March 4

The Problem With Trauma Isn’t What Happened

Preliminary Techniques, Traumatic Memory Resolution


All trauma isn’t bad.  When a person learns from a traumatic experience, it makes them smarter.  If you touched the stove and got burned you know not to do that again, right?

A traumatic experience doesn’t have to have a lasting effect.  In fact, traumatic experience can make you smarter, more resilient.  This means better able to survive.  Forrest Gump is a great example of resilience.  His childhood balanced traumatic experiences with loving support.  This enabled him to spring back whenever life knocked him down. 

The problem with traumatic experience isn’t what happened.  

Human beings can spring back from trauma.  It’s when the feelings associated with a painful or frightening situation don’t get fully experienced or expressed at that time.  The emotions of the event get stuck inside.  This locks the memory in. This is the trademark of trauma. It’s simply not over.  

What’s happening at a subconscious level of mind is that the Child is still trying to figure a way out of the situation.  And it can’t because it doesn’t have access to the resources of the adult mind.  This keeps the person stuck in the fears and insecurities of the Child at that age.  This is how it can sometimes feel like a two-year-old is running your life.  

This is because the subconscious mind is the Mind of the Child. Because the subconscious mind doesn’t keep time the way the conscious mind does, it doesn’t know that it’s over. It’s still stuck there, trying to come up with a solution.  And it can’t because it only has the understanding of the Child at that age.

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About the author 

Wendie Webber

With over thirty years of experience as a healing practitioner, Wendie brings a broad range of skills to her approach to regression to cause hypnosis. She combines a gentle, yet commanding way of presenting with a thorough, clear and systematic approach to helping healing practitioners to make sense of regression hypnotherapy.