What happens when you get that feeling in your stomach, a vague sense that something is out of sync — do you pay attention or brush it aside?
All too often, we do the latter. Our bodies communicate with us in ways that are unique to every individual. Unfortunately, these messages can get stuck, or a little lost on their journey. Naturally, you want life to be effortless and enjoyable, but sometimes it seems no matter what you do or which direction you take, something stops you. Usually, that’s down to unacknowledged, unresolved trauma — and blocked energy
The link between trauma and energy
Blocked energy can stem from traumatic experiences. Trauma is your response to an event. It can also be something you have inherited generationally. When we talk about trauma, it doesn’t necessarily have to be catastrophic, or something you have experienced personally. Smaller traumas, as well as those felt by people connected to you in some way, can all impact you and disrupt you physically, emotionally, and energetically.
For example, if you were exposed to addiction in your family, or one of your caregivers suffered with anxiety or depression, this can cause a response in you which impacts the energetic system. Generational trauma can be passed down the generations, impacting how you respond to situations, or teaching you to cope in an unhealthy way. That’s why realizing that trauma we have witnessed still affects us is a significant step to understanding your reactions and responses.
Each trauma you encounter leaves an imprint on your cellular memory. If you have felt in danger, it creates a pattern in your nervous system, making it easy to get stuck in that loop. As a result, you might become hypervigilant, always feeling that you are under threat. Hypervigilance is the body’s way of keeping you safe; however, it can also keep you spiralling, reliving the same experience repeatedly, constantly responding as if you are at risk.
How trauma impacts body and mind
There are many trauma-linked symptoms, both physical and emotional, that may cause blocks in your energetic system. By recognizing those symptoms, you can start to understand the cause and impact, allowing you to begin the healing process and clear those blockages.
You may feel unable to move forward in life, overwhelmed by constant anxiety, or exhibit traits of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Maybe you procrastinate often or constantly try to keep active as a distraction. Physically, there may be issues with your digestive system, frequent migraines, back problems, sore throats, or a weakened immune system. All of these can indicate blocked energy causing distress in the body, brought on by experiences that triggered a response in your nervous system.
Start by noticing the symptoms and when you are feeling them. Once you are able to recognize these repetitive patterns and emotions, it lets you dig a little deeper into the root cause or causes. Allowing yourself to surrender to these feelings can be uncomfortable, but it is the path to greater awareness and healing. As you gradually peel back the layers, you create a deeper appreciation of yourself and your responses, ultimately unlocking the ability to transform your life.
Freedom to move forward
By taking a holistic approach to healing, you tackle all aspects, physical, emotional and spiritual, to facilitate the release of any energetic blocks. Through a combination of physical movement, and emotional and energetic support, you can start to lessen the impact that distress or trauma is having. Suppressing your emotions and reactions will only compound the negative impact on your overall wellbeing. When you clear the pathways for the energy to flow more freely, you can start the transformational process of healing on all levels.
There are a number of ways in which you can support yourself through the healing journey. Physical movement will help balance the mind and quieten its constant chatter. This can be as simple as a walk or gentle movement around the spine. Breathing will support your nervous system and bring you into a state of calm, counteracting any symptoms of hypervigilance. Feel the emotions in your body as they arise and acknowledge the sensation they bring up. Try to identify where this comes from, speak to the sensation and start to reassure yourself that you are safe and loved. All these strategies are valuable tools that you have at your disposal every day, giving you the power to take back control and restore your equilibrium. In addition, speaking to a professional or having a facilitator to guide you on your healing journey will enhance the work you are doing.
Cassie is a Holistic Life Coach who offers a unique mix of physical, energetic, and emotional techniques, often to help people understand how we hold trauma in the body and how to overcome limiting beliefs. By addressing both the belief system and the energy system together, she works on a deeply personal level to help clients move forward, live their purpose, and create real change. She is an accredited IPHM Therapist with the Heal & Thrive Method, a Reiki practitioner, and a qualified yoga teacher specializing in trauma-sensitive practice and women’s wellness.