New Hope for PTSD: How Neuroscience is Energizing the Brain to Produce Surprising Results
I’d been feeling this growing desire to bring my work to a new level and reaching more people. My work with a groundbreaking principles-based approach had been very effective for years, and I knew I was responding intuitively to the “cry” of the larger need in humanity.
Then I responded to an invitation to learn about a supposed “revolutionary breakthrough” in neuroscience. There was something different about this. It seemed to be saying that there was not just an evolved explanation of healing and transformation, but a breakthrough method as well. So I attended.
What I heard and saw changed my life and career forever. What I heard was in alignment with the most advanced understandings I had come to know. What I saw was a mind-body method that made total sense and produced a profound awakening in clients.
I immediately knew I had to investigate it more deeply. In doing so I soon realized I needed to become trained. In the process I was invited by its founder, Dr. Michael Cotton, to join his national leadership team. I am now the Director of Professional Outreach & Education and a spokesperson throughout the world.
The results of my work in all areas, including trauma, were noticeably accelerated. Because the most evolved part of the brain is energized and awakened, it subsequently can improve function and outcomes in all area of human experience.
Imagine a flow of bio-electric energy throughout your mind-body system. If flows in a complete circuit through your brain and throughout your body – simultaneously transmitting and receiving the information necessary for you to not only survive, but to thrive.
Now imagine that this system receives a shock so traumatic that it “clenches” and constrains this flow. The system is so frightened for its survival, that it’s ability to relax, heal, learn and grow is stilted. This results in the well-known symptoms of PTSD.
Trauma presents the mind-body system – and specifically the brain – a perceived or actual life-and-death threat.
PTSD is evidence that the mind-body system’s naturally flowing “circuitry” then becomes blocked or constrained, not confident it can bring its attention back to the world in the old way, because that is too threatening. And this is primarily occurring below the conscious threshold.
If the whole system “clenches” and can’t fully recover, it stays in a self-protective posture that inadvertently interferes with healthy living.