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: Resolutions, Staying Realistic

The previous PTSD Spirituality essay dealt with the benefits and risks of making resolutions. For those of us who carry the PTSD soul wound, we need to maximize opportunities of healing and minimize the potential pitfalls that often try to take root within us. These parameters apply in our day to day outlook as well as in any pre-planned life changes (resolutions) we may be contemplating.[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: PTSD Esotericism and Health Changes

Can Changes to Mind & Soul Manifest as Physical Health Changes?  We continue to examine a reader’s questions about the possible esoteric side of the PTSD journey.  The third question was: Could these [esoteric] changes to the mind and soul take on a physical aspect of let’s say health issues?[Continue Reading…]

PTSD Spirituality: How Do PTSD Porn Habits Exploit Us?

One of the frequent questions I have received over the last few weeks has to do with PTSD and pornography.  Often the inquiries center around questions like why do PTSD sufferers imbibe porn? Can heavy porn usage be overcome?  Is porn usage a form of adultery?  Can the porn user ever get their life back and not be controlled by porn?  PTSD and porn want us to be meat puppets exploiting others while we ourselves are exploited.  It does not have to be this way.  There is hope and 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: Does Porn Relieve PTSD Symptoms?

A question came across my desk the other day: Does porn relieve PTSD symptoms?  What’s nice about this question is its straight forwardness.  Often one has to beat around the bush to finally get someone, usually male, to frame (and admit) the questions of PTSD symptoms and its relationship to pornography.  Does porn relieve PTSD symptoms or make them worse?  Should we try to self-medicate with porn?[Continue Reading…]