Healing Crisis and Trauma with Body, Mind, and Spirit

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CHAPTER 9
Spirituality and Trauma

Soul holds together mind and body, ideas and life, spirituality and the
world
.

—Marsilio Ficino (15th century)

Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes
convinced that a Spirit is manifest in the Laws of the Universe
.

—Albert Einstein (20th century)


DEFINING AND UNDERSTANDING
SPIRITUALITY'S ROLE IN TRAUMA

In “Spirituality and Trauma: An Essay,” Robert Grant, PhD (1999), writes: “Traumatic experiences force victims to face issues lying outside the boundaries of personal and collective frames of reference. As a result, they are forced to confront psychological and spiritual challenges that are unfamiliar to the average person.x2026; Trauma is life at its worst.” All of us who have worked in this area will recognize that description. Grant adds:

Traumatic events are often unexpected and horrible. Typically they
lead to a variety of physical, emotional interpersonal and spiritual
problems.… Most victims feel lost, disoriented and powerless when for-
mer ways of making their bearings have been damaged or destroyed.…
Many lose their bearings. Many wander indefinitely until new and
more comprehensive ways of taking up life are created.… Old ways of
understanding are exposed as inadequate. Trying to ignore the profound
shifts occurring in consciousness is not without cost.

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