Chocolate Party!

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Chocolate cravings can have different meanings; one of them is that your body needs magnesium! Magnesium is good for our heart and helps our muscles relax. Most people have a magnesium deficiency, so make sure to add magnesium to your diet.

Another reason why we crave chocolate is because we need love; chocolate is metabolized to serotonin, a hormone that boosts our mood  in those cases it might be better to go for a walk, water your plants, spend time with a friend. Hope you enjoy it and may all beings be happy and have access to nourishing foods.

This recipe is delicious. I hope you enjoy it!

– 2 bananas (use one frozen)

– 2 to 3 tbsp organic raw cacao

– 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

– pinch of turmeric (optional)

– 1 tbsp chaga mushroom powder (optional)

– 1 cup to 1 1/2 cup almond milk

– 1/4 avocado

– sweetener of your choice

– protein powder (optional)

Watch the video here!

 

Needy? Dependent? Healing the Oral Characterology

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A very useful tool in understanding our early conditioning, our core wound and how to heal it is Characterology. A system elucidated by Wilhelm Reich, a psychiatrist who was Freud’s student. His system of character analysis describes how we create defenses in response to parental wounding. The five primary wounds being humiliation, terror, deprivation, betrayal and rejection. Today we are going to explore the wound of deprivation which corresponds to the Oral Characterology.

While the child is breastfeeding, he does not only receive milk; he receives contact, warmth, and touch. The mother’s presence gives him the experience of being loved, protected and cared for. This welcoming love received from the mother establishes foundations for the mind and body of the adult to be. Qualities such as self esteem and confidence come from the motherly love one received as a baby.

The baby’s soul lands from the higher worlds in the mother’s womb and requires a lot of effort to adapt. The baby experiences the first contact with the Earth through the mother and from the time the baby is in the womb to two years after birth there is no clear difference between the mother’s emotional environment and the Earth. He also can’t differentiate his own emotions from his mother’s. The baby doesn’t have any protection against the mother’s emotions; he can receive love more fully than adults but at the same time can be hit very hard by his mother’s negative emotions. His brain is very plastic and impressionable; therefore it is more open to learn and more vulnerable to problems during development.  The way parents nurture the child programs his primal brain with a pattern of responses that will determine his future behavior.

The planetary archetype related with the mother is the Moon; it is open, receptive, and creative, often associated with water. The Moon has a great capacity for reproduction and it is cuddly, good at cooking, loves animals, it can be messy, sweet toothed, self indulgent and loves to talk. It is related with body fluids, soft tissues, breasts, brain, uterus and reproductive function. A person with strong moon knows how to make others feel taken care of, acknowledged and psychologically and physically nurtured. When babies have this kind of space in their life, it creates a feeling of safety inside of them.

The child  that develops the Oral Characterology had an initial wounding created by lack of nurturing. His mother may have rushed him while breastfeeding or he was abandoned due to mom’s death, sickness, depression, addictions, or busyness. The child may have been left alone crying for long periods of time with no one responding.

The child explains to himself that the reason why he wasn’t nurtured was because he was not enough. He gives up the dependent position before being satisfied, remaining chronically dependent and needy. He pulls off before being filled up when breast feeding and denies and disapproves of his dependency.  These patients feel that releasing the block and experiencing their own need will lead to a repetition of the painful disappointment and deprivation they experienced when they were little and that failing to meet the needs of others will lead to disappointment.

As an adult it’s hard to get his needs met. He is not able to fully take in what he receives from others.  Self nurturing and self soothing are difficult and he tends to get sick frequently or collapse with depression which justifies self indulgence as a way of support.

“I often hurried up when someone gave me attention. When I spoke, I tried to be quick and not take too much time. I was never satisfied when receiving. One time my therapist asked me to let her hold me like a baby and to take in her care and her touch. “Just let me know when you are satisfied,” she said. I felt like I had to hurry up to take in and I was afraid that she would leave. I couldn’t fully relax. She said: “So it’s never enough?” and I said, “NO” and clung to her more tightly. “What if you actually take in what I am giving you?” When she said that something opened in me and it took me three seconds to feel satisfied. I was shining and felt so happy and open”. 

