Underlying the symptoms of a certain problem are its causes, but as much as most symptoms are evident, the causes of karmic patterns are less visible and generally beyond the reach of the conscious mind. This is because they are placed in the domain of the subconscious mind, so they should be approached by the perceptive means of the subconscious mind, and this cannot be by reason or intellect, but by physical sensations and emotions. By looking for the source of the central negative emotion which we perceive to be the carrier of the energetic charge of a problem, we gradually unravel the cause itself. Aside from the countless forms of secondary causal models that emerge as consequences of the primary one, the unique primary cause of any karmic problem is a psychic trauma. The trauma is subsequently followed by various kinds of post-traumatic syndromes, which produce additional undesirable consequences. So, the root of all negative karma is a traumatic experience. Although karma is manifested through limiting life circumstances, or undesirable internal states and personal problems, its sole cause is a traumatic experience, which later leads us to a destructive lifestyle. Along with all its accompanying contents, trauma is placed in the subconscious mind and from there it influences our life circumstances, behaving like a magnet which attracts the corresponding life experiences. On the basis of this fact we can also determine that the cause of a karmic problem is not outside, but within us.

It is easy to work on the cause of a certain karmic pattern after we have dissolved its symptoms. Many systems of personal development neglect this natural and logical order of procedures and are unable to distinguish the elements of symptoms from their causes. If we set out to dissolve both symptoms and causes at the same time, we create confusion and our work will neither be that simple, nor integral. As well as representing messages from the deeper dimensions of our being, symptoms are a kind of energy garbage which conceals the causes, so before we proceed to work on the causes, we should know how to recognize and clear the symptoms. Since they constitute the first layer that should be purified in order to get to the next one, the symptoms are the only reason why it is not possible to reach the causes quickly, easily and in full consciousness. However, if we know how to cleanse them, then we achieve exactly this – quick, simple and direct contact with the subconscious.

Furthermore, once we purify the subconscious contents we can also easily establish contact with the third basic layer of a karmic problem, which is its source or meaning. Such a meaning can be revealed through conscious interaction with our superconscious mind. Through direct communication with the superconscious we connect ourselves with the spiritual dimension of our being, successfully carrying out an initiation which we originally failed to realize in this way. The consequence of such a failure was the trauma, along with all the secondary causal models ensuing from it. Dissolving the trauma and passing the initiation successfully will therefore result in permanent removal of the karmic problem. With the symptoms being cleansed, causal models dissolved and our lesson learned there’s no reason to remain at that stage of development anymore, so we are free to continue with our lives.

How does a trauma appear and what are the inner dynamics of a traumatic experience as the single cause of all karmic problems? Given the required circumstances, a trauma can appear at any time. First there must be a form of inner or outer stimulus that a person subjectively experiences as negative. This may or may not cause a traumatic experience, which directly depends on the next condition – our reaction to the stimulus. If the intensity of our reaction surpasses our tolerance, our psycho-energy field may simply fall apart. This is otherwise known as a nervous breakdown of a milder or a stronger form. Such a collapse of the energy structure results in a strong need for protection from the undesirable experience. It is still possible to avoid the creation of a trauma using a positive defense model. But if we defend ourselves in a negative way, the result will be a negative psycho-energy model consisting of emotions, thoughts and automatic reactions, known as trauma.

Here are the basic elements which create a trauma:

- Negative emotions (we are angry, unhappy about everything, in a state of shock resulting from fear, etc.).

- Negative thoughts, which shape into negative conclusions and decisions concerning us, life, other people or God.

- Identity loss or separation of one of the essential qualities of our soul.

- An astral entity entering our energy body during the psychic breakdown.

