The shelter exists because therapists (T) have clarified their attitude towards clients (C) as already described (abstinence, equal attention, gender neutrality, no emotional self-interest).
Now to the course of a session with trauma detachment and redemption.
A. The preliminary conversation:
C has a problem and reports about it. This is the reason why C comes to the practice of T at all.
Since not all problems are based on traumatizations, T is challenged to find out in a conversation with C whether her/his problem (of whatever kind) is the result of a traumatization.If so, there is the possibility of a recent experience of horror, not yet integrated horror, or the possibility of a distant mental injury (perhaps suffered in childhood).
T then asks C specifically for incisive, painful experiences (psychological as well as physical).
From C’s reactions (strong emotional expression, drastic verbal description or, on the contrary, almost indifference, as if standing next to her-/himself, apathy), T can tell how serious the traumatizations experienced by C are and whether a trauma detachment makes sense in this case.
If this is to be affirmed, T explains the meaning of further work on this trauma (with the aim of dissolving it / trauma exploration and intervention) and describes C the further procedure.
If C agrees and expressly declares this to T, the further steps of the trauma detachment can take place.
B. Further preliminary work (an anchor, a trauma, a test):
Finding a positive anchor: T asks C to remember a very beautiful life experience, a moment of joy and strength.
T asks C to describe this moment very precisely and to recall it scenically (like in a short film): this will be the positive anchor.
T also stores the positive anchor in his memory so that he can set it at C at any time. This is when the recapitulation of negative experiences during the trauma detachment seems to overstrain C and the treatment is about to go of the rail (which I myself have never experienced before with any such treatment, but nevertheless consider it possible).
Isolating the trauma: T now comes back to the incisive and painful experiences already mentioned by C and asks C to name the most painful.
Kinesiological testing of the trauma: T asks C to stand up and stretch out his left arm. T now presses C’s wrist with increasing intensity for 2 to 3 seconds and asks C to hold against it. It is not a question of who is the strongest, but rather of C’s muscular response to the increasing pressure that T exerts. T remembers C’s impulse.
Now T speaks to C: “I can test with you.” And repeats the pressure on C’s wrist on the outstretched arm. C’s impulse must not be significantly weaker, because that would be a no.
In this case the procedure would have to be repeated a few minutes later, then on C’s other arm.
However, if further testing is immediately possible T says to C: “Your trauma is over 50 percent active.“
If C then vigorously resists, which corresponds to a yes, T repeats the test at C, but now saying: “Over 70 percent of your trauma is active”. If thereupon a yes comes again, the test can be repeated with “90 percent”. If “50 percent” has already been answered weakly, i.e. with a “no”, you would have to find out whether it is a value above or below 30 percent. Because below 30 percent is so weak that this “residual traumatization” cannot possibly be solved with a trauma replacement.
For the further work on the trauma it is necessary that T as well as C keep the tested active value of the trauma in memory, in order to be able to measure the treatment success later (even if it is not at all completely describable, what exactly this active value measures, because it is a size of the subconscious).
Since exploration and intervention in trauma detachment include mechanical aspects, possible medical exclusion criteria for such treatment must be established at the latest now: a tendency to brittle bones or osteoporosis, a tumor disease in the abdomen or chest, cardiac pacemakers, etc. Then C would have to be omitted and the procedure under D would have to be continued.
C. Exploration and intervention on the treatment couch: So for C while lying, while T sits on one side (ideally on a rolling stool). Because the moment of the actual procedure of trauma detachment is approaching. However, all steps that take place in the same way should be explained briefly and precisely to C beforehand.
As soon as C lies stretched out with his back on the treatment couch (and the further course is communicated), T places one hand on C’s sternum (heart chakra) and the other hand on C’s stomach (solar plexus). As I said: positioned so that the fingertips of T’s hand on the heart chakra point directly upwards, i.e. in the direction of C’s head, while T’s hand on the solar plexus is positioned so that the fingertips point to one side of the body, but not towards C’s feet. This positioning of the hands is important to avoid possible alignment with genitals. If C is female and T male, C can also place her hands on the corresponding parts of her body, whereupon T would place his hands on C’s. C’s hands then built a kind of buffer (which is often perceived as protection against male T for women).Remember: The shelter in the sense of a resilient confidence building is of central importance for the success of a treatment).
