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Now in 24 languagesNature's Lessons in Healing TraumaWaking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma It views the human animal as a uniue being endowed with an instinctual capacity It asks and answers an intriguing uestion why are animals in the wild though threatened routinely rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms the mystery of human trauma is revealedWaking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events To do this it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healedNow in 24 languagesNature's Lessons in Healing TraumaWaking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma It views the human animal as a uniue being endowed with an instinctual capacity It asks and answers an intriguing uestion why are animals in the wild though threatened routinely rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms the mystery of human trauma is revealedWaking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events To do this it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healedNow in 24 languagesNature's Lessons in Healing TraumaWaking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma It views the human animal as a uniue being endowed with an instinctual capacity It asks and answers an intriguing uestion why are animals in the wild though threatened routinely rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms the mystery of human trauma is revealedWaking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events To do this it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed


8 thoughts on “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

  1. says:

    We tend to identify trauma with terrible events like accidents or war but there is no much information about the real effects of a traumaThis book is based on an energetic vision of trauma It is based on the reactions of animals in the wild and the complex relation between our reptile mammal and rational brain each one reacting in different ways to the effects of a traumatic eventThe premise is the trauma is created by the energy that in the wild is released by animals after the event is over Humans having such a complex brains have difficulties to deal with trauma because the rational functions cut the natural process This can create responses to a situation that can limit the life of the traumatized person or generate illnessesConceived as an introduction to the subject the book has plenty of exercises to teach the basis of the felt sense and a couple of examples of whole processes to go through a traumatic event in adults and childrenEasy to read it repeats concepts many times to avoid losing the essential although this makes it repetitive at momentsThe book gives what it promises the basic tools to deal with the side effects of traumatic events in our lives I have tested it and I can say it works on the level it is meant to workTraumatic events have a lot of levels Empowering of the individuals through this exercises deal with the body emotional complex The authors forget to address that the rational conceptual framework is also important to generate holistic healing of traumatic events It is understandable because of the charge our culture puts in healing through rational and emotional issues and the usual forgetness of the place the body has in our lives This book is on the other range of the specter A needed balance


  2. says:

    Poderoso y empoderante Inteligente y lúcido Sencillo y profundo Excelente para comprender los mecanismos del proceso traumatico y comenzar a sanarlo


  3. says:

    No me pude despegar de el y de hecho sigo leyéndolo muchas veces Trata el tema de los traumas de manera clara y al menos a mi me ha servido para entender muchas cosas ue me pasan


  4. says:

