Emotional trauma is a type of damage to the human mind
(conscious and unconscious) due to a past severely distressing event (or a
series of events). A childhood trauma is one of the common
examples of psychological trauma, which can include verbal, physical or sexual
abuse, a death of a family member, being a participant in a car accident or in some natural disaster.
What are the causes of emotional trauma? There are 3 common causes:
- The traumatic event was too painful to process for the human mind
- The traumatic event was too overwhelming
- There were a series of such events that resulted in a decision to deny (shut
down) related memories.
Effects of the psychological trauma
Normal experiences result in learning that signifies some degree of
emotional detachment and ability to function in similar conditions in
future. As a result of psychological trauma, the human mind, instead of learning and
understanding of causes and motives behind the event, unconsciously stores
(and reacts to) numerous images associated with emotional trauma. This
relates to visual, audio, verbal, olfactory and many other types of images
and bodily sensations.
As a result, the harder the person tries to forget (or deny) the event,
the stronger the expression of these secondary stimuli that trigger the
negative emotions related to his psychological trauma. This state of denial
and presence of trauma influence future choices of the person (choosing
friends, jobs, spouses, and so forth), as well as physical and emotional
health. Of course, as it is well accepted, trauma also reduces personal ability
to deal with new stressful situations.
Millions of people move to other cities, other states, or even other
countries and continents primarily due to effects of emotional trauma. This
helps to reduce the negative load coming from various senses but does not
solve the key cause.
Test for presence of psychological trauma
A simple and reliable test for emotional trauma involves muscular kinesiology. The testing involves 3 body points located in the chest. Those people who have all 3 points strong, do not have an event in the past that causes them problems now. Those people who have at least one of the points weak have some negative baggage from the past that poisons their lives now.
However, in order to have correct results for this test for psychological trauma, the practitioner of the New Decision Therapy needs to clear 3 layers of denial (before the test), while keeping an arm on a belly button. These clearing 3 layers involves asking 3 questions (the subject does not need to answer):
- "Do you know the truth?"
- "Are you able to share?"
- "Can we do changes now?"
It is necessary to have positive answers to all these 3 queries before proceeding to the main test in relation to the presence of trauma.
Physical and indirect solutions
If we are able to change major physiological parameters of brain and
nerve cells, then we can expect that the mind will be more successful in
dealing with trauma (even though this method does not remove trauma). These
parameters include: O2 and CO2 contents in brain cells and perfusion (blood
flow) to the brain. All these parameters are controlled by automatic
breathing patterns, and the chart below explains why some generations ago,
but not these days, people were able to cope with traumas.
The norm for breathing at rest (for adults) is
only 6 L/min, while modern people breathe 2
times more air. Therefore, they suffer from reduced circulation, and low O2 and
CO2 content in the brain tissues. CO2, as dozens of clinical studies proved, is a
potent sedative and tranquilizer of the nerve cells (see links below).
People who are ruled by traumas nearly always have less than 20 seconds for the
body O2 test. In order to become more resilient to new stress and reduce
negative effects of trauma, one should learn how to breathe slower and
less 24/7. This will increase his or her brain oxygenation and CO2 content up to
the medical norm, together with normal blood flow to the brain.
to Russian Buteyko breathing doctors, people achieve much better mental and
emotional health, when they have more than 60 seconds of O2 in the brain. It
results in composure, calmness, objectivity and many other positive
qualities that negate the effects of past emotional traumas. Therefore,
breathing retraining is a proven clinical therapy to reduce negative effects of
emotional trauma and to gain control.
Vipassana meditation is another popular technique that helps to reduce the
effects of past emotional trauma.
Other forms of meditation and prayer can also be effective in dealing with
effects of psychological trauma.
Direct healing of psychological trauma
The other approach is to deal with trauma directly so that the human
mind has a different attitude towards past events, the perpetrator and himself or herself. There are,
however, some challenges and obstacles here.
First, our techniques are not going to work if a person is in
denial (see above). Denial can relate to conscious unawareness about the traumatic event,
inability to share genuine information with the therapist, and inability to
accept changes now. (There are 3 levels of denial that prevent testing of trauma.)
Second, even if a therapist managed to recover past events and make the
client emotional (and vulnerable), they often do
not know what to do with it.
The solution to all these challenges can be found in the NDT (New
Decision Therapy) developed by Dr. Kandis Blakely. This therapy addresses 3
layers of denial. (In fact, it is a necessary requirement for the therapist
to proceed only after clearing all 3 layers of denial and checking them
using muscular kinesiology.)
New Decision Therapy: Healing Traumas with Forgiveness
Dr. Kandis Blakely trained many NDT practitioners. One session of this
usually lasts about 60-80 minutes and helps
to release even those emotional traumas, which
are totally forgotten by the person, but still, poison his or her current
life. Other unique qualities of this healing therapy are:
- radical forgiveness
- a use of 3 body point to see if there are any negative emotions stored in
the body (in other words, those people, who have trauma, have at least one
weak body point)
- a use of a mirror for testing eyes and for the forgiveness procedure.
If trauma is known to the person, then he or she may try to
apply various forgiveness techniques (you may search the web for forgiveness
resources). As a part of this process, feel free to read and study this free
PDF ebook (about 100 pages) that provides stunning real-life examples how
forgiveness dramatically changed lives of people:
The problem, however, is that most
people are unaware about the presence of emotional trauma in their body
and mind. Then, one of the proven solutions is to apply the New Decision Therapy.