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  • As I was absent mindedly throwing together whatever nervine tonic/anxiolytic/thymoleptic/antidepressant herbs I could find I heard this little voice say 'herbs can help your body deal with the effects of your emotions, we can support it thru tough times, but your trauma - thats for you to unpack. Thats for you to heal'.
I'm sipping a little more mindfully as i write this. 
Its easy when you have herbal and medical knowledge to push the buttons of cause and effect. I know how to dope out. I know how to maipulate my neurochemicals. But i still need more knowledge for dealing with the root cause.
Naturopathic philosophy is based entirely on that - treating the root cause, treating the whole person. This is natural ancient and true healing.
Capitalism has me ignoring my spirits cries of sickness.
Colonialism pulls me away from my connection to the earth.
Trauma informed and holistic counselling/therapy are a great addition to Natural healing especially in these maddening times. It is helping to learn more tools for addressing root causes and managing the mental and emotional effects .
But if i dig even deeper, my dis-ease is caused by oppressive systems that exist. I know most of you feel sick because of it too. Many feel it way harder than I do. 
I mostly want to say if you feel mentally unwell I think that is an appropriate response to whats going on. Our spirits are wise and are sending us messages.
Of course I can recommend herbs to help the individual acute symptoms, but for the root cause I am prescribing a rebellion/mass awakening/decolonial uprising/radical systems change.
Peace out x.
  • As I was absent mindedly throwing together whatever nervine tonic/anxiolytic/thymoleptic/antidepressant herbs I could find I heard this little voice say 'herbs can help your body deal with the effects of your emotions, we can support it thru tough times, but your trauma - thats for you to unpack. Thats for you to heal'.
    I'm sipping a little more mindfully as i write this.
    Its easy when you have herbal and medical knowledge to push the buttons of cause and effect. I know how to dope out. I know how to maipulate my neurochemicals. But i still need more knowledge for dealing with the root cause.
    Naturopathic philosophy is based entirely on that - treating the root cause, treating the whole person. This is natural ancient and true healing.
    Capitalism has me ignoring my spirits cries of sickness.
    Colonialism pulls me away from my connection to the earth.
    Trauma informed and holistic counselling/therapy are a great addition to Natural healing especially in these maddening times. It is helping to learn more tools for addressing root causes and managing the mental and emotional effects .
    But if i dig even deeper, my dis-ease is caused by oppressive systems that exist. I know most of you feel sick because of it too. Many feel it way harder than I do.
    I mostly want to say if you feel mentally unwell I think that is an appropriate response to whats going on. Our spirits are wise and are sending us messages.
    Of course I can recommend herbs to help the individual acute symptoms, but for the root cause I am prescribing a rebellion/mass awakening/decolonial uprising/radical systems change.
    Peace out x.

  •  6  1  1 hour ago
  • When making changes, it is so easy to want to cut ourselves down when it doesn’t go as planned or we make a mistake along the way. It’s so important to remember that baby steps are still steps! It’s about progress, not perfection. #mytherapistsays
  • When making changes, it is so easy to want to cut ourselves down when it doesn’t go as planned or we make a mistake along the way. It’s so important to remember that baby steps are still steps! It’s about progress, not perfection. #mytherapistsays

  •  5  1  1 hour ago
  • #Repost @_mindful_michael_
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Reposting another amazing post from @azpsychotherapist 🙏🏽
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In order to heal from trauma, it’s important to understand how trauma affects us at a biological and molecular level, as well as learning tools that can further reinforce our sense of safety in this moment.⁣
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We will often hear “oh, that’s in the past” or “you need to just get over it” as solutions from others encouraging us to move on from past experiences.⁣
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Here is the thing. Our body always works to keep us safe the best way it can. Past difficult life experiences leave an imprint in our brain and body as a guide to what our body considers safe and what it doesn’t.⁣
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Based on these imprints, we have our automatic reactions, sensations and emotions.⁣
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When a past painful memory is triggered, our body automatically seeks to protect us. It thinks we are again in danger. This moment can feel unsafe, although it isn’t.⁣
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For this reason it’s very important to work with a trauma therapist to assist in processing trauma from the body. In addition, it’s very helpful to learn about trauma and why we have the automatic reactions we do. A good read for this is “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel and “The Neurobiology of We” on Audible by Daniel Siegel. This is just a foundation, learning about the impact of trauma in our body is key.⁣
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Trauma work is making sense of our past and a deep understanding (not only logical) that we are here and not on our past anymore. Finding a sense of safety in ourselves and others.⁣
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Engaging in some of the activities above can be greatly beneficial in addition to therapy.
Reposted from @a psychotherapist

#cptsd #trauma #somatic #vagusnerve #polyvagaltheory #internalfamilysystems #ifs #coherencebreathing #breathe #grief #anxiety #depression #emotionalhealth #emotionalsafety #psychologicalsafety #attachment #boundaries #traumawarrior #sicknotweak #brainhealth #nervoussystem #parasympatheticnervoussystemactivation #windowoftolerance #complextrauma #traumainformed #anxietyfeelslike #TheBodyKeepsScore
  • #Repost @_mindful_michael_
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    Reposting another amazing post from @azpsychotherapist 🙏🏽
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    In order to heal from trauma, it’s important to understand how trauma affects us at a biological and molecular level, as well as learning tools that can further reinforce our sense of safety in this moment.⁣

    We will often hear “oh, that’s in the past” or “you need to just get over it” as solutions from others encouraging us to move on from past experiences.⁣

    Here is the thing. Our body always works to keep us safe the best way it can. Past difficult life experiences leave an imprint in our brain and body as a guide to what our body considers safe and what it doesn’t.⁣

    Based on these imprints, we have our automatic reactions, sensations and emotions.⁣

    When a past painful memory is triggered, our body automatically seeks to protect us. It thinks we are again in danger. This moment can feel unsafe, although it isn’t.⁣

    For this reason it’s very important to work with a trauma therapist to assist in processing trauma from the body. In addition, it’s very helpful to learn about trauma and why we have the automatic reactions we do. A good read for this is “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel and “The Neurobiology of We” on Audible by Daniel Siegel. This is just a foundation, learning about the impact of trauma in our body is key.⁣

    Trauma work is making sense of our past and a deep understanding (not only logical) that we are here and not on our past anymore. Finding a sense of safety in ourselves and others.⁣

    Engaging in some of the activities above can be greatly beneficial in addition to therapy.
    Reposted from @a psychotherapist

    #cptsd #trauma #somatic #vagusnerve #polyvagaltheory #internalfamilysystems #ifs #coherencebreathing #breathe #grief #anxiety #depression #emotionalhealth #emotionalsafety #psychologicalsafety #attachment #boundaries #traumawarrior #sicknotweak #brainhealth #nervoussystem #parasympatheticnervoussystemactivation #windowoftolerance #complextrauma #traumainformed #anxietyfeelslike #TheBodyKeepsScore

  •  11  0  1 hour ago
  • 🌻THE PHASES OF RECOVERY🌻
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“First, the physiological symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder have been brought within manageable limits
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Second, the person is able to bear the feelings associated with traumatic memories
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Third, the person has authority over her memories; she can elect both to remember the trauma and to put memory aside
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Fourth, the memory of the traumatic event is a coherent narrative, linked with feeling
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Fifth, the person's damaged self-esteem has been restored
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Sixth, the person's important relationships have been reestablished
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Seventh and finally, the person has reconstructed a coherent system of meaning and belief that encompasses the story of trauma”
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Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror .
📸@ladoublej
  • 🌻THE PHASES OF RECOVERY🌻
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    “First, the physiological symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder have been brought within manageable limits
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    Second, the person is able to bear the feelings associated with traumatic memories
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    Third, the person has authority over her memories; she can elect both to remember the trauma and to put memory aside
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    Fourth, the memory of the traumatic event is a coherent narrative, linked with feeling
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    Fifth, the person's damaged self-esteem has been restored
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    Sixth, the person's important relationships have been reestablished
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    Seventh and finally, the person has reconstructed a coherent system of meaning and belief that encompasses the story of trauma”
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    Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror .
    📸@ladoublej

  •  69  1  2 hours ago
  •  6  1  2 hours ago
  • It can be tough to survive and heal in capitalism, in an oppressive society, with discriminatory systems. Survival can be exhausting. Our nervous systems, often prone to dysregulation and panic, need soothing tools and validating words. Our beings, weary from keeping on in a system getting us down, need a place to rest and feel seen.
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We hope that what we share on instagram, in our newsletter, and in Find Your Ground feels supportive for you. We created Find Your Ground, which is full of grounding and self-regulating resources, as a supportive antidote to being a survivor in this world. We aspire for our offerings to be a lantern on what can be a tumultuous healing path.
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Our work supports survivors, something so very close to our hearts [because we too are survivors], and we also need to support ourselves as we do this work. While we would love to offer Find Your Ground for free, we are living in capitalism, and this is our first ever purchasable offering after hundreds of posts on instagram. Offering this course at a price means that we are able to offer free resources here through our newsletter and instagram.
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Thank you all for being here as we grow.
♡
Drea & Jess
  • It can be tough to survive and heal in capitalism, in an oppressive society, with discriminatory systems. Survival can be exhausting. Our nervous systems, often prone to dysregulation and panic, need soothing tools and validating words. Our beings, weary from keeping on in a system getting us down, need a place to rest and feel seen.

    We hope that what we share on instagram, in our newsletter, and in Find Your Ground feels supportive for you. We created Find Your Ground, which is full of grounding and self-regulating resources, as a supportive antidote to being a survivor in this world. We aspire for our offerings to be a lantern on what can be a tumultuous healing path.

    Our work supports survivors, something so very close to our hearts [because we too are survivors], and we also need to support ourselves as we do this work. While we would love to offer Find Your Ground for free, we are living in capitalism, and this is our first ever purchasable offering after hundreds of posts on instagram. Offering this course at a price means that we are able to offer free resources here through our newsletter and instagram.

    Thank you all for being here as we grow.

    Drea & Jess

  •  112  10  2 hours ago
  • The other day, I just came to the realization that I have been blaming myself for the hurt others have cause me. .
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It is embarrassing to admit, but it is true.  For years, I have been walking around in shame and guilt for the way others have mistreated me because I thought I deserved it.  I thought my inability to be "enough" had led them to mistreat me.  I thought the only way to receive love and reapect was to try harder to "be more."
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What a sad exhausting way to live!  I have a feeling I'm not the only one who has found themselves living like this. .
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For some of us empaths out there, we too easily take the blame when others mistreat us. We internally say, "If I was just more ______, then they would or wouldn't _______." Or "If I wasn't so _________, they would or wouldn't __________."
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But the truth is that our value and worth is not dependent on how others view us or treat us.  We are worthy of respect, dignity, kindness, and affection because we ARE.  We should not have to prove our worth, beg for affection, or be ashamed that others can't see our value. We should NEVER be disrespected or mistreated by others. Never. .
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Listen closely.  YOU are enough.  You ARE enough.  You are ENOUGH. Your value and worth is not dependent on what others think of you. .
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This is a hard vulnerable post to share.  I do it with hesitancy but with confidence and hope that in doing so I will encourage someone who needs to hear these truths. .
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If this resonates with you, be kind to yourself as you process this revelation. Then leave a heart below so we can encourage each other to find greater authenticity within ourselves.  I am so glad you have found this space. .
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#creatinghopewithcatherine
#tradesofhope
#traumainformed
#selfhealers 
#faithjourney 
#dailyencouragement
#changeswithin
#positiveminds
#newmindset
#momonamission
#mindsetmatters
#womenhelpingwomen
#womenempoweringwomen
#innervoice
#reflections
  • The other day, I just came to the realization that I have been blaming myself for the hurt others have cause me. .
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    It is embarrassing to admit, but it is true. For years, I have been walking around in shame and guilt for the way others have mistreated me because I thought I deserved it. I thought my inability to be "enough" had led them to mistreat me. I thought the only way to receive love and reapect was to try harder to "be more."
    .
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    What a sad exhausting way to live! I have a feeling I'm not the only one who has found themselves living like this. .
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    For some of us empaths out there, we too easily take the blame when others mistreat us. We internally say, "If I was just more ______, then they would or wouldn't _______." Or "If I wasn't so _________, they would or wouldn't __________."
    .
    .
    But the truth is that our value and worth is not dependent on how others view us or treat us. We are worthy of respect, dignity, kindness, and affection because we ARE. We should not have to prove our worth, beg for affection, or be ashamed that others can't see our value. We should NEVER be disrespected or mistreated by others. Never. .
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    Listen closely. YOU are enough. You ARE enough. You are ENOUGH. Your value and worth is not dependent on what others think of you. .
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    This is a hard vulnerable post to share. I do it with hesitancy but with confidence and hope that in doing so I will encourage someone who needs to hear these truths. .
    .
    If this resonates with you, be kind to yourself as you process this revelation. Then leave a heart below so we can encourage each other to find greater authenticity within ourselves. I am so glad you have found this space. .
    .
    #creatinghopewithcatherine
    #tradesofhope
    #traumainformed
    #selfhealers
    #faithjourney
    #dailyencouragement
    #changeswithin
    #positiveminds
    #newmindset
    #momonamission
    #mindsetmatters
    #womenhelpingwomen
    #womenempoweringwomen
    #innervoice
    #reflections

  •  17  2  2 hours ago
  • Did you know every care provider carries the trauma of previous births they’ve attended? ⁣
As doulas, we often see how this plays out in the way a doctor/midwife/nurse acts during parts of labor or even policies and procedures they employ. ⁣
Doulas also have our own amount of trauma, no one is immune. ⁣
An important conversation to have contains asking what your provider does to take care of themselves. How do they keep trauma they have witnessed from influencing other births?⁣
Love this post from @lotus_atx and the reminder that we are all in need.⁣
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Absolutely love this post (original found at @bountifulbirthnc). @birth360atx and I talk a lot about finding trauma informed providers and she mentioned that most OB/GYNs don’t even realize that they carry collective trauma from all of the births they attend.  Asking your OB about how they heal themselves so that they don’t bring that energy into your birth would give you great insight about whether or not they would be a good fit as a provider.  As well as the answers to all of the other questions here. #birth #traumainformed #informedbirth #educateyourself #educatedconsumer #traumainformedproviders #howtheyheal #askaway #answerswilltell
  • Did you know every care provider carries the trauma of previous births they’ve attended? ⁣
    As doulas, we often see how this plays out in the way a doctor/midwife/nurse acts during parts of labor or even policies and procedures they employ. ⁣
    Doulas also have our own amount of trauma, no one is immune. ⁣
    An important conversation to have contains asking what your provider does to take care of themselves. How do they keep trauma they have witnessed from influencing other births?⁣
    Love this post from @lotus_atx and the reminder that we are all in need.⁣
    ・・・⁣
    Absolutely love this post (original found at @bountifulbirthnc). @birth360atx and I talk a lot about finding trauma informed providers and she mentioned that most OB/GYNs don’t even realize that they carry collective trauma from all of the births they attend. Asking your OB about how they heal themselves so that they don’t bring that energy into your birth would give you great insight about whether or not they would be a good fit as a provider. As well as the answers to all of the other questions here. #birth #traumainformed #informedbirth #educateyourself #educatedconsumer #traumainformedproviders #howtheyheal #askaway #answerswilltell

  •  20  3  2 hours ago
  • Not sleeping well at night? I may have a solution ‼️‼️‼️ .
Going into a relaxed state with hypnosis is equivalent to a 4 hour nap‼️
But I will sure you have a great night sleep!

Join me on Feb 23rd as I take you on a dreamy journey to the clouds 🌥 😴 .

FB Link in bio! 
Benefit of a good sleep: .
💫 Reduce stress . ✨ Improve memory & focus . ✨ Maintain your weight . ✨ Put you on a better mood
  • Not sleeping well at night? I may have a solution ‼️‼️‼️ .
    Going into a relaxed state with hypnosis is equivalent to a 4 hour nap‼️
    But I will sure you have a great night sleep!

    Join me on Feb 23rd as I take you on a dreamy journey to the clouds 🌥 😴 .

    FB Link in bio!
    Benefit of a good sleep: .
    💫 Reduce stress . ✨ Improve memory & focus . ✨ Maintain your weight . ✨ Put you on a better mood

  •  6  1  2 hours ago
  • Monday Mindfulness. .
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@cleowade
  • Monday Mindfulness. .
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    @cleowade

  •  59  3  3 hours ago
  • There has never before been a formula specific for trauma. Though it has happened throughout human history, more we see it now. And having experienced it personally I have made this formula for you, for all of us, for me, when there was no one and nothing to help. The herbs were always there, but no one had searched to find them. Do you know someone who could do with its help? This is for you- In trauma, nothing can be right. Our world is torn and broken, and we with it, as though we are cut off in space from a world we used to know. The proverb says a straight tree becomes furniture, the twisted tree lives on. Though we want to run from these events, we do better to call them home, acknowledge them and the very deep pain of them, but accept them as part of us. You are designed for overcoming, even this. Trauma + Transformation will support you and comfort you mentally and physically throughout your experience of trauma. #askus. #thereshelpoutthere #traumaawareness #helpline #theheartcenteredherbco #highstnaturalhealth #traumainformed #cher #mentalhealthuk #mentalhealthadvice #gethelp #gabormate #gabor #angelinajolie #angelahicks
  • There has never before been a formula specific for trauma. Though it has happened throughout human history, more we see it now. And having experienced it personally I have made this formula for you, for all of us, for me, when there was no one and nothing to help. The herbs were always there, but no one had searched to find them. Do you know someone who could do with its help? This is for you- In trauma, nothing can be right. Our world is torn and broken, and we with it, as though we are cut off in space from a world we used to know. The proverb says a straight tree becomes furniture, the twisted tree lives on. Though we want to run from these events, we do better to call them home, acknowledge them and the very deep pain of them, but accept them as part of us. You are designed for overcoming, even this. Trauma + Transformation will support you and comfort you mentally and physically throughout your experience of trauma. #askus. #thereshelpoutthere #traumaawareness #helpline #theheartcenteredherbco #highstnaturalhealth #traumainformed #cher #mentalhealthuk #mentalhealthadvice #gethelp #gabormate #gabor #angelinajolie #angelahicks

  •  6  0  3 hours ago
  • There has never before been a formula specific for trauma. Though it has happened throughout human history, more we see it now. And having experienced it personally I have made this formula for you, for all of us, for me, when there was no one and nothing to help. The herbs were always there, but no one had searched to find them. Do you know someone who could do with its help? This is for you- In trauma, nothing can be right. Our world is torn and broken, and we with it, as though we are cut off in space from a world we used to know. The proverb says a straight tree becomes furniture, the twisted tree lives on. Though we want to run from these events, we do better to call them home, acknowledge them and the very deep pain of them, but accept them as part of us. You are designed for overcoming, even this. Trauma + Transformation will support you and comfort you mentally and physically throughout your experience of trauma. #askus. #thereshelpoutthere #traumaawareness #helpline #theheartcenteredherbco #highstnaturalhealth #traumainformed #cher #mentalhealthuk #mentalhealthadvice #gethelp #gabormate #gabor #angelinajolie #angelahicks
  • There has never before been a formula specific for trauma. Though it has happened throughout human history, more we see it now. And having experienced it personally I have made this formula for you, for all of us, for me, when there was no one and nothing to help. The herbs were always there, but no one had searched to find them. Do you know someone who could do with its help? This is for you- In trauma, nothing can be right. Our world is torn and broken, and we with it, as though we are cut off in space from a world we used to know. The proverb says a straight tree becomes furniture, the twisted tree lives on. Though we want to run from these events, we do better to call them home, acknowledge them and the very deep pain of them, but accept them as part of us. You are designed for overcoming, even this. Trauma + Transformation will support you and comfort you mentally and physically throughout your experience of trauma. #askus. #thereshelpoutthere #traumaawareness #helpline #theheartcenteredherbco #highstnaturalhealth #traumainformed #cher #mentalhealthuk #mentalhealthadvice #gethelp #gabormate #gabor #angelinajolie #angelahicks

  •  1  0  3 hours ago
  • This aspect of forgotten sacredness has been marred by the society we live in. 
If the rate of sexual abuse of women is beyond ZERO it is unacceptable. They are our scared portals of creation. 
This is a big area of my desire to work in to help women be free of trauma and to move back into a society of sacred connection again. 
Yes, I am man working in this space and while some may deem it arrogant my intention is pure. It is to ease the suffering of as many trapped beings as possible. 
Big Love ❤️❤️
  • This aspect of forgotten sacredness has been marred by the society we live in.
    If the rate of sexual abuse of women is beyond ZERO it is unacceptable. They are our scared portals of creation.
    This is a big area of my desire to work in to help women be free of trauma and to move back into a society of sacred connection again.
    Yes, I am man working in this space and while some may deem it arrogant my intention is pure. It is to ease the suffering of as many trapped beings as possible.
    Big Love ❤️❤️