The oral stage is the time when the baby receives pleasure through sucking. When there is not enough of that, the child may have oral cravings and want oral stimulation as an adult. In theory, oral fixations manifest as smoking, alcoholism, nail biting, sexual practices (fellatio, cunnilingus, analingus and irrumation), chewing and eating disorders.

The oral character structure often uses sex as a way to gain love and have closeness. They want to feel secure and use sex to avoid loneliness. They have the need to feed from the partner. Men with this characterology may not have full erections or may ejaculate prematurely. Women might have orgasms frequently and easily, but not strong ones. Surrendering to feeling love for another brings intense fears of being left alone or losing oneself. The person may want to be cuddled more than to have sex and in relationships the person might go back and forth between being in love and ending the relationship suddenly.  This is the child’s struggle of wanting to merge versus wanting to separate from the parent and individuate.  The child had the experience of being abandoned so he will have the tendency to do to others what was done to him.

“I needed to internalize the experience of someone leaving and coming back. When my partner used to leave to go to work, I felt a very strong fear of abandonment. This feeling started to heal when I consciously remembered that he will be back and had the experience of him coming back each day. When I have therapy, this feeling often comes back at the end of our session; I don’t want the session to end and I feel clingy. My therapist reminds me that he will not leave and that he understands that while I was growing up I didn’t have the steady presence of my father and that I need to continuously take in my system the experience of a steady presence, in this case my therapist’s presence so that I can build inner safety and strength”

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The primal brain is responsible for survival and it’s activated by fear; it has helped humans survive through evolution. Most humans don’t experience threats of survival regularly so this part is overactive and often limits human beings. The threat of uncomfortable feelings triggers a fearful reaction, closing the human off emotionally from others. Such triggering feelings may include unworthy-ness, abandonment, shame, powerlessness or rejection. Is very important to reach out when feeling challenging feelings especially for this character structure. This can initiate the most dramatic change.

The oral character has an intense need to be taken care of. He can be clingy and needy in relationships, see others with more resources than his own and think that others may give what he needs. He is dependent on others because there is an unconscious belief that being independent means being alone. He needs to learn that he can be independent and have needs at the same time.

The adjustment process of these individuals often involves a great deal of caretaking others to attempt to fix others so that they may at last gratify the self. This is often observed in children of alcoholics.  The child care-takes the parent until it becomes too much and then collapses. Only then does he feel like he is allowed to have needs. He allows himself to take in and meet his needs to some degree, sometimes guiltily, and very soon returns to the pattern of helping others and denying his own needs.

The oral character might resist exercising when he is collapsed. Exercising can help him feel more connected with reality and his real self. It’s important to choose an exercise that is enjoyable. Partner yoga can be an excellent choice. It’s also important to be aware of the moment when we feel the collapse, having a straight posture specially in the area of the jaw and neck is very supportive towards the collapse.

Self soothing is important to develop as well. Sunlight and opening to experiencing direct pleasure is very helpful: warm baths, nourishing food, plenty of water and simple grounding exercises are very useful: standing on one’s own ground. Here is a simple grounding exercise:

1. Stand up with your feet wide apart and bend your knees as much as it’s comfortable. Now feel your feet on the ground and imagine a golden ball of light melting inside you starting with the head, the shoulders, the arms, belly, hips and legs until you reach your feet.

2. When you reach your feet, imagine roots growing down and reaching the center of the Earth; feel the safety of this connection.  You can envision yourself as a strong tree with big long roots or as anything that makes you feel strong.

3. Now, bring the energy from the Earth up to your feet and legs with your intention. At this point you may feel more relaxed and supported, letting the Earth hold you.

“When I need to feel supported, I just lay down on the grass or the sand and rest there, letting the Earth hold me”

Getting grounded helps relieve stress, fear and anxiety. From the energetic perspective, every disease is caused by closing the first chakra (which is the energy center that connects us to the Earth.) When we close it, the life force and the energy from the earth have difficulty reaching us and we can get tired or sick.

