And this one feels hard to write.
This month I was scheduled to go to my Advanced Somatic Experiencing Training (SE Advanced 2) in Halifax.
The hotel was booked.
The flight. The train.
All set to go.
The final culmination of three years of time and investment, relationship building with beautiful colleagues.
Somatic work has been a pillar in my life for at least 7 years of a 14 year plus healing journey.
I began my SE training already having read and studied the topic intensively for years. Having worked with SE practitioners.
I believed Somatic Experiencing to be the “missing piece” in my life and in the world of personal development.
Through my sanctification process I left behind everything else. The Lord opened my eyes a few months after my salvation in the middle of the night to the spiritual dangers of what I was practicing with the I Ching, Human Design and Gene Keys, Spiritual Kinesiology. I also...
For the believer - trauma recovery is a mind-renewal process that involves being sanctified by God's Word and His Truth just as much as it involves learning/re-learning life skills, stress management skills and stabilizing your nervous system! In this episode I am diving into the spiritual component of the trauma recovery journey by looking at:
My hope is that this episode stirs your faith to walk in Victory as a child of God - knowing first that you belong to the Lord as you recover from the pain of trauma.
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Anger is such an important part of health!
Yes - health.
Without the full spectrum of full human emotions - we are not physically healthy. Our Creator designed our emotional and physical experience to be connected to one another.
So - what happens when we repress? What happens when we grow up in homes and environments where the family pushes back or stifles our valid and honest emotional expression?
Emotional Dysregulation, Chronic Illness, High-Functioning Depression & Anxiety Symptoms, and Dysfunctional relationships, Toxic Shame to name just a few.
What can also happen is a confusing relationship with God where we feel afraid to express ourselves to Him - to wrestle with Him, to pour out our hearts before him.
We can more easily get into abusive relationship dynamics and unhealthy spiritual communities because we are less likely to speak up, express needs, set boundaries and advocate for what is right.
When I work with...
I live in Canada - that means winter is COMING! Freezing cold days, less time outside and more hours of darkness mean that there are some things that I do to keep my health and nervous system functioning optimally in the winter season.
This winter I am extra mindful as I have a weight loss goal to focus on and maintain. If my nervous system spends too much time in the freeze response I will lose any and all progress as I go back to maintenance mode! PLUS we will be doing some travelling this winter - flying, long drives and being out of the environment that is set up for my success.
So I want to be intentional (NOT perfectionistic) about keeping myself in my window of tolerance or as close to it as humanly possible. Remember that in the window of tolerance EVERYTHING in the body functions optimally, not just mood. That means digestion, cellular health, hormone health, thyroid health, brain health etc.
While my nervous system has...
PRAYERS FOR YOUR TRAUMA HEALING JOURNEY -PART 1
One prayer I often pray is: “Father - make the crooked places straight in my heart”
I get this prayer from the metaphor often found in Scripture of “preparing the way of the Lord”
In the Old Covenant before Jesus came, Prophets would proclaim His coming and they would declare that One was coming who would make things right with humanity. Who would “level the playing field” against sin, corruption and evil.
One who would heal and restore and repair. One who would light the way both in the world and in our hearts.
I love this metaphor because it is so profoundly true in the context of trauma.
Sin & Trauma creates so much confusion, dysregulation and disruption in our hearts and minds.
As a result, we can see things from distorted lenses.
What is safe seems unsafe & what is unsafe can seem safe.
We can be reactive or easily shut-down as a result of our nervous system’s sensitivity.
Everyone say it with me: Co-Regulation leads to self-regulation!
This is a key concept for understanding trauma healing at the nervous system level because it teaches us how we can access neuroplasticity with support from other people who have regulated nervous systems.
In this episode, I talk about
Scriptures mentioned in the episode: