Heal PTSD and Trauma
Using Meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda.

According to the Surgeon General, almost 4% of American's have PTSD

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening. These events can include: combat or military exposure, sexual or physical abuse or assault, accidents, natural disasters, etc. After the event, you may feel scared, confused, or angry. If these feelings don't go away or they get worse, you may have PTSD. These symptoms may disrupt your life, making it hard to continue with your daily activities.

Many people who develop PTSD get better at some time. But about 1 out of 3 people with PTSD may continue to have some symptoms. Treatment can help you cope. Your symptoms don't have to interfere with your everyday activities, work, and relationships.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms of PTSD can disrupt your life and make it hard to continue with your daily activities. It may be hard just to get through the day. PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not happen until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years. If the symptoms last longer than 4 weeks, cause you great distress, or interfere with your work or home life, you probably have PTSD.

There are four types of PTSD symptoms:

  1. Reliving the event

  2. Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
  3. Feeling numb
  4. Feeling keyed up (hyperarousal)

Other common problems associated with PTSD include:

  • Drinking or drug problems.

  • Feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair.
  • Employment problems.
  • Relationships problems including divorce and violence.

The above description of PTSD is condensed from the Veterans Administration website on PTSD. For information: veterans and PTSD.

Learn How to Heal Yourself

The Spiritual Recovery Manual explains how people who suffer from trauma, as well as addicts, codependents and adult children of alcoholics, can use meditation, ayurveda and yoga to accelerate their recovery, break through "plateau" and move on to advanced stages of recovery. This book is useful for both counselors and those in recovery. It simply and clearly explains, in a language anyone can understand, how to heal the mind, how to detoxify and rebalance the body, and how to understand the experiences we are all here on earth to learn and grow through.

The book is not written specifically for those with PTSD, as the below except shows, but is without doubt the most effective tool you can add to your treatment program for post traumatic stress.

The Spiritual Recovery Manual is a rich and valuable resource. It starts by reviewing experts' understanding of how dysfunction propagates through families and destroys our ability to be happy and healthy. Then, based on an overview of vedic psychology (how the mind works) and ayurvedic physiology (how the body works) the book describes a tool set of 15 Advanced Recovery Tools that different people can use in different ways. It concludes with three detailed sections of resources, and provides case studies, giving the gritty, real-life experiences of four people.

This is a ground breaking book which gets at and heals the core imbalances and core issues which all of us face as we develop our full potential. Because the book looks at underlying patterns of dysfunction, it is useful for a broad range of problems: from chemical dependency to eating disorders, from anger and violence to post-traumatic stress disorder. The Advanced Recovery Tools cover the fifteen areas of: meditation, lifestyle, ayurvedic self-diagnosis, detoxifying, herbal healing, sense therapies, food, exercise, yoga, advanced mental techniques, life-patterns, unifying the intellect, healing society, enhancing bliss, and nourishing relationships.

I grew up in an abusive home characterized by mental illness. My mind and body froze from the trauma. Although I cleared many of the issues and blocks using standard recovery approaches, The Spiritual Recovery Manual's advanced recovery tools dramatically accelerated my progress. I felt like I was rocketing forward, while others were almost standing still. If you are in recovery, there is no greater gift you can give yourself than to read this book.” S.O., San Diego, California.

Releases the Pain of the Past

Excerpt from the Spiritual Recovery Manual by Patrick Williams

"Some years ago, as I was reading a paper on the Transcendental Meditation program and treatment for post-Vietnam adjustment, it occurred to me—as it has for many others—that the more extreme symptoms of the adult child of alcoholic families are the same as those of combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Dr. Charles Whitfield, author of Healing the Child Within, holds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), together with codependence, with which it overlaps and interacts, is quite common in troubled or dysfunctional families. Dr. Whitfield further points out, “PTSD is but an extreme extension of the broad condition that results from stifling the True Self in any form.”

"If we can show that veterans with PTSD recover through Transcendental Meditation, that would give hope to anyone who has suffered any form of trauma.

"In 1981, veterans seeking help at the Denver Vietnam Veterans Outreach (Vet Center) program were randomly assigned to a TM group or a psychotherapy group. The TM group met once a week for three months, which was the duration of the study. They also meditated twenty minutes twice a day. The psychotherapy group had weekly individual psychotherapy sessions with a Vet Center therapist; when appropriate, they could also participate in group or family counseling.

"Before starting either TM or therapy, the veterans were tested for degree of symptoms of PTSD and assessed on other stress-related measures. They were tested again after three months.

"The results, reported by Brooks and Scarano in the Journal of Counseling and Development:

The participants in the TM group reported significant reductions in depression, anxiety, emotional numbness, alcohol consumption, family problems, difficulty in getting a job, insomnia, and overall symptoms of PTSD….
Veterans in the TM group commonly reported that, “I feel after I meditate that I no longer have the same intensity of tension, rage, and guilt inside—it’s as if a huge burden has been lifted.”
The therapy group showed little improvement over the 3-month period. It could be that measurable benefits of psychotherapy for PTSD are seen only after an extended period of time. After 3 months of treatment, 7 out of 10 participants in the TM group felt improved enough that they saw no further need for the services of the Vet Center. Three members of the TM group, however, still wanted to work on some issues pertaining to their Vietnam experience. Therefore, these individuals decided to remain in therapy in addition to practicing TM regularly. The TM program may sufficiently relieve the symptoms of many individuals with PTSD. In some cases, however, a combined approach of both TM and psychotherapy (or other approaches) may be the preferred treatment.

"It is worth noting the effect on drinking. The veterans rated their alcohol consumption, using a scale of one to four, where four equaled no problem. No one learning TM is told to change their behavior, so there were no strictures against drinking, yet after three months, the TM group’s response improved from an average of 2.00 to 3.67. The psychotherapy group remained constant at 2.17.

"Because of the well-documented and full range of mental and physical health benefits of Transcendental Meditation, the government will pay for any veteran, with a prescription from a VA doctor, to learn TM."

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"A former monk and longtime teacher of meditation, yoga, and Vedic medicine, Patrick Gresham Williams offers a very Maharishi-esque program for applying Ayurvedic principles to one's recovery efforts. The Spiritual Recovery Manual is quite readable, well organized, and, on the whole, worthwhile."
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