The Earth contains healing energy. Science has discovered this energy as free-flowing electrons which are constantly replenished by lightning strikes and solar radiation. These electrons can be transferred up throughout the body when we have direct contact with the ground, discharging electrical stress from the body and restoring our natural rhythms.

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Raw living foods have the power to heal our relationship with Mother Earth since there is no processing between the earth and the food we eat. They can naturally increase our intuition and help us reconnect with our natural instincts which can assist with our ability to heal ourselves.  Healers from the Amazon are very in touch with this instinct; they know if a plant is poisonous or not by becoming very quiet and listening to the plant.

When I started adding nutrient rich raw foods like salads, sprouts, smoothies and green juices to my diet I naturally started craving healthier foods. My sense of taste was enhanced and I had more energy. I felt a sense of belonging and support around me and I felt very held by the Earth’s consciousness. I felt light, at home and it was easy to love myself. I felt clear and positive. It felt easier to be happier. I just felt so good!!!

A way of balancing our diet is by understanding which foods are masculine/yang or feminine/yin. That way we don’t go from one extreme to the other to alleviate the opposite food’s effects. Yang/Contracting (represents the masculine energy, strong, tight, hard and contractive) foods include salty foods, animal protein, grains and cooked food. If we eat too much contracting foods, our bodies will start getting tight and we will start craving expanding foods to balance ourselves.

Yin/Expanding (represents the feminine energy, soft, yielding, passive, receptive, and expansive) foods include sugar, alcohol, coffee, refined flour (such as breads, cookies, pasta), dairy, oil, fruits, nuts, seeds, tofu, leafy green vegetables, root vegetables, beans, and sea vegetables. Yin foods give a quick feeling of elevated mood and in the long run can produce feelings of depression, anxiety and loss of concentration.

Eating mostly one type of food pushes the body to the extreme, causing imbalance. The key is to balance them both. For people with oral fixations such as smoking or alcohol it is important to increase the yin foods in the diet such as raw foods, water and salads.

Just as we were once in our mothers’ bellies, we are now being fed and nurtured in Mother Earth’s belly. Reconnecting with the Earth deeply healed my relationship with nourishment.

“There were many days that I didn’t want to live. I finally felt alive. The trees were smiling at me, hugging my lungs with their branches; the birds were singing sweet songs. The little one in me was saying I never had enough, I am scared to grow. The day that I decided to take her hand and not leave her alone anymore, was the happiest day, she had been waiting for so long”. 

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Creamy Mango Turmeric Smoothie

This smoothie is very creamy and packed with nutrition.
Besides fighting inflammation, turmeric also improves digestion, detoxifies the liver and boosts the immune system.

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mango turmericIngredients:

– 2 cups mango

– ½ tsp turmeric

– 1 ½ cup almond milk

– 1 tbsp shredded coconut (optional)

– 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

– ½ tsp cinnamon

– 1 – 2 tsp chia seeds, flax seeds (flax gives it a nutty flavor) or coconut oil

– Fresh ginger (1-2 inches)

Blend all the ingredients together on a high speed blender.

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Delicious and healthy!

Enjoy!

You can watch the video here:

 

Thyroid Health

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located near the base of the neck.  Some of the thyroids functions are:

–      To control how well we sleep

–       To regulates heart rate, breathing and body temperature.

–       Affects the ability of a woman to become pregnant

–       Relates to how our skin looks and how fast our hair grows

–       Relates to metabolism

If we have an under-active thyroid, we will have slow metabolism and therefore gain weight easily. If our thyroid is over-active, we will have fast metabolism and become too thin.

When we lack minerals and nutrients, the thyroid has trouble making its hormones. Our thyroid needs iodine, selenium, zinc, iron and copper appropriate levels of Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Here are some foods that support the thyroid:

– Superfoods like maca, spirulina, goji berries and blue-green algae are helpful for thyroid imbalances. Spirulina, goji berries and blue-green algae contain B vitamins.

