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PTS While You Sleep – The Power of Meditation (Part III)

After re-reading key sections of Peter Levine’s book Waking the Tiger, I conclude that it doesn’t have practical material that I can use to help me find relief from PTS (post-traumatic stress) symptoms while I sleep (see previous posts Parts I and II).  To heal from trauma, Levine’s advice is to work with a practitioner of Somatic Re-experiencing, a form of counseling he developed. Right on. His treatment seems awesome. However right now, I’m looking for ways that I can heal myself.

In meditation, an image was presented to me that is promising. Sitting quietly, I asked my higher self this question: How can I heal my nervous system so that I am always in joy and beauty?  The answer came in the form of an image and a knowing. The top part of a tube appeared. From the end came a wire that was coiled.  Pull the coil. There is plenty.  

When I wake up feeling tension in my neck and gritting my teeth, I imagine the tube with the coil. I picture pulling the coil and releasing the wire.  This work with imagery is a way of righting something physical that’s out of balance or stuck. I don’t understand how it works, but when I tried it, I felt relief. The best results came when in my imagination, I pulled and pulled and got a momentum going to the point where the wire was moving quickly and without friction against the sides of the tube.

I am hoping that by working with my post-traumatic stress symptoms consciously, the patterns that create this condition will change. This process is very intimate and subtle; it requires trust and belief in self. I may seek help if the tension I feel during sleep doesn’t diminish but for now, I’m trying my own techniques and trusting I can make headway (pun intended). Will keep you posted.

0 Responses to PTS While You Sleep – The Power of Meditation (Part III)

  1. Not all therapies work for everyone with similar effectiveness, and there are many variables. You have written about the different therapists and therapies you have had for good and for ill.
    I have found Peter Levine’s book gives some very valuable insights and models, but also that I seem to be mapping my own journey with the selective use of many navigation aids – and it seems some success.
    I will continue to follow you, and encourage you as best I can as you continue to work on your own PTSD symptoms, and especially those troublesome ones of the night.

  2. Not all therapies work for everyone with similar effectiveness, and there are many variables. You have written about the different therapists and therapies you have had for good and for ill.
    I have found Peter Levine’s book gives some very valuable insights and models, but also that I seem to be mapping my own journey with the selective use of many navigation aids – and it seems some success.
    I will continue to follow you, and encourage you as best I can as you continue to work on your own PTSD symptoms, and especially those troublesome ones of the night.

  3. Can you share some “navigation aids” either in a Comment or in an email? I would love to learn more about how a fellow swimmer copes with the undertow.

  4. Can you share some “navigation aids” either in a Comment or in an email? I would love to learn more about how a fellow swimmer copes with the undertow.

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