In The PTSD Healing Process, David lays out a blueprint to clear the emotional charge from trauma so that people can move forward with their lives instead of continuing to relive the past. The book covers what trauma is, where it comes from, and the core processes for working through it; clearing the charge, bringing in the positive, self-care, and managing daily emotions. Step by Step guidance and specific examples are provided to give a clear path toward triumphing over trauma and reclaiming your life.
Clearing the Charge
Trauma comes from unprocessed emotions around a specific event we’ve experienced. These emotions are stuck in our system causing us to get retriggered since they haven’t been moved through. Like an electrical circuit that’s been disrupted, the stuck energy and emotions keep us from optimal health and wellbeing. In the book, David describes in detail how to use Tapping to move the emotional charge through the system so that its ability to impact us is drastically reduced. This doesn’t mean that the event(s) never happened, but that we don’t have to feel held back by them anymore once we release the emotional charge connected to them. We can think and talk about what happened without getting triggered once we clear the charge.
Bringing in the Positive
In the absence of the emotional charge that we’ve been carrying around, more positivity comes in naturally. We often feel lighter, more relaxed, and more available to connect with others. Beyond that, David lays out exactly how to use Tapping to bring in more positive, supportive beliefs as we move forward in the absence of our trauma. Examples of helpful thoughts and beliefs to bring in using Tapping once we release the emotional charge include: trust, safety, listening to yourself, and taking care of yourself.
Self-care is how we take care of and nourish ourselves on a daily basis. Often trauma comes from not getting some of our needs met; peace, trust, safety, integrity, etc. Beyond that, when we experience trauma our nervous system still holds on to some of the tension; staying vigilant and guarded. Self-care signals to our nervous system that it’s okay to relax now. It lets us relax and enjoy the moment by taking care of ourselves and giving to ourselves on a daily basis.
Managing Daily Emotions
Healing Trauma doesn’t mean that we don’t experience different emotions on a moment to moment basis. While the triggers we’ve been experiencing will most likely drastically decrease, we still experience fluctuation in how we feel. David lays out specific strategies for working with the emotions we experience on a daily basis. Rather than letting our emotions run our lives, we can use these tools to work with them and come back to a space of centered calmness.