T now asks C to close both eyes and to remember as closely as possible the traumatisation experienced (visual, acoustic, olfactory, tactile). In short: visible, audible, smellable, perceptible) and at the same time breathe in and out deeply.
T follows with his hands the raising and lowering of C’s chest during one or two of C’s breaths, then concentrating on C’s exhalation and slowly exerting a growing pressure on C’s chest and abdomen.
T may have the feeling of touching C in her/his innermost, as if T’s hands were wandering into C’s body to grasp a deeply hidden pain. I would like to emphasize that such a feeling is not as irrational as it sounds according to this methodology, but quite plausible. Because through the deliberate and conscious memory of C’s deep-seated injury and the additional intention of T to heal exactly this injury, now probably also noticeable from T, namely the hardening of C’s character armour – this is precisely what happens in the so-called exploration of trauma. Namely the possibility to feel this directly. T will probably perceive a kind of tingling in his hands. But if this is not perceptible to T, it does not mean that the procedure is not suitable for T as the performer.
At the moment of greatest intensity, which also means an increased mechanical pressure and the moment of intervention, T lifts both hands from the body of C and claps once or several times into the hands. This is a signal to the subconscious of C. It means: Now it is accomplished, the trauma resolved. The clapping of hands can be so loud that C is easily frightened. Even if this is not perceived as pleasant, it is still helpful. Because all the deeper the trauma detachment finds its way into the subconscious.
Immediately afterwards, T makes a subtle stroking movement with one or both hands about 10 to 20 centimetres above C’s body. Beginning at the solar plexus towards the head and beyond the head. Even if it sounds strange: With it T strokes the trauma energy from the body of C. Absolutely: without the slightest physical touch.
Right now C should keep her/his eyes closed. An opening of the eyes would distract C from the inner perception by external perception, whereby the release effect of the trauma detachment would possibly be overlooked or rather “over felt”. If the release effect is not perceived from C immediately, this does not mean that the trauma detachment has failed. The release effect often comes in waves. With some people in gentle waves, with others powerful. With some people are so powerful that they get scared and T have to calm them down.
If calming persuasion does not help, the anchor should be set. T then reminds C of the anchor and asks C for a few minutes to think of nothing else than this beautiful idea.
The release effect is best described as an energy wave. Perceptible from C itself, but also perceptible from T. As an energy wave that rolls from C into T’s field (aura), flows and feels different with every trauma release. Every now and then the wave comes with a delay, so the release effect only occurs after two minutes at the most. For T it’s a matter of waiting for this time.
Anyway, it is helpful if C rests undisturbed for a few minutes after the procedure of trauma detachment (trauma exploration and intervention).
D. Stimulation of the brain hemispheres and a trauma release add-on through guided eye movement: T now helps C to straighten up from the couch and to move into a seated posture. Either on a standing chair or sideways on the treatment couch, facing T.
T now asks C to look with her/his eyes at the tip of her/his index finger (it doesn’t matter whether the finger of T’s right or left hand is used). T then raises the hand with the extended index finger in front of C’s face so that C can look at T’s fingertip from a distance of about 50 to 80 centimeters.
T now asks C to think again of the trauma that has just been detached (without, however, immersing her-/himself in it in the sense of a scenic experience).
Directly after this explanation T draws with his index finger the figure of a lying eight into the air in front of C’s face. Again and again. For about one minute to one and a half minutes. Eights so large, i.e. with such a wide movement of T’s finger in front of C’s eyes, that C’s eyes move to the outermost edges of her/his view, but not beyond, so that C can follow the finger movement of T with both eyes. And just so fast that no jerky eye movements occur, but an evenly wandering after-glance from C is possible. The meaning of this probably strange-looking action of T: Because both eyes are linked with different hemispheres of the brain, the left and right hemisphere of C’s brain are harmonized. Since traumatization is not preserved equally in both hemispheres and thus remains more active in one side, the eye movement guidedas described causes a destructive memory backlog to flow off (probably on the right brain hemisphere – but this has yet to be researched sufficiently to be considered factual).
Then T lets the hand sink and asks C now for current sensations concerning the trauma just solved. Possible answers from C: “Feels a little better.” – “Feel relieved.” – “Something’s come loose.” – “A stone is gone.” – “Feel much softer.” – Can’t say exactly what is. But it feels different.” – “I don’t know, I can’t judge.“
In any case, T now repeats the painting of the figure eight in front of C’s face described in point 3 (D). And then point 4 (D). This is practiced five to seven times in total.
