Overcoming childhood or adulthood traumas is often difficult. This article describes what traumas are, how they affect us, and a new method of trauma release that is extremely effective, simple and builds health at the same time.
WHAT ARE TRAUMAS?
Traumas are painful incidents or events that place a special type of stress on the mind. As a result, a person decides that he or she must never revisit the incident, as it would be too painful.
Instead, the person feels compelled to “wall off” the event or incident so that one will not “accidentally” or haphazardly revisit the trauma, which would be extremely painful. This can mean intentionally or unconsciously forgetting that it ever happened, or altering one’s memory of it to make it seem less painful, or even concocting a lie to explain the situation. This is often done unconsciously, to some degree, at least.
As a result of this process, however, the person stops functioning at full brain capacity. The reason is that part of the brain processing mechanism has been walled off, shut down or subtly altered in some way. As a result, it is no longer available for full use by the person. This, in a way, cripples the person, often for life.
A somewhat more subtle understanding of trauma is that it simplifies the mind and personality. This is a special type of damage. The person often starts to think in more black-and-white terms, for example, especially about issues related to his or her trauma.
It is literally a decrease in the complexity, subtle architecture and subtle bodies and brain of the individual. An extreme example of this is when violence is used to brainwash a person, the goal is to turn the person into a sort of mindless slave who does not think much, and just follows orders. This type of trauma is inflicted on people every day and serves to help control political prisoners, for example, or to produce prostitutes for human traffickers and pimps.
HOW TRAUMAS AFFECT US
Living with traumas is like having to drive around large boulders or large potholes in the road that you must drive every day to your workplace or home. By definition, one cannot just move through these blocks, so the mind and sometimes the body does its best to “go around them” as much as it can. In so doing, however, many vital functions are altered and usually vitality is reduced and health suffers, too.
In other words, traumas are blocks that get in the way of one’s thinking, feeling, perception, memory, and perhaps other brain functions. Also, many traumas affect physical functioning as well, such as digestion, sleep, movement if the structure is affected, heart function, immune response and many others. These are some of the major effects of traumas.
Traumas often cause people to lie to themselves and others, or intentionally block out or forget painful incidents or accidents. This sets up severe conflicts inside the mind that can lead to many other mental and physical dysfunctions. Traumas also severely lower one’s energy and self esteem, and can have many other effects upon the personality.
Walling off a part of the brain also causes neuroses, such as fear of guns, for example, if one was involved in a gun incident, or fear of men if one was raped, for example. It can also cause strange behaviors, compulsions, phobias, and even psychotic episodes and conditions such as schizophrenia.
Indirectly, traumas can cause much more, such as gaining too much weight or being too thin, physical disabilities such as limping, impaired respiratory, cardiac, immune and other physical disorders and diseases.
Other effects are diminished mental acuity, extreme nervousness in certain situations, bad habits to avoid feelings of panic and anxiety such as cigarette smoking, using drugs, using alcohol, biting the fingernails, eating disorders, stuttering, and many other symptoms.
Trauma is not even considered most of the time one visits a doctor, but it should be. It is a major cause of mental and physical illness, along with nutritional deficiencies, of which trauma is one cause or a contributing factor.
The importance of nutrition for healing traumas is discussed below. I will just say here that the better nourished and more balanced the body, the better anyone will handle all types of physical and mental traumas. Excellent nutrition helps make a person more resilient and more able to process all types of traumas, so it can literally save one’s life in the event of a serious injury, accident or other trauma-inducing event.
EXAMPLES OF TRAUMAS
Traumas can be of three basic types. They can involve serious injury to the body, serious afflictions of the mind or emotions, and they can involve the soul or spirit. However, most traumas involve all three of these areas of human functioning, so I will list them together. Here are examples of common traumas:
Other physical acts of violence include severe accidents and injuries, or even going through a severe fever or other illness. The worst illnesses are often those involving physical pain, physical disfigurement such as losing one’s hair or having one’s skin burned or fall off, or something else that is horrible to behold.
Other physical acts of violence involve bullying, hazing, knife and gun violence, gang violence, and fights with the loss of teeth, for example, or broken arms.
Other physical traumas include difficult births, retarded or delayed development children, birth defects, violence in children, and deaths of loved ones, even the death of one’s dearly loved pets.