 A traumatic experience is nothing other than the consequence of a negative reaction of our psyche to a shocking external stimulus. For example, a child that doesn’t receive enough unconditional love from its parents may conclude that it is unworthy of being loved. If the actual event surrounding the conclusion is unpleasant enough, the child may experience a mild or a strong shock. At that moment its psycho-energy system breaks down. A state of psychic disintegration is extremely suitable for programming because when our psycho-energy field breaks we are open and vulnerable to various imprints. Our energy body has lost its compactness and is not able to protect itself from negative external influences, so it seeks any kind of protection in order to ensure our survival. For that reason our psyche unconsciously and automatically builds a new defense mechanism, even though it might be based on a negative perception of reality. A child can form a new life program based on unpleasant emotions (sadness, fear, anger, guilt or trance), negative conclusions (“I can’t get what I want”, “I am unworthy of love”) and finally negative decisions (“from now on I will never love anybody” or “I will always hide my emotions”).
Whether we want it or not, the stable phases of our lives periodically alternate with the unstable ones, sometimes depending on our age and natural life cycles and sometimes on the level and speed of our personal and spiritual development. Any transformation process can be stressful and provoke crisis, so most people prefer stability over transformation. But what is “stability”? Although it apparently depends on many outer circumstances, it is actually based on the firmness of our reality models, or on the strength of our worldview, which is shaped mostly by our beliefs. Having certain beliefs makes us feel safe and secure because we believe our beliefs are real. Maybe they are, at least for that particular period of our life, but then the time comes for changing our way of thinking and living. Things are not going to stay the same, no matter how hard we try to keep the current structure alive. Then we’ll have to leave the old reality model behind and build a new one, and this often provokes inner resistance. So, the need for change and our resistance to it together form something we usually call “a problem”.
 
Each problem is therefore a means of personal transformation, or a kind of initiation into a new dimension of consciousness and behavior. But our reaction to it is of prime importance, because a problematic situation can either become a springboard to a higher quality of life, or a “highway to hell”. If our reaction is negative, then a traumatic structure is formed, consisting of a negative psycho-energy conglomeration of emotions, conclusions and decisions. Everything we conclude or decide at that moment, charging it with strong emotions, becomes a part of our energy body and therefore our mind, either conscious or subconscious, or both. On the basis of these negative states we shape our perception of reality, creating models through which we experience ourselves and the world around us. So, a trauma is simply an unsuccessful initiation, or a negative reaction to a problematic situation.
 
If an initiation does not succeed and turns into a trauma, there is a safety mechanism in our psyche which ensures that too much negative content doesn’t remain in the domain of the conscious mind. That’s why the excessive negativity is suppressed into the subconscious, but there it continues to exist. Ideally, if we knew how, we would immediately be able to clear and reprogram negative impressions and eliminate the reason for their suppression into the subconscious. The methodology presented in this book enables, among other things, exactly this – to help ourselves in the moments of crisis and use the crisis as a means of positive personal transformation. However, if a trauma is not cleared, then the conscious mind tries to eliminate it from its domain because the energy of a trauma is so strong that it can endanger our mental health and physical existence. Such suppression is just a temporary solution because, although necessary as a defense mechanism, it still prevents us from optimal functioning, causing different mental disorders and illnesses.
 
A negative creation placed in our subconscious directly influences the circumstances in our life, attracting situations corresponding to its reality model. For that reason the life of a person with suppressed negative reality models is filled with continuous struggle, and with threats and dangers which seem real but are in fact totally irrational. The subconscious programs tend to protect us from the same or similar experiences as the one that caused the trauma, but this kind of protection is also not entirely constructive. For example, if a soldier caused our trauma, we later become frightened by every soldier we meet, even if they are friendly. Other types of fear, such as that of hospitals, schools or the opposite sex, are caused in the same manner. But this kind of protection is certainly not the one we want; what we want is to feel good, relaxed and calm in every situation, no matter how traumatized we once were. That’s why we need to undergo adequate therapy and that is also why therapy cannot be relativized – if there’s a need for it then it is only the appropriate therapeutic intervention which can change our condition. Thinking, analyzing, meditating, praying or taking some kind of medication can only alleviate the symptoms, but won’t even touch the causes.
 

