Healing the Trauma of Abuse


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    1. 1. What is it all about? How do we become loving, nurturing, compassionate people? One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. (Jung)
    2. 2. What is the Answer? <ul><li>Face what you hide from yourself. (Perls) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you stand psychologically naked in the world? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you express your unbearable emotions? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you express you most unacceptable needs? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;Open up to what is already inside--what actually is--feel it deeply, and learn to love it.&quot; Source: Gay Hendricks) </li></ul><ul><li>This implies (1) something is closed, (2) it is within, and (3) we need to accept what is there. </li></ul><ul><li>Questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where are you at this moment? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is most alive for you? </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. How do we open up? <ul><li>Location. Location, location </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have the intention to place your awareness, your consciousness within. (Pay Attention). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become embodied. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Release and surrender to the depths (memories, feelings and capacity for pleasure) within your body. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Let Go. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Say to yourself, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Resist Nothing . A ccept everything.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I love you. I accept you.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soften your musculature – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exhale and make sounds </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. What are some further directions on “Opening Up”? <ul><li>During “opening up” become an observer, a witness Report the entire story from within the body not from some disembodied vantage point. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be “in the movie” not a spectator who is “watching a movie on a theater screen”. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>For fully effective cathartic-working-though re-experience and describe your bodily sensations so that emotional healing release will occur. </li></ul><ul><li>If pain occurs focus on the afflicted area take your CONSCIOUSNESS right into the pain core and allow images, feelings, inarticulate sounds, and involuntary movements to emerge spontaneously. (Releasing Internalized repressions). </li></ul>Paraphrased from the work of Roger Woolger. Autogenic Therapy called this process, passive concentration.
    5. 5. What do we find when we”open up”? <ul><ul><li>Topology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unapproachable immovable Shock areas which contain the results of unbearable experiences of terror and horror . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internalized repressions which are unconscious and maintained by internalized muscular tensions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stops our expression of movement, fear, anger, sadness and love. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fragmentation - different energy states in different areas of the body expressing different wants, needs and desires. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Out-of Body -consciousness is displaced outside the body </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. What do we find when we “open up”? Shock <ul><ul><li>Shock resides in the body from encounters with life threatening situations. My experience with my own shock is that it can not be contacted initially. Once shock starts to move, it transforms first into horror and terror, then into fear before finally transforming into pulsating love and life. Shock is the highest level of energetic contraction. (Fear Response) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How do you experience shock? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Avoidance: One persons’ description of a body shock area is: “There is this area in my cheek which is black and as I attempt to approach it I veer by it.” Another says: “I found that when I tried to direct attention to the sensation (in that area of my body) my focus would 'deflect' .” Fritz Perls used the term “switching” to describe this process of “veering” or “deflecting”. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Existence: Others describe shock areas by such phrases as “I can’t feel my chest.” This area of my body feels “numb”. This part of their body exists only “dimly”. Fritz Perls used the term “scotomized”, or blind spots for these areas of the body. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How to heal shock? (Perls’ –Body Concentration) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intentional Compassionate Awareness : Directed Awareness, Sensing of our Body, with a quality of gentle love and total acceptance. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. What do we find when we “open up”? Fragmentation <ul><ul><ul><li>Fragmentation - different energy states in different areas of the body express different emotional states (stuck in different traumatic time warps) with different wants, needs and desires . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In antiquity Aristotle in his “Psyche” linked these unconscious souls parts with different parts of the body. Today many psychologies have different ways of expressing this truth. As an example, Parent/Adult/Child, the idea of an “Inner Child”, is familiar to most of us from Transactional analysis. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fragmentation can take many different energetic forms. For Multiple Personality Disorder much of the splitting is energetically vertical. In MPD these vertical energetic ego states lack a common memory trace. For physical accidents the fragmentation takes the form of energy cysts which start from the point of the physical impact and travel in a direction away from the point of the originating shock. . (See Upledger-Craniosacral therapy). Also front to back splits are very common for traumatic shocks. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. What do we find when we “open up”? That we are not within! <ul><li>Are you jumping out of your body? (Laing) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phrases which describe being out-of-body are: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I’m up in the corner of the room looking down on myself.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I was besides my self with anger.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An Egyptian psychiatrist who was tortured by his own people says, “It’s as you were keeping a distance from yourself, what is going on in your body” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our consciousness, awareness, true self (Wilber) is displaced outside our body. We are Out-of-our–Body!!!! