October 2021 – Over reaction & Health

The Maori, indigenous to New Zealand, say that pain, distress and dysfunction can arise from some form of fragmentation, disconnection, dyssynchrony.  There’s is a result of historical trauma, and so, many of their healing practices involve “reconnection” where they articulate origins of connections in their lives and history.  For many of us who experience one or more sensitizing patterns of stress in our lifetimes, there is something very healing in adopting the notion of reconnecting to a calmer time, a loving family member or a peaceful experience. 
When a challenge or stressor occurs, it will push us out of balance, and an internal stress response will be activated to help get us back in balance.  A neurotypical stress response will be for the person to enter an alert state which will reassure them that they can return to a normal internal state.   If there is evidence that there is no internal threat like hunger or cold and no external threat like the saber tooth tiger, the person becomes calm.
The very common case, however, is that we often find ourselves responding in an overactive way to anything that can cause unpredictable, uncontrollable, intense or prolonged feelings of stress.  How we get to overreactive states is very individual and can begin very early in life or arrive sometime later after a life altering event.
 Energy Therapy is one way in which we can shift out of overreaction and back into balance.  Humans are deeply relational creatures who, from the beginning of life, make “memories” of the smells, sounds and images of our “people.”  These early relational experiences are the most powerful and enduring.  Feeling connected is key to releasing stressors that accumulate via time and trauma.   Balancing our systems with our earliest autobiographical memory returns our system to calm and connectedness no matter what has happened in the intervening time.

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