Healing: Holding Space for ‘Samskaras’.
Triggers are trauma experiences rooted in the past. The word root points to their origin in the body. For the root chakra is located within one’s foundation at the pelvic floor.
It is the seat of the physical body, and also the seat of the soul. It is where kundalini energy rises from, and also where it is stored. So, when an outside experience abruptly knocks this energy off track, the samskara left behind is an energetic pathway that runs through the body, heart, and mind. This pathway, then, is what the soul-warrior must heal.
Samskara is a Sanskrit word that means scar. Whereas scar may imply an act of permanence, it’s my experience that the scars left behind by trauma can be alchemized. In other words, they represent pathways in the body where the episode coursed its path, and by working through these experiences in love, they can transmute to a place where traumatic charge dissipates.
My work with trained professionals like therapists and energy workers is testament to this notion.
While emotionally the brevity of the experience of trauma and the aftermath may feel unfair and are definitely unkind, at a point in one’s healing journey we realize that the work of healing is, in fact, what creates the conditions for a more fulfilling life. It is a bit of a mind-fuck, to be honest, that one survives unthinkable experiences in order to eventually live a life that’s more rich and abundant than before.
Personally, I don’t feel learning has to happen this way, but sometimes it just does. For whatever reason, the soul or the past experiences wound within it need to alchemize this way.
A part of the healing work, then, is to release the victim energy of “Why me?”, albeit the feelings are valid. It isn’t fair to innocently experience a life-changing event. It isn’t kind of the Universe to present work this way, in my opinion. But maybe we shouldn’t take it personally. More so, some say that questions like these arise from ego’s need to to ask Why where judgment is implied.
Whereas the ego fights, the soul body simply accepts what is and flows in love. “Acceptance is the answer” is an adage from 12-step programs rooted in spirituality. For from acceptance, one dives right into the solution.
As mentioned, the solutions or pathways to heal trauma are plenty. Therapy, energy work and community circles are just some. Community provides context and comfort in knowing that you are not alone by shared experience. Talking and listening to friends who are also resilient, courageous, and spiritually inclined may also support one’s path.
However you approach it, ask for help and guidance when you need it.
By holding space for ourselves, samskaras, and the experiences they leave behind, are nurtured, and the root cause of the trigger begins to heal. Through the experience of bringing love to our pain, we fill ourselves with the bounty of existence and the map within our body coursed by trauma can reshape and alchemize.
Throughout the healing journey, stick close to your soul. It will support your motivation to get better. That is not to imply there is ever anything wrong with us or who we are. There is no good or bad when it comes to healing.
What I mean by get better is to never lose sight of the inner voice which navigates how much you deserve to heal, feel well, and live your best life: to feel good, to be present, to receive and experience the nectar of gifts that pours daily from the Earth. With time and patience, eventually your triggers will heal. And maybe one day, you’ll pay it forward and support another’s path.
Megan Mulligan is a student of life, Source, creativity, and light. A Kundalini yogi, Osho meditator, video producer, writer, and creator, her intention is to bring peace into the world with words, energy, and goodness, and to raise the vibrations with the frequency of pure love. Find more on her website.