Mind Body Modalities For
Somatic Trauma Resolution
Resource Model (CRM)
The wound is the place where Light enters you. ~Rumi
CRM activates the innate organic healing energy grid within the body thus enhancing dormant neurobiological attachment processes/attunement, and identifying and connecting with core self and spiritual essence, allowing for the power and augmentation of one’s potential to heal and be healed.
THE MISSION OF CRM
To remember, re-process, and release traumatic material from the nervous system in order to provide the opportunity for re-connection to one’s true self, the meaning of the truth of one’s life, and to the ability to embody love in one’s actions.
The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) modality is a nested modality with each internal resource used in a fashion that paves the way for the next level of resource to be developed and utilized. The final goal is processing the traumatic material from a place of complete neurobiological resourcing in various brain structures simultaneously. Eye positions are used to anchor the resources during processing.
The nested or layered conceptualization and use of resources is a flexible and “forgiving” model. The individual resources as well as the model as a whole can be used during any and all types of psychotherapeutic models, including:
- Energy psychology modalities
- Family Constellation Work
- Somatic Experiencing
- Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning experience
- Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Internal Family Systems, and many others
This is the beauty of the model: it includes effective tools from many modalities, and each resource within CRM can be used within any other type of healing work. It is a streamlined modality in which deep healing occurs quickly and gently, and it sticks. Work is done from the time of conception through the present, and includes methods for working with generational trauma out of the realm of the client’s conscious knowledge. This is a heart-centered approach in which clients are guided to remember who they really are and to learn to embody their true spiritual essence in their day to day lives.
INTAKE, SELF-EMPOWERMENT, AND BETWEEN SESSION RESOURCING
All of the layers of this nested model are taught to the client from the time of intake, for an immediate sense of agency, self-empowerment, and resourcing during and between sessions. This allows for much less dependence on the therapist now and in the future if problems arise and the client is not in therapy at that time. The CRM does not give clients fish, it gives them the tackle box and teaches them HOW to fish. Clients who use the skills at home during their daily life heal much faster than those who do not.
Therapists who have not worked through their own personal truth-of-life issues and memories involving unprocessed survival terror may find it difficult to sit in attunement with clients who need to do this work.
The primary obstacles to accessing and embodying love for self, others, and the planet, include these frozen layers of survival terror and structural/neurochemical dissociation resulting from attachment disruptions which may occur in-utero and continue throughout the lifespan. Unmet infantile dependency needs and other attachment disturbances may all leave their residues. Even the most well-meaning of parents may inadvertently create the conditions for “frozen” response patterns originating in the midbrain, which result in associated neocortical beliefs about the self, a “bottom up” process (Corrigan and Fay 2014). The survival terror, which is a consequence of disrupted attachment at a young age, manifests either overtly or covertly in the somatic responses to, and the cognitive beliefs of:
I am going to die
I do not exist
I am a failure as a human being
Mom and Dad don’t love me
One or more of these can be present in a person, driving clinical symptoms (i.e., phobias, performance blocks, OCD, depression, and panic attacks), dysfunctional relationships in which “people pleasing,” co-dependence, and muddy communication are prevalent, and repetitive behaviors such as addictions. It is imperative to find and heal the source of these survival terrors. This can be a tall order when most people experience significant survival terror in the present when faced with the task of remembering and feeling this terror from the past. These beliefs and memories threaten one’s safety, and the nervous system freezes into capsules that hold the pre-natal, pre-verbal, and generational memories and experiences that produced these beliefs. The body memories, emotions, and negative beliefs that many people avoid feeling at all costs, year after year, continue to have a profound impact on their wellbeing, including blocking the willingness and ability to love the self and others. Having to return to and face the “truth of our life” and the subsequent shame, guilt, rage, disgust, and profound sadness around attachment to those that hurt us, or “perpetrators” (Ross and Halpern 2009), is part and parcel with the survival terror work.
Therefore, conceptually, the following Truths of Our Life are also targeted in treatment:
- What happened (from conception to the present)
- What didn’t happen that should have happened (particularly in terms of secure parenting and the profound grief around not having the parents you wished you had)
- The experience and paradox of being attached to a “perpetrator” and the consequences of this (perpetrator referring to anyone who inflicted pain and suffering either advertently or inadvertently)
- How your life was shaped and limited as a result (including the rage, hopelessness, and sadness regarding one’s belief that their dreams and heart’s desire are unattainable)
Ironically, there is survival terror around working through the survival terror/Truth of our Life, and a highly resourced therapeutic modality is necessary to prevent re-traumatization during the therapy itself.
CRM combines a variety of fundamental somatic, relational, and spiritual methodologies to heal the trauma that prevents us from stepping into and embodying the universal resources of love, compassion, and the God energy that is internal as well as external. Seven primary resources and four secondary resources comprise the CRM model. Eye position is used to anchor the resources; this is key to the approach and to orientation toward the memory being done safely and gently. Few of the resources inherent in the CRM are brand new inventions. It is the combination, sequencing, flow, and nested use of these established resources, that allows people to safely and fully heal without being re-traumatized. It is the construction of scaffolding resources and the process of nesting them together concurrently or sequentially throughout the healing work that is at the core of the support afforded to the person’s journey of mind-body-spirit healing through the CRM.
Changes in thinking, perception, and relationship with the self, are a natural consequence of this work. This kind of resourcing provides not only the feeling of safety, but the physiological state of safety.