Trauma and Spirituality
Introduction for VisaNotes
1. INNATE SELF: (The Original Substance), interacts with the material world, i.e. the environment.
2. COVENANT OF IDEAS/BELIEFS/SOME KIND OF ORDERED SYSTEM.
a. Our ideas about ourselves are formed mostly through our interaction with the world (i.e. home, school, work, military, church, organizations.
b. They are formed gradually.
c. We believe that change occurs in a gradual incremental process. We operate under the illusion that an omnipotent force guarantees our invulnerabilities to sudden overwhelming change…BUT
3. TRAUMA is an abrupt, huge, violent change that shatters the illusion of invulnerability.
4. NEW IDEAS CREATE A BROKEN COVENANT. When trauma occurs our ideas about ourselves are disrupted and new ideas must be formed if we are to integrate the trauma.
5. ENVIRONMENTALLY BOUND. If new ideas are not integrated with the deeper feeling of a broken covenant, the new ideas will be environmentally bound and subject to further significant disruptions.
6. METAPHYSICAL GOAL: HOPE AND MEANING. The innate self is cognizant of a greater covenant. The greater covenant is the symbol of hope—that there is purpose and meaning regardless of the horror.
Chaplain OJ Di Iulio/Residential Trauma Stabilization Program (RSTP), (VAMHCS), Perry Point, MD