For example, recently several people were killed in a Native American sweat lodge ceremony that went too long. People were distracted by the religious/spiritual nature of the event and did not realize the danger they were in. Groups, in fact, can do many things to traumatize people, either consciously or unconsciously. These include strange prayers, in some cases, long events that cause sleep deprivation, various rituals, and much more.
Even witnessing violence or horror on television, on the computer, or the movies can cause trauma in susceptible individuals, especially if the person was traumatized earlier in life in a somewhat similar manner.
WHO BECOMES TRAUMATIZED?
Unfortunately, most of us have been traumatized to a degree, at least. For example, children are extremely sensitive and even a simple look or harsh comment from a parent or a teacher can definitely traumatize a child easily. Adults, also, often become traumatized easily, especially when the circumstances are right and the adult is vulnerable for some reason.
In fact, just living in modern society can traumatize some people, as there is a lot of stress in most families and work situations. These are usually not severe traumas, but they do affect people’s thinking and behavior. In this way, entire cultures are traumatized, at times, and this fact is not well enough appreciated. It can lead to misunderstanding, miscalculations, and even to wars based upon trauma, and not upon real information.
For example, today in some nations children are falsely taught that all Western people are “satans” or devils. This is a type of trauma for these children, both because it is false, and because the information is imparted with a very upsetting emotional force or charge. Such children grow up full of hatred and fear, which colors their thinking and their behavior for their entire lives unless they are able to see through it and undo the trauma of their upbringing and education.
TRAUMA PATTERNS ON HAIR MINERAL TESTS
While not always associated with trauma, certain hair mineral patterns are usually reliable indicators of the presence of significant trauma. Recall, however, that imbalances are layered in the body. As a result, the top or most visible layer of metabolism reflected on a hair mineral chart can sometimes appear normal, even when deeper layers are not normal. As a person retraces the deeper layers, usually the trauma will become clear on a retest hair mineral analysis.
A NEW APPROACH TO TRAUMA RELEASE
A complete nutritional balancing program has proven itself over and over to be one of the most powerful, and a rather simple and effective way to deal with traumas. It does not just control the effects of trauma, but actually brings up and enables the release of deeply hidden memories and events.
It can do this in a non-threatening manner. Additionally, the pace and intensity of healing is under the control of the person, not a counselor or anyone else. Its cost is also far less than counseling, for example.
An important “side effect” is that one’s overall health improves drastically in most cases, because it drastically increases the body’s adaptive energy level. Indeed, this is one of the keys to its success that permits and produces deep healing of the mind, and the body.
This method of trauma release is extremely safe as well, and can be used by anyone at any age. Even if a trauma occurred years before, it appears to work. It can be used by children as well as those in their 60s, 70s, or even 80s to release old traumas that hold one back in one’s life.
Another significant advantage is that one does not need to know what was the nature of the trauma. One just follows the program, which increases the body’s energy and processing ability, and whatever traumas are there will surface in the proper order and time, using the body’s own wisdom to figure out the proper sequence and timing.
Many people report feeling not only healed, but able to perform mentally and emotionally even better than they could before their trauma occurred. The reason for this is that nutritional balancing actually builds health, and this enhances brain and nervous system functioning often to levels that were not possible ever before.
PRINCIPLES OF THE SYSTEMS OR ENERGETIC METHOD OF TRAUMA RELEASE
The principles upon which nutritional balancing rests are very poorly understood and, in fact, largely unknown in the medical and psychological communities. However, they are very powerful and effective and are based on modern systems theory, stress theory, chaos theory, and other more modern and somewhat more esoteric understanding of the body and mind. They include the following:
Increasing adaptive energy is therefore the single greatest key to healing traumas. This is subtle because adaptive energy is different from the energy a person may seem to have to carry out daily tasks and activities. The latter may appear perfectly normal. However, in most cases, a hair mineral analysis, when performed and interpreted correctly, will show severe energy loss.
Adaptive energy is the ability to flexibly adapt to stress and overcome it handily. It is a type of vitality, which is different, for example, from nervous energy that many people think is a high energy level.
