Common Symptoms of Trauma

Trauma is in the body. It can begin in the womb.

From the moment I was born I was called to heal. Born to a mentally ill family, I was traumatized at a young age. One day, while my sister and I were watching television, my mother stormed into the room and held a knife over our heads. I stopped breathing, and catapulted out of my body into a mystical reality. For many years I did not know the difference between this altered reality and the physical reality I was raised in. My imagination, spun a web of emotional chaos, psychic madness that painfully awakened my generational, family and tribal roots and story.

Healing trauma is a somatic dive into energetics of the body and psyche. This is where language and knowledge of the feminine story lives. Where images, memories, intuition, self-trust of creative sensations, imagination and emotions thrive. The recovery of the feminine is your way home to your fierce, primal self.

“We have all been traumatized. Some more than others. Trauma is not special–it is part of the lived experience.” -William Smythe MA

The implications of information on mind/body research of trauma has shown that environments that provide an abundance of opportunities for people to engage in programs for the arts, writing, theatre. movement, compassionate inquiry, mindful meditation are approaches that are central to heal trauma.

What women hasn’t struggled with:

  • Perfectionism
  • Putting your own feelings and needs FIRST
  • Sexuality
  • Relationships
  • Trusting your own intuition and INNER guidance
  • Loving your body
  • Being creative
  • Letting go of limiting, old family beliefs
  • Loss of Identity and belonging
  • Speaking your truth

“Trauma is generational and carried in your cells. It causes a spiritual rupture to your heart. The study of the mind/brain/body connection and how trauma affects chemical imbalance can set off a domino effect of disorientation, disassociation, depression, chronic sadness, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental, emotional and medical disorders.It can show up as: fear of intimacy, exhaustion, procrastination, mood swings, digestive problems, migraines, hyperarousal, addiction, co-dependency, unworthiness, social anxiety, and other generalized fears.” Marta Luzim MS

Compassionate inquiry through uncensored writing frees frozen memories and feelings hidden in trauma.

James Pennebaker, a researcher at the University of Texas, shows in his study, “Writing to Heal A Guided Journal from Recovery of Trauma and Emotional Upheaval,” that writing from deep feelings improves the immune system, decreases stress, lowers blood pressure and increases positive short and long term moods changes.

Prompt Questions for Starting

  • What I never told, the deepest secret_____
  • A memory that keeps reoccurring is_____
  • What I remember_____
  • What if_____
  • What matters now______
  • I don’t feel I am being myself when_____
  • Today I feel afraid of_____
  • I worry about_____
  • I want to focus more on_____
  • Today I will take care of myself by______
  • I am hungry for_____
  •  What I don’t accept_____
  •  What I want to have more of_____
  •  What I ignore_____
  •  What is important right now_____
  •  What I don’t want to say_____

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