Stress happens when we are not meeting our basic primal emotional needs, and it builds more and more as we worry about not meeting those needs. Stress is merely a signal of ‘thirst’ or ‘hunger’ on the emotional level.
Relationship breakups, job loss, illness, bereavement, poverty, being bullied or threatened, the residual effects of unresolved trauma and any other stressors all have the potential to precipitate a crisis. Even boredom is a type of stress, signalling that our innate needs for challenge or excitement are not being met.
But other stress signals include fear, depression and anger. Strong unremitting emotion leads to an overactive imagination that can conjure very real fears or ideas about the self – ideas that can start to feel more real than life itself.
This happens partly through disrupted sleep and partly through stress’s effects on how the brain normally works to question and modify the imagination.
When someone is in crisis they will invariably have come to believe stuff that may seem bizarre, even to their normal self. This is called ‘trance logic’ and can happen to many people in crisis, not just those prone to psychosis. This explains the scary changes in character of those in crisis.
Often a person veering toward crisis will not have strong enough self-objectivity (because of the distorting effects of high emotion) to realize they need a break, to make the effort to talk to someone about what they’re going through, or to identify what needs to happen to help them out of the crisis.
And unless someone in their community sees the warning signs and takes steps to help, that person may tumble into crisis after crisis.
Emotions fuel beliefs, and until the emotions are dealt with, the beliefs or delusions will tend to remain fixed.
The human body communicates directly to us any imbalances with sensations we have learned to call ‘symptoms’. The word ‘symptom’ comes from an ancient Greek word simply meaning a ‘happening’. So symptoms are simply happenings or messages that command our attention, requiring us to first listen to them, and then to change our ways or unconscious ‘patterns’ if we are to avoid further discomfort, misery and pain.
Many times the pain we feel in our bodies is just the symptom not the source of the problem which is why many conventional forms of medication and therapy are not working. The good news is acute trauma and pain can be treated… you can break free of the cage trauma and acute pain has you trapped in.
Brain Spa Health offers a free initial consultation to discuss your needs and ascertain whether we can be of assistance and if not, we are happy to refer you to a specialist who can. Call now on 0424 671 411
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”