How do you present yourself to the outside world?

Personally, I used to hide my emotional pain and look normal enough. Professional, successful, measured. But behind that facade lived my wounded self. And when something or someone said or did something that triggered me, that wounded self seized me like the Incredible Hulk hijacking the mild mannered Bruce Banner and lashing out.

These patterns – where emotion ruthlessly takes over – are all anchored in trauma 

For you, it might have been “little things” that you’ve put out of your head and don’t even think of as trauma. Other people can be devastated by them and carry a painful trauma burden that’s never far from the surface. We’re all somewhere on that spectrum.
There is much about our brain and mind health that we don’t know. However, in the arena of neurology and psychology we’re finally understanding the scope of trauma, which is very much involved with our nervous system.
Trauma is a much more wide-ranging experience than what we’ve been led to believe from our conventional definition of it.
Most of us think of trauma as some overwhelming jolting event or on-going series of abuse, neglect, rejection – and that’s certainly trauma. But it can also be more insidious coming as a result of not being valued or respected as a child. In this kind of environment our boundaries are often violated and we may not have had a trusted adult to guide us in how to be aware of our emotions that are coming up or how to process them.
I know back in the day this was something I wrestled with. As a child, “good” feelings like being joyful or loving were always welcome, but being afraid or nervous or sad or (especially) angry – those emotions were not welcome. A stern voice could boom out, “snap out of it!” or “quit whining.” OR maybe you were simply ignored and you just sucked it up.
That can be traumatic – whether you’re aware of it or there are patterns that indicate it.

Indications of trauma

The patterns in your life can tell you whether you’re wrestling with trauma. And here are a few indications:
  • If you experience social anxiety, you might find yourself hyper-vigilant in a group scoping out the situation and monitoring what you believe others are thinking about you.
  • Or you have an overwhelming desire for people to like you… whether it’s friends, romantic partners, or people you work with. You may be thinking “do they like me?” rather than feeling into whether you like them because acceptance – generally any acceptance – is so important to you.
  • Another sign of trauma you might not be aware of is that there’s a sense of not feeling safe in the present. It may not occur to us, but subconsciously we don’t want to be here. You might notice a constant need for distraction – like being on social media so that you don’t have to face this moment for whatever reason.
  • Many find themselves kind of tuning out – putting themselves someplace else. This is called dissociation. This was a big one for me!
  • An on-going inner critic hooks us with stories that we make up about comparison and self-judgment… envy and jealousy. And social media offers up a buffet of ways to judge and compare, doesn’t it? And again you might not have a memory of anything in particular to connect these behaviors with. We just know that we move around with this sense of feeling less than about ourselves.
If you resonate with what I’m talking about, I invite you to let me know by dropping down to the comments section. What’s your take on trauma? Where do you land with what I’m saying?

Tools to re-create yourself

You can learn the skills to move yourself out of these feelings of stress, despair, overwhelm, etc and put the power back in your hands. When you know how to train your mind and release trauma, you can gain clarity, discover your purpose and passion and begin to revel in self-trust and self-confidence. As an emotions therapist, I (and my students) find that by including the judicious use of cannabis and psilocybin microdosing in this work amplifies the effects, making the healing more efficient and effective. If you’re interested in learning more, I’ll be opening registration later for an immersive group course on Triggers and Trauma. It’d be lovely to have you join us!
With Love,

P.S.  Meantime, let’s meet in California! I’m speaking at the Cannabis Science Conference in Long Beach coming up May 18-20th.

My talk is on – “The Advent of a New Paradigm: Cannabis and Psilocybin Microdosing as ‘Psychic Vitamins’ to Release Trauma and Support Emotional Healing.”

If you’d like to attend, I invite you to use my special discount code “SPEAKER25” for 25% off your tickets. It’s so refreshing to finally be able to see each other in person!