Pain, Light and Wisdom

Blog 3 Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth - Yuriy Yurschenko

Blog Article by Yuriy Yurchenko, MD

Light and Wisdom

On the subject of wisdom, Rudolf Steiner once said: "Wisdom is crystallized pain that has been overcome and transformed into its opposite." With this he points to a certain world tendency, without which no life event would be possible.

We see something similar in Goethe's famous statement about the phenomenon of color. The eminent poet metaphysically stated that "colour is the result of the deeds and suffering of light" which is forced to penetrate a partially translucent physical medium or darkness.

Light itself is not perceived by our organ of sight, our physical eye. Our eye merely registers an opaque object that becomes visible because the invisible light that cannot pass through this obstacle unimpeded "informs" our eye about it and reveals to us all the nuances of the shape, size and color of the object from which it is reflected.

Life without suffering is impossible. Especially for humans.

Just like the light, all people have to face more or less great obstacles on their individual paths in life, the strength and direction of which are determined by the tasks of each one’s destiny.

An "attack" by one or a series of external events on one's "I", is answered by this personality's ability to resist the blow of destiny, depending on the strength of their spirit, state of their soul and temperament.

Wisdom of our ancestors teaches us that a person who does not show diligence in the spiritual field, that is, does not use his head and heart to detach himself from the material aspects of reality, will sooner or later be confronted with the "dramas of life" to "correct" all the irregularities, mistakes and errors that such a person has accumulated in life. The same is true for the fate of an entire people who face tragedies that have befallen them.

For survivors of stress, trauma, and dramatic life events, and for professionals working with victims of trauma, it is important to become familiar with the following steps of crisis management to facilitate appropriate rehabilitation of survivors.

Twelve steps of crisis management

  1. Admitting our helplessness and weakness in face of the destiny’s power.
  2. Accepting our destiny.
  3. Making a decision to overcome the difficult situation.
  4. Observing all possible connections with the surrounding world and the living connections with others that we can draw upon.
  5. Identifying opportunities that can restore our functional abilities.
  6. Searching for the best ways to help ourselves (key directions).
  7. Making a plan with essential steps needed to improve the situation.
  8. Developing understanding of what destiny wanted to tell us with the trauma incident (fate's message) and what lesson should we learn from it. .
  9. Observing our biographical chart with the help of a biographical counsellor (our tasks, destiny's gesture, etc.).
  10. Becoming aware of the strengths and weaknesses of our character before the trauma incident, including the level of our self-development (our virtues) and our contribution to the social organism of the modern culture.
  11. Did the traumatic event strengthen or weaken your self and how?
  12. What did the traumatic event teach me about human love (human caring, warmth) and the concept of human freedom (from "what from" to "what for")?

Post-traumatic growth

Euryhtmy4you Trauma Conference speakers will shed light on these and other fundamental questions about trauma therapy and post-traumatic growth through livestreams, meetings, and discussion forums. The recordings are available on a long-term basis and can also be purchased afterwards.

In the Eurythmy4you Interview Show, Yuriy Yurchenko talks about nutrition as a source of vitality and its potential for treating trauma:

  • What actually is nutrition? What strengthens us and what weakens us? How does food nourish us and why can even the best food harm us?
  • What ignites your inner fire and how do you stimulate it?
  • What deeds, spiritual exercises and eating habits can one benefit from – to heal consequences of trauma and improve your life?

Post-traumatic growth

Euryhtmy4you Trauma Conference speakers will shed light on these and other fundamental questions about trauma therapy and post-traumatic growth through livestreams, meetings, and discussion forums. The recordings are available on a long-term basis and can also be purchased afterwards.

Eurythmy4you Trauma Conference
Trauma therapy and post-traumatic growth
Theory, first aid and complementary therapy

Translation by Theodor Sviridov and Theodor Hundhammer

3 comments

I do appreciate the insights of this article. There is one assumption though, I do not really understand. It is: '...and does not work with his head...' Nowadays it is popular to say: 'You are too much stuck in your head! Let go!'. So I guess the question is: with what quality can I work with my head, without getting stressed? Trauma patients do tend to get stuck in senseless 'thinking' getting caught up in circles. I guess one could say: they work wrongly with their head. What is the right way? 

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Yuriy
 

@Babs Kruisdijk Thank you very much for your interest and comment. The original text was in Russian with the sense slightly different from what it apprears in English. For in every cultural invirinment there is a specific way to convey the same meaning. Sure, to avoid confusion it should be written "head and heart". I will ask my friends to edit the text a bit.

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@Babs Kruisdijk

Dear Babs, dear Yuriy, this part of the translation is now corrected and also a few other parts that were not translated satisfactorily.

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