Then C needs a break of up to five minutes.
E. Final kinesiological testing of the remaining trauma activity:
Continue as described in B 5 to 9.
If the “active value” of the detached trauma now exceeds 30 percent, another follow-up session should be arranged at a later date to repeat the entire procedure described up to this point.
F. Concluding discussion: C takes stock of the experience, describes the current mood. T in turn gives feedback and shares his own impressions, provided that they are directly related to the therapeutic work performed.
All aspects presented in this article will be described in more details in further articles.
In order to understand the presentation of the procedure of trauma detachment that I have discovered, no further training is required. But prior medical knowledge is just as helpful as knowledge in psychology is useful. Since the procedure has manual aspects, it can only be used by therapists (abbreviated: T) under certain conditions. Non-medical and alternative practitioners may use it in the sense of depth-psychologically founded exploration and intervention. Exploration and intervention in trauma detachment takes place by placing the hands with the palms of the hands on two parts of the client’s body (abbreviated: C).
Trauma detachment is practiced by T while sitting or standing. C lies on the back, probably on a treatment couch, but stretched out on the floor would also be possible (but the further description here refers to a position of C on a treatment couch).
So C is located on the couch, T sits or stands on one side next to it. T now places the hands on C as follows: one hand on the lower end of the breastbone on the chest of C, i.e. on the heart chakra, the other hand on the abdomen, i. e. the solar plexus of C.
Whether T sits on the left or right side of C’s body – accordingly T’s right hand or left hand lies on C’s heart chakra and the right or left hand on C’s solar plexus –, is less important than the actual positioning of the hands on the body. The hand, which is placed on the heart chakra, is positioned in such a way that the fingertips point directly upwards, i.e. in the direction of C’s head. On the contrary: is the hand on the solar plexus placed with the fingertips pointing to one side of C’s body, but not in the direction of C’s feet (this is important – why exactly will be explained in detail later).
With these touches at the two points T can now reach the character armour of C directly and well. Exploration and intervention of a traumatization experienced by C are now possible. If this succeeds, the resulting effect can be described as a release (a relief and liberation, release from a heavy load).
According to Wilhelm Reich, a person’s character armour is always developed through painful experiences in childhood and the resulting resistance and limitation in his ability to surrender tot the flow of life. No wonder: devotion in the sense of opening the self is associated with the risk of further injury. The medieval knights already knew this when they stumbled through the Middle Ages crammed into their metal armour. The removal of the armament is therefore a liberation. But at the wrong time and in the wrong place, it may bring destruction.
Suitable conditions are also required for the deposition of character armouring. Firstly, the realization that this armour has become an obstacle, that it is no longer useful and that its weight becomes unacceptable. Second, the confidence that the removal of the armour is not associated with a particular additional hazard.
Point two already concerns the treatment itself. Not least due to the emergence of the question: How trustworthy is the person in whose hands I have just placed myself?
The clarification of this question is of central importance. The success of a session for C depends not least on the trustworthiness of T.
Therefore the so-called abstinence rule for therapists (T) and the “equal attention” to clients (C) demanded by psychoanalysis must be remembered at this point. What this means in terms of the legal guidelines for the behaviour of psychologists, doctors and other actors in the healing professions can be read many times on the Internet. But to put it briefly and clearly: T should meet C in a gender-neutral way. Any kind of emotional self-interest of T towards C is forbidden. This applies particularly to male T treating female C. This has tobe emphasized clearly at this point.
Only if T is completely clear in this matter a protected and therefore healthy therapy room could be opened. Only then is it possible to remove the character armour without additional danger. I therefore assume that this aspect has now been clarified. And the shelter has been activated.
Read more about this in the next articles.
An entrepreneur in bankruptcy. His administrator reports terrible developments almost every day.The feeling of slowly dissolving. Crumbling life. Horror in installments.
A soldier with war experience in Iraq. Especially terrible: his own actions.
Or the nurse whose partner is hit by a car on a crossing. The fact that she takes a few steps behind him saves her life, not her psyche.
Or a woman giving birth at the turn of the year. Because the hospital staff has already entered the celebration mode, the mother-to-be has to wait. The feeling of being torn apart and blown up by labour pains in the desertedand cool corridor.
Or the couple whose only son takes his own life. Perhaps the greatest horror of all. A trauma.
