Exceptionally stressful experiences, if left unprocessed, can manifest within our psyche and body. This happens because we carry the history of our lives with us – every day and every night. When a significant blow of fate strikes (abuse, accident, loss of a loved one, etc.), the psyche, nervous system, body, and environment all react.
An experience that is traumatic for someone can have such a profound effect that it sends the mind, nervous system, and body into an ongoing state of alarm (fight or flight), vulnerability, numbness, dissociation, or paralysis (freeze).
However, experiences that are traumatic for an individual can also have less acute, but still severe long-term effects. Negative emotions (such as sadness, anger, and shame), negative beliefs about oneself, the world, or other people, avoidance of emotions, memories, places, situations, increased vulnerability, and irritability can be some of the persistent outcomes and repeated patterns.
In both cases, if the initial shock is not healed – which is often the case – it will create an energy potential. This can have either an immediate strong effect or a gradual yet accumulating long-term impact on one’s psyche, and ultimately on one’s body.
The effect on the psyche: After a traumatic experience and over time, a person’s beliefs, reactions, and behaviors may change. This, in turn, may attract further experiences which reinforce a negative outlook, potentially leading to cycles of victimization or perpetration.
These deeply embedded experiences may surface suddenly and unexpectedly in seemingly unrelated situations. At times, the person may become oversensitive, overwhelmed, and display erratic, defensive, or avoidant behavior. They may wonder why certain patterns occur again and again, no matter how they reposition themselves.
The effect on the body: Alongside this mental negative feedback loop, the body’s biochemistry will change, affecting homeostasis, physical wellbeing and posture through inflammation and the toxicity of stress. As a result, these cascading effects may eventually manifest as a physiological malady. “Your beliefs act like filters on a camera, changing how you see the world. And your biology adapts to those beliefs” (Lipton, 2011).
Both these effects are noted by the social environment and may lead to further non-beneficial responses, such as attracting unsuitable partners or professional decline.
Nowadays, this holistic view is increasingly supported by evidence in an array of disciplines, including trauma science, psychosomatics, neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, genetics (epigenetics), medicine, and biophysics. It is finally being released from the taboo zone and will ultimately replace the reductionist view in due time.
Energy, in various forms, surrounds and passes through our body, organs, glands, muscles, and cells. Be it In mental energy (emotions and recurring thought patterns), chemical energy (e.g. stress hormones) or physical energy (e.g. heart rate, HRV, movement) – as a consequence of our experiences – do affect and eventually alter the programs that maintain health in our body, leading to illnesses later if left unchecked.
That being said, this psycho-energetic wisdom shows us that we can prevent the physical manifestation of psychological suffering and that there are ways out! Not every physical illness can be cured at any moment, but we can correct and heal the underlying conscious or subconscious content of the psyche, leading us to inner peace.
Nevertheless, this work and the Palucki Method should never substitute a checkup by a medical professional.