When seeking to heal from abuse and trauma, what is our part in the healing effort and how much do we rely on God?
This blog takes you through an exercise that blends you into taking healing steps and inviting God into the process.
Earlier this month I shared that Dr. Van Der Kolk, in his book The Body Keeps the Score, states, “The greatest sources of our suffering are the lies we tell ourselves.”
My abuse left me with the belief that I was unworthy. In my work, I find that this is true for many abuse survivors.
It took two things to break my belief:
- First, examining the woundedness with the guidance of a therapist, and
- Second, allowing God to support me and love me unconditionally.
That was the healing combination I needed to find and claim my truth… and my intended path.
The Healing Journey – Examining Woundedness
Somatic therapy, which recognizes that a person’s inner feelings and trauma impact their physical form, was an essential step for me.
- By releasing pent-up trauma from the mind and body, healing occurs from the inside out.
- This unique approach combines mindfulness, grounding techniques, and traditional talk therapy.
Allowing my body to release, allowing my body to know, and learning to be present to my pain was essential.
Releasing this pain and learning to be still in my body opened me up to mindfulness, meditation, and the ability to feel present and centered.
The Healing Journey – Letting God In
As we invite God in, we begin to do the healing work to understand and overcome emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental pain. This naming and claiming approach took me to a new level of meaning in my life.
Let’s do that here together.
- Create a safe space to be still and bring your questions and your pain to God where a deep level of healing happens.
- Open your heart to know that God is with you, always ready to be drawn into that sacred space.
- Mindfully invite God into the healing process and listen deeply to God’s discerning voice to bring increased peace and direction.
- Breathe deeply as you share your hurt, pain, feelings, concerns, and wondering. These could be thoughts or just words.
- Be still and listen. (for me, listening often comes from my heart where I sense God)