The consequences of a traumatic experience for the life of every single person are different. For some, the memory of the traumatic event is limited, others experience an echo, also called flashback. Some sufferers then have difficulty concentrating. Others experience themselves as particularly jumpy, suffer from sleep disturbances, tend to overreact to feelings (increased irritability, outbursts of anger, crying fits) or feel alienated from themselves. Some sufferers experience all of the symptoms, others do not. For some, the symptoms fade after a few weeks, eventually disappearing completely. In this sense medicine and psychology would not speak of a permanent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
But whether it fades quickly or slowly, a noticeably unpleasant after-effect or more imperceptible consequences – experiences of horror are buried deep in a person’s psyche. They then get stuck in the frame of the soul and actually sit in the bones of the person affected.
The physician, psychologist and sociologist Wilhelm Reich, who was fiercely opposed during his lifetime, invented the term “character armour” to describe the sum of a person’s defensive patterns as a result of his biography.
I also use this term – but with a special biological focus. In my experience, a person’s character armour is formed by the traumatic experiences that are stored in the brain, but also in the muscle memory. The latter as a special pattern of hardening, which can be dissolved by certain procedures – to put it simply.
Biodynamic body therapy according to Gerda Boyesen, for example, is a method that reaches the client’s character armour through manual work on the client’s body (similar to massage) and can have a far-reaching psychological effect on him. Old blockades can thus be solved. But this is a very time-consuming process that requires many sessions.
While the New York biochemist Ida Rolf only thought of the human being’s erection against gravity when she developed the method of Structural Integration – the method later called Rolfing also has a profound healing effect on the character armour.
Inspired among others by these methods, enriched by the energetic method catalogue of spiritual medicine, I developed my methodology of trauma detachment and redemption about ten years ago. A method that effects the character armour directly and is just made for this purpose.
Many people have very stressful experiences in their bones. To dissolve these loads as completely as possible or at least to reduce them – trauma detachment and redemption has proven to be very effective.
Read more about this in the next articles.
Whatever a person has experienced at the beginning of life – everything else is added. Regrettably, a person’s psyche works like this: negative experiences are stacked up. It’s not uncommon for a lot of things to add up, which later proves to be really bad. Perhaps a person’s inner world trembles as a result, perhaps his world is shaken, perhaps his innermost convictions about himself and others are scratched, perhaps the burdened person develops a disturbed relationship with himself.
And when then another threshold is crossed, the world might possibly get completely out of control. The separation from the partner was too much, the death of the mother too sudden, the diagnosis too hard, the accident too unpredictable. Or environmental catastrophes, possibly war (in Germany soldiers returning home from Afghanistan and Mali are particularly affected). Those who remain physically unharmed, i.e. get away with life, are likely to be caught up in the psychological consequences. Medically called PTSD: Posttraumatic stress disorder.
PTSD is a disease of the psyche as a result of horror. After that, little or nothing is possible. Going out for work, shopping, or even just getting out of bed in the morning – what was recently still feasible seems suddenly no longer possible. What could be called functioning has ceased to function – to put it simply. Because PTSD and its possible side effects are manifold.
The method currently favoured in psychology for the therapy of PTSD is hidden in another abbreviation: EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. To put it briefly: Therapeutically initiated right/left, left/right eye movements, which cause a bilateral stimulation of the brain hemispheres, thus an interaction of the brain hemispheres, and – amazingly simple – can provide for an integration of the stressful experience. Discovered by New York psychologist Francine Shapiro on a walk through the park. When walking under trees, people do not look rigidly forward, but alternately to the right and left – probably a very old reflex from the early phases of human evolution. This wagging gaze has more than just a calming effect on the psyche – Shapiro noted and tested it on first volunteers. Among them: war traumatized soldiers.
Many studies have now shown how helpful EMDR is. So it is very good that this instrument exists.
I myself have been using my own method for about ten years: trauma redemption and detachment. This method is based on the so-called character armour and has also proven to be highly effective. Recently, a psychologist told me: “You can do that. But can others also do that equally well?
My answer: “Trauma redemption and detachment is not witchcraft. I have taught the method in the training “Spiritual Medicine Advanced” to many students. They work with it equally effectively”.
In order to dispel further doubts in this direction, I will systematize the procedure of trauma redemption and detachment as precisely as possible in the following articles. And, beyond that, I will connect my method with basics of EMDR.
Read more about this in the next articles.
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