    Peter Levine is widely acknowledged as the originator of SE Somatic Experiencing with 12000 plus trained practitioners world wide Waking the Tiger Healing Trauma 1997 explores the intricate role of a forceful turbulence inside the body similar to a tornado see later that manifests under ‘real’ life threatening experiences of shock; and what can happen in the “difference between this inner racing of the nervous system fuel in the engine and the outer brake of the body’s survival mechanism involuntarily applied as an immobility ‘freeze’ response The resulting trapped energies not only contribute to a pervasive loss of life force a less secure and spontaneous personality cf concept of Freudian ‘fixation’ but can also be compared to the ‘Medusa complex’ coined by Bachelard 1948 and defined as the human confusion facing death that turns human emotion into stone through petrification “mute paralysed fury responds to the danger of the obliteration of an individual consciousness by an external Other” WikiWalter Bradford Cannon 1915 first proposed that animals react to threats “with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system preparing for fighting or fleeing” Wiki; but unlike animals releasing its coiled springs in natural flight humans are burdened by the weight of their own consciousness in the maladaptive coupling of fear and states of self perpetuating arousal to the ‘immobility response’ creating distorted orienting responses of hyper or hypo vigilance If the instinctive reptilian urge to discharge intense survival energy is suppressed enough “then the function of the other two brain systems is profoundly altered which explains Levine’s concept of ‘reenactment’ the emotional brain translates energy into anger and shame while the rational brain creates the idea of justice and revenge which according to J Gilligan 2001 “is the one and only universal cause of violence”The neo cortex in humans helps create the conditions of heightened anxiety anxious Greek word for press tightstrangle for “why humans don’t just move into and out of different nervous system regulating responses as naturally as animals” Firstly there is a thwarting of the restorative instinctual responses generated naturally at the reptilian core with subconscious identifications top down processing “what labels roles stereotypes definitions or other preconceived categories that fit their needs” cf Plato’s essentia Secondly humans are often drawn into situations that repeat the original trauma since the “drive to complete and heal it is as powerful and tenacious as the symptom it creates” Thirdly the complexes Jung presented by symptoms become a “way to manage and bind the tremendous energy of the unresolved residue combined in both the original and self perpetuated response to threat” This safety valve “as uncompleted physiological responses suspended in fear” can range from the intrapersonal aggression turned inwards to the interpersonal ie having the capacity to destroy the uality of relationships by ”excessive cautiousness inhibitions dangerous reenactments victimisation or unwise risk taking etc”While “the animal’s innate drive to return to a state of dynamic euilibrium” allows these creatures the opportunity to shake the shock in the system out Levine’s clinical approach is like heroically using trauma’s reflection of Athena’s shield upon which was placed medusa’s head by Perseus This is explained as “not confronting directlybut learning to swim within the energies of the body senses” through the cultivation of a ‘felt sense’ of clarity sword instinctual power horse and fluidity wings” Thus SE attempts to replicate in an ever so subtle and gentle way the wild animal’s innate wisdom approaching the instinctual healing magic of the animal ‘trembling response’What I was not expecting though to find in a book addressed to budding felt sensors’ covertly developing their first chakras and clairsentient abilities I suspect is an ethereal theory of healing with curious diagrams of how “a split off whirlpool trauma sucks away life energy in the body” and that nature somehow miraculously responds by creating a counter vortex to balance the turbulent force of the trauma vortex What Levine goes on to describe is “the ‘renegotiation’ of natural restorative laws of centrifugal energy between healing and trauma vortices” in a figure of eight balancing motion he terms ‘pendulation’ rather than either the typical ‘re enactment’ of emotional flooding into the original wound by individuals who get “sucked in” to their vortex with symptoms as described above or its avoidance phobia It is clear therefore the metaphysics of SE renegotiation incorporates a healing process of the ruptured body which “begins with the healing vortex picking up support and resources needed to successfully negotiate the trauma vortices then slowly releasing the tightly bound energies at their cores by ‘unwounding’ ie by moving towards the center of the trauma vortices so that its energies are releasedAs an exercise I thought it useful to model some of SE’s principles within the context of other healing modalities widely available today The jury is rather out for me as to whether the same results are not ordinarily achieved through other psychotherapies Firstly take balancing motion stemming from “rotating the healing vortex in an opposite direction of the trauma vortex so the vortices then break up and dissolve and are integrated back into mainstream” This motion approximates and pre dates Eileen McKusick’s Biofield Tuning 2014 see review ‘click dragging and dropping’ distorted energies “kerfuffles” collected from the bioplasmic field and integrating them into the vortices of the sacral system Secondly there is an emphasis on the client within SE having an undeniable experience ie making a conscious registering of the turbulence between a healing vortex and counter vortex in the direction of release to “bridge the chasm between heaven expansion and hell contraction trauma is a condensed energy uniting these polarities” In SE this is mainly achieved by developing a ‘dual consciousness’ or mindfulness of dissociation while somatically experiencing what is occurring in the immediate environment; most importantly witnessing positive results tends to reinforce future healing processes though nevertheless it can be said dual consciousness is the basis of a raft of therapeutic approaches including NLP and Psychosynthesis Thirdly SE skilfully adopts a process called ‘titration’ meaning small incremental differences in the client’s responses and behaviours “opens up watches and validates” the healing cycle “which cannot be evaluated manipulated hurried or changed” I would argue slow incremental changes are par for the course of a great number of therapeutic modalities and thereby creates the governing conditions for a reptilian rhythm and timing that exists at a slower pace than the mammalian and cortical parts of the brain Fourthly reptilian healing may turn out to be euated with theta andor delta freuencies harnessed by binaural beat technologies Theta waves for example are connected to experiencing and feeling deep and raw emotions and is involved in restorative sleep; it also has a slow freuency range of 4 Hz to 8 Hz containing the Schumann resonance freuency of 783 Hz Delta waves 0 Hz to 4 Hz are even slower and have been found to be involved in regulating the Immune system natural healing and restorative deep sleep Fifthly part of the grace of the nervous system is it is constantly self regulating and processing so that some other time can exist either in the here and now or a future now “when we are stronger and resourceful and better able to do it” This principle alone forms the core of practically all the modalities offering a humanistic and existentialist slant such as GestaltFinally as is so poignantly put we are “living in a culture that does not honour skilful ‘renegotiation’ of the internal world of dreams feelings images and sensations as sacred” Extending this world to make connection with the reptilian aspect of our selves serves as an incredible contribution to healing science that establishes the credentials for a missing link of ‘sensation’ in the unified mind body therapies


