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: The PTSD Thaw is a Two-Edged Sword

The PTSD That is a Two Edged Sword

The PTSD Thaw is a Two Edged Sword

A period of thawing out from PTSD’s ice tomb of isolation can occur as we learn how to understand and manage our PTSD. As we crack out of our PTSD-induced Ice Age, we become less frozen in terms of our relationships with our own selves, our various communities, God, and the Creation. Like a Spring thaw it can be a period which allows for the germination of new life. And like a Spring thaw, it can rapidly melt the ice and raise the water over our head. In this sense, the process of thawing out from our PTSD isolation can feel like a two-edged sword.[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: 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: 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: 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…]