Hope of Healing by Robert L Bray

Wounded Warrior ProjectFor over 35 years I have researched, taught, and treated people in the field of traumatic stress recovery – my world focuses on making a difference in keeping people alive and living fully.

The information I will share with you and the simple technique – which you have probably never seen – will make a difference.  Acting to end isolation and hopelessness in the day-to-day experience of your brothers and sisters in arms makes a big difference in his or her survival. The greatest risk for suicide and self-destructive behavior comes with an overwhelming sense that you are alone and that change is not possible.

You’re not alone. Those who are suffering often find themselves at their worst moments lost and wondering: who will understand, who will care, who can stand to see me and hear me again in this horrible place one more time? The answer is: someone in this room. Never doubt the value and importance of the Wounded Warrior Project and these events and programs. You as a community are addressing the problem of isolation that comes from overwhelming traumatic stress.

Hope comes also from knowing there is a way to make change.  Having worked with thousands of people over the years I know that the first change must be an end to the overwhelming emotional upset that’s blocking healing.

Those men and women you love who suffer from PTSD say the same things to me in the counseling office that they say to you. And if we listen closely we hear what is stopping from healing.  Things like–

“I close my eyes and see only that face and then the face disappears as I focus on drawing the blackout curtains in my mind tightly– trying to blind myself from seeing that face and everything else. Then everything is gone except for the ache in my body demanding a stiff dose of something very strong.”

Let’s call this man John. But we could call him by most any name as what he is experiencing is common to so many.  He has intrusive images that freeze him in a moment in the past that is so overwhelming he wants only to numb his body and mind.  This made it impossible for him to cope. The good news is he is now able to close his eyes to sleep.

He was able apply one of the techniques to end his images and the need for the strong stuff.

That was one of the changes for John. Here is another problem we hear when we listen – an all too common complaint:

“Out of nowhere that sound penetrated my ears and surges through my body. After an instant I feel and see what my body has done. If it is a good day, I have frozen for a moment and I’m able to come back without scaring myself or anyone around me.

On a bad day, the next instant after the sound crashes through me, I find myself in a defensive stance or aggressive posture. And then, there is the pounding of my heart and the twist in my guts. And, then the looks of those around me – that startled look of bewilderment because they don’t get the danger signal. I struggle to grab onto a thought of what to do in this moment but the thoughts are drowned by this flood of sensations– it’s as though my mind has been blown wide open.”

John also had a classic exaggerated startle response and until he resolved the problem of staying in the here and now, where it’s safe – instead of the there and then – when no one was safe.  It happened so much he was avoiding places and events that are a part of any normal life.  After using this non-drug and non-cognitive, talk free technique, his body was much less easily triggered.

The needed changes and the healing often require getting to the parts of the brain and body that don’t respond to words. Using the techniques John could recover quickly and reduce the occurrences of jumping out of his skin.

And if you are trusted enough you may hear the frustration of living with these symptoms of  traumatic stress: John talked about it.

“I try to tell people about this loss of control and my struggle to sleep or work and to love or just be ok with people around me – but the more I talk, the more the images and thoughts flood my brain. It’s almost as though the feelings I am having carry me out of the room and away from everyone. But sometimes my body just stops feeling altogether and with it the ability to make my words have meaning.  I just can’t see how I can be together with anyone.”

If you live with the experiences that John described and they are happening once in a blue moon it is not an easy way to live. It is not any way to live if this happens every day.

The casualty rates from these current wars will not be known for decades. Leaving the field of battle does not mean the dying is over.

The numbers we read in the newspapers and hear from government reports are painful and scary enough, but they do not tell the whole story. These reports say that for vets, a death by suicide happens at the rate of one every 65 minutes.

But, this does not count all those who died – you know the ones – those without a note – counted as an accident but clearly suicide by motorcycle, or suicide by cop, or suicide by noncompliance with the medications that keep them alive.

Nor do these numbers count the ones who die unintentionally by their own hand because they quit paying attention. There are so many ways to bring an end to the intolerable pain and suffering.

The numbers we are given often lie – the loss felt by those who love these human beings tells the true story. A story you all know better than most and – that numbers can never portray with any accuracy.

But we do not have to just wait and see what happens—we can change the suicide rate. We can change individual lives and the lives of their families. There is hope.

When you hear someone say “I have tried everything – meds, inpatient, outpatient, individual and group therapy, – and it just make me worse” , then hopelessness is setting in.  Don’t back away. Don’t join them in giving up. Affirm your connection and caring and find something that works.

So rather than just talk about hope to be better let me show you a simple, fast, powerful and safe way to be better with the one of the techniques I mentioned before.

You can do this yourself and you can share this with anyone because it does not make things worse. You don’t have to wait for a doctor or anyone else to eliminate the overwhelming emotional upset from triggers. The worst it can do is make you feel little silly the first time you do it.