– Brazil nuts contain selenium, which helps regulate thyroid hormone synthesis and metabolism.

– Coconut oil and coconut butter stimulate the thyroid and support proper thyroid function.

– Kelp has the crucial trace element for thyroid function: iodine. Our thyroid can stop functioning well just because of an iodine deficiency. If you are iodine deficient, taking at least 2 tablespoons of kelp per day can help. You can add it to your salad and mix it with a bit of sea salt. Always consult with a doctor before making diet changes.

When we don’t have enough healthy iodine in our body; iodine-131 (avaporous gas) is breathed in and it gets into our thyroid and other glands. Iodine-131 is not healthy and it doesn’t leave our body. That’s why we need to make sure that we have enough of the healthy iodine.

Exposure to bromines depletes our body’s iodine. Bromines can be found in pesticides, plastics, sodas (BVOs = Brominated vegetable oils), flour (potassium bromate), and personal care products, so it’s better to use chemical-free ones.

– Cranberries also contain iodine. You can juice them with an apple and lemon.

– Radishes.  According to Dr. Mercola, radishes contain a sulphur compound that is a regulator of calcitonin and thyroxin. When we have enough of this sulphur compound the thyroid is less apt to over-produce or under-produce these hormones. You can juice radishes with cucumber, carrots and lemon.  Radishes contain goitrogens. Some doctors recommend not using them when someone has hypothyroidism so it really depends on our individual needs and beliefs around food.

– Green Vegetables are rich in Vitamin A.  These include Swiss chard, collard greens, and dandelions. Avoid raw cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, turnips and Brussels sprouts because they contain goitrogens that interfere with iodine uptake; other foods that contain goitrogens are millet, coffee and soy. Maca is a cruciferous vegetable as well, but it has a balancing effect on the endocrine system and supports the thyroid.

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Here are some foods that slow the functioning of the thyroid:

– Seed oils, soybean oil, canola oil and corn oil

– Margarine

– Table salt

– Conventionally grown foods with pesticides

– Goitrogen containing foods: soy, coffee, cruciferous vegetables, millet, pine nuts, peanuts and mustard.

– Refined Grains

– Sugar

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Natural ways to support the thyroid:

– Letting your skin receive sunlight

– Laying down or walking barefoot on the beach or the grass

– Swimming in a lake, ocean or waterfall basin

Synthetic Hormones:

If you take synthetic hormones like Synthroid, Levoxyl or Levothroid you may want to ask your doctor about Armour thyroid, which is desiccated thyroid since synthetic hormones like Synthroid have side effects. Please, read more about Armour thyroid by clicking here.

Fluoride and Mercury

Avoiding fluoride and mercury as much as possible is beneficial. Water contains fluoride. Using a good filtration system for water or drinking spring water is a good alternative. Use fluoride free toothpaste and if you have amalgam fillings that contain mercury it will be good to have them removed from your mouth.

The power of grounding

The Earth contains healing energy. Science has described this energy as free-flowing electrons which are constantly replenished by lightning strikes and solar radiation. These electrons can be transferred up throughout the body when we have direct contact with the ground which helps discharge electrical stress from the body and restore our natural rhythms.

How to get grounded?

– You can use grounding technology: earthing mats or sheets which naturally connect you with the energy of the earth.

– You can also get grounded energetically. Here is a simple exercise to get grounded:

1. Stand up straight and feet wide apart. Bend your knees a little and feel your feet on the ground. Imagine a golden ball of light melting inside of you starting with the head, the shoulders, the arms, belly, hips, and legs until you reach your feet.

2. When you reach your feet, imagine roots growing down and reaching the center of the Earth, feel the safety of this connection.  You can envision yourself as strong tree with big long roots.

3. Now bring the energy from the Earth up to your feet and legs with your intention. At this point you may feel more relaxed and supported. Let the Earth hold you.

Grounding helps relieve stress, fear and anxiety. Every disease in the energetic perspective is caused by disconnecting ourselves from the energy of the Earth. We do that by closing our first chakra and shutting off our life force.

