when the event occurred. You must carefully watch how you reject and resist the feelings. Enter meditation, activate the Witness, and drop resistance; allow the feelings just to be. Allow them to work out their own cycle and eventually dissolve. Try to distinguish your thoughts from your feelings. Often there is a strong component of blame present in thoughts. This is all that is needed to prevent acceptance. You then remain unable to clear the feelings trapped in the energy body. If the trauma is severe, the energetic support of a counselor can be essential.

 
 

© 2004 John Ruskan / The Institute for Integrative Processing