  •  13  3  4 hours ago
  • 🌻HOW TO FEEL SAFE 🌻
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For many of us with c-PTSD we have little experience with the basic feeling of safety within ourselves. For most of my life I have swung between the two, not even realising that my baseline is a continual feeling of unsafety and anxiety. How do you know what unsafety and anxiety is when you have nothing else to compare it to and no language to identify it?
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What I have discovered is that safety is THE MOST important part of our recovery journey. It is our most basic need, and no healing or growth can take place when we are not feeling safe. We cannot feel happiness unless we feel safe. Therefore the pursuit of both physical and emotional safety is something that we must pursue ongoingly. It will take time and effort and focus and trial and error but we CAN learn safety
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I am currently reading a phenomenal book by Liz Mullinar; survivor of childhood trauma and the founder of @healforlifefoundation . Here are some points about safety that I have found really enlightening and practical:
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PHYSICAL SAFETY: We need our home to be and feel safe. Within our home, having one safe place that we can call ours alone is very important. It could be a room or a space in the home; inside or outside. Noone can come into this space without permission ; including our family. A physical safe place should be a place where we are comfortable on our own, a place where we are in control of who comes in and a place we have easy access to
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Physical safety also includes living free from abusive people. No abusers should ever be allowed to enter our safe space
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Having a physical place we can go to outside the home that is a safe retreat is also a good idea. The bush, the beach, or somewhere we feel free to be ourselves and feels safe when we are there
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If we cannot find these spaces, creating an imaginary space in our mind is also a way in which we can feel at ease. It could be a cottage with a fireplace or a room full of your favourite things, or a cloud way above the world
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It is very important that our safe places are not dependent on the presence of anyone or anything but ourselves. The key is to grow in an independent sense of safety
👇🏼more
  • 🌻HOW TO FEEL SAFE 🌻
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    For many of us with c-PTSD we have little experience with the basic feeling of safety within ourselves. For most of my life I have swung between the two, not even realising that my baseline is a continual feeling of unsafety and anxiety. How do you know what unsafety and anxiety is when you have nothing else to compare it to and no language to identify it?
    .
    What I have discovered is that safety is THE MOST important part of our recovery journey. It is our most basic need, and no healing or growth can take place when we are not feeling safe. We cannot feel happiness unless we feel safe. Therefore the pursuit of both physical and emotional safety is something that we must pursue ongoingly. It will take time and effort and focus and trial and error but we CAN learn safety
    .
    I am currently reading a phenomenal book by Liz Mullinar; survivor of childhood trauma and the founder of @healforlifefoundation . Here are some points about safety that I have found really enlightening and practical:
    .
    PHYSICAL SAFETY: We need our home to be and feel safe. Within our home, having one safe place that we can call ours alone is very important. It could be a room or a space in the home; inside or outside. Noone can come into this space without permission ; including our family. A physical safe place should be a place where we are comfortable on our own, a place where we are in control of who comes in and a place we have easy access to
    .
    Physical safety also includes living free from abusive people. No abusers should ever be allowed to enter our safe space
    .
    Having a physical place we can go to outside the home that is a safe retreat is also a good idea. The bush, the beach, or somewhere we feel free to be ourselves and feels safe when we are there
    .
    If we cannot find these spaces, creating an imaginary space in our mind is also a way in which we can feel at ease. It could be a cottage with a fireplace or a room full of your favourite things, or a cloud way above the world
    .
    It is very important that our safe places are not dependent on the presence of anyone or anything but ourselves. The key is to grow in an independent sense of safety
    👇🏼more

