“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King
the kiss of trauma
Dissociation is the first building block of mind control. It can be defined as a psychological separation or detachment, for example: disconnecting from the moment, from an overwhelmingly traumatic event, or from the ensuing traumatic memories.
Dissociation happens on a continuum, from daydreaming through a boring lecture to psychologically escaping to oblivion from an overwhelmingly threatening or shocking event.
Dissociation is an innate survival mechanism that allows the mind to separate or compartmentalize certain memories or thoughts from normal, conscious awareness.
“The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness.”
-Judith Herman, M.D. from Trauma and Recovery
Extreme child abuse commonly triggers this survival mechanism as a way to psychologically escape the physically inescapable. In her 2007 Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Terror, Trauma and the Eye in the Triangle: The Masonic Presence in Contemporary Art and Culture, Lynn Brunet, MA, describes dissociation as follows:
[Pierre] Janet coined the term ‘dissociation’ to refer to the ‘dis-association’ of the mental processes, the ‘splitting apart of psychological functions that normally go together.” Contemporary categorization of dissociative states include fugue states, absences, amnesia, somnambulism, depersonalization (the feeling of looking at one’s own body from a distance), derealization (the feeling that real life has no more substance than a television program), being immune to the pain of an injury when the mind is otherwise occupied, the feelings of déjà vu and jamais vu, not recognising oneself within the mirror, not being able to remember significant chunks of one’s life, waves of inexplicable emotion, hypnoid states and dreaming, but also more rarely experienced states such as near death experiences and being ‘at one with the universe.’
Alan Zisman describes the phenomenon of dissociation as an adaptive response to stress in Comptom’s Interactive Encyclopedia:
Our instinctive reactions to an assault are fight or flight. However, neither works when children are abused by sadistic adults. The only option left is to freeze, and take flight through the mind. A common initial coping mechanism is to escape the body. It is the beginning of clinical (amnestic) dissociation, which allows a shutting out of an unbearable reality. It is held unassimilated—in effect, frozen in time. A dissociated experience can be split up to store the emotions separate from bodily sensations, and the sensations separate from the knowledge of an event. In dissociating an experience, children split off a part of their self to hold the trauma. In some cases the dissociated aspects of self, immediately or over time, form their own and separate sense of self.
DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY “DISORDER”
the cornerstone of mind control
The term “dissociative identity disorder” is a misnomer in the sense that psychologically separating from an extremely overwhelming event is an adaptive response by a normal human being, not a “disorder,” which suggests some kind of innate flaw.
DID is the result of severe or long term trauma, of having had to separate from events that were so extreme in nature that they threatened survival. It’s a sane, adaptive response to an overwhelmingly crazy event. Neglect, extreme abuse, or exposure to trauma that is either habitual or sufficiently severe can result in a separate identity, called an “alter,” “split” or “part.”
Zisman describes the dynamics of this kind of compartmentalization:
A dissociated identity, like a dissociated experience, can hold the entire event or parts of it. Alters may hold only a bodily feeling, only an emotion, or only the knowledge. One hundred abusive/traumatic incidents may be held by one identity or by one hundred or more identities. It may be helpful to think of each identity as holding an abusive experience. In this context, taken together, the identities hold a person’s overwhelming traumas and express a survivor’s entire life story.
When the abuse is over, the original self “returns” and resumes “normal” life, having no/little awareness of what has just transpired. If severely abused children were forced to experience the trauma they just lived through, they would probably NOT survive.
DID symptoms are delineated in this excerpt from Child Abuse Wiki (http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Dissociative_Identity_Disorder):
DID is defined in the DSM-IV-TR as the presence of two or more personality states or distinct identities that repeatedly take control of one’s behavior. The patient has an inability to recall personal information. The extent of this lack of recall is too great to be explained by normal forgetfulness. The disorder cannot be due to the direct physical effects of a general medical condition or substance.
…Individuals diagnosed with DID demonstrate a variety of symptoms with wide fluctuations across time; functioning can vary from severe impairment in daily functioning to normal or high abilities.
Patients may experience an extremely broad array of other symptoms that resemble epilepsy, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders.
…DID entails a failure to integrate certain aspects of memory, consciousness and identity. Patients experience frequent gaps in their memory for their personal history, past and present. Patients with DID report having severe physical and sexual abuse, especially during childhood. The reports of patients with DID are often validated by objective evidence.
…A variety of psychiatric rating scales found that multiple personality is strongly related to childhood trauma rather than to an underlying electrophysiological dysfunction.
Alters can look different, sound different, and act differently than the original personality. They can have different preferences, proclivities, addictions, and even medical conditions.
Some people with DID are aware of having alters, while many are not. Some people with DID can “switch” to other alters at will, and some drift between alters with little or no control over the process.
Some people with DID refer to themselves as “we” instead of “I.”
A person with DID can have one alter, hundreds, or even thousands. It’s common for survivors to have alters that originally developed in different ways. In addition to spontaneous identity splitting, some survivors of extreme trauma remember consciously developing a separate part to take over for them when they felt traumatically overwhelmed as a child.
