A Community Conversation Acknowledging Trauma and Pathways of Healing
6:30 pm EST - 8:30 pm EST
Empowerment is the state of being empowered to do something: the power, right, or authority to ACT.
When trauma occurs, at any age and in any form, we often experience ourselves in our life believing we have no power, ability, or basic human rights to protect and set boundaries for ourselves. It's as if our freedom to choose has been taken from us and in its place is a belief of powerlessness, helplessness and undeserving of our own birth rights and of love.
Watch the recording of You Are Not Alone--Healing Trauma with Empowerment
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Bessel A. van der Kolk in The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma states: "Beneath the surface of the protective parts of trauma survivors there exists an undamaged essence, a Self that is confident, curious, and calm, a Self that has been sheltered from destruction by the (our internal) various protectors that have emerged in their efforts to ensure survival. Once those protectors trust that it is safe to separate, the Self-will spontaneously emerge, and the parts can be enlisted in the healing process.”
This is the beginning of 'remembering" the truth of who we are and who we came here to be... empowerment then becomes the remembered core of each survivor of trauma, facilitating the experience of healing, choices and self-trust.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE... Others have walked this path before you, including the panelists in this series. We are all connected on this journey of healing, of both self and humanity, from our own individual traumas as well as our collective traumas.
This panel conversation is part of OMA's Trauma program, designed for the sharing of stories around our diverse life experiences, and exploring the connections among us all. Please join us in this online series as we continue our journey home to ourselves and to one another. --Callie Gropp
Panelists: Marilyn Carpenter, Deb Carter, Callie Gropp, Angela Failor, Elizabeth Homlish, Gail Hunter, and Liza Vivio. See past panelists.
Moderator: Callie Group.
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