While this seem shocking, it is true. For example, Dr. Paul Eck, my teacher and mentor, used to speak of “burnout babies”. By this he meant children and adults who have never had a really high adaptive energy or vitality level. The problem is quite common today because most babies are born with significant nutrient deficiencies, along with high levels of toxic metals in their bodies. Both are due to imbalances in their mothers.
These problems can be overcome in the future. However, conventional pre-natal care and child-raising methods in Western developed nations and in Asia do not address these subtle nutritional problems very well. As a result, most babies do not have a high adaptive energy level compared to what they could have. In addition, the increasing use of vaccines, medical drugs and the atrocious diets of many infant and children quickly deplete the vitality of any young children who may have been born with a high vitality level.
Another type of trauma is oppression by a dictatorial government. This may be induced by allowing the people to starve in the midst of plenty, depriving them of basic human rights, beating and raping the women and the men, or randomly murdering people to instill fear and despair. Such methods were used in a systematic way, for example, in Hitler’s Germany, the former Soviet Union, and most other police or military dictatorships. They are still used in many parts of Africa and in some Asian nations as well. Even in Western nations, unscrupulous leaders lie to confuse and confound the people, thus keeping the people off balance and in a lower energy state.
Manipulative people of all stripes also control others by depleting their energy. For example, they may continuously upset others, nag or bother others, or say things that intentionally discourage others. A very common technique is to lie to others, which is confusing and depletes energy because the other person must spend energy trying to figure out what is true and what is not.
In this way, depleting people’s energy is a key to traumatizing them and keeping them down, while raising one’s energy level is a key to healing all traumas.
This is a simple, but very critical concept in trauma release. It is not about the amount of energy in the body, but the quality of a person’s energy and perhaps the direction of energy flow in the body. As chaos is reduced, the body’s ability to function in many ways is enhanced.
Items in a person’s life that can be controlled fairly easily that can drastically increase or reduce chaos include:
Ø The diet – types, amounts and proportions of various foods.
Ø The drinking water amount and type.
Ø Imbalances in the mineral levels and ratios (controlled with several nutritional supplements).
Ø The oxidation rate.
Ø Vitamin deficiencies or excesses.
Ø Sleep deprivation.
Ø Upward-moving energy.
Ø Allowing the body to become cold or overheated.
Ø Exercise and activity – too much or too little.
Ø Physical inflammation in the body and/or mind. This can often easily be controlled with simple dietary changes and nutritional supplements.
Ø Other. These might include regulating drug use and smoking cigarettes, stopping upsetting activities, changing harmful relationships and more.
Ø Avoidance of chaos-enhancing factors of all types such as medical drugs, many herbs and nutritional supplements, and unhealthy lifestyle factors such as lack of rest, and others.
Understanding chaos reduction helps one understand why imposing a healthful diet and lifestyle can be critical or at least very helpful to actually undo traumas of all kinds, and why nutritional balancing science emphasizes them so much.
Some of the items above can be controlled permanently through simple lifestyle and dietary changes. Others, such as inflammation, require more time to remove toxic metals, notably the ‘amigos’ (toxic oxides and other forms of iron, manganese, copper, chromium, selenium, aluminum, boron, vanadium and molybdenum). This takes longer, but also has profound effects upon chaos and overall health in the body and the mind. Anti-oxidant therapy will not work nearly as well, and makes the body too yin, whereas removing the oxidant compounds is more profound and makes the body much more yang, as explained below.
Therefore, nutritional balancing places great emphasis upon making the body more yang using:
Ø Mainly the diet – animal protein daily, red meat several times weekly and even daily for a while, cooked and not raw food except for a little raw dairy products, and avoiding the nightshade vegetables (white potatoes, all tomatoes, all peppers, eggplant), avoiding all fruits, all fruit juices, and all sugars.
Ø The type and amounts of nutritional supplements
Ø The lifestyle recommendations
Ø The amount and type of drinking water (reverse osmosis and alkaline waters are too yin, for example),
Ø Enhancing the oxidation rate and the Na/K ratio, which are directly related to yin and yang.
Ø Even learning how to think and feel in ways that are more yang, instead of yin. For example, victim thinking of any kind is extremely yin, while sovereignty is more yang.
Ø Use of saunas, which are extreme yang, coffee enemas which tend to be yang, and avoidance of most other detoxification and healing methods such as chelation, hormones, drugs and others that are more yin, in general.
