Energy Healing and Trauma Recovery — Part 5
As the client continues to heal and recover from trauma, experiences of increased Autonomy and Sovereignty will lead to Integration and Thriving. The two will frequently overlap.
A hallmark of these two parts of recovery and healing is a decrease in the dependency on the energy practitioner, and perhaps also the therapist as well, because the client is holding the reins of his or her authentic life. There is a clear state of empowerment, self-awareness is high, relationships are real and grounded. S/he has gained the ability to observe both self and others and choose how to engage and respond in most situations.
In fact, s/he may be ready to emancipate and move toward next level input and support, such as coaches and mastermind groups, rather than clinical and adjunctive therapies.
The value of the client’s team
Some emancipated clients may find themselves circling back for support when a completely new issue emerges, unrelated or tangentially related to the trauma they experienced. Their understanding of and investment in clearing out the energies associated with trauma helps them to realize that their emotions and behaviors in their current life experience hold energy that can be released and shifted to regain balance and equanimity.
Other clients stay in a maintenance mode with an energy healing practitioner. It’s not that the energy healer can completely clear a month’s worth of emotional energy and patterns in a single session. Ideally the client has her own energy clearing practice and is continuing to work on clearing the energy of themes, patterns, emotions and behaviors as she goes about her life. Rather, the client supports her ongoing spiritual, emotional and energetic evolution by continuing to explore her inner landscape, knowing that energy is ubiquitous, it’s part of every moment.
Again, because the story is not as relevant as the behaviors, patterns and emotions, the client can work with the information in her experiences in a less triggered way. Or, if she continues with emotional process work, or talk therapy, she analyzes the experience within the boundaries and protection of the therapeutic session and clears the underlying energy in the intentional and evolutionary framework offered with energy healing.
Perfection is not the goal
It’s important to recognize that integration does not imply perfection. Where a person once lived through the lens of trauma, once integrated, the behaviors and actions reflect both an inner and external worldview. There is demonstrated coherence, s/he is who she says s/he is, and operates through this intrinsic knowing.
Thriving does not mean exclusively happy, blissful moments, either. The goal is to continue to witness and embody the upward trajectory in relationships, interactions and experience. Yet there still is potential for life’s experiences to bring a heartbreak, a loss or profound disappointment. Yet those experiences need not unravel progress made or undermine self-acceptance. The client is resilient knows that the return to thriving will circle back around. This enables him or her to tend to grief, sadness or anger without collapsing into helplessness, victimization or hopelessness.
Whether you’re an energy healing practitioner or a person healing from trauma, please be sure to consider energy healing a conjunctive resource to emotional process work or talk therapy. It is essential to have a container for the work that is aligned with holding the story and supporting the ability to find inner agency and empowerment. Just a reminder: unless the energy healing practitioner is trained in therapeutic treatment of trauma, he or she should be a resource to recovery and not the client’s sole resource.
Wherever possible, if the client agrees and the therapist is open-minded, fostering appropriate communication between the therapist and energy healing practitioner can help target clearing work and keep the recovery process moving.
A last point to make about trauma, it is essential to understand that each person experiences trauma differently. It’s important not to quantify someone’s trauma in any way. Judging the way that a person experiences and processes trauma diminishes the field of potentiality that exists for each one of us to grow, shift, change, heal and evolve.
It is possible to heal and recover from trauma, integrate fully and thrive. The journey, the timeframe, the destination is completely unique for each individual. The most important thing a practitioner can do when supporting a client who is healing and recovering from trauma is to intentionally hold the space for healing while acknowledging the incredible potentiality and capacity of the human spirit to seek truth, find balance and live fully.