Grounding energetically has been something that I have learned and practiced for more than four years during my training at the BarbaraBrennan School of Healing. To give a healing I need to be centered and connected with the energy of the Earth. It brings deep relaxation to the person that I am healing, exactly as the Alpha waves.

Supporting Your Thyroid with Energy Healing

With Brennan Healing Science I work on the thyroid gland and balance the endocrine system. Healing the thyroid gland is about helping the glands in the body to communicate with each other to function properly.

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Please leave any comments or questions below and enjoy this thyroid tonic recipe:

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Dowsing World Summit

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Salomé believes we are all natural born healers and intuitives. Leave your doubts behind and ‘just do it’ using her insights and tips for getting in touch with your natural abilities. We will explore:

– How to find the right foods for you
– How to increase intuition
– Learn about healing, chakras and more!
– Practices you can integrate into your life to develop your vision and confidence.

Listen to her by clicking here.  

 

Superfoods

Superfoods are one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. They are very concentrated so you get lots of benefits with small amounts, which is awesome!
You can add them to your smoothies and salads or eat them as snacks!

Superfoods increase the vital force of our body, they are cleansing and alkalizing. They lower inflammation.

Goji Berries 1. Goji Berries:  Used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years. Goji berries increase the jing energy of the kidneys and adrenal glands which supports longevity; they contain 18 kinds of amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids and up to 21 trace minerals. They have vitamin E, antioxidants, iron and much more.

You can rehydrate goji berries by soaking them in water; you can make tea, smoothies, lemonade and desserts  with them.

Tip: Store your goji berries in a dry container. They tend to absorb moisture.

cacao smoothie  2. Cacao: It is really high in antioxidants and a great source of magnesium, manganese, chromium and iron. Chocolate has a cooling energy, but, in excess, it has a heating energy.  It is a natural aphrodisiac (this word comes from Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation).

Cacao is a natural laxative. It soothes menstruation and supports the heart. It also connects s to our heart center.

Cacao goes very well with vanilla, also with cinnamon  nuts, cherries, aloe and blue-green algae.

Tip:  When  making chocolate milk,  add a good amount of cinnamon and all spice to it. It gives it an incredible flavor!

maca 3. Maca:  Increases strength and libido. Contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fiber. It has been grown in Peru for approximately 2,600 years and it’s the highest altitude crop on Earth grown at 10,000 up to 14,000 feet today by the Quechua people.

Tip:   Maca is a great emulsifier, which means that it will bring the flavors from fat and sugar smoothly together.

4. Spirulina: Is considered the highest source of complete protein (65%) from all food. Its reach in chlorophyll and enzymes.

Spirulina has a blue tint on it due to the fact that it contains phycocyanin. It is a blood builder, contains as much iron as red meat.

Tip: For an amazing skin, mix a tablespoon of spirulina with a teaspoon of water and apply it onto your face, relax for some minutes and wash it off.

 

Chocolate Smoothie Recipe

PTSD

Below I am sharing a presentation about PTSD that me and my classmates presented at our healing school.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

  • “Post-traumatic stress is the result of a heart-stopping mix of terror, helplessness, and horror that floods the mind and freezes the body during an overwhelmingly threatening event.”
  • “At the time of the actual event, its defining nature is an instantaneous and automatic takeover of intense feelings of helplessness, terror, and loss of control, and the perception of impending annihilation by overwhelming force.”

“Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal” by Belleruth Naparstek

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Who does it affect?

  • Anyone!
  • It can occur in those who personally experience the trauma, those who witness it, those who pick up the pieces after and even friends & family of those who went through the event.
  • Greater risk for women and young children 

Factors that influence risk of developing PTSD

Proximity –  Duration – Extent of brutality – Betrayal –  Threat of dying  – Perpetrating violence  – Societal context – Unpredictability – Injury –  Loss  –  Being trapped

Different types of trauma

Type 1: Shock trauma

  • Exposure to a one time, overwhelming event which our body cannot process

Examples:

  • Rape/assault/sexual or physical abuse
  • Invasive medical procedure
  • Terrorist attacks
  • War
  • Accidents
  • Natural disasters

