"Just because it's in your head, doesn't mean that it's not real".
It's easy to assume that unpleasant experiences, trauma, only exists in the past. What people do not realise is that survivors of trauma can hold that past experience and replay it in their mind as if it were happening just then.
The truth is that trauma is not just “in your head”. It leaves a real, physical imprint on your body, jarring your memory storage processes and changing your brain.
Trauma can cause our memory processing system to malfunction: the declarative explicit memory system fails, so the traumatic memory isn’t logged and stored properly.
This is why people who suffer traumatic events and accidents tend to forget particular details of the event - or in some cases, black out as well. We've seen many examples in movies and media where people who witness murder or accidents can forget particularly traumatic details like who the perpetrator was, what they looked like.
This is because like a virus in a computer that can mess up and erase a hard drive, unprocessed traumatic memories can become sticking points that cause our mental and physical processes to malfunction. Early evidence of cellular memory shows that it’s not just our brain, but our body’s cells that could hold an imprint of past traumatic events.
The whole idea of trauma being "stored" in the body—especially when thoughts of the traumatic event are so upsetting and uncomfortable that they get buried as a self-preservation mechanism. When this happens consciously, it's considered suppressed trauma; when this happens unconsciously, it's considered repressed.
So what can be done about this “real thing?”
Unprocessed trauma gets "stored" not just in your subconscious mind and memory but throughout your physical being—and that, in addition to more traditional modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy, other types of physical or mental stimulus can help release the trauma stored in the unconscious.
The term trauma always sounds so dramatic. But it isn't always the case. At its grassroots, it's a belief or behavior consistently played out as a result of a particularly unpleasant experience.
When this happens, a person can't control what is happening inside them, like their thoughts, so they focus on controlling something outside. Something they feel they can have control over.
The solution exists in releasing yourself from identifying with the trauma. It is an experience, not a label or a personality that makes up the core of your being - even though it does heavily influence who you are.
RTT or Rapid Transformational Therapy can help you let go of this trauma that derails your perspective of the world. When pain and struggle is the loudest voice in your mind, that is what will follow you with every action, thought or relationship you make. It's a perspective that you are stuck with, but it does not have to be your reality.
RTT can help you change your narrative by blocking out the pain through a set of techniques, affirmations and mild hypnosis. An RTT practitioner can dive into the depths of your psyche and understand the trauma stored in your body, soul and mind.
Practice new perspectives on how you see yourself, or the people around you. By releasing the idea of trauma and pain as the landmark of your identity, you can learn to be at peace with yourself and your relationships in life.
With the help of RTT, you can learn to open yourself up to happy and healthy bonds by letting go of the trauma stored within.