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 reality. This material becomes a teacher. Becoming aware of old fears, guilt, regret, terror, panic, numbness, repression, sadness, hopelessness and rage is often scary and difficult but essential to growth. Awareness brings healing. I feel compassion for myself, especially for that baby – me – that suffered so much. I begin to comfort her (me). Here are some tips in doing this inner work:
1. Take it step by small step.
2. Be patient. Give yourself all the time that you need.
3. Trust. There are moments that you may not even recognize yourself after letting go of some of this unconscious material.
4. Listen deeply – beneath the noise.
5. Accept that each sitting presents different challenges.
6. Give in to the help that nature offers – trees, sky, clouds, flowers, water, fresh air. Help is all around.
7. Take frequent breaks.
8. Thank yourself for doing the work.
9. Discuss this process with a trusted friend.
10. Be very gentle with yourself and reward yourself by doing things that make you happy.
This psychological work takes courage and initially, a therapist’s help may be
instrumental. In any case, we can heal from early trauma. We can free ourselves.