Sacred Wounds

Trauma Healing on the Spiritual Path

A three-part course with Peter Levine, Efu Nyaki, and Joshua Sylvae

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When real, physical threats arise, human instincts take over and can create extraordinary feats of focused attention and action. The “awe-full” qualities of horror and terror we can experience at such times share essential roots with profoundly transformative states such as flow, awe, presence, timelessness, and ecstasy as they reach far beyond the limiting mind. The bridging of these states with everyday awareness can be a key feature of spiritual growth and expansion. It can promote the experience of timelessness and presence sometimes referred to in meditation systems as the eternal now.

Trauma stands in the way of this integration by locking us up in a ‘freeze’ mode and inhibiting the activation that gives us access to the ‘fight or flight’ energized states. The ability to access and integrate this bound energy determines whether it will be debilitating or vitalizing. In yoga, awakening of the Kundalini has long been utilized as a vehicle for spiritual transformation. Trauma produces a similar mobilization of survival activation, but with such intensity and rapidity that it is overwhelming. We are unable to utilize this energy as it is bound to rigid and frozen response patterns.

As we bring awareness to our wounds and gradually access and integrate this energy into our nervous system and psychic structures, we begin to experience greater freedom, expansion and connection to our true self. As we integrate those wounds, the instinctual survival response embedded within trauma can catalyze authentic spiritual transformation.

Join Peter Levine PhD, Efu Nyaki SEP, and Joshua Sylvae PhD for a 3-part, online program.

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The themes:

  • Understand the relationship between trauma healing and various spiritual states
  • Become familiar with the energetic basis of survival instincts
  • Discover how to work with altered states in dealing with the residue of deep trauma
  • Access portals to the deep self through the spiritual components of trauma
  • Recognize how conventional approaches to spiritual practice can generate trauma
  • Practice embodiment for effective (and safe) spiritual practice
  • Discover intersections between mystical energy systems and the modern scientific understanding of the nervous system
  • Integrate trauma as a doorway to nondual awareness

Presenters

Peter Levine

Peter A Levine, Ph.D., is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma, which he has developed during the past 50 years. He is the Founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute/Foundation for Human Enrichment and the Founder and President of the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education™. His work has been taught to over 50,000 therapists in over 45 countries. Dr. Levine served as a stress consultant for NASA in the early space shuttle development and has served on the American Psychological Association task force for responding to the trauma of large-scale disasters and ethnopolitical warfare. He holds doctorates in both Biophysics and Psychology and is the author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, which is published in over 29 languages. He is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally.

Efu Nyaki

Euphrasia (Efu) Nyaki was born and raised on the slopes of mountain Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, where she gained the essence and vital healing energy from her ancestors. The strength of her ancestors lead her to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, train as a science teacher, and later to train as a healer using holistic methods. Efu enjoys helping others and for this reason joined an International Catholic Missionary community called Maryknoll sisters of Saint Dominick. Having arrived in Brazil as a missionary in 1993, Efu worked for 5 years with women who suffered from violence using mental health programs in the periphery of the city of João Pessoa, Brazil. In the year 2000 she co- founded two NGOs, and in the past 20 years, Efu has offered bodyworker and herbal medicine trainings for community leaders. For the past 10 years Efu has been teaching Family Constellation (trans-generational trauma healing) and Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) for trauma resolution in Brazil and other parts of the world. Efu was also asked by Dr. Peter A Levine, the developer of SE™, to join his Legacy Faculty to assist him and teach his Master Classes.

Joshua Sylvae

Joshua Sylvae, PhD has been involved in the field of somatics since 2003. His study of nervous system regulation has incorporated inquiry into many disparate fields including ecology, philosophy, and neurobiology. He holds an MA in clinical psychology (with an emphasis in somatic psychology), a PhD in Higher Learning and Social Change, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Joshua’s clinical practice is grounded in Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), and he also integrates psychodynamic perspectives, mindfulness approaches, a systemic orientation, and a good deal of humor in his work. He is a faculty member at the SE Trauma Institute, leading the SE Professional Training in locations around the world, and is also a Legacy Faculty member at Dr. Peter A Levine’s Ergos Institute for Somatic Education. Joshua’s background includes participation in social change efforts, movements for social equality and ecological sustainability, and he maintains a passion for encouraging and assisting communities working toward the creation of a just and healthful society. In 2019, Joshua launched The (r)evolve Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating the general public about human origins, and he currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director. He envisions somatics becoming an integral part of healing and transforming our world, and feels greatly inspired when helping professionals integrate these simple principles for treating and transforming trauma and distress.
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