I've started this blog with the link to a you tube video called "Invisible Heroes: Survivors of trauma and how they heal": an interview with Belleruth Naparstek author of the book by the same name. Although my traumas are not physical life or death instances, a car wreck, a mugging, etc., I am the equivalent of an emotional, violent, deadly wreck. The emotional equivalent of the car wrapped around the telephone pole, the train beside the track with cars upended, overturned, every which way.
I possess all of the symptoms presented in this interview.
|Like the emerging dawn of a new day|
Trauma victims can emerge from their hidden world of darkness into the dawning of a new life
How can this happen? How we can leave the world of our trauma, our descent into incredible darkness, behind and emerge into a new, light-filled world? How indeed?
Belleruth emphasizes the use of right brain activities, guided imagery and affirmations, to calm and sooth the chaos running rampant within each hero, each survivor.
She calls us heros. Because we have seen the darkness and somehow managed to survive. Because we have the inner strength to survive against all odds. Because we live.
Every day I challenge the darkness, the chaos within. Every day I struggle to rise in a triumphant manner like the sun rising above the eastern skyline. Giving light. Muted at first. Becoming brighter each moment. Changing continually. The higher it rises, the more vivid the colours become. The stronger the light. I stretch my arms out towards the light. I embrace the light. I embrace the new day. I embrace the challenges before me this day - today.
I am an invisible hero. I am a survivor. Let the challenge continue. I am ready.