Spirituality, Archetypes, and Trauma
Reviewed By: Open Floor International Library
Open Floor International Library
Author: Peter Levine, Phd
Language availability: English
The intrinsic relationship between trauma, archetypes, and spirituality is generally overlooked among the many pitfalls and “tight corners” of trauma treatment. But an understanding of this intimate relationship suggests therapeutic strategies that can help trauma clients maintain the resources needed to genuinely transform their traumatic experiences. Indeed, the “awe-full” qualities of horror and terror may share essential structural, psycho-physiological, and phenomenological roots with such underlying transformative states as awe, presence, timelessness, and ecstasy. Our organisms are designed with primitive-instinctual proclivities—“slow-motion” perception, and intensely focused alertness, for example—that move us to extraordinary feats when we perceive that our lives are threatened. When these survival capacities are bridged to or “owned” from more ordinary states of consciousness, an experience of timelessness and presence—sometimes referred to, in meditation systems, as “the eternal now”—is promoted.