"Trauma enables us to find our
purpose in life and equips us to achieve our mission for this incarnation"
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The collective symptoms of trauma are congruent with the diagnostic criteria for Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience. Almost anybody can suffer PTSD although it appears that those most likely to experience trauma are people who are sensitive, empathic, caring, honest, trustworthy, imaginative, artistic and creative. PTSD is a real condition, not imagined; PTSD is a psychiatric injury, not a mental illness. The differences between mental illness and psychiatric injury are listed near the bottom of my PTSD page.
Experiencing growing spiritual awareness as a result of trauma often forms part of the recovery process.
The causes of trauma have three things in common:
The effects of trauma are surprisingly commonplace, and many people suffering "stress", regardless of cause, will find they are experiencing many of the symptoms of trauma. These include:
One of the most common causes of trauma I have come across is bullying, which includes all forms of psychological violence, harassment and emotional abuse. My experience and research suggests that at least half the population are bullied (click here to identify the bullying in your life), either at work or at school, or by a partner or family member, or by people in authority, or by neighbours. Bullying causes prolonged negative stress which cumulatively results in trauma. For more information on how stress causes ill health, see the injury to health page. For more information on the symptoms and effects of trauma, including the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for PTSD, see the PTSD page.
Bully OnLine identifies bullying as a common form of psychological violence which is a major cause of stress and trauma; bullying is also identified as the underlying behaviour of harassment, discrimination, prejudice, abuse, conflict and violence, as well as the current limiting factor for human evolution.
Workshops, lectures, conferences etc
26 February - 4 March 2006: 15th Annual International UFO Congress Convention & Film Festival, Flamingo Resort, Laughlin, Nevada, USA
24-26 March 2006: The Official Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis Convention, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Alternatives runs a regular lecture programme in London for everyone interested in personal and spiritual development. Speakers this include Susan Jeffers (Feel the fear and do it anyway) and Neale Donald Walsch (Conversations with God and Indigo: The Movie).
21 August 2005: Oxford Talks Signs of the Time Conference
Tune-in to talk shows featuring popular Hay House authors including Doreen Virtue and Wayne Dyer.
The stormy search for self: understanding and living with spiritual emergency, Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof, Thorsons, 1995
Soulmates: understanding the true gifts of intense encounters, Sue Minns, Hodder Mobius, 2004
Trauma and transformation: growing in the aftermath of suffering, Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun, Sage, 1996
The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield, 1997
Abduction: encounters with aliens, Dr John E Mack, 1991
Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters, Dr John E Mack, 1999
Communion, Whitley Strieber, 1988
The Star Child - is this you?
See how Tim Field is using music as part of his own healing process.
Australian Close Encounter Resource Network (ACERN)
Publications by Dolores Cannon
The John E Mack Institute
World mourns loss of Dr John E Mack: http://www.centerchange.org/center/center_news.asp?id=227 and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4071124.stm
Dr Richard Boylan's Star Visitor, Star Kids and Star Seeds projects
The Anomalous Phenomena Research Agency (APRA)
Tim Field's page on paranormal activity which accompanies trauma
Transforming tragedy at the The Free Spirit Centre
Doreen Virtue Angel Therapy
The Inner Bookshop, 111 Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RQ: mind, body, spirit, esoteric, holistic, paranormal, contact experience etc.
The Spiritual Cinema Circle - films that inspire, enrich and uplift the spirit, for example...
Indigo - how an Indigo child helps to heal her family, starring Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God
What the Bleep do we know?
Suggested reading on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and recovery from trauma
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The invisible injury, 2005 edition
Published by Success Unlimited 2004
Paperback, 16 chapters, 224 pages including resources and index
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"This is the book I so badly wanted when I was
David Kinchin, Author
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: the invisible injury provides clear, practical advice for recovery from major traumatic experiences, including violence, harassment, assault, rape, abduction, torture, accident, fire, explosion, disaster, or witnessing such events.
PTSD is a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience. The symptoms are surprisingly common and include sleep problems, nightmares and waking early, impaired memory, inability to concentrate, hypervigilance (feels like but is not paranoia), jumpiness and exaggerated startle response, fragility and hypersensitivity, irritability, violent outbursts, joint and muscle pains, panic attacks, fatigue, low self-esteem, exaggerated feelings of guilt, feelings of nervousness and anxiety.
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