THE ENERGETIC AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS OF A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE

There are some other interesting things which happen during a traumatic experience, not only involving our psyche, but also the spiritual and energetic dimensions of our being. For instance, when we experience a trauma, our soul is not in our body. It is somewhere outside, usually next to the body. As we are not able to endure the pressure of the unwanted incident, we leave our body to try to protect ourselves from the unpleasant states we are experiencing. Some phrases in the Croatian and in the English language mention this state of dissociation from the body while experiencing a shock or a trauma. In Croatian, people often say that they were “out of themselves” due to anger, grief, surprise, or in short, shock. In English, the same inner condition is expressed by saying “I was beside myself”, which also describes the real situation very well.

Even without any scientific confirmation people are aware of the fact that their consciousness is not in the body at the moment of shock. It moves away from the physical towards the spiritual reality, trying to find refuge in the peace and quiet of the spiritual world. This is the main reason why people often do not remember their traumas – they were not there, at least mentally. The memory loss gives an impression that the trauma never really happened, so many people claim that they have never had such an experience, although their whole lives could be marked by a deep trauma. They build an unnatural system of thought and behavior that they strongly identify with and think that anybody who tries to threaten their frame of mind is the enemy, crazy, stupid or mislead. They are not aware that their lives are controlled by an invisible influence, so they take the limitations of their worldview as “normal” or “natural”.
 
The detachment of our consciousness from the body during a traumatic experience creates a situation suitable for an unwanted energy form to enter our system. To understand the energy and spiritual events during a traumatic experience properly, some new terms and concepts have to be introduced. As we have already seen, besides the physical body people also have an energy body. The soul uses different material and energy forms to express itself. The soul has no name, sex or shape and it is also originally empty, but it can be manifested in the energy world using the energy body of different shapes, qualities and purposes. It can also be manifested in the material world by first taking an energy body and then a material one. This means that an energy world exists that is filled with different kinds of beings which only have energy bodies. We usually call them “entities”, although this term is fairly broad because it involves all non-physical beings and most of them are neither negative nor connected with traumatic experiences. The ones we are interested in here are those that literally enter our energy body when we experience a trauma, at the moment of a nervous breakdown. These specific kinds of entities will be called, in a more defined sense, astral fragments.
 
When our energy layer breaks down under the influence of a traumatic experience, an entrance for an astral fragment is opened. An astral entity wants to connect with a human energy field in order to feed on it, so it moves into our energy body and stays there as a part of our system. It carefully intertwines with our psychological characteristics, giving an impression that it doesn’t exist. The entity feeds on the negative energy created and attracted by our traumatic experience. I have to repeat here that each psychic breakdown originally serves as a means of initiation, changing our old worldview into a new one. Therefore it does not necessarily have to be followed by the entrance of a harmful entity. A temporary crack in our energy body, followed by a successful initiation, will not attract a negative entity because it has nothing to feed on – our negative states are quickly transformed into positive ones and our aura is whole and compact again.
 
If, however, an initiation does not succeed and a new, more positive and constructive, worldview is not developed, a traumatic experience is created instead and this enables a harmful entity to enter. Contrary to the positive energy of a successful initiation, the energy of a traumatic experience is completely different, so it becomes a continuous source of negativity coming both from within us and from our surroundings. If an astral entity has the need to feed on someone else's energy, then its consciousness is at a low level and its existential orientation is purely mechanical – it searches for food. When a traumatic experience occurs, such an entity enters our energy body just to enjoy the abundance of negative energy provided by our trauma.
 
The entity will encourage us to react negatively in unpleasant situations, using the behavior pattern that we learned when the trauma happened. We will form relationships based on conditional love, or attract negative types of people, so that the entity can feed on the negative energy generated from from these kinds of interactions. It will encourage us to be angry and aggressive, to overeat or enjoy unhealthy food, to drink too much alcohol and take drugs, or become obsessed with kinky sex. The astral entity simply needs all the energy food it can draw out from our negative activities, so it will do anything it can to get it. While under its influence we may alternate between overexcitement and fatigue and become either hysterically active or catatonically passive. Have you ever heard of “chronic fatigue syndrome”? The so-called “scientific” medicine offers no sensible solutions for it, but what if astral entities play a certain role here? What if entities are eating away at our energy, leaving us chronically exhausted? Although we tend not to believe in unscientific notions and reject alternative views, sometimes they give us a more logical explanation of our problems than “science” itself…
 
