Hopper: Dealing with brain trauma

Trauma can cause destructive brain patterns that alter the brain and body’s ability to function.

Trauma can cause destructive brain patterns that alter the brain and body’s ability to function.

The brain becomes disorganized or cross-wired during trauma causing the brain and body to behave in aberrant ways—altering healthy thought processes, our emotional reactions, the body’s sensory mechanisms, energy levels and our ability to rest, digest, detoxify and regenerate.

As a result we can become increasingly more sensitive in a number of ways.  We can become sensitive to sensory input like light, sound, pressure, pain, smell and taste.

We can become over reactive emotionally and also become overly sensitive to the energy of others—picking up on other people’s feelings and absorbing them like a lightning rod in a storm.

We can also get caught in repetitive and unhealthy thought patterns that seem to have a life of their own.

Trauma and the resulting brain cross-wiring causes us to experience life in a completely different way, inevitably changing our experience of life, and lays the ground work for destructive health patterns and subsequent belief systems that can keep us stuck in this state of trauma.

The more we repeat the faulty brain pattern, the more entrenched the pathways become and before you know it, you not only become locked in a certain way of thinking, but you also get stuck in a rut in your brain.

With experience and repetition the grooves associated with certain thought processes and beliefs become deeper and can eventually represent obstacles to moving into a state of optimal health and moving forward in our lives.

In fact, our repetitive thoughts and feelings can drive the hard wiring of the brain and keep us stuck in an unconscious brain and body trauma cycle. However, learning, thinking and feeling have the ability to form new neural networks in the brain or strengthen existing ones.

Neuroscientists now have the technology to track these brain changes from second to second, noting how the brain changes with a different thought or by engaging in a different emotional state.  As we open our minds to a new understanding of brain function, we can engage in the process of creating new neural networks that move us out of these entrenched ruts in the brain, allowing us to move forward into a state of optimal physical, emotional and psychological health. However, this process is not an easy one. And because our brain and body are entrenched in old patterns, this change is not always easy for us.

Typically we will come up with all kinds of justifications for staying stuck in the pathways that we are currently running as they are usually protective mechanisms that we have adapted to keep us safe somehow.

However, when we understand this adaptive process we can learn how to engage this intrinsic brain property in a positive way, to create changes in brain function that will stop the trauma cycle and restore optimal health.

On April 29, I will facilitate a three-day seminar in Kelowna that will help you change the pathways in your brain and guide you to better overall health.

Annie Hopper is a core belief counsellor and brain retraining specialist.

www.anniehopper.com

 

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