Healing from Trauma for Christians
By Melvin Hayden
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To understand our brain and trauma, one must first look at the biological issue that stems back to our very beginning. For example, let’s say you are a cave person and suddenly heard a loud running noise, saw the bushes being crushed and then see a Saber-tooth tiger coming straight for you.
After you have figured out a way to save yourself, think of what has happened to your brain. Everything about that event is now stored in the Limbic system, right above your brainstem instead of in the memory glands on the right and left bottom corners of your brain. The purpose is to allow your brain to access this information quickly in order to better survive the next time.
In addition, we are always assessing our environment for those things instead of living our lives. Without treatment, the information stays in the Limbic system and as we experience life on a daily basis, we collect more trauma from unexpected events in life, which also builds on the symptoms, until all you become is a walking trauma symptom (basically a brainstem with legs) — not to mention an adrenaline junkie as well. If you get that, then getting back to healthy is just a few steps away.
The best way to promote healing from trauma is to get as many traumatized parties who share a common event together and begin processing the feelings, thoughts and memories together.
Each individual remembers things differently. Tunnel vision usually focuses each person on one of our sensory perceptions to survive. For instance, if the event happened in the dark, then smell or noise might be the sense we remember through.
When people share their memories of the event, they all have different perceptions of how things happened and how fast. Also, many people forget traumatic events or sequences. By establishing a shared perspective immediately after an event, the event becomes safer and a support group has come to life. Guess what this does?
It creates an enormous opportunity for all in the group to re-evaluate their relationships with each other and with God. What this also does is make the brain re-evaluate the memory collectively and pull this information from the Limbic system back into the memory glands where it belongs. This basically drops a window between the person and the event. They remember the event, but no longer feel it from a fight or flight perspective.
When Acute Anxiety is not treated and the brain continues to view the world through trauma, more and more life experiences become traumatizing and we live in fear. That takes more energy than most of us can tolerate. Eventually, it will continuously blow into outbursts and isolation.
As an expert, it’s imperative that I step outside the event and give people a safe harbor to heal. I work directly and indirectly to move people through the healing process of trauma. It is only through God and the way He has shaped my life and ability that I can be of help through Him.
Instead of choosing to mourn, I choose to celebrate life. No one wants to be remembered for how they died. It is usually ugly, stinky and undignified. We want to create as many memories in our lives so our lives move beyond us.
Putting one foot in front of the other is how Jesus walked around changing lives. Imagine if you took that same philosophy everywhere you went, putting one foot in front of the other. Moreover, whenever someone asked how you got here, your reply would be, “one step at a time”.
Bell, G (2019) Christian Healing. Retrieved from www.seattlechristiancounseling.com October9, 2020