This is another subtle aspect of nutritional balancing, but one that we find is absolutely critical for overall health and particularly for trauma release.
An excess of certain toxic metals and some toxic chemicals in the nervous system not only disrupts its functioning. They can also create or sustain specific bodily feelings, sensations, ideas, and attitudes.
For instance, copper is associated with fear and emotionalism. Iron is associated with feelings of rage and anger. Cadmium is associated with violent, aggressive behavior, while mercury is associated with timidity and strangeness.
This is a very subtle, but important aspect of human physiology and biochemistry. It is also an amazing aspect of minerals that I call the anthropomorphic aspects of minerals.
It appears that particular minerals actually give the body and mind precise emotional qualities that may be helpful or harmful. It is not quite the same as toxicity. It is a way that specific minerals may color or shape human experience.
These qualities of minerals can also be used therapeutically. For example, fast oxidizers often have too much iron in their bodies. This mineral is associated with hardness, toughness and strength. Many of these individuals benefit greatly from taking copper, a soft, malleable metal compared with iron. When given enough copper, the person literally softens, and this allows the person to consider new options, new strategies and new approaches to their problems.
Other minerals that harden people are cadmium, nickel, lead and arsenic.
Some minerals balance, such as zinc. Others energize such as selenium. Copper may help produce a detached quality of mind that is needed at times to process traumas. Still other minerals are very grounding such as calcium and magnesium.
Some minerals will expand a person’s consciousness, while others tend to contract a person who is “strung out” too much. Others simply nourish, while some are suppressive of enzyme activity and may be needed if the metabolism is overheated in certain ways. This is an entire science of mineral therapy that is incorporated into all the nutritional balancing programs that I set up.
This is a critical principle that we observe in action on a daily basis. However, it is not recognized much in medicine, psychology or psychiatry. It needs to be. The reason it is not acknowledged, in my view, is that medical doctors and psychologists do not know how to properly nourish, balance, and condition the human brain sufficiently to allow the brain to do its self-healing.
I will give a simple example. One can observe that small children, upon falling to the ground and scraping a knee, often will sit and cry, perhaps become angry and despairing, and go through a series of maneuvers that eventually resolves the trauma at all levels. In ten minutes or less, they have forgotten the incident, their face turns sunny again, and they resume their play. They are able to do this because their nervous system, primarily, has the self-healing quality I am referring to here. In other words, they are able to process the trauma and move through all stages of it to its complete resolution.
This is an example of natural trauma retracing and release. If we could all do this with all types of trauma, we would be trauma free. However, if the system is overwhelmed, it literally becomes stuck in one or another stage of a trauma event, whether physical, emotional or other, and there the person remains, often for life. Methods described in this article can help to provide the conditioning, nutrition, lack of chaos and many other conditions the nervous system requires so that we can all respond to traumas as the young child above does.
Problems restoring the brain’s self-healing abilities. The main reason that medical and psychiatric professions are not able to induce more self-healing of the nervous system and brain is that the organ is extremely delicate, usually extremely toxic and depleted of certain nutrients, hard to diagnose imbalances accurately, and difficult to control in many people.
Nutritional balancing science can help, using very simple but powerful methods to reduce stress, basically, reduce chaos, reduce deficiency states, and enhance energy on many levels from the cells up to the systemic level. Such simple changes as a very healthful diet, a balanced and restful and prayerful lifestyle, the correct type and amount of drinking water, targeted and restrained supplementation, and especially moving energy downward out of the head area, are thus helpful in the extreme to recondition the brain and rehabilitate it sufficiently for its self-healing abillity to engage.
These quite basic changes are often very helpful to reduce stress and chaos, enhance cellular and system energy production and facilitate the kind of flexible, yet strong healing response we seek.
This is a very subtle, at times, but a very important aspect of healing all ailments, particularly traumas.
OTHER ASPECTS OF ENERGETIC TRAUMA RELEASE
It is extremely important to do three near infrared lamp sauna sessions daily. Also, the sauna must have at least three (3) 250-watt heat lamps in it.
