PTSD Spirituality: PTSD Tries to Change Our Hearts

PTSD wants to give us an involuntary heart transplant.

Tiger in GrassIt wants to replace a warm, beating, heart with a cold as ice, mechanical, heart. It wants to change out a heart that is loving, warm, and willing to be vulnerable, with a clockwork machine, which is indifferent to itself and others, and is so scared it refuses to risk opening up to others.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD, Statements and Exclamation Points

I had two encounters with the phrase “Make a Statement!” recently. In both cases it related to buying cars. And, as is often the case with me, I started thinking about the phrase in terms of PTSD and Spirituality.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Until Twilight’s Last Gleaming

The Independence Day weekend is now behind us (Thank God, literally).   Fireworks often serve as PTSD triggers for those who have survived various forms of trauma.  This is true for [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Easter, Co-Wounded with Jesus

Jesus of Nazareth was humiliated, tortured, and ostracized.  For some of us, the passion (suffering) inflicted upon Jesus is not so unlike what many of us have experienced in terms of our own traumas and subsequent PTSD soul wound.  If so, is there hope for us?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Resisting the Holiday PTSD Triggers

Here we are at another round of Holidays and still grappling with PTSD.  It feels more as if we are in Holly-Daze from around the time of Thanksgiving through the first week of New Years.  Ironically, just when we are supposed to be love-dovey, patient, kind, giving (forgiving?), and embrace a higher level of compassion we get zapped with heightened PTSD triggers.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: The First Goal of the PTSD-Identity

PTSD endeavors to ravage us in multiple ways.  While there are a variety of ways it can damage us, there tend to be three things the PTSD-Identity strives to do on the spiritual level.  PTSD has three goals: goals that are so toxic that they have the potential to destroy us.  These three goals are so poisonous that not only do they harm the particular trauma survivor, but they also seek to harm those who care about them.  And, the more we love and care about the trauma survivor, the more likely we are to get splashed by the PTSD-Identity’s three toxic goals.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Thoughts on the PTSD-Identity

PTSD attempts to overrun our identity, it can damage our souls.  It is almost as if our own identity is a computer hard drive and the PTSD attempts to overwrite it; as if it inserts new code and instructions.  It’s as if the PTSD tries to erase our initial identity.  This new operating code damages our ability and acceptance of committed love, compassion, and our former appreciation of healthy relationships and behaviors.[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: Is PTSD An Excuse For Bad Behaviors Like Porn Addiction?

PTSD can affect our identity and our behaviors.  Unchecked, PTSD will make us more selfish, uncaring, and discompassionate (is that a word?).  It can also make us feel a bit paranoid, persecuted, and misunderstood; thus, we often damage our relationships.  Are we responsible for the harm caused by our PTSD behavior?  Do we get a “free pass” on the ethical frontier because we have the PTSD soul wound?  [Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: PTSD, Teasing, and Sexual Harassment

Harassment can inflict the PTSD soul wound. Bullying and harassment can severely damage our identity, our souls. While we often think of military combat as the cause of PTSD, we can receive PTSD in several other ways. These forms of attack will damage us beyond the physical. American culture is slowly becoming more aware that bullying, teasing, and harassment can leave emotional scars and even lead to death. At times what may start as[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…]