What is the origin of astral fragments? Entities that enter our energy body at the moment of a traumatic experience are not at all some kind of evil being that we should be frightened or terrified of. Their nature is rather simple – they seek food and they function in a purely mechanical way, similar to an animal that is restless or aggressive when hungry and tame and amiable when full. According to Samuel Sagan[1], an Australian physician and a spiritual researcher, such entities are created when a dead person's astral body disintegrates. At the moment of death our energy body starts decomposing just as our physical body does. Our soul, as the immortal part of our being, goes to a certain realm of existence, depending on the karma and the level of consciousness, whereas our physical and astral bodies fall apart. These entities are, therefore, fragments of a disintegrated astral body. Having no physical vehicle any more, they still continue to exist as energy forms with their own consciousness, representing the personality traits and characteristics which were either passive (suppressed) or active during our lifetime. But there is no longer any energy food provided for them, so they are in constant search for another host.
 
 What we need to bear in mind here is that on the spiritual level, as souls, we have only one, unique identity and our original spiritual nature is characterized by unity; at all other levels we are not one-sided beings, but a complex individual consisting of many characteristics or even several personalities. A human soul can simultaneously use a number of identities in order to attain its goals. These personalities can be connected and directed towards a common goal, but they can also be mutually opposed, even to the point where there is no communication between them whatsoever. In that case each fragment of a personality lives its own life and is permanently in conflict with the other fragments, which seem to endanger it. For example, a part of our personality would like to be occupied with spirituality, but is directly endangered by a fragment which loves money and thinks that spiritual activities lead to poverty. Or, an individual can have the identity of a smoker in conflict with the identity of an athlete and so on.
Not all such fragments of our former personality continue to live as astral entities after the physical body dies. This directly depends on the type and quality of energy infused in it during our lifetime. If we are aware of the fact that identities are nothing but roles we play from time to time in order to reach a goal and if we are not unnaturally attached to them, such identities will simply disintegrate after our death, while their energy mass will turn into astral dust. The positive identities that we have been using all our life and investing a lot of energy in, because they have helped us learn certain life lessons, will be transformed into pure spiritual consciousness and energy. But if an identity was long fed by negative energy from our lower self and has not been connected with our higher consciousness, it will probably tend to continue to live as an energy being after our death. Our astral body will disintegrate, but some of its parts will continue to exist at the astral level, no longer having a source of energy food. Such astral beings will, therefore, try to find a new physical body to continue to feed on its energy.
If we have, for example, put a lot of energy into creating an identity of a vengeful person during our lifetime, that identity will continue to exist as an astral fragment when we die, looking for a suitable person to attach to. Since such an identity was not connected with our spiritual consciousness but fed on the energy of our lower being, it continues to live as an astral leech after we die, searching for a new source of energy food. A person with the same or similar tendencies as the last “owner” will become a suitable carrier. The entity will circle around such people, waiting for an opportunity to enter their system. A traumatic experience is a good opportunity, because our protective shield is broken and a foreign energy creation can easily enter our energy body.
 
So, astral entities can also be created by us during our own life, either intentionally or unintentionally. We can make an astral entity come alive if we use negative emotions, conclusions and decisions to create a defense mechanism. Since we are its creators, an astral entity can start living in as little as a few months or even days after a trauma. Therefore not only do the entities enter our aura during a traumatic experience; we create them through our negative worldview and behavior. The new astral fragments connect with the already existing ones and make each other even more powerful. That’s why when dissolving the cause of a certain problem we must know how to release the entities, because our intervention will not be complete if we fail to do so.
 