Tune into yourselves for a moment. Whatever your feeling – just rate whatever discomfort. Rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. One being no discomfort at all and 10 being the worst discomfort you can imagine. Don’t work at this too hard.

Thought Field Therapy Steps for Traumatic Stress

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Step One. (SUD) As you focus on the problem, determine your Subjective Units of Distress by rating the upset on a 1 to 10 Scale (1= no upset, 10=worst).

Step Two. Using your fingertips tap about ten times each:  (LOCATION OF POINTS ON NEXT PAGE)

  • Side of Hand,
  • Under Nose,
  • Beginning of Eyebrow,
  • Under Eye,
  • Under Arm,
  • Under Collarbone,
  • Little Finger,
  • Under Collarbone,
  • Index Finger,
  • Under Collarbone.
  • Step Three.  Do the 9 Gamut Series. While continuously tapping the gamut spot:
  1. Close eyes
  2. Open eyes
  3. With your eyes look down and left
  4. With your eyes look down and right
  5. Whirl your eyes in a complete circle in one direction
  6. Whirl your eyes in a complete circle in the other direction
  7. Hum a couple bars of any tune
  8. Count to five
  9. Hum again.

Step Four.   Using your fingertips tap about 10 times each: (LOCATION OF POINTS ON NEXT PAGE)

  • Side of Hand,
  • Under Nose,
  • Beginning of Eyebrow,
  • Under Eye,
  • Under Arm,
  • Under Collarbone,
  • Little Finger,
  • Under Collarbone,
  • Index Finger,
  • Under Collarbone.

Step Five. Think about the problem in the same way again, rate your upset 1-10 as in step one.

  • Repeat steps Two through Five until:
  • Your SUD rating is a 1or 2, then go to Step six
  • Or your SUD rating stops changing seek more help

Step Six: The floor to ceiling eye roll while continuously tapping the gamut spot and holding your head level,  roll your eyes on a vertical line from the floor to the ceiling over 6-7 seconds.

Now pause.

Now notice what you feel in your body – go back and rate it on the one to ten scales.  Most of you will notice that it is improved – less discomfort. For a few it may not have changed – that only means that you needed a different tapping pattern. And Thought Field Therapy has a lot more it can do for you.

What we just did is Thought Field Therapy. Tapping on Meridian treatment points in a specific order to alleviate overwhelming emotional distress. With over 35 years in the field of traumatic stress this is the best tool I have found to make it possible to deal with all of those horrible symptoms which stops anyone from being able to think, process, understand, and move forward with their life. When you are overwhelmed by feelings and sensations you can’t think. When you can’t think you don’t make good choices. When you’re making bad choices it hurts you and it hurts those who love you.

There is good published research on the effectiveness of TFT.  The self-help and clinical applications are well developed.  Getting this knowledge to those who need it and to those who help your brothers and sisters is going slow but it is getting out.

If you want more info, go to my website or search the internet.  Thought Field Therapy is not the all that you need to be completely recovered from traumatic stress, but it does give you a very good response to the give up statement of  “I have tried everything – nothing works for me”  Very few people have been exposed to this cutting edge approach and tried Thought Field Therapy.

Please, for yourself and others, remember:

You are not alone!

There is much more to be done to be better!

Thank you for your time and for holding the Hope for Healing.

Marijuana to Treat PTSD? We Don’t Need It!

medical marijuana

New brain imaging research shows a link between an active ingredient in marijuana and a key neurotransmitter affecting centers of the brain related to posttraumatic stress.

I have mixed feelings when reading these studies. I am excited that those who do not have PTSD can see how marijuana can make a difference. But I am also irritated by those in positions of power who continue to deny what is known by those suffering and accept the reality experienced by millions of individuals around the world over the ages.

Chemical changes are part of the healing. These chemicals can come from external sources or can be created by the body. When we use Thought Field Therapy and it is effective we know that chemical changes are occurring in the body. I have been experimenting having my clients tune to their feelings after using marijuana to treat their PTSD and using Causal Diagnosis to eliminate the perturbations blocking the production of the chemical needed to create the therapeutic effect. There is no Algorithm for this but maybe this is what happens when we use the Complex Trauma Algorithm.

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

If you would like to make a comment, please fill in the comments form. If you would like to make your comment to Dr. Bray privately, please go to the Contact page to email him directly.

You Can’t Save Them All – Highlights from PTSD Workshop

In this video, Dr. Bray discusses knowing, understanding and accepting your limitations.

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) helps close those wounds so we can begin to move forward on our journey.

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

If you would like to make a comment, please fill in the comments form. If you would like to make your comment to Dr. Bray privately, please go to the Contact page to email him directly.

Recognizing When you are Ready to Move Forward – Highlights from PTSD Workshop

In this video, Dr. Bray discusses treating the trauma so you can move forward.