  •  332  30  4 hours ago
  • Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all had a restful weekend. As the new week begins, I wanted to share one of my thoughts on trauma.
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Most of us interact with different people on a daily basis - whether its work related,  in our friendships, our intimate relationship(s), etc - we are typically interacting with people. How do our trauma stories shape us on the individual level? Through our suffering we create narratives and beliefs about ourselves, which then shapes how we are in the world and in all of our relationships.
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The same idea, of course, applies to all of the people you/we interact with. If our trauma narratives put us in fight-or-flight mode, on the defense, or make us react in some way (which they often do), then you can expect this to be happening for the people you interact with.
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If you’re experiencing an interaction to be heightened, distressing, or overwhelming, the dialogue could very likely be influenced by trauma (for all who are participating in the interaction). .
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If you find yourself in this kind of scenario, pause, take a step back, and ask for a time out. Use an empathic yet assertive statement, set a boundary, and walk away and reflect. Take some deep breaths and assess what part of your trauma narrative is informing the conflict. Decide when it’s appropriate to re-engage and be compassionate towards yourself and those involved in the interaction. .
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Keep in mind that these interactions are not opportunities to investigate or uncover others’ trauma. Simply hold space for the understanding that they too have their own narratives informing their responses to the interaction. ❣️ #holdingwithempathy #chicagomentalhealth
  • Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all had a restful weekend. As the new week begins, I wanted to share one of my thoughts on trauma.
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    Most of us interact with different people on a daily basis - whether its work related, in our friendships, our intimate relationship(s), etc - we are typically interacting with people. How do our trauma stories shape us on the individual level? Through our suffering we create narratives and beliefs about ourselves, which then shapes how we are in the world and in all of our relationships.
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    The same idea, of course, applies to all of the people you/we interact with. If our trauma narratives put us in fight-or-flight mode, on the defense, or make us react in some way (which they often do), then you can expect this to be happening for the people you interact with.
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    If you’re experiencing an interaction to be heightened, distressing, or overwhelming, the dialogue could very likely be influenced by trauma (for all who are participating in the interaction). .
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    If you find yourself in this kind of scenario, pause, take a step back, and ask for a time out. Use an empathic yet assertive statement, set a boundary, and walk away and reflect. Take some deep breaths and assess what part of your trauma narrative is informing the conflict. Decide when it’s appropriate to re-engage and be compassionate towards yourself and those involved in the interaction. .
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    Keep in mind that these interactions are not opportunities to investigate or uncover others’ trauma. Simply hold space for the understanding that they too have their own narratives informing their responses to the interaction. ❣️ #holdingwithempathy #chicagomentalhealth

  •  12  3  4 hours ago

Top #traumainformed Posts

  • As human beings we are affected by our environments as soon as we have one. And we have an environment as soon as we are implanted in the womb. For nine months our mothers womb is our world. That internal world sets the template for how we will perceive and experience the world outside, after birth.
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Aside the obvious growing a baby does there is also the laying down of vital ‘information’ showing us the crucial importance of those first nine months. I was flabbergasted to read in a scientific journal  that “crime and delinquency have roots in the womb, and so the risks can and should be addressed early on, even before a child is born… “
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And how may you ask do such things lay a template and predispose is to such things in the womb?
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 An obvious mode is through chemicals a mother may ingest or inhale and transfer to the growing babe via the placenta. Maternal smoking, for example, is a risk factor for asthma in the baby. I remember a little short of a decade ago how my mind boggled as I heard how a newborn cord blood sample taken at the time of birth contained over 120 toxic chemicals! 
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The wisdom of traditional cultures, as confirmed by today’s science: confirm for us how not only do chemicals from outside the mother’s body affect the development of the in-utero human, but that chemicals generated by the mother’s body can too. The mother’s stress hormones, primarily adrenaline and cortisol, reach the infant by the same placental route and, if excessive and chronic, can play a deleterious role.
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As a society, we must embrace traditional wisdom, profusely validated by current science. Antenatal care must include much more than the current standard of blood tests, physical examinations, and, at best, dietary advice. Women need to be asked about stress in their lives and given support and tools to deal with it; social policies must address pollution and poverty and communal anxiety.
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#BirthWorkers #Doulas #Midwives #Traumainformed #holisticmidwife #SomaticExperiencing #Wombs #Ourfirsthome #Studentmidwife #Timeinthewomb #Fetalprogramming #hanapaulsatthegardenclinic
  • As human beings we are affected by our environments as soon as we have one. And we have an environment as soon as we are implanted in the womb. For nine months our mothers womb is our world. That internal world sets the template for how we will perceive and experience the world outside, after birth.
    _
    Aside the obvious growing a baby does there is also the laying down of vital ‘information’ showing us the crucial importance of those first nine months. I was flabbergasted to read in a scientific journal that “crime and delinquency have roots in the womb, and so the risks can and should be addressed early on, even before a child is born… “
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    And how may you ask do such things lay a template and predispose is to such things in the womb?
    _
    An obvious mode is through chemicals a mother may ingest or inhale and transfer to the growing babe via the placenta. Maternal smoking, for example, is a risk factor for asthma in the baby. I remember a little short of a decade ago how my mind boggled as I heard how a newborn cord blood sample taken at the time of birth contained over 120 toxic chemicals!
    _
    The wisdom of traditional cultures, as confirmed by today’s science: confirm for us how not only do chemicals from outside the mother’s body affect the development of the in-utero human, but that chemicals generated by the mother’s body can too. The mother’s stress hormones, primarily adrenaline and cortisol, reach the infant by the same placental route and, if excessive and chronic, can play a deleterious role.
    _
    As a society, we must embrace traditional wisdom, profusely validated by current science. Antenatal care must include much more than the current standard of blood tests, physical examinations, and, at best, dietary advice. Women need to be asked about stress in their lives and given support and tools to deal with it; social policies must address pollution and poverty and communal anxiety.
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    #BirthWorkers #Doulas #Midwives #Traumainformed #holisticmidwife #SomaticExperiencing #Wombs #Ourfirsthome #Studentmidwife #Timeinthewomb #Fetalprogramming #hanapaulsatthegardenclinic

