- Updated on August 3, 2019
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
In this YouTube video, Dr. Artour interviewed Lynn Himmelman, NDT (New Decision Therapy) Master Trainer about the effects of trauma on the emotions of the victim. That usually relates to the appearance of guilt, regret, anger, and even, in more severe cases, an unconscious desire to die.
The New Decision Therapy provides a tool for testing for trauma. It tests specific points on the body to locate the body’s stored reaction to specific traumatic events. Dr. Artour Rakhimov asks Lynn Himmelmann how a person who is not familiar with the specific techniques in the NDT would suspect or realize that they were storing trauma in some way. Lynn replies that a common situation would be that you find “your buttons are being pressed” by situations and you are reacting to specific people repeatedly. It is often associated with projected feelings that if I could only change the behavior of a single other person or others I would feel a lot better. Because we don’t have control over other people, waiting for others to change can be an endless, thankless task. It also reveals the poor understanding of interpersonal boundaries often at an emotional and unconscious level.
The New Decision Therapy helps to recover peace of mind by returning a sense of control to the person. They have choices and are not simply reacting to others. A compassionate perspective developed through self-awareness also enables a person to understand that another person doesn’t know how to change their behavior and is unable to change and move forward. With a good compassionate sense of interpersonal boundaries, the focus is taken off that person and returned to the individual self where one does have the power to change.
Self-empowerment enables a person to move forward in one’s own life and not assume that the power rests in another person’s hands. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are good indicators that we have given our power over to others and no longer have control. Other negative emotions such as jealousy or resentment are signs that we need to return to an emotionally clear and spiritually clean state where we are centered and no longer stressed by what is going on outside of us. In the Buteyko therapy a high “breath holding time” is associated with a calm and productive disposition. Negative emotions have less hold over us. Regular TM (Transcendental Meditation) has a similar effect. It has also been noted that transcendent belief systems have protected people even in extremely harsh environments such as prisoner of war camps and helped them survive. Many of these approaches overlap and are complementary but the individual needs to do appropriate detective work to realize what is going on in their own lives and seek effective therapies to address their specific condition.
Trauma removal leads to the disappearance of negative emotions
These therapies can be integrated but address different aspects of the individual and can affect different levels of a person. A spectrum of oneís self is being addressed which includes “Body, Mind, Spirit”. For example in the NDT, kinesiology is used in conjunction with cognitive awareness. Buteyko focuses on breathing states throughout the day but includes many recommendations on diet and exercise as well as the effects of emotions on negative emotions and mental illness. It can be used to fast-track a person into calmness and highly are productive states of being where emotions serve us and do not overwhelm us.
The New Decision Therapy is a portal that is available to anyone who realizes they feel hurt and want to change whatever else is going on, while potentially continuing whatever therapies and medical treatments they are using.