As a conclusion, we can determine that each trauma consists of an energy block made of a frozen conglomerate of negative emotions, conclusions and decisions, together with an astral entity which always sticks to such an energy block, making the whole mass a defense mechanism. Its purpose is to protect us from all similar experiences in the future, not by confronting them but by avoiding them. Since we are incapable of confronting such negative mental contents continually, the whole traumatic construction is removed into our subconscious where it continues to live, separated from the conscious dimension and thus becoming stronger than any other conscious content. The negative inner attitude will also attract negative experiences coming from the outer world, to which we will react negatively, and then we definitely have a problem.
 
For as long as the original part of our soul is detached, an astral entity has a free space for its activity. That’s why any form of purification of a traumatic experience has to include what is known as “soul retrieval” or the re-integration of the lost part. We usually integrate it at the end of the transformation process, when the content of the trauma is already dissolved. We need to know how to do this properly because a traumatic experience is a complex creation, which must be approached carefully and with the person's full co-operation. The person dissolving a trauma must be aware of all the transformative processes in order to be able to learn the lesson hidden behind the traumatic experience. Without the lesson learned the problem may come back, but our goal is to dissolve it permanently. So, the lesson hidden behind the problem presents the next dimension of trauma that we are about to explore.
 

THE SOURCE OF A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE

While the unique cause of all karmic problems is a traumatic experience, their source lies in our failure to recognize the original essence of our being or, in other words, in the separation from our original nature. Our original nature is sometimes presented by the numerous aspects of our soul and sometimes of the spirit. Returning to our true nature, together with its realization in everyday life, is the essence of work on the last dimension of a karmic problem – its meaning for our life and existence. We experience a trauma only because of our ignorance and inability to act from the higher aspect of our being at the moment of suffering stress, shock or having our ego hurt. Since we are not aware of the fact that an unpleasant situation is a way of undergoing an initiation, we don’t pay attention to the lesson hidden in it, and we turn the experience into a trauma. That’s why we need to reconnect with our original nature during the process of transforming the traumatic experience.

Conscious connection with the higher conscious enables us to reveal the meaning of the traumatic experience. A child traumatized because it wasn’t given love when it needed it the most, was not aware that security, fulfillment, protection or love are inner aspects of his own being and were never really lost. The child was unable to rely on himself and on some aspects of his own original nature. But the lesson the child did not learn then, can be learned later, during the releasing of the trauma through a transformation process. Therefore the meaning of a problem lies in discovering and integrating some of the aspects of our original nature, and then in finding ways to incorporate it into our everyday life. And this is the real intention underlying the problem – to learn from the experience and expand our consciousness.
The problem is here to lead us towards a greater amount of freedom, fulfillment, peace, contentment or happiness. It is not here to destroy us and it is not here to be “fixed” by someone else. So after discovering the positive intention of a problem, we then work on finding a constructive way to reach the original intention. We can now use the new level of consciousness in practice and find the adequate means that will enable us to live in the conditions of our newly discovered original state. The true meaning of a karmic problem is in the change it initiates, and a change is easy to make once we dissolve the symptoms and the causes of a problem, together with discovering the lesson hidden behind it and finding the means to realize the new consciousness in our everyday life.
 

THE CONSEQUENCES OF A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE

A traumatic experience creates a number of consequences resulting in physical, psychological and spiritual problems. If these consequences are not cleared, they will be the reason for the soul's repeated return to the problem until it gets solved once and for all. The term “unfinished business” is often mentioned as a reason for a soul's return from the state of clinical death back to the physical body. The soul comes back to finish any unresolved issues – to sort out relationships, attain some goals and purify itself from negativity, or to live out experiences it was unable to before. Unfinished business is also one of the main reasons for new incarnation. So, unsolved physical, psychological and spiritual problems are the three aspects of our lives where karma is manifested in the form of unfinished business.

Most of the negative contents of the conscious and the subconscious mind resulting from a traumatic experience are cleared during the process of dissolving the cause of the problem. The causes of all trauma consequences can already be dissolved while the trauma is being cleared. Unfortunately, a traumatic experience produces a change of perception and behavior, creating bad habits in the basic domains of life. These bad habits should be paid special attention to, because a change of one's attitude and behavior does not happen overnight. The work on the consequences of a traumatic experience consists of dissolving the negative energy phenomena, attitudes and behavior models resulting from the trauma. They must also be considered and transformed in order to complete and ground the change accomplished by dissolving the trauma causes.
 

