Using Positive Memories to Heal Trauma

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“I’m not defined by my past, only strengthened by it.” –Debra Roinestad

“I’m not defined by my past, only strengthened by it.” –Debra Roinestad

 

Back in 2008, my mind was toggling between my traumatic memories from the past and staying in the present. It felt as if my brain was shuffling a deck of cards. I was reliving my forensic child abuse in my mind. Traumatic flashbacks would often return and zap my energy. I would search within hoping to find the right memory to integrate my mind and body. I then decided to try somatic experiencing (releasing traumatic memories trapped inside the body). Finally, I was able to sit still in a meditative silence and calm my brain. As the sharp, dagger-like sensations released, I began inserting new positive memories. It took time but I eventually healed my trauma by forming new neural connections and resourcing positive memories.

 

Debra Roinestad, author of Protected by the Light: A Spiritual Memoir
www.protectedbylight.com

 

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