About PSH continued...
Remembering is a wonderful and mysterious process. It enables us to operate in the world, recognise people and places, respond to situations, and register feelings and even to know we exist. We make sense of each new experience out of the background of our accumulated knowledge. Memory is dualistic; we can be aware of an event in our past while recognising we are here in the present. We can have simultaneous awareness of past and present. Unfortunately, this is not the case with traumatic memories where the painful effects appear to be happening in real time.
All of us have had uncomfortable experiences, some more than others. Painful trauma can be recalled in a way that is not helpful, not a part of our memory system proper. We may not even perceive such experiences as memories. Sometimes we wake each morning feeling nauseous with a tight knot in the stomach. Other times we hardly manage to sleep at all. We can become panicky, or easily upset, constantly in tears. Although the original events are past, the feelings live on and resurface uninvited, destroying our quality of life. This is anxiety. In time, these orphaned feelings themselves become a source of dread; we fear the first signs of their reappearance, adding to the discomfort.
When the feedback loop reaches an unsustainable level of intensity the brain becomes overloaded, hyper connected and we struggle to perform even the simplest of tasks. Now anxiety has become depression – a partial collapse of the nervous system, somewhat like an electric circuit that blows a fuse. Therapy for depression must take the load off the circuitry. You cannot throw the switch to on again until you have removed the cause(s) that led the fuses to blow.
. 'Unpressured and in deep calm, your mind can take its own time to find a better way of responding.'
The PSH process involves utilising our immense unconscious to identify the nature of the uncomfortable feelings and deal with them in a better way. Unpressured and in deep calm, your mind can take its own time to find a better way of responding.
The result is a gentle release of emotions and a cessation of the underlying discomfort, leaving you feeling lighter, a load lifted. Over the following days and weeks, new patterns of response are established and feelings of calm become the norm.
When we take away the burden of emotional blocks from the past, we uncover our true nature, characterised by natural joy and lightness.
'The result is a gentle release of emotions and a cessation of the underlying discomfort.'
Throughout life, it is our emotional nature that provides us with perhaps our greatest challenges. While society encourages the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain, we know that both are ever present and follow each other as night follows day. We can, however, learn to react in ways that minimise the length and depth of our suffering and recognise beneath it all there is joy and purpose in life.