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) helps close those wounds so we can begin to move forward on our journey.

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

If you would like to make a comment, please fill in the comments form. If you would like to make your comment to Dr. Bray privately, please go to the Contact page to email him directly.

Where Words Can’t Reach – Highlights from PTSD Workshop

Part 1 – Highlights of a workshop with Dr. Robert L. Bray on using Thought Field Therapy (TFT) in treating Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).

 

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

If you would like to make a comment, please fill in the comments form. If you would like to make your comment to Dr. Bray privately, please go to the Contact page to email him directly.

How Do We Know Thought Field Therapy Works?

Excerpt from Between Iraq and A Hard Place. Dr. Robert Bray explains how we know Thought Field Therapy (TFT) works.

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

Effects of One Too Many Deployments on a Family – Conclusion

 

In this video Dr. Bray talks about how deployments can affect Family Members and how to get help with Thought Field Therapy.

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

What is Thought Field Therapy (TFT)

Excerpt from Between Iraq and A Hard Place. Dr. Robert Bray explains Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and how it can help treat Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

A Vicious Cycle for Generations to Come – Effects of One Too Many Deployments on a Family Part 12

 

In this video a Military Wife, Dr. Bray and Ron Ringo, LCDR US Navy Ret. talk about the generational cycle for Families affected by the PTSD of their Service Members.

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

The Decision to Leave – Effects of One Too Many Deployments on a Family Part 3

In this video a military wife shares with Dr. Bray and Ron Ringo, LCDR, US Navy Ret. how she came to the decision to leave.

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

 

If you would like to make a comment, please fill in the comments form. If you would like to make your comment to Dr. Bray privately, please go to the Contact page to email him directly.

What the War and the Military Did – Effects of One Too Many Deployments on a Family Part 2

Note: We are reposting this today because the link in our Newsletter was broken.

In this video a military wife shares with Dr. Bray and Ron Ringo, LCDR, US Navy Ret. what happened to her husband in the military due to his deployments.

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

 

If you would like to make a comment, please fill in the comments form. If you would like to make your comment to Dr. Bray privately, please go to the Contact page to email him privately.

 

Wal-Mart a treatment for post-traumatic stress?

Link to article: Wal-Mart a treatment for post-traumatic stress?

 

I saw this article title and of course it caught my eye. Big-box retailers – those megastores we all have in our communities do set up conditions in which vets with post traumatic stress can easily be triggered. But asking them to go there and stay until they’re comfortable is just another abuse of them using prolonged exposure therapies. For many with PTSD this can cause secondary injuries and make the recovery even more difficult. Thought Field Therapy allows people to go where they choose without becoming overwhelmed. Tapping when triggered will end the upset. Asking someone who is triggered to stay in that situation will only result with someone getting hurt.

 

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

If you would like to make a comment, please fill in the comments form. If you would like to make your comment to Dr. Bray privately, please go to the Contact page to email him directly.

How TFT Helped Orphans of the Genocide in Rwanda

 

This video is the story of how one Thought Field Therapy treatment helped orphans in Rwanda heal from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome).

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

If you would like to make a comment, please fill in the comments form. If you would like to make your comment to Dr. Bray privately, please go to the Contact page to email him directly.

As Veteran-Related Crime Statistics Increase – Defense Attorneys Will Have a New Tool Available

Click here to read the article: As Veteran-Related Crime Statistics Increase – Defense Attorneys Will Have a New Tool Available

The authors are doing a great service for the Veteran population by helping distribute the solid facts about the impact of this war on 300,000 plus who are or will suffer from PTSD.

The impairments to living in our world that are the hallmarks of PTSD often resulting in running outside the legal and social norms. Understanding the nature of the underlining problems is imperative if justice is to be served for the victims, the perpetrators, and our community. Justice in its simplest terms is seeing that one gets what one is due. What is due us all is real concern for our safety and loving caring support in being human as best we can. What is due the men and women we ask to go in harm’s way is every possible service and support in living among us as a nation.

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

If you would like to make a comment, please fill in the comments form. If you would like to make your comment to Dr. Bray privately, please go to the Contact page to email him directly.

Cleansing Ritual Effective in Treating Trauma Stress

Cleansing ritual effective in treating trauma stress

This is an interesting article and perspective.

Healing comes in many forms and needs to be both culturally and psychologically acceptable to be available and used. Thought Field Therapy is not cultural or language specific and has been used around the world to end the overwhelming upset of post traumatic stress. Dr. Callahan’s book has be translated into 11 different languages. This non-invasive, non-drug, non-cognitive, and safe technique that works in minutes.

For more about how tapping can help and how to tap instructions please check out my book, Heal Traumatic Stress NOW – No Open Wounds.

If you would like to make a comment, please fill in the comments form. If you would like to make your comment to Dr. Bray privately, please go to the Contact page to email him directly.