Trauma and Recovery
If the result of trauma is that it reduces your effective brain synchronization progressively down to lower and lower levels of activity, then recovery involves resynchronizing our minds and recapturing our capacities. When we do this successfully the dominant activity moves forward and then to the left. If you only had Type B trauma this will be relatively easy as there are only a couple of sticking points. If you had extensive Type A trauma your brain may never have been trained to synchronize at all and may be missing connections you would need. In this case you will need to grow and train a better working brain as well as get through the sticking points left by Type B trauma. THRIVE Training and many of the Life Model materials are designed to help you grow a better identity and brain.
"The Processing Pathway for Painful Experiences and the Definition of Psychological Trauma" by Karl Lehman M.D. is a 90 page document covering the how healing has been redesigned based on careful applications of the Life Model. Mental health, prayer ministers, and medical practitioners will find the details they need to understand the theory and see the practical applications.
Thriving Recover Your Life - This recovery program serves both addictions and trauma recovery since both trauma and addictions use the same brain structures to disrupt our lives. Thriving Recover Your Life is currently in the training phase in the United States. Thriving was developed by Rev. Ed Khouri and Dr. Jim Wilder. Using the best in Biblical principles, relational discipleship, current brain science and experienced leadership, Thriving uses the Life Model of Redemption and Maturity to develop healthy maturity, restore joyful bonds and help people learn the 19 essential skills needed to have healthy relationships with God and others. To learn more about Thriving on this site click here or visit www.ThrivingRecovery.org for more details.
The first three items on our list of what resolves trauma are all done through mutual-mind experiences with another person. These address both A and B Types of trauma. (See Training the Control Center for more details.)
At the moment of activating the mental banana (level 3 Cingulate cortex) during recovery from a Type B trauma we are no longer alone in the past event but sharing a present event with another mind. We are now relational beings and our cortex is on and ready to learn. Naturally the person whose mind we share must be capable of handling the emotions at this level of intensity or their brains will shut down and leave us stranded. We also know that in many cases Jesus will appear as an experiential/sensed mutual-mind during these moments of recovery. Dr. Karl Lehman has dubbed this an Immanuel experience. The important part is that the person experiences a mutual-mind moment with someone so that we are no longer alone in our distress.
Not only does our right-mind control center need a mutual mind experience but our left-brain requires one as well. We need to have some meaning for the things we have suffered or we will have no peace. The Life Model Study Guide lists a eight-step process that is similar to what many different people have described for achieving this mutual mind with God over the meaning of our lives. The meaning can best be described as “understanding why it is like us to hurt this way” about whatever we suffered. This mutual mind rarely answers “why it happened” rather it answers, “Why does that cause me as much pain as it does?”
The Six Step Immanuel Approach
In 2007 the Life Model eight-step process was revised with the help of Dr. Karl Lehman's Immanuel Approach and the result was a simpler, faster and lower strain recovery process. You can download a summary of this six step trauma recovery process here.
The resolution of Type B trauma lies in 1) moving the focus of our attention from the trauma and its intensity to ourselves and why it is like us to hurt this way, and 2) how we would like to respond to the painful experience given that we must live through it. Because we live with brains that configure all our reality and experience in relational terms, we must learn to stay relational in the presence of our pain. Traumatic reactions describe the ways that we begin to avoid aspects of our being and existence because we are terrified of the pain that is associated with the trauma. Learning to suffer well, like learning to live well, depends on sharing our existence with God and others.