My last post about CORE Work and the opportunity to practice it focused exclusively on my right knee, which blew out a little over a month ago. At the time I was a bit concerned as I couldn’t put weight through it, couldn’t get up and down stairs easily, couldn’t twist, etc. And, I was heading to Jamaica where I was staying in a second story apartment. I’m happy to say that five weeks later, I feel about 90% rehabilitated…this morning I caught myself running downstairs while holding a cup of coffee, which hasn’t happened in awhile!
Yesterday I finished presenting a CORE I class here in Springfield, and as usual, it was a great learning for me. As I/we talk and discuss, new ideas often present themselves, or new words show up to describe what we’ve been looking at for years, but suddenly see in a new light. In this course, I decided it’s time to retire the concept of ‘trauma’ and replace trauma with the concept of ‘unresolved information’.
In other words, we can always decide we’ve been traumatized: Daddy beat us or abused us; we had a bad car wreck at age 3 that left residual tension; we were environmentally poisoned by foods, chemicals, and people; we felt judged by too many. Anything that comes into the bodymindcore can be perceived as trauma, or can be perceived as information. While it may be a stretch, anything that comes into the bodymindcore may be perceived as nutrition; even the ‘bad’ stuff. Personally, the plane wreck that nearly took away my ability to walk has been one of the greatest gifts in my life, and has absolutely fed my soul. Would I like to receive that gift again? Absolutely not! Am I grateful for the gift I received? Unqualified yes. And I only realized, talking with a student, that I’ve been viewing that 27 year old wreck, all along, as information as much as I think of it as trauma. The damage to my body has given me the opportunity to go deeper into my bodymindcore and find out what I’m holding, what I’m hiding from, and what I could let go of so I could feel healthier and happier.
The student was talking about the importance of good foods to health. While I totally agree, my point to her was that whatever we ingest is nutrition: thoughts, feelings, information from others which seems either positive or negative…all that comes into our awareness and our bodies can be used for good, to build us up. It can also be used to tear us down if we either make bad choices as to what we ingest, or if we won’t allow that which is ingested to move through us. It’s information! It’s not trauma unless we give it that power.
Granted, when one is in a bad wreck and damaged severely, there’s trauma. When one is beaten or abused by someone who holds the power, there’s trauma. But perhaps trauma is simply more information than a bodymindcore knows how to process in the moment. Perhaps being healed from this trauma is a simple as remembering to allow self to ingest, feel the trauma/information, process it and release it. Too many of us fall down on that part–we decide that information, literally informs who we are and how we feel. We allow our information/pain/trauma to control us.
Years ago one of my mentors talked about the acceptance by us of demons and energies from others in our world and from the world itself. He believed much bad health came from attracting such demons to us. I never liked his language; I preferred to think of these ‘entities’ as negative thought forms. Eventually I chose to call them ‘unresolved thought forms’. It follows to me that unresolved is the appropriate term when we talk about our traumas, and that in order to allow them to release more easily we can frame them as information instead of trauma.
How does this help us? To me, it corroborates John Pierrakos’ work in CORE Energetics and his wife Eva’s work in Pathwork of Self Transformation: Feel your feelings; allow your bodymindcore to live more fully in the environment where you find yourself, and keep moving forward into a larger environment, leaving behind the ‘information’ that no longer serves.
Simple? Sort of. Easy? Not usually.