5 Innovative Steps To Heal From PTSD
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5 Innovative Steps To Heal From PTSDTeal Swan's Highly Effective Trauma Healing Process
The Completion Process is the doorway to liberation. It’s a way to put yourself back together again so you are no longer inhibited by the past, or terrified of the future. This process is for anyone; we all have past hurts in our lives that need healing, and often we cannot see that the symptoms we experience in our current life are connected to these past hurts. But they are. We have simply not connected the dots.
Every day traumatized soldiers return from war. Inhabitants of war-torn areas struggle to pick up the broken pieces of their lives and move forward. Children are abused, women are raped, and natural disasters leave people with nothing.
ER doctors, first responders, and fire fighters assist others through horrific circumstances and often find it difficult to process the distress of what they have experienced.
Others succumb to addiction to try to drown out the pain of emptiness. All of the difficult circumstances that we struggle with have one thing in common: trauma.
The symptoms of trauma can manifest in many ways, here are some common ones:
unrelenting thoughts about a specific past event or series of events
issues of self-harm
unsatisfying or painful life
Often a person does not know what is causing their symptoms. They don’t have any idea that it’s connected to an unresolved experience.
Most painful episodes like these have their origins in childhood trauma. A person might not even be consciously aware of the trauma, even when it causes serious grief in day-to-day life. As current psychology modalities are beginning to recognize this, therapists’ approach with patients is slowly but surely switching from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”
No one is immune to trauma. I have used the Completion Process with people, from children to adults, living all over the world, from many different cultures, in various stages of life, and on all types of career paths.
Although the Completion Process actually consists of 20 steps, here are the main 5.
- Creation of a Safe Haven—setting up a mental place where it’s safe to re-enter a painful memory.
- Validation—giving the painful emotion the message that we see it as valid.
- Seeking Origin—asking, “When was the first time I felt this feeling?” to connect to the root of it.
- Awaiting Relief—inside the memory, letting the feeling naturally shift in the direction of relief.
- Purification and Healing—a ritual for closing the memory of trauma and beginning a “new life.”
So many souls in this world need healing, it all starts with really feeling our emotions. My wish for you is that you experience the kind of joyous life that is available only to those who are willing to courageously journey deep within themselves, resurrecting the aspects of themselves that have been lost. This is the process that healed me, a survivor of complex ritual abuse, and I believe it can heal anyone.