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Intention as a Precursor to Clearing Mind BodyTrauma

Dr.Peter Levine’s research indicates that trauma in humans is long lasting unless given its due attention through the body. We lack the good fortune of animals who have the resounding capacity to bounce back, shake off the excess energy and proceed anew in the moment after a life threatening chase. For humans, they discover this treatment  either inadvertently, as a referral,  or through self care. I often wonder how it was for the primordial man who might have had better success or not than its progeny. The evolution of the human brain is known to not have changed in a few million years so they too must have been dealing with trauma in various ways. At best this remains a speculation.

There are two types of definition to this process of cleansing trauma.  One is more psychological and somatic, the other is spiritual. The formal does not necessarily encompass the latter but the latter does encompass the former and moves beyond all thresholds to live life as an open flow.

Self care assumes intention. And as basic as intention might be,  it is not addressed by mainstream media, schools, or is a focus of any society. It is on the basis of intention that all life’s trajectory unfolds. The question is how conscious or unconscious this might indeed be.  What is the underpinning of an individual’s vision for their life? Clearing trauma allows better functioning and a healthier adaption to what was.  The fact that we take the trouble to do something about this  points to an intention be it conscious or not. If daily charting of intention for own and others being be part of the social culture,  how would the world be?

Clearing trauma does not  necessarily allow for life to be felt as a flow of experience. This level of integration happens  through intention and effort. This is the task of the spirit in us.

It is this work that helps us clear even all ongoing minor irritations to major traumas to first heal and resolve and then integrate and live life openly. And it requires work and sitting through the fire of our own issues and not live in denial and live  under the layers of defence systems and the unconscious. It is the holding onto this vision and the intention that motivates us to wake up and face our life with courage and resolute.

What prevents this from happening? The lack of knowledge perhaps that clearing is even  is possible and the social layers that define life to be in need of something other than this. Competition, greed and power, theory of not enough for all beings, ego, hatred and delusion is how we are conditioned to live. And with this build up comes a fear of seeing openness as a sign of weakness and being vulnerable.

The model is to show control and so have power.  Power is expected to be strong, somewhat brute  and ruthless  as well as be above emotion.  In short the power paradigm does not allow for any type of spiritual processing.

Personal Power needs to be differentiated here from just the need for power. These are two different paradigms. Power alone is just a push through to assume control, get what one wants even at the cost of others, has no insight into ones own dynamics and reactivity, can be manipulative, lacks an understanding of differentiated responses to situations and has narcissism at its core.  Personal power comes through reflection, clearing inner knots, resting in ones strengths and vulnerabilities and knowing ones place in the scheme of things. It is a position of inner equipoise  acquired through hard work. However personal power is not the end of the process of integration and spiritual evolution. This still requires a vision and ongoing work to allow for the dissolution of all impediments with skill.

Trauma,  as mentioned,  can however  be cleared through somatic and psychological work.

And integration and spiritual evolution and is not for all beings. If it was, life would be met with the power of self discipline, self compassion, keeping the heart space open at all costs and cultivating deep care for all life.  It is hard work bringing freedom at each step and enlivening us to live in the present. And the fact that this is even possible is a hurrah!!!

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Schools as Potential Conduits of Trauma

The endemic issue of drugs in the schoolsystem is warranting the need to take measures, and that has led to the proposed new Board of Education policy  across several school systems to allow police with dogs to be invited into schools to searchfor illicit drugs. A vote that may allow this to become a policy has serious consequences. The Boards position is that this will have a meritorious effect resulting in greater health. However, this seems to be a little bit too simplistic of an understanding of a wider issue. 

The promise of police involvement leading possibly to an enduring police record or even incarceration and the effect on the young life is yet to be known. Why should this be allowed to happen? The brain is not developed until age 25, and poor executive functioning today can have enduring effects on young lives. This approach opens up high schoolers or middle schoolers to arrest records or any type of incarceration at this tender age and would have deep repercussions on the psyche of the child and possibly their public record for life.

There will always be parents who are less proactive, and in order to protect those unprotected children the system can not be allowed to incarcerate them with records that will leave an indelible mark.

Trauma once lodged is internalized, and if there is not awareness, motivation and ongoing therapy to overcome it, the trauma never truly leaves the mind and the body where it becomes a source of life-long triggers and

possible dysfunction.

This policy development has to be open to review by parents and not just the Board of Education in these towns , which may have a well-intended agenda. Each parent, present and alumni, needs to get an email of the policy to preview,and an outside agency needs to be hired by a parent-led committee chosen by both parents with children in the school and alumni who bring experience. Make this request for recruitment through local news media. Ten people should comprise this committee. The outside agency needs to be Town funded, so that there isgreater chance of objectivity and less chance of influence by the Board of Education and its agenda. In addition, a couple of child psychologists and psychiatrists and lawyers, chosen by parents, not by the Board of Education,must be on the committee. In short tiers of interventions are needed.

 

The amount of resistance to this idea of allowing outside sources to form policy will give an indicator of how vested the Board might be in its own agenda.

 

The focus of the policy ought to be a tier system of therapeutic interventions, both within school and to be done privately, and if none works then have the child suspended from the school for punctuated periods of time and not be  incarcerated.

Life teaches us that we are still Darwinian in nature. Children with any vulnerability are likely to be at greater risk. No system ever protects the vulnerable. This includes the not-so-popular kid, the overweight kid who is picked on, the dark skin kid, the poorer kid, the special needs kid, and so on. Therefore it follows that these children, if taking any substance

or selling a substance or if being used by another person for such purposes will be at a greater loss to defend themselves. Add to this the trauma of a police record. A humanistic society would never do this to a young mind.

Then comes the possibility of court cases.Defending means proving, and this can be an expensive uncalled-for legal battle that families may not be able to afford. Even typical children can be manipulated or someone can plant drugs in their

backpacks or lockers for revenge and a host of other reasons. We may not trust any system to allow this.

Developing a police-search policy is a process that will take time. What is being asked here is to come up with measures that entail no lasting trauma. The process must involve care, understanding,

forethought, plurality, objectivity,and compassion — the essentials of humanistic policy in this First World Superpower.

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