Other sauna effects, such as sweating and driving the blood out of the internal organs and toward the periphery of the body, also seem to be extremely helpful. This may be why the Native Americans and many other groups around the world have used various forms of hot air and hot water bathing to release traumas and blockages in the body.
Grounding. Grounding has to do with the location in the body of one’s “chi” or subtle energy. If a person’s energy is mainly in the head or even the heart area, the person’s center of gravity and perhaps perceptual ability is compromised. Grounding the energy by moving it downward to the stomach area enhances relaxation and better perception, and does even more than this.
Grounding may also have to do with the direction of energy flow or movement within and around the body. Grounding is moving energy downward, always from the head toward the feet, even when lying down. Most people have energy moving upward, and ALL TRAUMA MOVES ENERGY UPWARD. To reverse trauma energy must be reversed and flow downward, even if it must be done by force at first to help a person get used to the new feeling of moving energy downward.
Grounding also has to do with contact with the earth in some cases. Walking barefoot, gardening, putting one’s hands in water, and walking, for example, and even avoiding living and working high up in skyscrapers, can be most helpful in some cases. Electrical means can sometimes help, and one can learn about this from websites that deal with earthing. Just type this word into your search engine and they will appear.
Centering. Centering is also important for trauma release and is somewhat different than simple grounding. Centering has to do with the ability to focus or have the center of your being clear, and inside the self, rather than have your focus outside of yourself, which is sometimes called being “strung out”. This is the situation with all who are traumatized to any significant degree.
Ways one can be uncentered are:
These are ways that people who are traumatized in any way often literally “leave the body” to a degree because the body is no longer a comfortable place to live. Grounding and centering have to do with rehabilitating the body, reducing chaos in the body-mind, and forcing the consciousness back into the body even if it is uncomfortable, at times.
Forcing the consciousness back into the body, even when it is uncomfortable. This is a secret of some trauma release. This is, at times, really the only way a person can truly handle or process his or her traumas and molestation from the past. Otherwise, the person is not in reality, drifting, with free-floating anxiety and fear, and not really able to assess, evaluate, and reprocess anything very much.
This is one of the primary reasons why centering is so critical for trauma release, and why the Roy Masters exercise is helpful in the extreme, if one can do it. It will not feel comfortable because it forces one back into the body. This must be understood and tolerated, and possibly even enjoyed – like a purging pain, as Mr. Masters calls it. It is the pain of reality, or the pain of true awareness. It is a pain that heals.
Does the person need to know all about his or her traumas to heal with these methods? The answer is absolutely not. The systems or energetic method of trauma release does not depend upon sitting and talking about one’s father, mother, abusive brother or sister, etc. The latter are aspects of the analytic methods of trauma release. Instead, the energetic or systems approach depends upon activating the self-healing power of the central nervous system to a high degree.
KEY FEATURES OF THE ENERGETIC OR SYSTEMS APPROACH TO TRAUMA RELEASE
Based upon the principles above, some key features of the energetic and balancing approach, which can be used in conjunction with some talking therapy, include:
Other modifications. Also, beware that kelp, Endo-dren, selenium, and at times Limcomin, iron, and even Megapan and Thyro-complex will bring up anger and other negative emotions even faster and may need to be reduced for a while. Increasing or decreasing these products can control and vary the speed and intensity of healing of traumas.
These nutrients are calcium, magnesium, and zinc, primarily. Another, in a few cases, is L-taurine and a product called ICMN (inositol, choline, methionine and niacinamide). These tend to “put a lid on things”, and help keep a person more relaxed and in control of the trauma release process. This is only true, however, when these products are combined properly in conjunction with a properly performed hair mineral test and a complete nutritional balancing program.
With the energetic approach of nutritional balancing, we work with the whole body system. The system then begins to unwind and heal in unusual ways that are really quite amazing, but somewhat unpredictable. Repeat hair mineral analyses and consultation about how to alter the programs is often imperative to facilitate the process and to keep it perfectly safe. This is a new type of understanding, and is another reason nutritional balancing is not more popular, I believe.
OTHER TOPICS RELATED TO ENERGETIC TRAUMA RELEASE – HEALING REACTIONS IN TRAUMA RELEASE
A common feature of the energetic method of trauma release is what are called healing reactions. These may also be called purification reactions, healing crises, reversals, retracings, exacerbations, aggravations or flare-ups. I will use these terms interchangeably, and they are used by other authors to generally mean the exact same thing.
