To be touched by the revelation of love or scientific discovery is among the greatest and most wondrous blessings of being alive.
If for no other reason, the sometimes poetic and funny prose of Peter Levine’s treatise on releasing trauma from the body is a terrific read. Honestly, this is at once an informative and mind-expanding volume that reads, not unlike the amusing style of Richard Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, like a good novel.
The quote above is from In an Unspoken Voice, where Peter Levine goes on to mention that a particular year was remarkable for the science, but a “dud for romance” during his graduate studies.
The story of how the human body has the ability to heal itself from deep trauma, and the history of trauma, especially as defined by the successively brutal wars, is fascinating, as he takes us from what during the Civil War was called Soldier’s Heart, through Shell Shock, to the clinical and distance-creating term of post-traumatic stress disorder. As Levine puts it, a cold and clinical expression for the physiological condition that persists when one has been repeatedly exposed to death. What is sadly obvious, is to be in a war on the lines goes against the very substance of being human.
Our bodies reveal what our subconscious has stored. When this is life-threatening, like in a near encounter with death – especially repeated incidents, the effects are debilitating as we know.
That there are techniques that are becoming more widespread to heal the pain of those who suffer is welcome news. Spread the news that help is available… for all kinds of manifestations of panic, anxiety and stress-related disorders. New ways of releasing and resolving the deeply hidden trauma are here.
With the wish that this be academic information,