Monthly Archives: July 2011

CranioSacral Therapy Promises Relief

If you are interested in healing, read the book Your Inner Physician and You by John E. Upledger, D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy). I learned about it when researching CranioSacral Therapy (CST), a form of treatment that Dr. Upledger developed. My physical therapist is a CranioSacral therapist and has been using CST techniques to help me recover…

The Divine Self: Believing What Is

When I graduated from college, my cousin sent me a doll in the mail. Without knowing why, I immediately took the scissors and magic markers to it. I snipped off the white yarn hair and drew a recored of my abuses onto its body. My eyes are black tear drops, my jaw is aflame from…

Two Images: Trauma Interruptus

“Haunted Shrimp Baby” and “Moth Baby” are two pictures that I drew with colored pencils and black magic marker back in 1999, trying to come to terms with my infant surgery. At the time, I was not aware that I hadn’t been given anesthesia for the operation. As I uploaded these pictures, I was scowling….

I am held

Lately, I find myself thinking about these words–aloneness, isolation, independence, interdependence. While my partner is out of town, I have felt lonely at times–ah, another one of these words. Given that I’m recovering from an injury, I feel more vulnerable and more in need of others. In general, I thrive on a balance of aloneness…

On my Head

Here are two drawings I made when I was coping with Post-traumatic stress in the mid 1970s. I chose them because they convey some of what I’m feeling these days. Lying in bed at night, awaiting sleep, I am discovering an old breath pattern in which I hold my head and face rigid, especially my jaw….

Give back trauma that is not yours

Before we heal our own trauma, we sometimes must let go of other people’s traumas that we carry. Right now, I am recovering from a mild concussion and whiplash. In dealing with these injuries, past traumas came knocking at my door. They, too wanted in. Me, me, each one cried. Remember me?  Let me tell…

Healing from infant trauma: listening to my baby self

Do you want to be free? Do you want to overcome PTSD? In healing from pre-verbal trauma, unconscious material is allowed into consciousness. Breath habits are treasures of information, especially patterns of holding. Each day for a short time, I sit quietly, following my breathing and listening. Frightening emotions often emerge that have no basis in present…