This post discusses the causes of PTSD and the “defense cascade” of fight, flight and freeze which is often described as the basic mammalian response to trauma. The work of Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Walter Cannon, and Schauer and Elbert will be discussed.
A forum to discuss the work of Peter Levine, PhD, emphasizing its spiritual dimensions. Elizabeth Bader has studied Somatic Experiencing, the modality Levine developed for healing trauma, for many years. She received a Somatic Experiencing certificate in 2014.
Stephen Porges PhD speaks about the Polyvagal Theory, healing trauma, and his own psychological and spiritual journey. In the attached blog post, Elizabeth discusses the applicability to mediation.
Dr. Peter Levine, a leading pioneer in the area of healing trauma, speaks about trauma and the spiritual journey.