by Paul Levy
I tried to explain to the psychiatrists that I WAS sick, however, but just not in the way they were imagining. I had a creative, psychological illness, which is to say that my seeming madness was an expression of my creative self, alchemically transforming an underlying perturbance in the field of consciousness so as to heal itself...
Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening. See Part 1.
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: Do you experience post traumatic stress? The reasons can be various and individual - a car accident, a natural disaster and violence - and its impact on your life tremendous. And now, what can you do? Guided imagery can help you as it helped me on my journey to heal post traumatic stress of sexual abuse and violence. One of the imagery I used was by Belleruth Naparstek. Listen to this interview and find out more about her work and how it may help you.
by Alana Eve Burman
We've written about how sports massage therapy can help football players, stating that regular massage can help keep players refresh during long periods of training, as well as help players avoid or manage their injuries. Yet another way massage therapy can help all athletes – and especially football players – is in its ability to treat pain associated with scars...
Editor's Note: Massage is not just for relaxation. It is gradually getting more attention for being a pain relief therapy. Scar tissue can form from any injury and traumatic bodily experience. This can cause serious pain. Read this article to find out how massage can help permanently relieve this pain.
Massage & Bodywork
by Paul Levy
In 1981 I spontaneously went into such an ecstatic state that I was hospitalized by what I call the “anti-bliss patrol.” The authorities had become alerted because I was simply unable to restrain my enthusiasm at the “good news” that was beginning to reveal itself to me about the nature of reality...
Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening.
This is an excerpt from Mark Jones' 2010 Trauma and Healing seminar, presented at the Evolutionary Astrology conference in Denver, CO.
by Ian R. Luepker, ND, DHANP
As a practitioner working with children who struggle with psychological and behavioral issues, I am very interested in understanding what most helps children survive difficult, even traumatic, childhoods. Beyond surviving, I'm even more interested in what helps children to become confident, autonomous and successful adults...
Editor's Note: Dr. Luepker specializes in treatment of children with disorders on the Autistic spectrum. With his extensive experience he gives us a clear case of childhood depression treated with homeopathy.
by David Servan-Schreiber
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
Has your physician ever asked you to write about the worst day of your life? Probably not. Yet the Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a clinical study showing that writing can have a big impact on physical symptoms...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: "Prescribing story writing for medical purposes is a time-honored way of treating post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive conditions." Here is some up-to-date research info on the health benefits of writing.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Christine Woolfenden
As with most phobias, the fear of public speaking tends to develop in response to past experiences, either due to a single traumatic event or through gradual conditioning/association. The fear is then compounded by both negative emotions attached to memories of the past and anticipation/expectation of future poor performance, failure and/or ridicule...
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