Trey Lotz-Time Track and Trauma
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The time track of a person is made up of all of the things that a person has experienced in their life. Most of these experiences are benign, but some are traumatic. These traumatic experiences negatively affect a person's ability to think rationally and make good decisions about the areas associated with the trauma. I would like to share what I have learned about how to reduce the ability of these traumatic experiences to negatively impact a person's life.
As a being accumulates experience, that experience is placed in the context of time, is compared with other similar experiences and is, to that degree, understood.
The time track has along it various decisions that a person has made that shape the course of future action and experience. For example, 'now I am going to go to college,' 'now I am going to work as a salesman,' 'now I am going to stop working as a salesman' and so on. This could be understood as the being putting in place an operating basis which continues until it is stopped, changed, or a new one started.
mind's computer[edit | edit source]
In that way the mind is like a computer running an operating system. You can't run a new operating system until the old one has been deleted. These kinds of programs are known to the person, and are things that the person can easily change. This is not what causes a person trouble.
When experience is too chaotic, painful, or disturbing, it is not understood at the time it happens, but is filed away to be sorted out later. It is an important experience because it occurred at a time when survival was threatened, but it is also hard to confront because the stored experience also contains the pain or upset that made it difficult to deal with in the first place.
Embedded in these difficult experiences are also decisions which shaped future behavior and reactions, but these decisions are not normally accessible to the person so they are difficult to counteract, even when one is aware of the self defeating behavior and emotions generated by them. It is this kind of mental programming that ruins someone's life and causes them to act irrationally.
discharging trauma[edit | edit source]
Discharging an incident allows a person to become aware of what was decided and why. That individual is then able to see these decisions in context and to reevaluate them as to their actual survival value. This allows the person the freedom to accept, discard, or change that decision, or to make a new one based on how having a better understanding.
freedom of choice[edit | edit source]
All freedom is freedom of choice.
So often a person's life is limited by what they are avoiding, what they can't deal with, and what they can't do. Traumatic experience tends to generalize, and the bad experiences one has had can eventually end up coloring large areas of life in a negative way. A person will avoid an area of pain, and when that area of pain becomes broad, a person starts to withdraw and avoids life itself.
People become fearful, angry, sad, or apathetic as a fixed response to the environment. That response was appropriate at one time, but becomes generalized and gets inappropriately applied to things that have no connection to the original experience. The chronic emotional reactions of a person has, as its source, some experiences that are partially or fully unknown to the person. These are events that the person has never fully understood or come to terms with. This stored misemotion keeps a person continuously or periodically experiencing the upset of the original incident.
Since these responses are fixed by past conclusions and decisions, a person's ability to freely choose in present time is reduced. The past is dragged into the present and greatly complicates the ability of a person to deal with it successfully.
For example, if a person has decided, 'I'll always be poor' or 'I'm not smart enough' or 'Men always leave you' or 'You can't trust women', these decisions will tend to become self fulfilling prophesies. A person could say that these decisions were based on 'reality' or that other people led them to believe these things were true. Nevertheless, the thing that holds these things into place is that a person has decided for themselves that these were truths, or they have agreed that they were truths even if these ideas originally came from someone else. In the end, all programming is self programming. A person has said 'it is so,' and so it is.
The goal in discharging these traumatic experiences is restoring a person's ability to confront the harmful force, pain, loss and upset contained in these incidents. Coming to terms with the past leaves a person at peace. Once a person can fully confront painful experiences, they are no longer bothered by or controlled by painful experiences. When a person becomes comfortable with past experience, the past truly becomes the past.
confront[edit | edit source]
The confront of pain is the make break point of any being. Those that can confront pain have freedom of choice. Those that cannot confront pain are controlled by it.
communication[edit | edit source]
All therapies that have as their goal getting rid of unwanted emotions and reactions deal with this exact mechanism. No matter what terms or techniques are used to describe or address these things, everyone has these same factors of the mind in play. One of the biggest fears that a person can have is that their future will resemble their past. There is no reason for this to be so. The only power the past has to shape the future is the power you give it by not letting it go.
In my experience, creating a safe space and using communication to help sort things out, is the best way to help a person overcome repeating destructive patterns.
Once a person has shed the shackles of the past, there is no reason why a they cannot create the future they truly want.
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