PTSD Spirituality: Defeat PTSD-Identity with Art and Creativity

Learning to Draw

Learning to Draw

Art and any form of creativity help us to heal from our PTSD.  Creativity beats back PTSD’s assault against our personal identity, against our sense of self. PTSD wants us to feel we are worthless, we have no value, and that we are so tainted by trauma that there is no hope for us. Exercising creativity can be painful, physically, psychologically, and spiritually, but the pain can help us heal and defeat the PTSD-Identity.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: A Soundtrack for Your PTSD Journey

I remain constantly amazed at the fortitude and strength that each of you exhibits daily in your own PTSD journey and also by those of you who care for, or who are damaged by, someone else’s PTSD journey. You each deserve a soundtrack.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Notebooks, Meaning, and Life

PTSD tends to hate it when we do anything positive with other people or when we do anything that is either productive or creative. Any of those items promotes love and life … and, as we know by now, PTSD hates love and life.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Art as a Means to Life and Love

PTSD seeks to extinguish Life and Love. It seeks to snuff out Creation. By a commitment to creative expressions and creative journey, we can mitigate the vampiric desires of PTSD and, potentially, understand more about Life and Love than we did before the onset of debilitating trauma.

A World of Hurt

A World of Hurt

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PTSD Spirituality: Making Tomorrow Better Than Yesterday

In the last couple of months I’ve learned more about how to live the day that follows after a rotten PTSD-wracked day. Usually, the waves generated by a bad PTSD day will try to flood the following days. Even if we find a “boat” to ride out the waves, sometimes those PTSD waves still splash over the side and soak us. Is there any hope?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Time Management, Productivity, and Grace

The other day I had a successful, productive day: I worked for about 25 minutes. They were good minutes, each one, well employed. In my past, working for “only” 25 minutes would be an embarrassment. These days, I can honestly ask and assess if I’ve been true to myself and to my abilities.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Topics For Writing and Healing

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.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Overcoming Fear and Vulnerability in PTSD

PTSD can create its own cycle of perpetual fear.  We are often terrorized initially by a traumatic experience and the subsequent realizations of fear.  PTSD ingests the traumatic event itself and then catalyzes the normal fear that comes from trauma and creates more trauma with it.  This can then spiral into negative PTSD coping behaviors which then splatter us and our loved ones with new trauma and new fears.  Ultimately, unchecked PTSD destroys [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Recognizing the Guilt and Trauma Can Help Us Heal

This essay is the full comment I left on the Passive Guy’s website regarding the NPR piece on Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” a collection of memoirs and short fiction about service in Vietnam. I recognise that PG may need to edit it for length or not use it if it seems too off-topic. I was taken aback by some of the comments people left on PG’s website and felt a response was necessary and perhaps helpful.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Art and Writing for PTSD Healing and Exploration

Embracing the arts is a way to improve our lives and avoid the PTSD-inspired act of suicide.  Frankly, if I had not invested myself into writing and the arts, my PTSD would have killed me long before I ever thought of creating this website.  Learning to play classical guitar, writing, painting, and other arts saved my life.  I can say [Continue Reading…]