I Am A Million Traumas
Trauma: from Greek, literally ‘wound’.
We are all mentally wounded.
We are cloaked in layer upon layer of traumas – coarse and subtle traumas. We all know what anger, pride, desire, jealousy, hatred, fear etc feel like: there are said to be 84,000 disturbing emotions, and we are supposed to have had infinite incarnations, so it all accumulates. Even if we do not believe in reincarnation, when we look back on this lifetime, we can identify past moments of heartache which we still carry around. That is the karmic imprint.
Every time our trauma button is pressed – by even just a gesture, a name, a smell – it triggers something in us. We react, run away or freeze. That’s the old reptilian brain taking over again!
It’s as if we are hypnotised to react to a suggestion. If we look at the world, we can see the effects of psychology at work. Our panic button is being pressed all the time, and this causes chaos and confusion, and actually sends us to sleep. This is why we HAVE to wake up.
Hypnosis: the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. From the Greek word ‘hupnos’ – sleep. A condition or state.
We are primed to prime ourselves in a vicious cycle of existence = samsara!
A country allows people to carry guns. A rise in the incidence of fatal shooting occurs. There is a call to ban guns, but guns are entrenched in that society. People become paranoid. The police become paranoid; they are now judge, jury and executioner … shoot first, ask questions later. Because of the talk about guns, the sale of guns go up, and people become even more paranoid. Fear is pandemic. We all become suspicious: one shooting can create multiple traumas. Of course, add drugs, alcohol, poverty and stress in to the mix and we have a very volatile society. This may be a crude example, but verbal bullying and self projection have a subtle, traumatic effect on our minds and bodies, which builds up throughout life.
When we acknowledge this, we see what is going on, and recognise the need to step off this horror-go-round.
With understanding, we can step out of the world’s influences. We can be more empathic, compassionate and generous to ourselves and others. When we stop reacting and remain at peace (not easy – that’s why we practise meditation), we stop maintaining the traumas.
Even though we are aware of all this, it still leaves an effect in our subtle body, and that is why it can be difficult to meditate.
Subtle body practice
It does work.