“The body keeps an accurate journal, regardless of what you write down.” —Anonymous
We can’t talk our way out of trauma, anxiety, or depression. It requires the body and heart to move through what it wanted to do that it didn’t get to, and the body will remind (in both subtle and loud ways) us until it happens.
The body is the vessel for all of our experiences and holds the energy of what was overwhelming or incomplete in the past, in our ancestry, and our soul history. What involved the body to begin with requires the body to heal.
Learn about the key components that give way to healing your nervous system and coming through with more resilience and expansiveness, whether or not you think or believe you have trauma.
This episode is about the science, soul, and spirit behind trauma and trauma healing, how our instinctual animal body responds to threat, how the whole body’s function and our experience are impacted by the nervous system’s fight and flight responses, and the connection of the body to spiritual aspects of trauma.
This episode will be followed by a body-centered trauma healing experiential that supports you in unfolding body memory and organic healing.
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Show Notes & Timestamps
00:56 Sponsored by You
01:47 Update on My Travels: Michigan
04:58 Opening of the Episode
05:16 When I First Started Therapy
06:23 Opening to Embodiment
07:07 I Couldn’t Just “Calm Down” or “Let Go”
07:46 Nervous System - Duality of Protection & Growth
09:22 Shifting the Trauma / Compassion for Myself
10:33 Trauma Healing From a Body-Centered Perspective
11:20 What Is Trauma?
12:12 the Spectrum of Trauma (Large T Trauma, Small T Trauma)
14:47 Empowering Trauma by Defining It as a Response That Could Not Be Had
15:44 Referencing Family Constellations and Ancestry With Trauma Passed Down the Line
17:31 Working With the Body, We Don’t Necessarily Need to Know the Details
18:13 Trauma by History
18:34 Something New Can Happen
19:08 Science and Soul Around Embodied Trauma Healing
19:28 Difference From Talk Therapy
20:15 “Time Will Heal All Wounds” - (Myth or Reality)
Part 1: Science Behind Trauma
21:27 Science Behind Trauma
21:39 Mention of Somatic Experiencing by Peter Levine
22:09 Animals and Trauma - How Animals Respond to Threat
23:39 Example Video - the Impala Playing Dead
24:14 Humans Response to Traumatic Experiences / Avoid, Skip, or Ignore
25:38 Sometimes “I’m Fine” Is Also Numbness
26:40 What Peter Levine Created
27:25 Techniques I Use in My Work / Combining Somatic Experiencing With Family Constellations
28:07 A Healthy Nervous System
29:37 Fight, Flight, and Freeze Are Supposed to Only Last a Few Minutes
30:06 We Are Not Exactly the Same as Animals (We Need a Lot of Love and Care Before We Can Handle the World)
30:50 Donald Winnicott : Good Enough Mother
31:30 Our Expansive & Rational Self - Placed in a Body That Needs Co-Regulation
32:01 More Science: The Polyvagus Nerve
32:08 Mention Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges
33:27 The Vagus Nerve and All the Organ Systems
35:07 Why Look at Trauma?
35:54 The Body Knows Even if the Mind Doesn't!
36:22 An Example of This Showing Up in Family Constellations
36:57 Empowered by Knowing That There Is a Way to Heal
37:32 How Are We Affected if We Have Trauma?
Part 2: Soul & Spirit
39:37 Soul & Spirit
40:29 Asking Questions / What the Soul Asks Us to Learn About This Situation?
41:34 From Soul to Spirit / the Part That Is Untouched & Unwounded
42:51 Clear the Soul Level Trauma
43:21 There Are Endless Tools to Heal Trauma (Or Quick Summary: Healing Trauma Through Completion and Embodiment)
45:53 Who to Work With?
46:45 Getting on the Grid on the Embody podcast/episode on Energy
46:54 Body Like Mountain on the Embody Podcast / Nature
47:02 Resource Safety & Emotional Capacity With Pendulation on the Embody Podcast / Emotions
47:19 Being in the Body With Love on the Embody Podcast / Embody
47:39 Following the Body to Organically Heal / the Meditation That Comes With This Podcast / Trauma
48:17 Why I Am So Excited About Trauma Work
49:57 Contact Me