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Psycho-emotional healing

Updated: Mar 25, 2023

It is only possible to engage in psycho-emotional healing once we have reached higher levels of self-awareness, which is the result of dedicated self-enquiry. The process of becoming aware of our emotional triggers and finding the true cause of emotional pain is through self-observation and heightened self-awareness. Through dedicated self-observation and progressive discernment between these functional aspects of mind, one can attain the direct experience of the awareness that they are. The still point that this awareness connects to the parts of our mind is the one that forms all of our thoughts, emotions and experiences that direct us in life. Through observation and self-enquiry, we become aware of the content of our psychological and emotional behaviour patterns.

Psycho-emotional is to describe any type of psychological interaction one may have with one's inner feelings or expressed emotions. Most people will experience a quality of emotions that are first generated by the quality of their thoughts. The context and value of these thoughts are contained within the person's belief system and dictate the quality of emotion and behavior that is expressed. It is therefore important to be aware of the type of emotions we feel when we think of a certain thought or connect with a certain event or a certain person. Once we are able to witness the psychological interaction with our emotional relationship to any type of internal or external stimulus, we begin to see the connections between our thoughts and our feelings. This allows us to gain the next stage of self-awareness which is then to source the thought and decide what value or context we want to assign to it. It is what underpins our belief systems and is responsible for our inner motivation which shapes our outward behavior and actions.

When we develop and improve our psycho-emotional awareness through observation, we are able to change our mental state and our unconscious at the same time as we observe it. Changes in our mental state and inner thoughts impact our outward behavior and physical actions. It changes the way we react to our environment and how we interact in every relationship and social setting.

Psycho-emotional trauma can result from many common events that are sudden and shocking to a person, who as a result of that event experiences a life alteration that dismantles the relationships and social structures that the person has relied on. supported to reinforce their sense of identity.

"I am now the trauma or I am damaged because of what happened to me."

When we lose the reinforcements of our sense of identity, or lose the reinforcement of our sense of belonging to a group or belief system, our ego personality feels threatened and even depressed. When we lose our ego personality reinforcement, we go through stages of personality dismantling, so we can feel a range of potential layers of emotional trauma surface. Traumatic events can have serious consequences on people, even if there was no physical injury, there can be psychological and emotional injury that affects the pain body. It is very common for people to suffer psychological or emotional wounds from early childhood that have never been addressed. When the ego begins to unravel, that earlier pain that was concealed by the ego begins to be felt and experienced more deeply. Events in the environment can trigger this deeply emotional pain from the past, or that was buried in the subconscious, and people feel this pain heightened by external events that can trigger these old wounds.

Psycho-emotional trauma has common elements that impact people. The event or occurrence was totally unexpected accompanied by sudden or shocking realizations. The person was not prepared for what happened, nor prepared to deal with the outcome or consequences of a traumatic crisis. The person felt helpless and there was nothing they could do to stop the event from happening.

It is not the occurrence or the event that necessarily generates the psycho-emotional trauma, it is the person's unique experience of the event that determines whether or not it was traumatic. Each person may process the event in a unique way that is unique to them, even when linked to collective trauma or a larger planetary event. Traumatic events can take a heavy emotional toll on those involved, even if the event did not cause physical harm. Traumatic events can alter the functioning and structure of the brain, which alters the bio-neurological processing of the brain. Many common problems that impact brain chemistry and function are directly related to unresolved and unhealed psycho-emotional trauma that has produced post-traumatic stress conditions in that person. Early childhood trauma, childhood trauma creates the living conditions necessary for the establishment of vulnerability for that person to continue to experience future traumatic responses.

What are the possible effects of emotional trauma?

Even when unrecognized, emotional trauma can create lasting difficulties in an individual's life. One way to determine if emotional or psychological trauma has occurred, perhaps even early in life before language or consciousness is in place, is to look at the types of recurring problems one may be experiencing. These can serve as clues to a previous situation that caused disregulation in brain structure or function.

Common personal and behavioural effects of emotional trauma:

• substance abuse

• compulsive behaviour patterns

• self-destructive and impulsive behaviour

• uncontrollable reactive thoughts

• inability to make healthy career or lifestyle choices

• dissociative symptoms ("splitting" of parts of the self)

• feelings of ineffectiveness, shame, hopelessness, hopelessness

• feeling permanently damaged

• loss of previously held beliefs

Common effects of emotional trauma on interpersonal relationships:

• inability to maintain close relationships or choose suitable friends and companions

• sexual problems

• hostility

• arguments with family members, employers or colleagues

• social withdrawal

• feel constantly threatened

How do we deal with emotional trauma?

To overcome the emotional triggering and recurrence of traumatic patterns, it is necessary to unload, deactivate and eliminate negative internal thought forms and prevent new ones from forming. There are ways to heal emotional wounds and get rid of self-destructive subconscious programming that generates negative internal thought forms.

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