Resolving Shock During Traumatic Events

This self-care formula uses the Intuitive Learning Circle method for resolving shock when your life has been upended and you are:

  • Feeling scattered, surprised, scared or vulnerable
  • Reliving painful experiences
  • Having trouble thinking or planning clearly.

Our SOS self-care formulas are a form of self-hypnosis combined with energy healing that has been used for resolving shock, enhancing intuition and facilitating positive change since 2001. This particular formula offers a gentle opportunity to process difficult experiences, heal emotional stress and explore positive ways to respond.

Resolving Shock is associated with the I Ching Hexagram #51 SHOCKING:

“In human affairs it can manifest as a shocking turn of events, an unpredictable, cataclysmic occurrence inspired by invisible but irresistible forces… A heightened experience of the forces that affect your life will bring you into close contact with the inner workings of your nature.” ~ The I Ching Workbook, R.L Wing

SOS- Resolving Shock from Traumatic EventsAny person involved in a traumatic event could experience disorientation, numbness, mental confusion or fragmentation. They might even get stuck in the energy of the trauma. This includes people who are witness to traumatic experiences in some way. 

Sometimes people who’ve experienced a shocking event will tell you that they’re fine and not to worry about them. That’s because one of the main symptoms of being in shock is not being aware of being in shock. Why is that? During a shock, the mind goes blank as a form of protection.

Contrary to popular opinion, having a shock response is not a sign of weakness. It is an important way that we protect ourselves. Nevertheless, if someone who has experienced shock doesn’t get a chance to relax and separate from the experience – or if they’re not able to – serious problems can develop, including ptsd. Scattered energy and a constant state of fight or flight takes its toll over time. Statements like: “I can’t think of anything positive,” “my life is falling apart” or “I feel so drained” describe the experience of ongoing, unresolved shock.

If any of the above seems familiar, you can go through this mind exercise to help you access your own innate healing abilities. Simply follow the directions step by step and gently pull your energy back into the present. 

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The brain and body communicate through different channels when a part of you is crossed over the center of your body. As you go through the steps, cross and uncross a hand or foot over the midline of your body when you gaze at each Circle. Use a soft focus and breathe patiently. This will help you integrate your thinking more fully so that you can be more creative. If you have any negative self-talk, let it go by breathing through it.

Feel free to move at anytime in any way to help you embody your experience!


Resolving Shock and Confusion

Step One:

You may have just gone through a painful experience, a disruption in your life  or been triggered by a traumatic memory from the past. If so, you probably need to resolve a shock or a fixated idea that’s keeping you stuck in the pain. Take several deep breaths and relax while you look at this Circle that releases shock and inner conflict.

Imagine that the lines are relaxing and turning into spaghetti. Your mind might seem chaotic, confusing or blank, if so relax into whatever it is. You may get a conscious image or message or you may not.

Once you have a sense that your mind has found the blockage, imagine that it’s like an iceberg and the Sun is melting it away with a beautiful beam of light.
Allow it to melt until it’s completely gone.
Check for other blockages or conflicts that you can do the same with.


Step Two:

In situations like this, there’s too much going on and you don’t want to scatter. Your mind may have too many windows open – like on a computer screen.

Let this Circle help you close the tabs in your mind to help you feel better and more contained.


Step Three:

The environment is changing and you need to protect yourself. Relax with this symbol and close down all harmful energy channels that your mind or body may be open and vulnerable to.

If you like, ask your Soul for divine protection.


Step Four:

Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fresh water. If you swish it around in your mouth before you swallow, the water will go where it needs to go faster and more efficiently.

Water is your good friend. Especially now!


Step Five:

A lot is changing. Gather up your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical resources. What’s most important for you to include?


Step Six:

Your senses may have been knocked out of balance. Reconnect with them and focus on being present. Use them to become aware of your body and what you need right now.

Re-orient yourself in your environment, especially if it’s changed.

Take whatever time you need to focus on actions that will bring you back into balance and benefit your well-being. You may want to write ideas down because it’s easy to forget.


Step Seven:

Your energy probably needs some balancing. Go through this short sequence to make repairs and get back in order:

A) Get help clearing your energy field of toxins. Use this Key to relax and mend any energetic wounds that are associated with smoke, chemicals or other negative energies. 

Like a healing balm, imagine that a loving coat of peace and comfort is pouring down over you.


B) When a person is under extreme stress, their energy can become blocked, scattered, reversed or even shut down completely.

Let this Key help you make corrections and repair any glitches, holes or jagged energies in your system.

Keep relaxing with it until the energy smooths out and you begin to sense the calming energy of your Soul coming through.


C) Keep your wits about you. Clear away dark and heavy thoughts.

Use this Circle to imagine you can infuse your body with light and Love. Doing so will help to remove fear, negativity and darkness from your energy field.

Dispense with the darkness by sending it to the Light for purification.


D) Bring your attention to your own heart center. Imagine you can connect with your Source and activate the Light that lives within you.
You are never alone.


Step Eight:

Now it’s time to turn down the volume on all the noise from outside. As you breathe deeply, let this Circle help you to adjust the volume and pitch of your senses to just the right level.

Not too high and not too low – just right.

Soon you will be able to hear that calm, gentle voice inside that reminds you about what matters the most to you.

Let yourself be sad if you need to be. Tears are a sign of letting go of shock.


Step Nine:

It also helps to open and close your hands to get more present. Move your fingers and wiggle your toes around. Notice the time and where you are. These actions all help whenever you’re resolving shock. 


Step Ten:

Now you can let your nervous system calm down too. Slow down and listen to the rhythm of your heart.
You’re feeling better with every breath you take.

Move around in any way that you instinctively feel you need.


Step Eleven:

Oftentimes, resolving shock and confusion requires a change in priorities. There may be certain plans, ideas or thoughts that make you feel distressed. You can use this symbol for dissolving destructive blueprints to help you identify them and dissolve whatever is distressing you.

Simply imagine that the negative patterns in your mind are like dark clouds or a tangled maze of confusion.

Surrender the darkness into the pure light of the Sun and let the maze dissolve completely.

You’ll know that you’re done when your mind feels clear enough to visualize you standing in a beautiful field with the Sun shining down upon you.

Please note: Never send destructive energies into the Earth, she already has too much to handle now. Use the Earth for planting seeds of happiness and life – not death!


Step Twelve:

Before you finish with this formula, take a minute to seal and heal any holes, leaks or openings in your energy field.
Do that both crossed and uncrossed over the midline of your body.
Your mind and nervous system need closure.

Closure for Mind Body Healing


Step Thirteen:

Finally, let your heart recover. This Key helps you balance your heart energy and clear away any residual heaviness. Breathe deeply and take your time.


Feel any remaining heaviness lifting up and out of your heart. Let it radiate out to the Light where it can be transformed.

Take care of yourself and remember that you are loved.


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If you feel that you need more assistance, Rheanni Lightwater, BFA, CHT, CKP has 25+ years experience in the art and science of mind body healing. Contact her for a private session if you still feel worried or overwhelmed.

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Disclaimer: This Mind Exercise should not be considered as an exclusive method of treatment. The appropriate medical or psychotherapeutic authorities should be consulted for the diagnosis and treatment of any medical or psychological condition. The information and practices described on this website are best considered as an adjunct to orthodox medical or psychological treatments.

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