Messages of Hope for Survivors of Trauma – Part 4
Friday, November 18th, 2011 • PTSD Guest Post: Professional Perspective •
In earlier posts, we explored the purpose and nature of Core Trauma Patterns, how they keep us stuck in cycles of symptoms and stress and tools for releasing them. My hope is that you are now clear and confident that true trauma recovery not only exists, but is possible for you. When I speak of true trauma recovery, I am speaking of a way of being in which your traumatic experiences no longer define you – in any way. When you no longer have Core Trauma Patterns operating on a daily basis. When you are able to create purpose out of your experiences and when you have fully connected to your true self which is whole, integrated, happy, joyous and free. When you are no longer surviving, but soaring with the beauty, bliss and love that life has to offer. This may sound impossible to some of you or arrogant to others, but it is a reality that is not only available to you, but waiting for you.
When creating meaning out of traumatic experiences, many people settle with something along the lines of “well everyone has something to deal with in life” or “life is unfair” or “that was my lot in life”. Those are not statements of purpose, those are statements of victimization and disempowerment. Creating purpose means looking into the heart of your traumatic experiences and saying, “something in this was for good. I’m taking something away from this experience that is absolutely essential to my character and my makeup and I wouldn’t have known what that was unless I had experienced this.” Some people even take it a step further and say, “it was essential for me to experience life in this way for my personal evolution. I have embraced the lesson and now all that’s left is deep and profound love and gratitude.”
I understand this might seem an impossible suggestion, but when you completely resolve your Core Trauma Patterns and there’s no effects of the trauma in your life – no physical symptoms – no emotional distress – no shattered dreams or relationships – then all that’s left is the purpose. The purpose that this experience brought you – whether that’s to know God/Spirit/Universe/Infinite Intelligence deeper, or to discover a part of yourself that is deeply creative or to become a fully expressed human being – whatever it is, that’s the purpose. The more you connect and live that purpose on a daily basis, the moreempowered you are. The trauma now becomes merely a vehicle that assisted you in awakening to your life’s purpose.
When you are connected to and living your life’s purpose, you are fully expressing your true self. Your true self is the part of you that has never been hurt, never been abandoned, never felt pain or whatever your experience was. Whether you choose to call it your spirit, soul or highest self, it is your divine essence. That part of you exists, I promise, and the greater your connection to that part of you, the greater your freedom, day in and day out. Make a commitment to yourself to discover and connect to your true self on a daily basis. You will experience life in a way few people do. You will become one of the lucky ones.
My company is Messages of Hope LLC and has a mission of restoring hope to those who have experienced trauma. Today’s message is that as a trauma survivor, you have demonstrated the courage, resiliency and fortitude needed to wake up. Now is the time to wake up from the illusion that you have to be forever affected by your traumatic events. Now is the time to wake up to your true nature and wake up to how powerful you really are.