How to Heal Trauma
types of practices are best for those who want to heal trauma but
have only 1 or 0 bhumis open?
The process of healing trauma heals but not without becoming aware and accepting one's subconscious pain. It is very demanding to remain willing to face and surrender to one's psychological pains. These pains come from our blindspots, they come from the dark, like the punches of a boxer that you don't even see and before you know it you're remembering all the bad and difficult things that happened to you. To remain engaged with this process, you definitely need willingness to be surprised by the punches of the hurt stored in your subconscious and at the same time understand that it's just pain coming up. It might make you feel really awful at moments but it won't kill you and because it won't you can learn to work with it, and this is how the path to healing appears.
Now, for someone who truly understands that accessing and remembering all that stuff is a way to become free of it, it's an immense blessing to have tools and practices that enable you to do that but to someone who isn't really ready, it can be a living nightmare. The purpose of all practices that we have is to return our bodymind into its natural state but we need to understand that just like Jung said, the path to light goes through darkness. There is no way to the light around darkness, only the way through it which means that light is found in the middle of darkness. Profound peace and joy is found in the middle of fears but only for the one who understands how the practice works and how the practices are correctly applied. Of course, everyone gets momentarily overwhelmed when working with traumas but the right view and application bounces you right back on track, and this is what being protected means.
I recently changed the system with our Path of Wisdom and Clarity, the way how new practitioners of Rainbow Body Yoga get empowerments. Since the last empowerment new students only get a Guru Yoga empowerment of Guru Padmasambhava and Guru Yeshe Tsogyal and practice RBY with them for 2 full years before given the first 12 deity empowerment. The reason for this is in preparation, acclimatization. It's like a protected cocoon with the gurus and taking couple of years to ponder on the meaning of bodhicitta and bodhisattva activity. At the same time, they'll have bhumi events because of the dynamic practices practiced together with bodhicitta.
Now that I think of it it is a good preparation formula for the Path of Healing and Light as well, which is largely concerned on healing of trauma. Get used to sitting and working with yourself. Pray for yourself and for others. Turn to our gurus for blessings. especially the ones coming from the hindu tradition; develop loving devotion and take those blessings in. Take refuge in the gurus, their teachings and offer yourself at their feet. Doing this will not only heal your traumas but light up a sacred light in you which will change your life and give it a meaning that you didn't have before.
People used to know the meaning of having spiritual masters and gurus in their live but modern people have forgotten this so we need to remind them, especially for the fact that modern medicine and methods fail to such a large degree. I am not telling anyone to try to fix their aching tooth or broken leg solely with the help of spiritual masters but the fact is that just like Dr Gabor Mate, the leading trauma therapist said, he still hasn't fully healed of his psychological trauma at the age of 75. So, again, secular and sutric methods have deficiencies.
|Dr Gabor Mate|
People simply need to bring spiritual energy and light back into their lives. The minds of people of our time are marked with suspicion and cynicism towards anything that cannot be measured or explained with technology. People need to be shown that there is so much more to life than they know. It is the sacred in them that needs to be lit up so that they can heal and change the direction their lives are going. The best way to do that is with the help of masters who are specialists of this kind of human problems. Depending on how badly they need help, some will shed tears of gratitude learning about these things while some will keep looking for solutions from places where they cannot be found. Both are fine but there is a way to full healing and ceasing of confusion. As many people as possible should know this.
Of course there is much more to say about the trauma healing practices of Amrita Mandala. People who are interested should study our materials and join our retreats.