Are You In Contact With The Amazing You?
I’ll be honest with you: After my trauma (and for over 25 years after that!) I was absolutely out of touch, disconnected and completely divorced from a sense of myself as…. well, myself. You know, the who I had been or could have been if trauma hadn’t hijacked my identity.
It was as if trauma had ripped an enormous tear in the fabric of who I was and there was nothing to sew it back together. That is, until I started actively working toward making that repair on my own. This week on YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA we’ll be taking a look at a very important subject: How to connect to (as my guest Deb Scott calls it) the Amazing You.
For a loooong time I would have told you there was no amazing me left. The truth is, however, that there is an amazing you buried beneath all of that trauma and PTSD. You can tune in to listen to me and Deb discuss this today at 2pm EST. Or, listen to the free archive on Thursday.
In the meantime: Did you know that Einstein said that imagination is stronger than knowledge? You don’t have to know the Amazing You right now. You can start connecting with that part of yourself simply by imagining it….
Start developing your future-self awareness with this exercise:
Sit in a quiet place. Breathe slowly and listen to the sound of your breath. Feel the air go in and out of your lungs. Become very present in the moment.
Think of the concept of healing. Allow images to freely drift across your mind.
Now, pretend you can see yourself without the effects of trauma. What would you look like if you were well rested, not anxious, full of joy? What would your voice sound like if you weren’t tense and on edge or angry? What would it feel like to be in a body in which you felt comfortable and relaxed?
Focus on this image of your future self, and any of the surrounding thoughts.
See it in bright Technicolor. Allow the image and feelings to increase to a huge size. Bring it closer and closer in your mind.
Bring it so close you can reach out and touch it.
Now, imagine you can take another step and actually step INTO this future self. Take a look around. How does it feel to look through these eyes? How does the world look, feel and sound differently?
You have a great imagination. You know this is true because your mind already imagines trauma every day. It’s time to put that imagination skill to better use!
Practice this exercise on a daily basis. Don’t worry if you don’t feel it works right away. This is a new muscle you’re building. It needs a chance to bulk up.