No novel masquerading as a PTSD essay this time, gotta be quick, succinct, brief (guess I just failed there, eh?). What do we need to know about the PTSD Soul Wound: Quickly! Succinctly! Briefly! (And, lest we forget! Redundantly!)
So, you clicked through, eh?
What are some of the things you (and the rest of us) really need to know about PTSD and Spirituality?
What Does PTSD Want From Us?
PTSD wants us to Give Up! Despair! Capitulate!
PTSD wants us to feel like Kaka! Feces! Extruded!
PTSD wants to alienate us from our Selves! Loved-Ones! The Divine!
PTSD wants us to abandon Love! Creativity! Hope!
PTSD wants to addict us to Substances! Violence! Porn!
PTSD ultimately wants us Dead! Deader! Deadest!
What Do we Need to Do To Survive and Thrive?
Learn! Understand! Realize! what PTSD does to us.
Hope! Dream! Love!
Create! Pray! Contemplate!
Repent! Apologize! Forgive!
Share! Talk! Write!
Start the healing journey Medically! Psychologically! Spiritually!
The Final Realizations?
Realize neither you (nor I) are Malignant, Evil, or Morally Deficient!
Rather, you (and I) are created in the Image, Likeness, and Breath of God!
We must realize we are never truly Alone, Isolated, Forgotten.
We must discover we are a journeying Community, Society, the Beloved of God.
The more we can integrate the above, then:
The fewer of us must crash, burn, and die.
The fewer others must suffer because we suffer.
We may more fully heal within the love
of God and the love
of all those who love us
in spite of our past actions.
You Are Fundamentally Valuable
Your Life has Value! Yes, it does! Indeed! Affirmative! Roger Wilco!
Thus, we can Overcome! Heal! Thrive!
We can heal from the PTSD soul wound.
Through Learning, Living, and Love
we can embrace life, authenticated life, intertwined lives
Semper Pax, Adieu, Rounds Complete,
Dr. Z, Prof. Z, CPT Z