In spite of a wealth of documentation on the existence of DID, dissociative syndromes are widely and willfully ignored by academia, the health care industry and the popular media. All of this in spite of the fact that DID is a physically quantifiable phenomenon. Again, from Child Abuse Wiki:
Physiological evidence has provided additional evidence to back the existence of DID. One review of the literature found “physiologic and ocular differences across alter personalities.” Additional studies have been found showing optical differences in DID cases. One study found that “eight of the nine MPD subjects consistently manifested physiologically distinct alter personality states.” Other reviews have found additional physiological differences. Brain mapping has also found physiological differences in alternate personalities.
(From endnotes): Miller SD, Triggiano PJ. The psychophysiological investigation of multiple personality disorder: review and update. Am J Clin Hypn. 1992 Jul;35(1):47-61. “psychophysiologic differences reported in the literature include changes in cerebral electrical activity, cerebral blood flow, galvanic skin response, skin temperature, event-related potentials, neuroendocrine profiles, thyroid function, response to medication, perception, visual functioning, visual evoked potentials, and in voice, posture, and motor behavior.”
DELIBERATE DISSOCIATION, OR MIND CONTROL
man’s inhumanity to children
Alters can also be intentionally induced. This sadistic act is sometimes called “deliberate trauma-based dissociation,” and is usually accomplished by the use of torture (although younger survivors report having been electronically dissociated). People wishing to have total control over another person can use electroshock, water-boarding, drugs, isolation, sensory deprivation and other means to force their victim to radically dissociate, to push them past the limit of integration, leaving what can be seen, essentially, as a blank slate; a kind of place-holder, alternate persona for them to manipulate at will.
Once a victim is “split,” or “dissociated,” that part can be trained and programmed through post-hypnotic suggestion and other more technical means. This cruel art has been refined, over the centuries, to an astonishing level of sophistication.
There may be parts that have been programmed to perform only one task or operation, or an unlimited number of operations. A part may be designed and programmed to be a complex or very simple entity. A part may be programmed to believe it is a non-human life form, or even an inanimate object.
Perpetrators of these heinous crimes can control which alter they want to “come forward” using access codes they have programmed into the alters. These might be numbers, colors, symbols, sounds, or words, etc.
Many victims of DID have hundreds of alternate, programmed personalities. They’re typically programmed to have no memory of having been switched after they return to their original state. The front personality may or may not notice they have “lost time.”
Victims of deliberate dissociation commonly have programs installed to make them either behave in such a way as to discredit themselves, should they begin to remember their abuse, and especially if they speak about it, or to simply self-destruct.
mind control, step one
One reason ritual abuse and mind control often go hand-in-hand is that ritualized abuse is a common means by which many children are originally “split” for training. This is usually a long-term process that begins as early as infancy, or even in the womb.
This training can be in the service of the child’s individual perpetrator, or their cult, or to serve shadow corporate/government interests. Victims can be trained and programmed as civilian, intelligence or military operatives, or to be sexually exploited for profit, breeding, or blackmailing people in positions of power into compliance. There are many other ways in which splits can be exploited as well.
In 1989 the Ritual Abuse Task Force – Los Angeles County Commission for Women issued a radical report for its time that made the connection between ritual abuse tactics and mind control. The following is an excerpt from a revised version of that report, available at: (http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/report-of-the-ritual-abuse-task-force-los-angeles-county-commission-for-women/)
Ritual abuse is a brutal form of abuse of children, adolescents, and adults, consisting of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, and involving the use of rituals. Ritual does not necessarily mean satanic. However, most survivors state that they were ritually abused as part of satanic worship for the purpose of indoctrinating them into satanic beliefs and practices. Ritual abuse rarely consists of a single episode. It usually involves repeated abuse over an extended period of time.
Ritual abuse is usually carried out by members of a cult. The purpose of the ritual elements of the abuse seems threefold:
1. Rituals in some groups are part of a shared belief or worship system into which the victim is being indoctrinated;
2. Rituals are used to intimidate victims into silence;
3. Ritual elements (e.g., devil worship, animal or human sacrifice) seem so unbelievable to those unfamiliar with these crimes that these elements detract from the credibility of the victims and make prosecution of the crimes very difficult.
Many victims are children under the age of six who suffer the most severe and longstanding emotional damage from the abuse. These young victims are particularly susceptible to being terrorized and indoctrinated into the abusers’ belief system. During and even long after the abuse victims live in a state of terror and dissociation and suffer from the impact of mind control techniques. All this makes the initial disclosures of abuse exceedingly difficult, and can make each subsequent disclosure a terrifying and painful experience.
Ritual abuse is known to occur as an integral part of the life of some families in which one or both parents participate in conjunction with the extended family or other group. These groups are typically satanic in their symbols and beliefs. Children in these settings are severely abused on an ongoing basis with little time during which they are safe from abuse. The results are devastating.