  5. says:

    If you are a reasonable or intelligent person you will find this book hugely annoying You'll find yourself wanting to ring up the author and explain errors or false assumptions in his book or all the mistakes you findIf you have PTSD or complex PTSD then this is book won't help you and could end up traumatising youFight and flight are well known responses to a traumatic experience and so is the freeze response However there is actually a fourth one that has been called 'fawn' That is when you seek to appease your abuser as a way to avoid further abuse and survive You give up trying to run or fight and you don't freeze you 'suck up' to them as much as possible to avoid angering them and hopefully avoid further abuse or injury He talks about 'freeze' as though he discovered it Old newsHis conclusions are drawn from very weak evidence Some parts are just downright stupid and others are inaccurate and falseHe says that trauma victims store up the trauma in their bodies like anger is somehow stored somewhere when reality is something closer to this you form neural pathways that your mind runs over and over and when something in the present triggers it your brain uses that same pathway So you react to a present danger or what you perceive as a danger with the same response as the original trauma And in most cases you over reactThat is not having anger stored in your liver or some other organ Come on we aren't that dumb to believe that While I believe that trauma does most certainly effect your body as with stress and this damages your body I don't believe it is accurate to say the damage is stored I think yoga for example and other forms of exercise probably any in fact helps to excise the stress from your body But the way he draws his conclusions and the evidence he gives is weak and in my opinion shows a low level of thoughtHe also refers to an incident with a boat pg 184 the boat's engine is in neutral and so gets tangled in lines No the engine is put in neutral so the prop stops spinning to avoid just that Or the countless other conclusions he jumps to without any real evidence I don't believe he is a logical person I think he'd lose every game of chessI found the book hugely patronising eg if your therapist isn't helping you get them to read my book ie I know stuff they don'tAnd he tells you that re living your trauma isn't good I agree with that Then he shares other people's traumas with you in detail ie hey let's traumatise you let's use these traumas to trigger you oh dear if that happens put down the book and come back later WHAT?Can't believe the guy has a PhD just goes to show that you don't have to be smart to get a PhDAh and before I forget to add he waffles and waffles and regurgitates that same waffle over and over like repeating it fills pages and makes a book that he can sell and make money with hoping you won't notice the waffleI'm annoyed that I paid for this book and further that I bothered to read most of it Or maybe it just triggered and re triggered my original anger


  6. says:

    I have been feeling for some time that there is an underlying physical effect of childhood trauma in my body that has been affecting me all my life I have read many books on psychology how the brainmind works But there seems to have been a missing link and I think that this may be that link It's not something that my mind can't figure out it's something that my body needs to shake out What he has written makes a lot of sense and I will be investigating finding a practitioner to help me


  7. says:

    I didn't finish this one I actually got what I needed from it pretty uickly but I will continue The idea of how trauma is stored in the body and how to free is something we all need to learn not just for serious traumatic events but the daily stresses we encounter A thoughtful and well explained book


  8. says:

    This book was recommended to me it was a fascinating book and I will pass it on to my daughter I would recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from or trying to help someone with depression or other mental health issues My daughter is studying to be a psychologist and I am sure she will be interested in the theories discussed in this book