I need your help to get back into a writing habit for the PTSD Spirituality website. Regular visitors know that I have not written any essays for some time. If I am not writing, creating, I am further away from healing and further away from God’s presence. Below are the Short Version and the Long Version of the help I am asking of you.
Please send me PTSD Spirituality topics you would like to see explored. You can write me at the contact information “DrZ (at sign) PTSDspirituality.com” or leave a comment to this posting.
I would appreciate knowing the particular PTSD Spirituality related topics you would like to see covered on this website.
As above, you can leave a comment to this post or email me at “DrZ (at sign) PTSDspirituality.com”
Creative Activities Promote Healing and Self-Worth
I know that the more I write the better I will heal. Others may discover some degree of validation, hope, and information that will aid them in their own PTSD journeys. My own personal journey manifests more healing when I write, pray, and meet with trauma survivors.
To be realistic, I acknowledge that writing will not replace missing cartilage or heal neurological damage; the writing will not change my personal history.
Equally realistic is the knowledge that writing will enable me to better cope with poor health and PTSD triggers.
Importantly, writing helps me to better manage the frustration and depression which are the isolating dross produced by chronic pain, disability, and PTSD.
Frustration and depression can lead to a sense of diminished self-worth, which is one of the goals of PTSD. This sense of diminishment, caused by PTSD, harms our relationships with God, loved ones, our various communities, and even ourselves. Creative acts provide us with enhanced self-worth and hinders PTSD’s attempt to force us into debilitating isolation.
Writing and Creativity Reveals Authenticity
As possible, I do a fair amount of writing by hand in my personal journals. At times, that writing will turn into a poem or a prayer, or both. It assists me to better understand my situation and who I really am. It makes me more authentic.
Writing, music, and other creative acts enable us to discover more of our authentic selves.
The more I understand my own authentic self, the more protection I have from my PTSD symptoms and behaviors.
The more I understand my authentic self, the more I can embrace God’s love for all of the creation, including God’s creation of you and I.
Writing by hand gives the most “bang for the buck.” Yet, the activity of writing still has value if done by typing or using voice-activated software. The writing need not be shown to others; you do not need to go back and re-read it or edit the writing, unless you really want to. The value in this form of personal writing is the journey, the actual writing process, the creative process. This life-giving process matters much more than any finished piece of writing. While writing – or any creative act – often produces some finished object, the completed product itself is not more important than the act of writing. How you get there is more important than getting there…your mileage may vary.
15 Minutes of Commitment
I am taking the writing advice of Rosanne Bane’s recent book, “Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance.” She advocates making a commitment to write 15 minutes a day. I can target more minutes or hours than the basic 15 minute commitment. Click here for Rosanne Bane’s website.
For Bane, there is a difference between commitments and targets. The commitment is non-negotiable, short of an emergency it has to be done. Targets are what we’d like to get done, but they may not happen.
Past experience has taught me that if I can sit down and write for 10 minutes, then I will usually write for a much longer period of time. The same has held true for drawing and painting. And, the same has held true for prayer.
If I can settle down and be open to God’s love for 10 minutes, then I can be more open to God for longer periods.
The more time I spend writing or praying, the healthier I feel in terms of PTSD, frustrations, issues of self-worth, and depression.
Could You Help Me In My Commitment to Write?
I hope to get back into the writing lifestyle, where part of who I am is described by my commitment to write. I would like most of this writing to be on the topic of PTSD Spirituality. Some of the writing would be fiction or poetry. Not everything would make it to this website, but I think much of it would.
What Topics Would You Like Explored?
Where do I need your help? I would appreciate it if you could send me some of the topics that you would like me to write about.
These topic suggestions would also help me to better understand what other trauma survivors are experiencing and what they would like to know more about. It would also help me better understand the journey undertaken by those who care about, or love, someone with PTSD.
What Will It Lead To?
I hope the sharing of topics from people who care about PTSD healing, combined with an effective writing commitment, will nourish several positive outcomes.
People will have some of their questions recognized.
I will form a writing habit that will not be harmed by my health issues.
That we may all have hope, validation, and healing as we walk both alone and together out of the grasps of our past traumas and current PTSD.
When it comes to PTSD: We All Need Hope, Validation, and Healing.
The healing journey is long, but does not have to always be rocky. If you suffer from PTSD and/or care about someone with PTSD, then know that God value’s you highly. You have worth, real value. Part of your worth is magnified in the writing, music, or other forms of art you create. Creativity is life, it promotes life and healing. PTSD will try to dissuade you from life-giving art. PTSD know that the more creative you become, and the more you fulfill a commitment to creativity, the more likely you are to escape the worst of PTSD’s grasp.
Semper Pax, Dr. Z