Thursday, January 29, 2009

Healing PTSD: Putting the Subconscious to Work, Part 2

Last week I wrote about the importance of engaging the subconscious in the healing work we do. Today, I want to follow up that post with some tips from a trusted source.

Last weekend I was reading PERFECT ENOUGH, by Laura King. Laura always tells me, “Imagination is stronger than knowledge” and over the weekend I was thinking about how our imagination supports our healing intention.

Laura states in the book, “… if you fill your subconscious mind with positive things, you will soon manifest positive things around you. What you think and feel today becomes what you experience in life tomorrow.”

Which means, if we want to be healed and feel well and free we need to originate some experience of this in our subconscious mind. One of the ways I did this was through the pursuit of joy. It worked; the joy I felt infused my subconscious with the idea that life was not all bad, and gave me the courage to imagine that I could, one day, be PTSD-free, which gave me the necessary energy to plug away at healing until it was complete. And now here I am, PTSD-free with a great capacity for feeling joy, which I do on a weekly basis. This can be you, too – IF you get your subconscious on the right track.

These tips from Laura’s book should get you in the proper frame of mind and give you some ideas for harnessing the great subconscious power you possess:

What you put your energy on is what is created.

If your perception is that your life hasn’t been full of good things, tell yourself that your past may have been negative, but that time is long gone, and only good things come to you, in abundance.

…when you use your imagination, … you must have a clear idea of what you want, you don’t want to get bogged down in the minutiae of how you’ll get it.

File away your problem-solving skills and your willpower and simply imagine yourself, possessing vitality, focus, and good health.

Imagine yourself at your best and let your subconscious figure out the most effective way to make your best happen for you.

The subconscious and the conscious minds complement each other; they work together, each doing separate tasks. Your subconscious registers your feelings and impressions, and promptly passes them on to the conscious, at which time they register in your awareness.

The only thing the subconscious can do is agree with you; it was designed by nature to be your servant. If you say, “I’m fat and ugly”, your subconscious will produce exactly what you tell it to produce. It cannot say “No” to you.

(photo: arodasi)


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1-Observer said...

I'm all for anything that helps but, boy, am I skeptical. Is this a "one size fits all" solution? What about the "trauma spectrum" of physical illness that results from trauma? Your sight seems to focus on PTSD as an emotional illness. It's soooo much more than that.

But all types of trauma are not equal. Are you addressing primarily single-episode trauma? Do you address complex PTSD? I'm not finding anything about that. Are you familiar with the work of Bruce McEwen and the research about the long-term effects of child abuse? If not, those are subject worth examining.

In any case, I admire what you are doing here and hope that people find help.

Michele Rosenthal said...

Hi, 1-Observer, and thanks for adding your perspective. If you had read more of the blog you'd see that I know all about the physical aspects of PTSD. For a decade I was completely debilitated (to the point of losing my job) by organ malfunctioning and psycho-somatic illness caused by PTSD, so I know first-hand the deep psychological roots of this disorder.

I also know this: By the time I finished my healing process the phsical aspects had healed themselves -- organ problems I'd suffered for 10 years that no doctor could cure suddenly evaported. That is the power of the mind.

This is, indeed, a 'one size fits all' solution that I am promoting here. But not the way you mean it: Each journey is individually sized to the PTSD experiencer. It is the PTSD person herself who decides the size and scope of how she applies these ideas to her journey. The concepts work for everyone because they deal with how we shape perspective and regain our power.

However, while we are, of course, all individual in our traumas and our journeys, our PTSD experience is universal. Which means that these most important facts apply to each of us on the healing journey I propose: 1) PTSD is not a lifelong sentence, 2) as a memory housed in the subconscious, PTSD begins and thrives as a psychologically based problem, 3) it can be healed.

The ideas I'm discussing on this blog are about how we, the PTSD experiencers, can particpate in our healing and bring it to new levels of progress toward the ultimate goal. The point is not to focus on our unique situations but about how we can go about healing so that the past recedes and we all move on into a more joyful future.

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