Type 2: Strain trauma

  • An incremental compounding of events over time
  • “Wounds” that we experience that can be accumulated and build up in our body by being chronically exposed to them, often during childhood

Examples:

  • Unstable / unsafe home environment; neglect
  • Domestic violence; bullying
  • Abuse – emotional/mental, physical, sexual / incest
  • Kidnapping / prolonged capture

Long-term, repeated exposure is a repeated “undoing” of their personhood

  • The person adapts to a perpetual life of fear
  • This usually results in deeper and more devastating effects

How is PSTD response different from a “normal” response?

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Symptoms:

Reexperiencing  

The person re-lives the traumatic event in a involuntarily and vivid way

  • Nightmares : either the event or other frightening things
  • Flashbacks: acting or feeling like the event is happening again
  • Frightening thoughts
  • Repetitive images or sensations / can also include physical sensations as trembling and sweating, rapid breathing
  • Constant negative thoughts about the experience
  • They ask themselves repeatedly questions that prevent them from coming to terms with the event

Why did this event happen to me?

Could I have done something to stop it?

This can lead to feelings of guilt and shame

Symptoms:
Avoidance and emotional numbing / constriction
Emotional numbing: when you try to deal with your feelings by not feeling anything at all. Thus people can get isolated and withdrawn: dissociation.

  • They may give  up  activities that they used to enjoy. They feel detached from  others
  • They have feelings of helplessness

It is the biological response to an  overwhelming threat

They freeze

  • People distract themselves with work or hobbies: they try to push memories out of their mind
  • Trying to avoid being reminded of the traumatic event: avoiding certain persons or places
  • Having trouble remembering the dangerous event/ mental blankness
  • Sense of limited future: you don’t expect to get married or have a career
  • Frequent crying, fear of dying, going crazy
  • Things that remind a person of the event can trigger avoidance symptoms.

These  symptoms may cause a person to change his/her routine

A person may avoid  driving a car after a bad car accident

Symptoms
Hyper arousal – Feeling “on edge”
 

  • These symptoms are usually constant, instead of being triggered by things that  one remind of the traumatic event.  

–     Difficulties in relaxing themselves

–     Anxious constantly aware of threads

–     This causes constriction

–     Perceptual awareness easily startled and feeling jumpy

  • Hypervigilance

–     Being on constant ‘red alert’

–     The full attention is directed toward the threat

  • Feeling ‘on edge’ often leads to:

–     Being irritated

–     Angry outbursts

–     Sleeping problems: falling or staying

–     Feeling stressed

–      Difficulties in concentration

Symptoms  

PTSD in children

  • Sleep problems and nightmares without recognizable content
  • Fear of being separated from parent
  • Losing skills like toilet traing
  • Acting out the trauma in play, stories, drawings
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Aches and pains with no apparent cause
  • Somber, compulsive play in which aspects of the trauma are repeated
  • When young children are repeatedly traumatized they often adapt dissociation as a preferred mode to be in the world

Cellular level

Healthy cell walls are “plump” and strong

Neurons (nerve cells) may freeze or become hyper-vigilant

  • They process & transmit impulses using electrical signals (voltage) across their membranes
  • If voltage changes by a large amount (hyper-arousal) an all or nothing response can occur

The membrane:

  • Is believed to be the “brain” of the cell (mem-brain) and is responsible for determining how a cell responds to its environment and how it allows for the interaction of the inner and outer environments

When under chronic stress, our adrenal gland cell membrane:

  • Is deflated, has gaps (holes) in it and is generally weak/thin

Our telomeres are shorter

  • They protect our DNA from damage
  • The more childhood trauma a subject had experienced, the higher the risk shortened telomeres which is associated with accelerated aging
  • Common with PSTD

How PTSD may look in the haric line

  • In extreme cases, hara / VPC may shift backwards, away from emotions further shutting down feelings, working from will
  • Hara cut off from their neck/ upper chest and the rest of their body, not having been able to process the trauma all the way through

As a Helper it is important to consider:

How is he creating safety for himself?