When these occur, issues and trauma surface by themselves as the brain does its self-healing. The major issues may not surface for a while. Instead, others may need to be resolved first. Sometimes a totally unknown condition or trauma will arise, and may be the most critical, but was so heinous or buried that the person had no access to it previously. At other times, the worst incident may evaporate easily when a chemical is removed from the body using nutritional balancing, and no other therapy or discussion is required at all. The regular occurrence of healing reactions of this type is one difference between the analytical, and the energetic and balancing methods.
Bursting the bubbles – a type of healing response to be aware of. As the energy builds inside the person, at times, something pops and symptoms can be severe. However, it is not a “disease”, which is how it can be often looked upon. It is, in fact, a systems response that just looks like a serious problem.
Understood as a systems response, all that is usually needed is to rebalance the system and the problem goes away quickly. We encounter these in the physical human system and they will occur when unwinding traumas by this method as well. Physicians must be aware of them, or they will take the wrong actions and make things worse, or simply not be very effective at moving the client along his or her path of deep healing. For much more on this topic, read Trauma Retracing on this website.
ENTITY REMOVAL, TRAUMA RELEASE AND NUTRITIONAL BALANCING
The presence of discarnate entities is common after trauma, especially sexual molestation, and even more so after a rape. This is important to understand because it complicates healing, and may even be a major cause of physical or emotional symptoms, and problems resolving the trauma.
I find that nutritional balancing is helpful for entity removal. Reasons for this may include:
To read much more about entity attachment and removal, read Soul Attachment And Removal on this website.
OTHER METHODS COMMONLY USED TO RELEASE TRAUMAS
Counseling. Counseling is one of the main modalities, if not the major one, used today in most nations to help people who have gone through traumas. Counseling and psychotherapy can help by 1) improving awareness and logical thinking about a trauma, 2) reducing some chaos in a person, even by forcing a person to arrive at regular counseling sessions and spend a solid hour sitting quietly, 3) providing a safe environment to talk and think about the past, 4) providing insights and information a person needs about how to live, etc., and 5) possibly establishing a healthy relationship with a more grounded and centered individual, and 6) in some cases, delving deeply into the causes and conditions around a trauma to help heal it. Unfortunately, this is usually not nearly enough to resolve traumas on deep levels.
Common psychological and counseling approaches to trauma counseling include such methods as:
This therapy can give the most insight quickly and accurately. The problem is that just rehashing the incident does not clear it. New hypnotic suggestions can be implanted using hypnosis, but these do not always work and can make things worse. So hypnotherapy is not used too much for trauma, but can be extremely helpful if the therapist is very good.
PROBLEMS WITH ALL TALKING THERAPIES
Psychotherapeutic approaches all can work to some degree, but often leave much to be desired. Problems with almost all counseling include:
OTHER POPULAR HEALING MODALITIES USED FOR TRAUMA
Drugs for trauma. Medical doctors and psychiatrists regularly prescribe anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, muscle relaxants, stimulants, and occasionally narcotics and anti-psychotic drugs. These definitely help control some effects of trauma such as depression, anxiety, fears, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder episodes. In no way do these drugs “cure” the problem, however.
Problems with drug use for traumas includes the cost, and unwanted and toxic side effects that can include suicide, homicide, and other horrors. So please be careful using drugs of any kind, including recreational drugs, after a trauma to handle your symptoms.
Drugs have another use. They can literally dull the mind to block out all perception. This is different from dealing with specific effects of trauma. However, this use of drugs is also dangerous, since dulling the mind can make a person far more vulnerable to accidents, rape, depression and other problems.
Other methods. These include biofeedback, use of other electronic machines, religious conversion with prayer and other rituals, and occasionally meditation, and bodywork such as yoga, chiropractic and Rolfing. These methods vary in their effectiveness, but can definitely help somewhat. Chiropractic, for example, is always needed after a rape or an accident, in my experience. It can be life-saving. It will not undo a trauma, however. It just fixes the structural damage, which can be extensive.
Rolfing and structural integration, and even deep massage, may go deeper, but also are usually not enough to restore the body and mind fully.