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Shock Trauma

What Everyone Should Know About Shock Trauma

  • Shock trauma is one of the most - if not the most - ignored, trivialized, denied, misunderstood, and untreated causes of human suffering. It is an internal straight jacket created when a devastating moment is frozen in time.
  • Shock trauma is not an ailment or disease, but the by-product of an instinctively-instigated, altered state of consciousness. We enter this altered state - let us call it "survival mode" - when we perceive that our lives are being threatened.
  • It is not the event itself that is traumatizing; it is the individual's perception of, and capacity to respond to, the event. If one perceives a situation to be life-threatening, then that situation is potentially traumatic. People, especially children, can be overwhelmed (and thus potentially traumatized) by what we usually regard as common everyday events.
  • No two people experience or manifest shock trauma in exactly the same way. What is harmful to one person may be exhilarating to another. Many factors are involved in this wide range of responses to threat, including an individual's age, history or trauma, family dynamics, and even genetic makeup.
  • Shock trauma symptoms are energetic phenomena that serve the organism by providing an organized way to manage and bind the tremendous energy contained in both the original and the self-perpetuated response to threat.

When shock trauma happens...

There is a loss of:

Integrity, or cohesion of self
Sense of safety
Orientation in time and space
Connection to:
    Self, Others, Nature, Planet, God
      There is an experience of:

Overwhelming fear
Threat of death
Tension patterns

When shock trauma is transformed, there is:

Restoration of confidence
"I can..." capability
A sense of control
Awareness of a wide range of choices and options
Movement towards a sense of empowerment
Awareness of one's survival and an active choice toward life
Restoration of fluidity and flow
A sense of completion and integration
A return to responsiveness and spontaneity

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