With time various topics, most connected to the 'ancient ways,' will be covered. Some of these might be controversial in nature - you're most welcome to contribute.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

PTSD ... The Physiology of the Beast ...

PTSD has until very recently always been seen and treated as psychological 'disorder.'  Now we now the truth ... and the truth will set you free ...

I totally agree with the following:

"Memories of life-threatening events are not stored in the same parts of the brain as other memories or thoughts. They are stored in deeper areas within the brain called the “limbic system,” which controls survival reflexes and connects directly to areas involving all of the basic functions of the body necessary for survival, including adrenaline, breathing, heart rate, and muscle tone. Adrenaline and rage go hand in hand. They help you focus, make your muscles stronger, and help you fight. Anger helps to control fear.

The limbic system memories are not under your conscious control. Rational thinking occurs in the cerebral cortex, the part of our brain that is much more developed and larger in humans than in any other species. The limbic system, also known as the reptilian (reptile-like) part of our brain, is more primitive, more animal. It processes danger, threat, and reflexes, and expresses basic emotions necessary for survival (anger, hurt, fear). Limbic memories are not linear or logical. They are highly emotionally charged images, sounds, smells, thoughts, or perceptions that immediately connect with reflexes having to do with survival— the “fight-or-flight” reflexes. The limbic area of the brain is designed to make sure that you never forget any memories having to do with serious danger or disaster that affected you personally. These memories form the impetus that forces you to respond instantaneously when you encounter a similar situation at a future time."

~ Hoge, Charles (2010-02-23). Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home.


We also know that once your limbic system has been engaged/trained ... there's no return ... when the music starts to play ... you'll rock-and-roll.  Simple as that ... the hyena on your roof will always watch over you.

There are some things that make things worse ... things you can prevent.  If you don't take care of these things ... then the physiology of the beast turns into a psychological nightmare.  Unfortunately a place where many warriors find themselves in ... a situation I want to prevent, as we are a rare and beautiful species ...

I want you to think about the following ... really, really think about this ... are you ready:

In 2010, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) estimated that on any given night there were 76,000 homeless veterans sleeping on American streets. - See more at: http://www.dvnf.org/veteran-homelessness-facts/?gclid=CL2OgYenmccCFQRvvAodrQ8K9Q#sthash.d0KZcWG4.dpuf
 In 2010, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) estimated that on any given night there were 76 000 homeless veterans sleeping on American streets.
In Australia we're talking about 3000.
These people are highly trained and effective human beings with hearts in the right places ... trained to be warriors, to do what others won't ... then left to rot in the domesticated world ...
For every warrior with a highly trained limbic system ... left in limbo ... there are mothers, fathers, sister and brothers ... wives and children ... broken families.

These are warriors who can contribute to society ... a society that looks the other way.

You think about this ... doesn't matter who you are ... where you are in the world ... the colour of your skin ... your religion.  One thing I know ... a day comes when warriors from opposite sides shake hands and look each other in the eye ... all while the society they belong too, looks the other way ...

I've now touched on the psychology of the beast ...

In 2010, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) estimated that on any given night there were 76,000 homeless veterans sleeping on American streets. - See more at: http://www.dvnf.org/veteran-homelessness-facts/?gclid=CL2OgYenmccCFQRvvAodrQ8K9Q#sthash.d0KZcWG4.dpuf
In 2010, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) estimated that on any given night there were 76,000 homeless veterans sleeping on American streets. - See more at: http://www.dvnf.org/veteran-homelessness-facts/?gclid=CL2OgYenmccCFQRvvAodrQ8K9Q#sthash.d0KZcWG4.dpuf
In 2010, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) estimated that on any given night there were 76,000 homeless veterans sleeping on American streets. - See more at: http://www.dvnf.org/veteran-homelessness-facts/?gclid=CL2OgYenmccCFQRvvAodrQ8K9Q#sthash.d0KZcWG4.dpuf

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