August 14, 2022
Trauma, Freeze, and Consent
It has been said that trauma is a thief. Whatever it was that happened, the worst of it often lies downstream. The events may have been horrific, in and of themselves, but trauma also steals from us our future and our self respect. Like interest on a maxed out credit card the effects of trauma are compounded daily. Especially when it happened early in life. As children we are usually considerably outmatched by our aggressors. The default stress response is to flee or to fight back. But when we are small this is usually not an option. Children facing violence, abuse, or violations of their boundaries and bodies have but one option: to survive it. A third stress response called Freeze takes over. Freeze is a shut down of all physical and emotional responses. It is akin to the opossum playing dead. The goal is to live. We go into shock, into paralysis, and then we dissociate, leaving our bodies to the circumstances at hand.
September 03, 2013
Emotions Are Part of Being A Mammal!
Emotions are the weather system of the soul. To have them is not shameful. We are designed to feel. A whole part of our brain, the limbic brain, is dedicated to producing emotional states of consciousness. Someone who is expressing emotion does not need to be "fixed" so that we can FEEL more comfortable and less helpless. This objectifies them and creates a power differential. They need, instead, to be met where they are, seen and held in our hearts....
August 16, 2013
Here is food for thought... I just measured the slow pulse that rolls through my body every time we get irradiated by the flare debris. It is 25 cycles/min or .42 Hz. This is considered the Epsilon brain wave state and is veeeerrryyy slowwww. It is thought to be a very large amplitude wave (which is what makes it slow) that carries high frequencies, like gamma and lambda, within it. Much like radio stations stations send out large "carrier waves" with our favorite songs within them, I am suggesting we are receiving information in these very large amplitude (low frequency) pulses from the sun...