Processing trauma

Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.
We are exposed to traumatic images and bombarded with disturbing truths about our society at a on going basis. What are the effects of this ongoing trauma and what happens if we are exposed to traumatic images over and over again without properly processing past trauma?
I’m no psychologist so I don’t know the official answer to those questions, however I  can evaluate myself and I can talk to others and read material to gather enough to make a pretty good conclusion.
Trauma that has not been processed on top of a diet of new traumatic images daily is harmful and at the very least unhealthy for you.
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Processing trauma is putting words and emotions to it and making meaning of it. This process is usually undertaken with a counselor or therapist in group and/or individual therapy. It might not be necessary or required to spend a lot of time in this phase.

Trauma is stored somatically, that is, in the body. Its most disruptive consequences play out in sensory networks, the nervous system, and the vagus nerve that connect many parts of the body including the brain and the gut. We have to involve all of those systems to get to the root of trauma.

Trauma puts survivors on constant high alert, a survival response useful to protect against additional trauma. But this sense of alertness also blocks access to the deep roots of trauma in the body.

Traumatic memories reside as frozen experiences within. They take away spontaneity, one of the most important resources for survivors in moving on. – according to : https://www.psychologytoday.com/

Trauma is complex in its impacts, and therefore treatment needs to be complex as well. In a gradual way, we need to strengthen various aspects of a survivor’s well-being: emotional, physical, cognitive, spiritual and social.

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So it should be of no surprise that watching people murdered over and over again is a “deeply distressing and disturbing experience”. It also hurts our “processing of trauma” when we express our discomfort for these traumatic images and the reality that creates them only to be met with contradictory rebuttals and a dismissal of our concerns.

The public stage presents a narrative that says : there is no trauma because there is no injustice or wrong doing the public stage sometimes conveys a total denial to unfair and unjustified killings thus dismissing your being harmed by the images and the reality of them.

To even say Black Lives Matter is to be contested and picked apart by the world stage to nullify the reality of injustice visited upon Black people therefore avoiding the actual sentiment for the phrase in the first place.

If you think there is no trauma and PTSD from slavery and the terror visited upon our ancestors and then the following jim crow reality that our grandparents lived through your misinformed. If you think the images of a man dying from violent acts committed by the police force over and over again and then the denial of there being any wrong doing by the dominant society  having no effect on you your naive.

We need to properly process our trauma and to do that we have to create safe places and our safe place may be to unplug from social media as to stop any further images of violence from adding to our trauma. We need a circle of people who understand and care about you and will not explain away your reactions to these disturbing images. We should express how we feel about the society we live in and the injustices that produce these disturbing and deeply distressful images.

We have to process our trauma and protect our psyche.

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This is our history and this image is a traumatic one. We have a terrible history in America filled with horrific experiences like the one that is captured in this picture. Our misfortune has been captured and even celebrated by our society to the point that we all begin to accept the pseudo science created by white supremacy that says we don,t feel pain the same as white people or that we are prone to violence. We have been conditioned to believe our horror is a way of life and to confront the horror visited upon us is divisive and unpatriotic. It is true that to confront the brutality and injustice visited on so called Black people is divisive and unpatriotic, because this country is formed in racism so to undo racism is in fact undoing the fabric of this country.

We have to value our well being in spite of what the media says we have to protect ourselves from these disturbing images like the one above. The image of this young man being brutally killed above is traumatic and it must be unpacked and dealt with in a safe place. As we deal with these atrocities we can function from a healthier place and function out of wholeness and not trauma.

It is more important then ever that we love on each other so that we can heal.

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Indigenous culture

I would like to give you the definition of “indigenous culture” according to United Nations organizations for indigenous people Human Rights:

those which having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves distinct from other sectors of societies now prevailing in those territories, or parts of them. They form at present non-dominant sectors of society and are determined to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories, and their ethnic identity, as the basis of their continued existence as peoples, in accordance with their own cultural patterns, social institutions and legal systems.

(Martinez-Cobo, 1984)

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What is the “indigenous culture” of those who descend from slaves stolen from West Africa?

