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The Healing Path

Updated: Oct 28, 2023

Trauma Tracing

Childhood trauma comes from the things we experience during our younger years that are distressing or overwhelming for us to deal with at the time they happen. These traumas go beyond a child's ability to cope and have long-lasting effects on our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Which is why tracing these traumas and healing from them becomes such an important part of our life's journey.

Here are some examples of where childhood trauma comes from:

Abuse (Physical, Emotional, Sexual) - Harm from caregiver or others
Neglect- Not having basic needs met
Substance Abuse (Parental) - Exposure to drug or alcohol abuse
Domestic Violence- Witnessing violence within the family
Natural Disasters- Experiences natural Disasters and its effects
Accidents or Illness- Severe accidents and illnesses
Loss of Loved One- Death of someone close
Abandonment- Parent leaving or not involved
Poverty- Experiencing lack of basic needs regularly


Healing Practices

Psychological
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Psychoeducation and Understanding, Relaxation, Coping Skills, Grounding, Trauma Narrative, Cognitive Processing, Reframing, Gradual Exposure, Safety, Future Planning

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
History Taking, Memory Processing, Positive Beliefs, Coping, Body Scans, Calming and Grounding, Safety

Spiritual
Mindfulness and Meditation
Intention Setting, Calming, Deep Breathing, Body Scans, Emotional Awareness, Visualization, Letting Go, Gratitude, Spiritual Connection, Inner Wisdom, Self-Care

Reflection
Safe Space, Writing, Emotional Release, Honesty, Self-Compassion, Identifying Patterns, Finding Meaning, Forgiveness, Affirmations, Gratitude

Religious
Christian
Prayer and Surrender to God, Community Support, Reflecting on Bible Teachings, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Religious Rituals

Islamic
Prayer and Trust in Allah, Knowledge from the Quran, Repentance (Tawbah) and Forgiveness, Inner Peace, Acts of Charity (Sadaqah), Gratitude and Patience

Ancient
Nature
Time in Nature, Engaging with Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), Rituals, Cleansing, Mindfulness, Grounding, Signs and Synchronicities

Rituals
Ancestral Practices, Sacred Space, Cultural Activities, Release and Renewal, Guidance and Wisdom, Safety, Community

Esoteric
Energy Healing
Grounding and Centering, Visualizing, Energy, Awareness, Inner Self Connection, Aura Cleansing, Intention Setting, Releasing Imbalances, Chakra Balancing, Inner Child Work, Energy Flow,

Inner Alchemy
Transforming Negative Energy, Surrender and Release, Inner Journey, Awareness, Subconscious, Transmutation Ritual, Elements

How to Heal

Psychological approaches give us important tools that we can use to address emotional wounds, while spiritual practices give peace and purpose. Ancient practices remind us of our connection to the environment and the collective, while esoteric practices explore the realms of consciousness and unseen energies.

The common theme between all of these belief systems and practices for healing childhood trauma is realizing that our mind, body, and spirit are interconnected. No matter which approaches we use, they all acknowledge the holistic nature of healing trauma in a way that addresses our whole being instead of just one part.

In fact, these different approaches to healing childhood trauma complement each other. Finding a combination of the ones that work best for each of us can lead to a more comprehensive and meaningful healing along our life’s journey. Recognizing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit allows us to navigate this journey with greater depth and freedom.

Embracing this interconnected path, allows us to tap into the wellspring of healing potential within each of us. Helping us surmount the wounds of the past leads us into a brighter and more empowered future.

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