Examples:

  • Third eye may be wide open constantly monitoring the room / energy of the room to create sense of safety
  • Second chakra may be very open constantly monitoring the feelings of others (empath), on guard for negative emotions or motives (especially in cases of abuse)
  • They may keep reprocessing it mentally with a feeling of terror to allow it in their bodies
  • Possibly a feeling that their body keeps betraying them with these misunderstood and unpredictable responses
  • Therefore, they may be hyper-vigilant to the environment AND guard against the symptoms erupting

Also consider…

  • Take into account the clients pattern of hyper arousal
    (degree & how extreme)
  • Look at:

–      1st and 3rd  chakras for trauma

–     2nd and 4th levels for lifeless dull energy

  • Look for feelings of confusion in their field which can make them feel trapped even further
  • Contributes to the feelings of pushing from will to keep going when feeling trapped
  • Adrenals extremely fatigued (as stated earlier)
  • Back muscles tense/breath is tight
  • Torso moves less, relative to body
  • Feelings: “protect  my back”, “grow eyes in the back of my head”

And …
If you layer all of this over their specific situation you may also find specific signs, such as:

  • If they were bound in any way, energetically their wrists and ankles may feel “cut off”
  • If sexually abused, this area maybe stagnant, almost dead – there may be a history of cancer or other signs such as frequent miscarriages
  • If they suffered trauma in war, their whole field is “watching”, they may suffer from insomnia, night terrors
  • If they were forced to eat adult sized portions as a child, their throat may be clogged

What can we do? What treatments are available? At a cellular level?

We can take them gently through “Thawing” or “Somatic Experiencing” to immobilize frozen parts of the cells

  • This can be done at a cellular level of deep contact  & presence which allows the frozen layers to peel off – like removing layers off an onion.
  • My experience with working with trauma at a cellular level is that a deep level of listening and contact is required to connect with the consciousness at the cellular level.
  • I have found by doing this that the trauma is allowed to be sequenced in waves then released without the client having to re-experience the traumatic event at a cognitive level (similar to clearing past life time capsules from the energy field)
  • It takes intention and hara, compression of awareness inward with focus, then relaxation and connection
  • The ability to use WAE to allow the experience of their physiological processes to unfold, being fully deeply present
  • By being present at the cell membranes level, one can affect interaction of what is held there and the relationship of its expression to the outer world (the rest of the body).
  • The person is not usually aware of what is held at a cellular level (disconnected thoughts and actions) so this technique allows integration into their system
  • The consciousness of the cells mimic the consciousness of the individuals expression in the world

Treatment Methods:

(Best ones are non cognitive body therapies)

–      Brennan Healing Science

–      TFT/EFT      EMDR

–      EMDR

–      Hakomi

–      Somatic Experiencing

–      Guided Imagery www.healthjourneys.com

Other Treatments?

  • Psoas muscle release followed by Hypothalamus/ Pituitary/Adrenal Balancing
    (HPA Balance)

Psoas Muscle Release

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The psoas muscle is the main muscle that raises your leg toward your body. One of the largest and thickest muscles of the body and the major walking muscle. The psoas maintains the pelvis in a dynamically neutral orientation that can move easily and retain structural integrity. The psoas acts as a shelf to support the organs and nerve ganglia and sits just below the kidneys. The nerves for the lower digestive system, the reproductive organs, bladder, and thigh go over, through or under the psoas muscle; their function is intrinsically dependant on the psoas.

The psoas is behind the three lower chakras responsible for power, sexual energy and survival. In Chinese medicine the psoas is connected to the kidneys that are the original source of chi or life energy. Fear.

The psoas is a primary muscle in flight, fight, freeze or fear responses to danger.

“As a species, humans are encoded with the ability to protect themselves. When survival is at stake, the psoas propels the body to hit the ground running. When startled, it ignites preparation of the extensor muscles to reach out (grab hold) or run. When standing one’s ground, the psoas provides a person with powerful core leg and arm kicks – a dynamic force in the face of the enemy.”

