Healing Thought of the Week: Reconnecting to Your Authentic Self

Since your trauma do you feel a sense of disconnection to who you are? If you do, that’s completely normal. A lot of us experience that. In fact, you might feel as if your original self fragmented into several pieces. Yep, that’s normal, too.

In my trauma recovery memoir, BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED: CONQUERING THE PAST AND CREATING THE FUTURE, I write about that whole idea – a lot! Here’s how I felt after years of struggling with it:

The feeling of the separated selves was now an accepted constant and although I recognized them, I still didn’t know which one was supposed to be in charge. I felt an increasing distance from the present moment. More and more often I was aware that there was my body and then there was me. As if the real me existed outside of my body.

The work of PTSD recovery has a lot to do with reintegrating the selves, reconnecting to your most deeply authentic self (which, by the way, trauma has not altered) and learning how to live as that person today.

You have enormous healing potential. The goal is learning to access it.

Dig deep. You can do this. I believe in you!

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