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: 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: Thrills vs. Creativity: Finding Meaning

PTSD often induces a fair amount of thrill seeking.  Why is that? Could creativity, non-verbal arts as well as writing, help us find meaning, validation, and survivability at less risk than bungee jumping and thrill seeking?  To this end, I was asked a valuable question, which I then turned into this post:

“DR. Z. What would your response be to someone that has suffered being in a war for years or abused for years and, still has a rush or thrill to do something on the edge. [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…]

PTSD Spirituality: Engaging Music, Art, Poetry Helps to Heal PTSD

Music, poetry, and art of just about any kind can help us diminish the life-destroying affects that PTSD can have on us.  Art, like prayer, is a voyage of discovery.  Art is like an antibiotic against the PTSD soul infection.  We discover the[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Creating Artwork, Poetry, and Music… Despite PTSD

Artwork and craft possess important healing aspects when it comes to PTSD.   From a theological perspective, anytime we create, we bring our souls into contact with the divine, the numinous, what I as a traditional Roman Catholic think of as the Holy Spirit, and what many of my non-Catholic friends think of as The Creative Force, or Ultimate Reality.  Regardless of how we choose to define this supernatural “Other,” it remains a force of Love – and love helps us to survive PTSD and at times even thrive within our PTSD.  But anyone who has ever tried to compose, draw, or play an instrument, knows that sometimes the creative flow that bathes us in life and love can seem rather distant and dry.  Is it possible to touch this Ultimate Love when we are in the midst of a PTSD episode or anxiety about PTSD in general?[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: Understanding and Healing From PTSD

I was recently  asked: Can years of abuse by a service member give the spouse PTSD?  Can it keep affecting them years later when the toxic person is now long out of their life?  The short answer is “Yes.”  A slightly longer answer is “Emphatically Yes!”  A really long answer lies below.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Nights of Armando Vasquez (Fiction)

Every night, just before he slept, Armando Vasquez wrung out his brain.  He found it the only way to stop the nightmares.  He’d gently lift it out, dripping, and look it over.  Late at night Armando’s brain was always bigger and more discolored than it was in the morning.  It vibrated, full of the day’s activities and anxieties.  Gripping each end, he’d let out a little sigh, and thoroughly wring it.  Sometimes small objects squeezed through the folds.  Once, a small carp plopped out and flopped on the bedroom floor, attracting the notice of Armando’s calico cat.  It all depended, really, on the kind of day he’d had.  A rare good day and not much manifested itself, a normal bad day and the bedroom floor resembled an over-stocked manger (sans messiah).  Most days fell in between.  Usually it was just small bits of broken glass, a tooth, a nail.  In the morning they’d be gone.[Continue Reading…]