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healing: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check yourself out. Pay Attention and ask yourself, “Where am I?” Accept what your experience is. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make this a practice during the day to see if your experience changes. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. What do we find when we”open up”? Internalized Repression <ul><ul><ul><li>Internalized repressions which have become unconscious and which are now maintained by internalized muscular tensions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This stops our expression of fear, anger, sadness and love. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It was engendered by such injunctions as “Boys don’t cry.” “That is not very ladylike.” If you keep crying like that I will give you something that will really make you cry.” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reich called these internalized muscular contractions “armor” and found that they form seven annular rings around the vertical axis of the body. Starting from the top of our head the first segment is called the ocular segment. It is very important to work with this segment first. Doing this will prevent the destabilizing difficulty of psychosis from occurring during the healing process. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The use of the metaphor of “armor” resulted in many orgonomists </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>using hard massage techniques to “breakdown” the muscular tensions. On the other hand, such therapists as Eva Reich and Malcolm Brown emphasized melting the armor with gentle loving physical contact, my preferred solution. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fritz Perls’ in his Gestalt therapy took the concept of armor and called it retroflection. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. What are other effects of Traumatic Violations? <ul><li>Introjection of the perpetrator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perpetrator’s energy enters into the boundaries of the person being abused. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healing requires assisting the perpetrator state to leave the body of the abused. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some people call this healing, “Spirit Releasement”, others may call it depossession. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Call it what you may, this healing work is vital in many, many cases. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. What caused it? <ul><li>As Dr. Andrew Weil writes in his book Health and Healing, “...painful experiences, emotions and memories .. find their way to the musculature and simply remain there as frozen patterns of energy.” </li></ul>
    12. 12. What we can expect when we “feel deeply”? ( What happens in the healing process) <ul><li>Yawning </li></ul><ul><li>Sounds-screaming </li></ul><ul><li>Physicality-trembling, writhing </li></ul><ul><li>Emotionality – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anger(raging) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear (trembling) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sadness (deep, deep sobbing) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Switching (From Perls) Escaping and moving to a more bearable part of the body or going out-of-body. </li></ul>
    13. 13. What am I feeling? Emotions <ul><li>Response to danger (Sins of commission)-Hard Movement of Energy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear – boundary violation has not occurred. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Energy contracts. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Don’t touch me.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ She is going to kill me.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anger - Damage is happening or has happened. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Energy expands to ward off perpetrator. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Get your hands off me. Stop it” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fear and anger mixture - Boundary violation is occurring and there is the possibility of further violation with the threat of death. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Response to deprivation (Sins of omission) – Soft movement of Energy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sadness – We mourn our lost. Our energy softly contracts and we cry. We say such phrases as: “Mame, I need you. Where are you? Hold me. Hold me.”(Janov’s original formulation Primal Pain) </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. What are the difficulties (Dangers )? <ul><li>Depersonalization –loss of contact with our bodies. (No-Self) </li></ul><ul><li>Psychosis- Inability to tell inner reality from outer reality. (All-Self) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In psychosis we mistake our subjectivity, what is going on inside ourselves, for objectivity, that which is going on outside ourselves . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flashbacks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self Mutilation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suicide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cutting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accidents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Premature death-e.g., cancer, heart attack, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. How do we do it? <ul><li>Why don’t we do it? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We lack understanding of what is needed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We are afraid or ashamed of feeling our unmet needs. (Being Needy). We are afraid or ashamed of expressing of the “unacceptable”e.g., anger, extreme rage, terror, horror, etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We are afraid of losing control, hurting ourselves or hurting others. We are afraid of losing the familiar. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Internalize our intention to do the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice, Practice, Practice Emotional Releasing (Daily) </li></ul><ul><li>Practice (Moment by Moment) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Say and sense: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Now I aware of …. A Gestalt awareness learning technique. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where am I ? Checking for out-of body and fragmented state. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who am I? Checking for fragmented state. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can I allow this to be? Checking for letting go of internalized repression . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Persevere and persist </li></ul>
    16. 16. What are examples of the healing process? Double Click on Picture to Start Video Click to Stop Video