Category Archives: instinctual trauma response

Can We Free Ourselves from PTS Prison?

Talking with folks about PTS, those who have it and those who don’t, I get the feeling that, in general, people believe that those with PTSD will just have to live with it the rest of their lives. Or, folks are a tiny bit hopeful that they or someone can change but don’t really believe…

Into Sky: A Tale of Somatic Release

I’m growing a wing. More accurately, the wing that’s always been there, atrophied and flightless, is finding freedom. Strange as it sounds, my shoulder is being liberated from guarding my body where a surgeon cut my belly open when I was twenty-six days old.  Somatic release! Amazing. Check this out. All day every day, and…

The Attack of the Lamp

I’m up at 3 a.m. on my way to the bathroom. Since we use the one in the garage now that our mom uses the primary bathroom, I have to walk through the kitchen. As I turn on the garage light, I happen to glance back into the dark and see the dim outline of…

Stuck in Time

Let me take you through some of what I go through many mornings. Upon waking, I realize I am breathing shallowly. My teeth are locked in a grip; shoulders and neck are locked, too. The back of my neck is numb, the muscles extending from shoulder to skull heavy and thick. When I move, pain…