Physical Consequences

Physical consequences are pathological disorders of the physical body resulting from a traumatic experience. Not all illnesses result from a trauma. Sometimes a physical illness is a message from our higher conscious that something needs to be changed; a relationship sorted out, an old attitude, belief or behavior altered. As soon as the needed change is made the illness disappears rather easily and quickly.Serious illnesses, however, are consequences of a long-lasting and uncleared traumatic experience, forming a psycho-energetic block which first creates a disorder in the energy body and then gradually moves to the physical body. In such cases it is more difficult to treat the physical illness because of tissue deformation. Treating the disorder then becomes a long process, usually involving all aspects of a person's life and different forms of therapy.

Besides standard medical treatment, (which I think should not be avoided, unless it involves unnecessarily aggressive or destructive forms of therapy that could be replaced by alternative methods), the treatment of a physical problem must include dissolving the psychological and spiritual causes of the problem and all other energy disorders. Standard medical treatment alone is usually not enough as it does not ensure long-term health, but neither does dissolving the spiritual, psychological or energy cause always substitute the results of medication, surgery or physiotherapy. The body must be paid special attention to, because its health or treatment cannot be taken care of by the Holy Spirit alone. Instead of medieval type wars, the best results are obtained by a co-operation between medicine treating the physical body and healing systems treating the energy body, the soul and the spirit.
 
Since I am not a physician, I do not intend to deal with any aspect of official medicine. I would only like to stress the direct connection between traumatic experiences and physical disorders, whatever form they might take. So, an illness as a consequence of a traumatic experience follows this model:
 

Traumatic experience → spiritual disorders (the sense of being separated from the spirit) → psychological disorders (negative thoughts and emotions, separation from unconditional love) → energy disorders (blocked energy flow, tension, weak immunity) → physical illness.

This model can be found in all physical illnesses: in acute ones and especially in chronic ones. It is obvious that physical disorders are directly connected with psychological and spiritual ones. An unhealthy body is the consequence of a long-lasting disharmony of bodies more subtle than the physical. Therefore besides treating the body, the soul and the spirit must be treated as well. I believe that the internal causes of physical illnesses will have to be the central part of medical research in the near future, if contemporary medicine wants to be holistic and effective. So, in order to heal the body, the following should be done:

- Dissolving the traumatic experience, together with all the accompanying energy impurities.

- Dissolving all the psychological and spiritual consequences of a traumatic experience.

- Undergoing medical treatment or procedures in order to regain physical health.

- Making a plan and program of positive activities to compensate the outer part of the karma.

When we deal with a physical disorder, we can be certain that it was preceded by psychological problems, as well as by spiritual problems. Therefore treatment of the physical problem also needs to focus on clearing all unresolved relationships, creative blocks, inner conflicts and negative identifications as the psychological consequences of a trauma. On the spiritual level, the person will have to break apart the subtle connections with the lower astral realms and reconnect with God and the spiritual world through direct and personal spiritual experience. A wider model of the creation of a physical disorder looks like this:
 

An unhealthy spirit (created by the feeling of being separated from God) → an unhealthy soul (created by negative thoughts and emotions resulting from the lack of love) → an unhealthy body (created by blocked energy flow, i.e. tension in organs).

Only the treatment of all three levels will provide conditions for permanent and complete physical healing. If, however, the illness continues to take its destructive course, it represents an extremely rare case of a so-called "pure karma". Unfortunately, cases of recovering from serious illnesses are equally rare, because only a small number of people are ready to accept their illness as a challenge and make changes at all of the mentioned levels.

