Overcoming Trauma: Transitioning from being traumatized to triumphant!
Trauma- a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injury.
What happens when someone experiences trauma? A “fight or flight” response meaning if you are in danger you will either fight or run. This is an automatic response that happens to you and your body pumps adrenaline and other chemicals during this response.
The Normal Cycle of Healing Trauma
1.) Gain safety
2.) Tell your story
3.) Express your emotions
4.) Get support from family and inner circle
6.) Return to a normal neurobiological state
What happens when someone does not go through the normal cycle of healing?
They get stuck in a fight or flight response because they never gain a sense of safety or they never tell anyone and keep their emotions inside. This is called “fight or flight freeze”. Those stuck in this state experience the same symptoms as soldiers diagnosed with PTSD. People experiencing this eventually feel numb and they dissociate. They also get triggered easily. Dissociation- a mental process where a person disconnects from their thoughts, feelings, memories, and sense of identity.
Overcomer- a person who succeeds in dealing with or gaining control of some problem or difficulty.
Steps to Overcome Trauma
1.) Safety & Stability I overcame my trauma through finding safety and stability in God. I learned who God is and who I am in Him. Also, prayer, learning the word, and counseling helped me.
2.) Remembering and Grieving I allowed myself to remember what happened to me and I grieved what I lost because of the traumatic events I experienced.
3.) Restoring Relationship I forgave those I needed to forgive. Let go of any resentment and bitterness. And I am currently learning the importance of being in community with others and truly connecting with people. When God is birthing something new in us, whether it is a ministry, marriage, etc., He will lead us into the wilderness to train us before we walk into our purpose for that area. (Ex. When Jesus was led into the wilderness prior to ministry.) Hosea 2:14- “I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her”. After you have overcome, do not be embarrassed or ashamed to share your story with those that God has called you to. Your unique anointing is like an expensive bottle of ointment that needs to be broken open and poured onto others so that they may be healed!