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Many tribes were consumed in the bowels of ships leaving Africa for the Americas, and some of the largest tribes are the Eboes(Igbo), Ashanti, Yoruba, and the EVERI which was the name of the ancient Peoples of West Africa.

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What culture or way of life did the EVERI (ancient people of West Africa) engage?

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While there are many influences over the centuries and intermingling of tribes throughout the ages we can use historical documentation from explorers, cosmographers, historians, and missionaries as observations from the outside looking in as well as the oral traditions passed down by the tribes of West Africa itself.

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“Êυê is pronounced “Erh-verh” or “Eyverh.” The plural form is, “Êυêo,” that is, Êυê with an ‘O’ at the end. It is pronounced “Erh-verh-O” or “Eyverh-O.” The reason for writing the name with these strange characters is because the name has a sound that is not in English. This being the case, there are no letters in English to spell out the sound in the name. The following is my effort to help you get the right pronunciation.
The “Ê” transliterates as, “Erh” or “Ey.” The “υ” transliterates as “vav” or “vher” in English. When you put it altogether it sounds like Erh-verh or Eyverh. This is a difficult name to write in English and get the right pronunciation. Even in West Africa, the neighbours of the Êυê people struggle with the name and end up calling the people “EWE,” instead of “Êυê.” Because there are no characters in the alphabet to write the name in English, the Êυê people in Ghana came up with this novel way to denote their identity. When our people in Ghana and Togo see Êυê they automatically put in the necessary vowels to come up with the proper pronunciation of the name.
Elsewhere in the world, such as, in the Scandinavian and Germanic languages in Europe they have this sound in the language. In these countries when this sound occurs in their language, the letter ‘W,’ in English, is used for the “vher” sound. This means a name like William in English is υilhem in German and a Scandinavian name like υilly becomes Willy in English. During the colonial era, the British introduced the European way of representing the ‘vher’ sound with “W” to West Africa. “

The Erverh people did not originate from West Africa. They came from the Middle East where they used to be mighty people with a world-renowned name. However, over time and through the ages the people of the world replaced this famous name with something else. This accident in history inadvertently hid the glorious identity of these black people.

Not anymore is the glorious name going to stay hidden, because I am hereby lifting the veil so that you know whom we really are. With our identity thus revealed, we can rise and soar again to great heights as our ancestors.

Meet the Êυê (Erverh) aka the Hebrew

As I mentioned earlier, we are the Erverh people. The secret you don’t know is, Erverh means Hebrew. Therefore, to rephrase, the last statement can read: “we are the Hebrew people.” The name Erverh, is the original name, which translates as Hebrew in English. Thus, without beating about the bush, our ancestors, and us, are the ancient Israelites. The ancient Israelites were not called Jews. They were Erverh.

 https://blackpeopleshistory.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/black-identity/
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Identity

Maybe Identity should be expressed poetically for it is both carnal and eternal. It is the reputation of your people and the manifestation of your Creator your collective history and your personal hopes of heaven.

Identity is a complex concept articulated by both philosophers and prophets expounded on by politicians and preachers. I consider Identity to be the occupation of the spirit a intermingled idea of culture and destiny.

Perhaps Proverbs is about identity as much as Genesis is.

What I am saying is identity is not just the solid boundaries of your traditions it is the intangible force that draws us to connect to Elohim thereby interlocking us together who seek to “Identify” with HIM.

Identity should be left to the poets to convey.

Scholars can lecture but poets can inspire and Identity should be the inspirational wisdom that motivates individuals to become the reflection of a image that we should all Identify with.

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the burden of freedom

Freedom is not the same as liberation.

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Freedom requires a knowledge of identity and a responsibility to its boundaries. In order for your purpose to manifest itself you must be able to respond to the weight of your purpose. The kingdom in you cannot be established if you are not aware of your IDENTITY, because your IDENTITY connects you to your purpose. A slave is kept ignorant so that freedom cannot enter in…you can be in chains and be free if you have knowledge of your IDENTITY. Continue reading