Back in 2011, my entire community was impacted by a severe flood displacing 10,000 people from their homes, including me and my son. Like many others we had a safe place to go. For several months following this event, we lived with my parents who were extremely kind and compassionate to us for the duration of our stay.
Although our home had been flooded, it wasn’t a total loss with the main floor remaining intact. The basement had to be demoed as it had filled with flood water and sewage. After the cleanup, we restored the basement bathroom and replaced the washer and dryer. I had a lot to be grateful for: the support, love, and labor from family and friends, the expertise of professionals cleaning up and repairing the electrical, and our good health.
Even so, during that time, I ended a 3.5 year relationship with my boyfriend. I found myself deeply offended by all the people who told me I didn't have it that bad since my entire home wasn't flooded. I’d also experience tears and shortness of breath from seeing the footage of our flooded community and in other communities experiencing similar disasters.
Feeling more sensitive towards natural disasters seems reasonable, but even years after the experience, I was still triggered every time our flood memories would resurface. I would later learn that living through a natural disaster is considered a traumatic event.
Sources of Trauma
Before learning natural disasters are considered traumatic, I had really only thought of trauma stemming from combat or abuse, but there are several other sources of trauma that impacts people, too. Sudden losses, medical procedures, accidents, break-ups/divorces, emotionally hurtful experiences, and the like can also be sources of trauma.
You could be well aware of trauma you’ve experienced and even aware of the lasting effects. On the other hand, you might have never considered the possibility. Oftentimes people will downplay their trauma. They see other people’s struggles and decide they shouldn’t be upset about something because someone else is going through something worse.
Another scenario is other people downplaying your trauma for you (like my flooded basement not being that bad). It’s OK to step back from a situation and determine if your reaction is appropriate. However, burying your feelings and emotions based on how worthy your struggle is compared to others or based on how someone else tells you to feel could be detrimental to your well-being in the long run.
Feelings should be honored and given a chance to process. However, we don't always have a choice in how our minds, bodies, and spirits will process our emotions and experiences.
What Trauma Looks Like
The impact trauma has on you does not have anything to do with resiliency or ability to cope. It is an energetic issue that can go undetected if you’re not sure what to be looking for.
Trauma effects can take many forms, for example:
Triggers, things that set you off
These might look like symptoms of any number of ailment labels, but understanding those labels could be related to trauma is what’s important. That’s where energy comes in.
Energy Healing for Trauma
Everything is energy, including trauma. Through energy healing, you can determine if trauma is having a negative impact on you and then work with that energy to shift it into something better for your mind, body, and spirit.
Energy healing does not discount the severity of traumatic experiences, but it can support you to move forward by shifting the energy into something more desirable. This could look like being less triggered, having less anger or guilt, and having more peace.
Whether you have labeled yourself as being affected by trauma or not, energy healing is always a helpful place to look when you feel like you’re struggling or have a difficult time understanding your thoughts, beliefs, actions, and reactions.
Energy healing for trauma not only looks at trauma from this lifetime, but also past life and generational trauma as well.
Past Life and Generational Trauma
Some people believe in past lives and some do not. However, I can assert that past life energy does come up in many of my energy healing sessions. Trauma can be carried through to other lifetimes if it was not dealt with in the previous lifetime.
If you’re thinking you have not experienced trauma in this lifetime, but you do struggle emotionally or physically and the reasons why seem unclear, that could be an indicator you are carrying trauma from previous lifetimes.
Generational trauma is inheriting trauma from ancestors. Ancestors could have experienced trauma on a personal level or on a collective level. For example, you could potentially be carrying trauma from a great grandmother who was abused (personal). Also, you could be carrying trauma from an ancestor who lived during The Great Depression (collective).
It is not guaranteed that you will inherit generational trauma, but it is a possibility. Think of it this way. Your family’s medical history helps healthcare professionals determine your level of risk for acquiring certain diseases and illnesses. It does not guarantee a diagnosis is inevitable for you, it is simply a possibility.
Through energy healing, it can be determined how much current life, past life, and generational trauma is negatively affecting you. From there, I identify the connections and what needs energetic shifting, and then transmute that energy into something better.
Energy is a cycle. It cannot be created nor destroyed, but it can be shifted. Any energetic issues left unresolved in this lifetime have the potential to follow you into future lifetimes and follow your descendants. This might sound intimidating or burdensome, but it can feel empowering instead.
You have the power to find out if trauma is affecting you and take action if needed right now.
Onward and Upward
A few years after the flood of 2011, I was introduced to energy healing and learned very quickly all the different ways this practice can bring joy, wellness, and prosperity to our lives. I tune into my energetic needs frequently and have overcome many residual effects my past experiences have had on me.
While I am naturally a sensitive person as an empath, I am no longer triggered in the same way when the flood photos and video montages pop up annually on social media. I no longer carry frustration for people downplaying my circumstances.
If you’re curious about how affected by trauma you are, schedule your free consult with me.
If you know trauma is impacting you and would like to approach it energetically, schedule your energy healing session with me.
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About the Author: Hi, I'm Serena James! I'm an energy healer passionate about helping people experience a life full of joy, wellness and prosperity. I'm the owner of Just Be and author of the book Vibe Higher. Be sure to check out my Resources page to support you on your journey of healing and growth.
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