Muse #193 - is facing trauma a pathway to better survival?
I happened to watch the movie “Wisdom of Trauma” with Gabor Mate over the weekend along with a few of my family members. The movie focuses on the hypothesis that Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives. And that it shapes the way we live, the way we love, and the way we make sense of the world. It is the root of our deepest wounds. And perhaps it does.
It is an interesting perspective, especially useful for people who have been impacted by trauma and pain as root causes. Everyone processes pain but some respond differently than others - and some are impacted more than others. So, for those who feel this pain, the techniques might be a useful response for their recovery from it, by facing the pain and processing the pain as a conduit to break free of it.
I like the concept of wholistic thinking and vision behind Dr. Mate’s work: not concerned with fixing behaviors, making diagnoses, suppressing symptoms, and judging, but seek instead to understand the sources from which troubling behaviors and diseases spring in the wounded human soul.
I share this with you in the hope that some of you might find this interesting or useful in the context of your personal lives or the work that you do.
The movie is available for free along with the talks at the links below until Friday 5th August. Ignore the August 1 expiry date as the links are expected to work until Friday 5th August.