Many people confuse spirituality with religion, but there is a clear distinction that separates the two. Religion is based on dogmatic practices, scriptures, and spiritual doctrines that have been handed down. They are resources that lead to the true inner findings of spirituality, but are acquired outside of ourselves. Spirituality has to do with aspects of our internal being; things like our personality, character, ethics and core beliefs. The spirit part of ourselves exists before and after the physical body disintegrates.
We are a body of thoughts made not just of the conscious mind and the things of which we are aware, but the subconscious mind as well. The subconscious mind navigates what we most often do, say, and how we perceive ourselves. The subconscious mind also controls the central nervous system which dictates and regulates every cell and organ in the body. The mind is considered the spiritual realm, and since there is such an intense mind/body connection, it should be understood that healing of any kind starts within the mind. If the mind has been programmed through life experiences to think from a fear-based consciousness, healing is not possible.
A traumatic experience can cause us to struggle with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, and a sense of constant danger. Most individuals have some sort of physical or emotional side effects such as feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When unfortunate things happen, it can take a while to feel safe again. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, the effects of trauma stay with us until we learn the spiritual symbolism and integrate it.
It is important to note that it isn’t objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by a one-time events (such as a horrible accident) or stem from ongoing stress, such as living in an abusive environment or physical illness.
A number of risk factors make someone not only susceptible to emotional and psychological trauma, but physical health issues. Individuals are also more likely to be traumatized by a new situation if they’ve been traumatized before – especially if the earlier trauma occurred in childhood. Experiencing trauma in childhood has severe and long-lasting effects. Children build their core beliefs on those traumatic experiences and develop sabotaging behaviorisms and habits as a result.
It is possible to be free from the repercussions of trauma. Only by reconditioning the mind with new supportive core beliefs, creating daily habits and practices to recondition the body, does the effects of healing become a part of the physical/cellular memory. Similar to people who have lost a loved one, trauma survivors go through a grieving process. While this process is inherently painful, it can be made easier if you turn to others for support and take care of yourself.
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