PTSD Spirituality: What If My PTSD Healing Prayer Is Not Answered?

Does God inflict us with suffering?  Do we deserve our PTSD?  If we pray for healing and we are not healed, has God abandoned us?  Does it mean God does not exist?  Let’s begin an examination on prayer for PTSD healing.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Prayerful Healing is a Sanctification Opportunity.

Human beings afflicted with PTSD’s soul wound often find themselves in denial.  They often self-medicate in ways that further damage their health, spirituality, and relationships.  Even after we stop denying we have PTSD we are still often trapped in a cycle of coping that just digs a deeper hole for us to be buried within.  While we ought to embrace the medical side of PTSD treatments, we ought to also embrace a way to strip off some of the PTSD-tar from our souls.  We need some way to reconnect to the image and likeness of God that dwells within each of us.  The PTSD-Identity desires us to forget and deny that we have any connection to the divine, to the Light and Love that is God.  How do we reclaim our soul’s Light and Love from the alienation produced by PTSD?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Prayerful Resolutions and Resolutions to Pray

Traditionally, many people make New Year’s resolutions that they hope will make themselves better people, healthier, or maybe even wealthier.  Often, as trauma survivors, we will also endeavor to make our own sets of resolutions.  But, there are risks involved when PTSD is part of the equation.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: One Thing Led To Another

Yesterday morning at around 1130 I had to remember some of my memories from when I was in the service.  Suffice that there were some good reasons that I had to do this.  In the space of 2 to 3 minutes I went from being articulate and able to hold a conversation to being confused, stuttering, and having troubles with my memory.  This led to numbness in my limbs, headache, the shakes, fear, and a prolonged weeping, crying jag.  Then it got worse.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Big Lie #2 is Only Combat Veterans Get PTSD

Today we take a look at the second of three big lies about PTSD.

The second big lie about PTSD is that only combat vets get PTSD.

As a means to deny people the legitimacy of their PTSD suffering, some folks will endeavor to say that your particular trauma does not measure up.  They will say you did not suffer enough, or you did not suffer from the right traumatic source to qualify for PTSD.  They claim that unless you were in heavy combat like Okinawa or Iwo Jima, that you cannot possibly have contracted PTSD.  These folks will assert that being raped by a priest, or assaulted in an alley, or surviving a natural disaster does not qualify the victim for PTSD eligibility. [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Physical Pain Increases PTSD Vulnerability

Over the last week I have been on a Viral Adventure.  My doctor diagnosed a virus.  I didn’t need medications, just a lot of rest.  I would have to ride it out.  The worst symptoms lasted almost exactly one week to the minute.  I now have some residuals left over but am mostly over it.  Today I am just back to the normal joyful journey of chronic pain and disability and keeping an eye on my PTSD.  But I learned a few more things about PTSD from my Viral Adventure.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Art and Craft Can Heal PTSD Soul Wounds

Artwork enables the healing of PTSD soul wounds.  The process of craft allows for the continued polishing of our souls.  PTSD inflicts blemishes and fractures upon our soul.  Those wounds to our soul are meant to force us into isolation and then kill us.  Those soul wounds are meant to make us sever healthy relationships and seek out porn, drugs, reckless sex, booze, and oblivion.  Artwork, in any of its manifestations, helps to heal these wounds.  The artist engages life on both the physical and spiritual levels and endeavors to translate that experience into an expression others can comprehend. [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Jesus and Christology

Jesus offers much for the soul afflicted by PTSD wounds.  Indeed, the traditional Christian understanding of Christology enables us to understand PTSD on the mortal physical level.  It also enables usto receive solace and healing on the spiritual level of our souls.  Academic theology categorizes the broad field of Christology into several types.  Fortunately for the person who seeks healing from PTSD, each of these categories promotes healing.  In order to appreciate more fully what Jesus can offer us in terms of healing we must first arrive at a basic understanding of Christology.  Achieving this we will then be able to can apply it to the healing of PTSD. [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD Suffering and Our Lenten Journey to God

Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin to experience another wonderful period of renewal in the liturgical life of the Church.  The Church worships and experiences God in a liturgical calendar that is based on the life of the historical Jesus in the Bible.  The cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, the last of the prophets, the one sent to prepare the way of the Lord, baptizes Jesus.  Immediately following that, Jesus goes into the wilderness for Forty Days.  There he fasts and is tempted and endures and triumphs over the negative attentions of unclean spirits.  Following this, he begins his public ministry.  He moves from death to life. 

This is a journey of PTSD survival.  We will be tenpted, but we will overcome and arrive at new life and hope.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Dating God Reduces PTSD

In this PTSD Spirituality blog essay the necessity of a right relationship with God is examined in order to be at peace.  The more I am at peace with God, the more likely my soul is to heal from its PTSD wounds.  When we are traumatized we often look to God for solace, help, and answers.  What we really want from God is meaning to our suffering.  Was my suffering pointless, meaningless?  Or, does my suffering have meaning?

How we approach God can be understood in terms of relationship depth and commitment.  Metaphorically, when I go to God for meaning, am I seeking a one night stand?  Or, have we been dating for a while and now it needs to get serious?  Or, have God and I arrived at the understanding of an old married couple?[Continue Reading…]