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Transforming the Shadows of Past Trauma

Trauma is when you have experienced a deeply distressing experience and PTSD is the lingering shadow of past trauma that transpires after the event. Transforming the shadows of past trauma can be learned by observing how animals deal with their fight-or-flight response.

During a traumatic event, your brain will activate survival mechanisms to keep you safe. However, for most people, this highly alert state switches off when danger has been eliminated. Just like animals in the wild who live and breathe survival techniques, they are able to release the traumatic event naturally and easily once the danger has passed.

But for many others, switching off that fight or flight state is not easy at all. Transforming the shadows of past trauma is very different for those people who have never managed the art of dispersal or act like wild animals, that literally will shake off the excess adrenaline energy. Shaking off excess energy that has not been used is what animals do. As humans, we are more complex as our conscious mind and ancestral history can get in the way of this natural instinct. An instinct to transform the excess stress hormones from our bodies may be hindered by the fear in our mind blocking this process.

Trauma Survives Imbedded in Time through the Generations

Many of our ancestors have been involved in wars or striving to survive deep poverty or fear of persecution. Perhaps a pattern of abuse runs in your family and this can be traced back through your ancestral line. Trauma knows no boundaries and it can affect anyone. Post-traumatic stress disorder is the inability to cope with stressful times or events in your life and shake them off naturally. If your ancestors were unable to shake off intense stress or they were involved in long periods of highly charged states and literally lived on their nerves, never to feel safe again, this pattern can imprint itself for future generations in our energetic blueprint.

Patterns of Behaviour Run in Families Creating Traumatic Responses in the Nervous System

Sometimes the effects of trauma are subtle and life experience is not as dramatic as going to war for example. Trauma could be a result of a history of unhappy parents staying together to raise children in a dysfunctional way. Perhaps one or both parents are abusive, verbally, physically, and psychologically. Maybe one parent is in control and the other a ‘doormat’, maybe one parent was missing and the other struggled to cope. Children are left feeling unsafe and insecure.

This family dynamic, maybe repeating itself through the generations. As a result, a deeply embedded energetic fight or flight pattern evolves from one generation to another. In other words, this overactivated adrenal pattern and a heightened state of alert gets passed down the generations.

In this case, children have to grow up quickly and in some cases end up taking on a parental role as they take on responsibilities and duties that are way beyond their emotional capability. Their sense of duty and being over-responsible for keeping the status quo in the family can override a sense of joy. This scenario of growing up before your years can leave an impression on the nervous system, a memory that it is unsafe to relax and let go and find joy in life. A post-traumatic stress disorder can be triggered by life events. As these children grow into adulthood and create their own relationships, families, careers, and lives they may find they are repeating the same behaviour pattern of their parents or grandparents.

Are you Following the Trauma Path of your Parents or other Authority


Do you recognise any repeating unhealthy patterns in your life now?

Is your life filled mainly with duty and responsibilities?

Can you let go and relax?

Do you find it difficult to switch off?

Are you constantly on alert for danger?

Do you find it hard to relinquish control?

Do you feel overwhelmed?

Are you anxious and always thinking about the future?

Do you see danger first in most things?

Do you feel the need to plan and prepare for everything?

Do you freeze when confronted with a highly emotive situation?

Or explode with anger and rage when you feel out of control?

Transforming the Shadows of Past Trauma is a Slow but Gentle Process

When dealing with trauma that is held in the body, it is important to go gently and slowly. Trauma means it is in the body. If you are highly stressed but are able to calm down and go back to normal after the event, this is not trauma. But, if you are triggered easily by stress, you are not able to find your balance and you find yourself going into anxiety overdrive this requires intervention through the body. Talking therapy is great for organising and understanding your mind, however, real transformation for trauma happens when you release the nervous system from its grip of being in a highly alert state.

I love helping others who have experienced trauma or ancestral trauma as I do this with a system called polarity therapy and sometimes shamanic healing. These holistic therapies are about activating the disturbed energy already within you to help your body and mind find its balance. It is a gentle hands-on approach and when the client is ready, combines transformational coaching too.

If you want to know more about trauma I recommend this book: Waking the Tiger – Healing Trauma by Peter Levine

Words from Jane

Through my own personal life experiences, I know what it is like to be physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually fragmented. Using my experience of 24 years experience in polarity therapy and shamanic healing I enable a person back to health and happiness. Tailoring sessions to the needs of my client. Whether that be talking through your problem, activating energy within your body to release pain, tension, and emotions, using sound vibration to clear stagnant energy, journeying, and soul retrieval to delve deep and clear past patterns.

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