  •  118  6  7 February, 2020
  • Just sayin’ 🤣🙊
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I’ve been so immersed and present in Harry Potter world with my kids that I didn’t even realize there were people out there bashing the half time show and thought it was inappropriate 😂🤓😱🤷🏻‍♀️ I literally think it was the best I’ve seen EVER. 💃🏻💃🏻🔥
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My boys and I LOVED it and since I didn’t sexualize it, they didn’t sexualize it. It’s really THAT simple 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🔥
  • Just sayin’ 🤣🙊
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    I’ve been so immersed and present in Harry Potter world with my kids that I didn’t even realize there were people out there bashing the half time show and thought it was inappropriate 😂🤓😱🤷🏻‍♀️ I literally think it was the best I’ve seen EVER. 💃🏻💃🏻🔥
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    My boys and I LOVED it and since I didn’t sexualize it, they didn’t sexualize it. It’s really THAT simple 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🔥

  •  493  22  5 February, 2020
  • Last December, after 27 years, False Memory Syndrome Foundation was finally dissolved. This foundation created the fake diagnosis "false memory syndrome" as a way to invalidate child sex abuse survivors.  I am working on an article about the lie of false memory syndrome (it isn't a real thing, there is zero scientific evidence to support it) that I'm so excited to share with you all in the upcoming weeks.

It will take decades for us to really understand and undo the harm that the False Memory Syndrome Foundation caused. It was established by Pamela and Peter Freyd after their daughter, renowned psychologist and sexual trauma expert Dr. Jennifer Freyd, recovered memories of Peter sexually abusing her. The Freyds created a fake diagnosis and established this foundation specifically to discredit their daughter and survivors like her. For decades the Freyds reached out to reporters to tell them about false memory syndrome, despite the lack of scientific evidence, and get them to include it whenever reporting on childhood sexual abuse.

I am so excited to share with you the article I'm working on in the upcoming weeks, which includes an interview with Jennifer Freyd. 
#healinghonestly #ptsdsurvivor #believesurvivors #traumarecovery #traumasurvivor #abusesurvivor #healingjourney #cptsd #traumainformed #thebodykeepsthescore
  • Last December, after 27 years, False Memory Syndrome Foundation was finally dissolved. This foundation created the fake diagnosis "false memory syndrome" as a way to invalidate child sex abuse survivors. I am working on an article about the lie of false memory syndrome (it isn't a real thing, there is zero scientific evidence to support it) that I'm so excited to share with you all in the upcoming weeks.

    It will take decades for us to really understand and undo the harm that the False Memory Syndrome Foundation caused. It was established by Pamela and Peter Freyd after their daughter, renowned psychologist and sexual trauma expert Dr. Jennifer Freyd, recovered memories of Peter sexually abusing her. The Freyds created a fake diagnosis and established this foundation specifically to discredit their daughter and survivors like her. For decades the Freyds reached out to reporters to tell them about false memory syndrome, despite the lack of scientific evidence, and get them to include it whenever reporting on childhood sexual abuse.

    I am so excited to share with you the article I'm working on in the upcoming weeks, which includes an interview with Jennifer Freyd.
    #healinghonestly #ptsdsurvivor #believesurvivors #traumarecovery #traumasurvivor #abusesurvivor #healingjourney #cptsd #traumainformed #thebodykeepsthescore

  •  118  24  29 January, 2020