The psoas is “an essential part of the instinctive fear reflex.” It flexes the spine into a fetal position to protect the vulnerable organs of the body from a deadly blow or fall. If we are overwhelmed or the danger is chronic, the psoas can help us to freeze or play dead until the danger is removed.

If the client is able to release the psoas in a healing session, there can be significant results.

(Liz Koch, Psoas Health: Trauma Recovery Protocol. Massage and Bodywork.

Dec/Jan 2004)

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PSOAS MUSCLE RELEASE METHOD

 
1. The Constructive Rest Position (CRP)
Have your client lie on the table with knees bent and feet flat on the table 12-16 inches away from the buttocks, heels aligned with hip sockets. Arms rest to the sides of the body or comfortably on top of the pelvis. In this passive position, the client is simply resting. The healer uses HSP to gather information during this resting phase. The force of gravity begins to release the psoas.

2. Ask the client to relax legs and lay flat on his/her back so the healer comfortably work with the client’s feet and legs. Healer prepares by grounding. The legs can be quite heavy so healer needs to brace themselves to hold the weight.

3. Gently rock and shake each leg. With legs extended, hold one foot at a time and gently begin flexing and extending the foot. Then gently shake and rock the whole leg. Support the weight of client’s relaxed leg, then continue to jiggle the leg as you follow the natural movement pattern of the joints. Release andgently shake the_leg. Move to the other leg and begin again.

(Pay attention on unwinding in the body)

4. Gentle energetic release of the psoas. With client’s permission, healer’s place left hand on the right side of client’s trunk. The heel of the hand rests medially to the crest of the pelvic bone while the fingertips are pointed toward the middle of the rib cage. Healer places their right hand on the client’s right leg just above the knee. Focus on and perceive the right psoas muscle. Allow energy to be directed in and around the muscle without pushing.

Let the wave build, notice the client’s bodily response: color, sweating, breathing.

If appropriate, encourage the client with quiet words of support: “there is no agenda”, “you can have all your feelings”, “notice what’s here now” etc. or confirm client’s perceptions with: “right”, “yes”, “I hear you” etc.

As the wave builds, the healer gently shakes and rolls the leg, letting the leg rest as the wave slows. Stay with the client, allow the energy to be present with the muscle.

After a period of quiet, let the client know you are going to stop running energy and will be removing your hands, then gently disconnect.

Notes:

–          Important that they know what you are doing to create safety

–          Close with HPA axis + healthy state for this body

Hold this axis with intention of it to be healthy for that body
HPA Axis – complex set of direct influences and feedback interactions among the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the adrenal glands, controls reactions to stress. Pathway of activation

Prologue

As deep and traumatic this condition is, there is much hope and many “gifts” for people who recover

–     Learn adult skills with more intention and focus

–     Deepened intuitive abilities, not for safety but as life tools

–     In touch with powerful human and spiritual dimensions

–     Deep capacity for compassion and empathy

–     Adrenaline state shifts to deeper experiences of joy, more aliveness

–     Heightened creativity and artistic expression 

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Bibliography: 

Perlmutter, David, MD, F.A.C.N, Villoldo, Alberto, PhD., Power Up Your Brain, The Neuroscience of Enlightenment, Hay House Inc, 2011

Brennan, Barbara, AP II, Class #4 Handout, Barbara Brennan Inc., 2010

Levine, Peter A, Waking the Tiger, North Atlantic Books, 1997

Brennan, Barbara, AP IV, Class #2 and #3 Handout, Barbara Brennan Inc., 2005

Peter Levine Unspoken Voice

Bellaruth Knaperstek

(Liz Koch, Psoas Health: Trauma Recovery Protocol. Massage and Bodywork.

Dec/Jan 2004)

A&P II, Class #4 Handout/Barbara Brennan School of Healing

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/post_traumatic_stress_disorder_symptoms_treatment.htm#what

Contributions from:

Della Reside, BIP

Marijo Puleo, BIP

Marie Van Den Kieboom, BIP

Susan Burgoon, BIP

Salome Torres, BIP