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Making sense of Trauma through Spirituality

Be in the Body.
We have established that one’s own fear-based reactions, will keep on repeating itself, until it has come to a complete resolution, characterized as calmness.
Traumatic responses manifest itself in the physical body, and have an emotional and psychological component. However, through traumatic experiences we may also become aware of another part of ourselves, not usually identified as part of our individual selves.
Through the study of Metaphysical Science we have learnt that the body and mind operates as one unit. We can therefore work with our thoughts in order to have desirable outcomes on our physical plane. Through Metaphysical Science, we also learn about the force outside of us, yet still part of us, and so it aims to set up a positive telepathic response between the individual mind, and cosmic mind. This is quite the opposite to the fearful, reactive response pattern between an individual and the perception of a threatening force outside of him/her caused by trauma. What happens during the transformation is essentially becoming aware that even the negative things we fear, are also a part of us.
One of the things that make trauma such a powerful tool for transformation; is that the awareness of a reactive behavior pattern is likely to be very acute in a trauma sufferer once he or she is made aware of it.
In order have happiness and peace, one have to become aware of one’s reactions. In healing trauma, one learns self-responsibility through finding ways to no longer react to perceived threats. Through those ways, one also discovers, that within oneself are feelings of joy, happiness, gratitude, forgiveness, and bliss.
The feeling of isolation and fear gets replaced with connectedness, awareness and confidence, yet in order to achieve these states, one have no choice but get connected firstly with one’s very own body. It is the human body, which has the potential to guide us to a higher awareness, one of love, as apposed to fear.
So what does spirituality have to do with it?
Our physical bodies are valuable tools for personal transformation. Through the techniques presented, personal transformation in context refers to changing our thoughts. In changing our thoughts, we free our reaction to sources of suffering, even traumatic suffering. Although this approach thus far may seem very individualistic, going through the experience will reveal why it is not at all.
Spiritual experiencing is the experience that you are part of something greater. This concept of oneness and holism explains that you belong, that we all belong and we are not isolated. We influence each other and are part of bigger life energy. This mere experience creates a feeling of happiness within a person.
Lama Surya Das calls happiness our “spiritual birthright.” Das continues to answer the question about happiness in his book “The big questions,” by recalling an ancient Chinese saying which advises that to acquire happiness for a lifetime, is to know oneself.”
Spiritual experiencing is thus also feeling all parts of yourself, as part of you, as part of the greater God. Thus when you are able to feel and accept parts of yourself, perhaps previously blocked off due to trauma, you are in fact having a spiritual experience. Through accepting even a part of yourself not previously accepted, you are accepting your imperfections as part of a greater.
Das calls this experience of “awakened awareness,” the realization of our Buddha Nature. “It allows us to participate wholeheartedly in joys that are universal.”
A spiritual experience is an inner experience, which most often leads to happiness. It is an experience of oneness and acceptance – accepting all we are part of, and all that is part of us. When we develop sensitivity to the physical sensations in our bodies, we can experience this acceptance to all the sensations manifested through us. Through working with the unmistakable manifestation of pain, suffering, or traumatic reaction, one has opportunity to enter a greater reality, dismissing a layer of isolation.
Prof. Leon Masters refers to spiritual experience as gained through the practice of meditation:
“Sooner or later, through the practice of meditation, the serious student will discover what TRUE SPIRITUAL REALITY is” and “If the student faithfully practices meditation according to the techniques taught in Metaphysical Science, he/she will enter a wondrous new way of life, becoming a happy person, more successful in the outer world of love, career and finances, as well as inwardly successful as a spiritually aware and evolved individual.”
Whether you have enough objectivity to use meditation as tool for self-awareness, acceptance and transformation, or whether you are working with a healer to facilitate those qualities to you increased happiness within yourself is assured by following the practice.
In all of the methods we examined, self-awareness, and self-acceptance, as part of a bigger community, and life energy has been a central theme. In trying to make some sort of sense of tragic and traumatic events in our lives, we have discovered techniques, which not only help us deal with the effects of negative response patterns in our lives, but also create a spiritual understanding within ourselves. It is becoming apparent that regardless of the cause to of the search (the event that causes us to seek peace), that the central point of our development is our spiritual understanding.
Through becoming aware of smaller parts of ourselves, we become aware of ourselves as part of a bigger energy. The sense of belonging that this realization installs, and the acceptance of this truth, leads to the happiness all human being search for, in my opinion. Using our pain and suffering in human life as tools to reach happiness is therefor the way out of suffering, into oneness, and spiritual bliss. Acknowledging our bodies as our temples, serves a very direct purpose in the transcendence of earthly life. A deeply fulfilling spiritual life, thus starts with a life deeply connected in the physical reality.