The Psychological Consequences of a Traumatic Experience

A traumatic experience may or may not result in physical problems, but it definitely causes a number of psychological consequences. The two main areas of life that these disorders are manifested in are:

1. Emotional blocks, which are responsible for relationship problems.

2. Creative blocks, which are responsible for problems in reaching goals.

Dissolving a traumatic experience must be followed by reprogramming our conscious mind. The negative mental states, emotions, conclusions and decisions must be replaced by positive ones. We must create a strong positive reality model inside our psyche to be able to attract the kind of life circumstances which will lead us directly towards self-realization. A cleared trauma, however, does not always automatically create changes in relationships and it doesn’t immediately direct us towards discovering new dimensions of life and developing our creative potential. We will have to additionally intervene in order to completely harmonize these two extremely important dimensions of our life.

Transforming a traumatic experience is a therapeutic intervention on a personal level. It causes inner changes – clears negative mental states and creates positive ones. Since our inner states are manifested in our environment in many different ways, the first area of human life that a traumatic experience is directly reflected in is the sphere of interpersonal relations. So, after clearing the trauma we have to sort out the relationships influenced by the traumatic experience. Relationship problems block our happiness, so immediately after dissolving the traumatic experience it is important to start sorting out all relationships negatively influenced by the trauma.
 
The next consequence of a traumatic experience is a creativity block, which can be a source of great dissatisfaction. Although most people do not notice it, our health also depends on unconstrained creativity. Many artists claim that they would get sick if they didn’t create, but this can be applied to all other people. Our creative potential doesn’t necessarily have to be expressed artistically, but it can be realized through a creative approach to other areas of life. Creative blocks are usually manifested in learning disabilities, in the inability to define goals or to overcome obstacles in their realization, to discover creative talents and actualize the inner creative impulse. A traumatic experience can block the realization of our goals, whatever they are, because it sets itself up as an obstacle to the concrete steps we need to make in order to achieve our objectives. These blocks originate from the very structure of a trauma, with negative emotions and beliefs as its main components. We may carry within ourselves opinions about our incapability, stupidity, insufficient education or lack of talent and these states keep our creativity locked. So, after having cleared the traumatic experience and sorted out relationships, we can move on to clearing our creative blocks and achieving our goals. These two forms of the psychological consequences of a trauma are usually intertwined, so after dissolving a trauma we immediately continue with sorting out both of them.
 

The Spiritual Consequences of a Traumatic Experience

After clearing the psychological consequences, we may continue with the spiritual consequences of a traumatic experience. They are also related to a certain type of relationship, but the source of the relationship is completely different in this case. A traumatized person seeks help and protection of any kind, either consciously or unconsciously. The person is shocked, hurt and unprotected. Not only is her perception of the material world negative, but of the spiritual world as well. There is no God for a traumatized person. If God exists at all, then he must be a traitor, a torturer or a sadist who indifferently watches us suffer, not doing anything to help. But refusing to pass the initiation, a traumatized individual also refuses contact with the spiritual reality. Instead of seeking safety and protection in the spirit, the person finds them in an energy connection with the lower astral world. Doing this, she creates spiritual impurities that strongly influence her life. So, after having cleared the cause of the problem we reach another very important dimension of our being. Modern psychology or "change-systems" know almost nothing about this, while spiritual schools and religions try to make it as incomprehensible as possible.

Contrary to psychological consequences, which prevent us from attaining personal goals, spiritual consequences make us incapable of spiritual growth. We are not able to gain spiritual knowledge and the subtle inner fulfillment, typical of spiritual health, remains beyond our reach. We do not accept spirituality as a sphere of reality, but see it as an interesting idea that is nothing more than a metaphor. And finally, since the higher aspects of consciousness are not available to us, we are not whole. But spiritual needs strongly motivate everybody. Unless we become aware of them and realize them in a conscious and direct way, those needs degenerate into some unnatural forms of spiritual life. Atheists and spiritually unaware people may become almost religiously loyal to worldly occupations and pleasures, political parties and leaders, or to the members of their family. Therefore it is important to know that there exists a spiritual dimension of our being, which we should be aware of. At the same time, we should also know what blocks and contaminates our spirit and how to clear these kinds of inner impurities.
 


[1] Samuel Sagan: Entity Possession - Freeing the Energy Body of Negative Influences (Inner Traditions Bear and Company, 1997.)

©Tomislav Budak (August, 2000)