Hey, hello, and guess what ?!
I have a brand new podcast for you to listen to — a podcast about dissociation, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and the effects of trauma.
Actually, this is only part 1 of the podcast — part 2 is a separate post and a separate podcast — but start here please:
Encouraging trauma survivors to find healing through the arts
(click here to listen directly from the TAASTTA site)
I was contacted by Hanna of TAASTTA some time ago, and while I was in Texas (July 2018), we had our talk together.
TAASTTA — Trauma Awareness and Support through the Arts
What a big interesting, and creative name !!
First — let me say this — Hanna is an amazing woman who has overcome huge obstacles in her own life. I mean, this beautiful woman has seen some terrible things, and she’s overcome numerous tragedies and traumas. Hanna is now doing incredible work helping others, and what an honor it was to have the opportunity to speak with her.
She asked me some tough questions !!!
(And I was soooo nervous!! hahaha…. If you’ve heard me speak before, or talked with me over the phone, you’ll be able hear the nerves in my voice. Because you know… I can chatter pretty easily usually! But, aaah well, you gotta start somewhere and hopefully there is some interesting or helpful information in this podcast despite my mind-freezes. And yes, of course…. you can take comfort, and have a few giggles, in knowing that I’m just a regular, ordinary person, just like everyone else! 😛 )
Hanna knows how important it is to use creative arts in the healing process. Of course, I agree with that 100%. When talking becomes too difficult, by all means, pull out your journal, or your paint brushes, or your chalk, or your music, or your yoga mat, or your clay, or your beading, or your drums, or your guitar, etc, etc. The main point is to express your thoughts and your feelings, and to let your truth have a voice — one way or another.
Talk without talking — tell without telling. Let your artistic expressions fill in the gaps that your words don’t wanna say.
Hanna and I didn’t actually speak that much about the Arts in this particular conversation, so I want to be sure to mention it here. Because yes — healing trauma through the arts is an absolute!
Some of the topics we discussed include:
- Why DID happens, how it starts, how parts are created
- How dissociation feels to different people
- The ability to dissociate is initially learned in childhood, but once learned, adults can continue to dissociate
- Various reasons why people dissociate
- Is the ability to dissociate a God-given gift?
- Why is DID called a disorder?
- What if dissociation isn’t strong enough to block the pain?
- What can you do on your own if you don’t have a therapist?
- Separating yourself from blame and accusations made by offenders.
- What is a trigger?
And if you enjoyed MY CONVERSATION with HANNA from TAASTTA …..
Also know that Hanna and TAASTTA have numerous other podcasts, so please feel free to listen to many of the other discussions she has had as well.
Also, please remember to leave comments and questions here, and / or on the TAASTTA site.
Of course, giving extra encouragement and support to Hanna would be beautiful. We are all on the same team here, and we gotta be kind and supportive of each other, so please feel free to give Hanna a shout out at her site as well.
I hope you enjoy the podcast.
And for those questions that Hanna asked — especially for those good questions where I didn’t give a complete or full answer — by all means, if you wanna know more, just point that question out. I would be happy to know what areas you’d like further explanation. I figure I can give a more thorough answer if I have a little time to think about what I need to say! 😉
Meanwhile, do get involved with your preferred arts, and find ways to express your feelings, your hurts, your conflicts, your pain, your wounds, your heartbreak, and your dreams. Your ART will be beautiful because it will be the emotional truth of you.
I wish you the very best in your artistic healing journey.
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