Messages of Hope for Survivors of Trauma – Part 2

Guest Post by Gabrielle Marie Loomis

In the last post, we talked about Core Trauma Patterns and how they are created in response to traumatic experiences. They are our body/ mind/spirit’s ingenious design for keeping us safe and allowing us to survive overwhelming events. Core Trauma Patterns are literally the mechanism that have kept us alive up to this point, so it goes without saying that they are an essential component of our make-up. However, what tends to happen for most survivors is that these patterns stay in place far beyond their usefulness. We get locked into patterns of thinking, feeling, acting and being that are harmful instead of helpful – we get stuck in the stress mode. Core Trauma Patterns are employed for months, years and decades beyond the trauma. What started out as a normal reaction to a traumatic experience now becomes the “new normal” or the “new way of being”. CTPs become the very force that sustains PTSD and holds the survivor back from true recovery.

So you might be wondering, “how do I know if I have Core Trauma Patterns?” As I alluded to in the first part of this series, if you find yourself with chronic symptoms and stress than that’s a strong clue that CTPs are still running the show. As we already talked about CTPs are essential, but in their proper place. We don’t want them taking over our thoughts, feelings, actions, beliefs and entire way of being!

Here’s a quick checklist to help you begin determining if Core Trauma Patterns are affecting you.

• Do you have unexplained emotions such as anger, sadness or fear and don’t have an explanation for why you feel that way?

• Do you have chronic and persistent conditions which are resistant to treatment and lifestyle changes such as fibromyalgia, digestive challenges, anxiety, weight challenges, addiction, difficulty sleeping chronic inflammation, etc?

• Do you often feel that there are blocks to your happiness and well being or that you are not able to achieve your goals or desires?

• Have you lost a sense of purpose or direction for your life?

If you find yourself answering yes to these questions, than there is a probability that part of your mind/body/spirit is locked into survival or stress mode. What was once an external danger or threat has nowbecome internalized and as a result, your mind/body/spirit feels the need to protect you in each and every moment – day in and day out. That type of survival mode cannot be maintained without the body being imbalanced, the mind wearing out and the spirit disengaging. That’s why symptoms and/or stress manifest.

Your mind/body/spirit have the innate capacity to completely heal, regenerate and be whole. If this does not describe your current state, then there is HOPE! My company, Messages of HOPE LLC, has a mission of restoring hope to those who have experienced trauma. Today’s message of hope is that if you are living with symptoms and stress, then congratulations – there is absolutely nothing wrong with you! You are functioning normally and by releasing Core Trauma Patterns, you have the opportunity to experience a greater freedom. Stay tuned for the next part of the series, resolving trauma in mind/ body/spirit. Lots of Love & Light…

Messages of Hope for Survivors of Trauma Part 1

Gabrielle is the founder and owner of Messages of Hope LLC whose mission is to restore hope to those who have experienced trauma.  Through coaching, healing and education, Gabrielle assists clients to discover, interpret and release Core Trauma Patterns so that they can move beyond survival into soaring!  Some of Gabrielle’s credentials include Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified LifeLine Practitioner and Certified Life Coach through the award winning college, The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.  She is currently on staff at an integrative wellness clinic, sees clients privately and is a faculty member at The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.  Gabrielle has been featured on Living Well Now radio and gives lectures and workshops around the country. For more information, please visit or

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