Emptying the Amygdala

How does the amygdala (part of the brain) release the traumatic experience?

Integration is the term used in psychology. Integration or processing of traumatic events just might be the most difficult experience a human being can have.

During integration, traumatic experiences are processed and realized.  Thoughts and rumination will take over as your brain tries to find a safe place. The stressor hormones will be flowing as you feel the fear that was stuffed down and stored in the amygdala until you are safe. The thoughts have no real power or concreteness to them but are rather just memories of past events that have been stored for future processing.

The event is long over with. If you can practice directing your attention to the breath while the traumatic experience(s) rage through the body, it will make it somewhat easier.

There is no reason to fear our body mechanisms, emotions or thoughts. It is just fear and pain that is being released now. It gets better after that.

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  1. This is a scenario that is vague to most Complex PTSD or PTSD individuals. Integration confuses us, how does it happen and can we drive integration to heal?

    Yes, we can I believe.

    We integrate when we stay present as trauma thoughts and stressor drugs flow, observing them as they exist on their own. Our thoughts have no real power or concreteness to them, just memories of past events stored when the event took place.

    The event is long over with for everyone but us. If you can learn the skill of directing your attention to your breath, while you observe the trauma from a distance, integration begins. The awareness of being present without thought exposes the delusion which we fear.

    There is a concrete goal now. Direct attention to your breath while observing trauma thoughts to start the healing or integration. It is just bringing the whole organism to current moment of now. As you can notice this is the opposite of avoidance.

    There is no reason to fear our body mechanisms, emotions or thoughts, it is just us. Fear and pain are our friends. They can be again when you integrate the crap to present time.

    It is not magic, it is hard work sitting without thought observing your trauma. It takes action both, mental and physical to improve.

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