On her End Ritual Abuse website, Ellen P. Lacter, Ph.D. describes relationships between ritual abuse and mind control in the context of the value of dissociative children to organized criminal syndicates:
Installation of mind control programming relies on the capacity to dissociate, which permits the creation of new walled-off personalities to “hold” and “hide” programming. Already dissociative children are prime “candidates” for programming. Alternatively, very young children may be made dissociative by trauma-based programming. The extreme abuse inflicted on young children in intra-familial satanic and abusive witchcraft cults reliably causes dissociation. Children in these cults are programmed to the extent that the cult’s leaders understand mind control programming. Organized and sophisticated abuser groups with world-power or organized crime agendas infiltrate these cults to gain access to these readily-programmable children. In exchange for the privilege of being allowed to install self-serving programs in these children, the organized abuser group provides the cult parent with a large fee (thousands of dollars), favor, or information, such as some of its programming secrets.
US GOVERNMENT SPONSORED MIND CONTROL
ancient occult crafts on steroids
“The key to creating an effective spy or assassin rests in splitting a man’s personality, or creating multipersonality, with the aid of hypnotism … This is not science fiction. This has and is being done. I have done it.”
- Dr. G.H. Estabrooks, as quoted in a 1968 article in the Providence Evening Bulletin
Estabrooks, a psychologist (and 32nd degree Knight Templar Mason), worked with the FBI and the CIA to develop military applications for post-hypnotic suggestion. As Dr. Colin Ross points out in The CIA Doctors, his exhaustively well-documented account of such high crimes, Estabrooks was also once quoted (Science Digest, 1971) as saying, “This is a field with which I am familiar through formulating guidelines for the techniques used by the United States in two world wars.” Two world wars.
In Post World War II US and Canada, elaborate and expansive programs were developed by various intelligence and military agencies to refine the craft of mind control, sometimes called “brainwashing” or “behavior modification.” The most notorious of these programs was called MKUltra. The various avenues used to control human behavior under MKULTRA included radiation, electroshock, psychology, harassment substances and paramilitary devices and materials.
Although most of the MKUltra records were destroyed by order of outgoing CIA director Richard Helms in 1973, some records survived. In 1977, some 16,000 pages of mind control related documents were released as the result of a Freedom of Information Act request.
As noted (and well-footnoted) in the article “Control Cover-Up: The Secrets of Mind Control,” deliberately inducing DID was a key component of the creation of “unwilling” mind control operatives:
A declassified CIA document dated 7 Jan 1953 describes the creation of multiple personality in 19-year old girls. “These subjects have clearly demonstrated that they can pass from a fully awake state to a deep H [hypnotic] controlled state … by telephone, by receiving written matter, or by the use of code, signal, or words and that control of those hypnotized can be passed from one individual to another without great difficulty. It has also been shown by experimentation with these girls that they can act as unwilling couriers for information purposes.”
Contrary to the official story, these mind control experiments were ultimately highly successful. According to a number of victims who have come forward, mind control methods were standardized and implemented routinely. And the weaponization of consciousness has continued to the present day, according to survivors young and old. But these voices have been categorically excluded from public debate.
As Evangeline Wright writes in her 2005 paper, “Mind-Control Experimentation: A Travesty of Human Rights in the United States,” for The Journal of Gender, Race and Justice:
We as a society are reluctant to look beyond our assumptions of humanity and acknowledge the inhumanity of which we are capable. The tremendous violation of human rights that these experiments represent demands some form of restitution. Survivors of CIA and military mind-control experiments are entitled to both civil and criminal remedies. They deserve a public apology for what was done to them; their experiences must become an acknowledged part of the history of this country. It is our responsibility, as members of the society that permitted these experiments to take place, to insure that these survivors’ needs are met.
MIND BOGGLING SOCIAL CENSORSHIP
dissociation on a grand scale
In spite of irrefutable, documented evidence of government sponsored mind control experimentation, survivors and their allies have had to fight against a tide of suppression and denial for decades, as have victims of organized criminal abuse in general. And, as noted previously, in spite of ample evidence of the dissociative after-effects of psychological trauma, conditions like DID are still widely denied even by health care professionals. How can something as fundamental as the way the human mind responds to overwhelming stress be kept secret from modern society?
Dr. Michael Salter, lecturer in criminology at the University of Western Sydney, addresses this phenomenon in his groundbreaking paper “Through a Glass, Darkly: Representation and Power in Research on Organized Abuse”:
[Dr. Phil] Mollon has suggested that narratives of organized abuse are, in many ways, external to “the dominant symbolic structure determining what we normally believe to be true, possible and within the nature of reality” (2008:108). As a result, allegations of such abuse have often been interpreted as myths or fantasies since “the possibility of their reality has no place” in the symbolic order constructed by “mainistream cultural and media discourse” (Mollon 2008:108).
The life histories of survivors of sexual abuse have long been the subject of heated and sometimes vitriolic debate. Over the last twenty years, much of this debate has been ostensibly concerned with experimental psychology and “memory science;” however, it has reflected a long-standing tradition of disbelief in relation to the testimony of women and children. As Habermas (1984) observed, questions of ethics and justice are increasingly reframed in the public sphere as “technocratic” issues dominated by scientific vocabulary. Behind the scientific rhetoric, the debate over women’s and children’s testimony has been a deeply ideological one that has drawn on entrenched views of women’s and children’s memories as porous and highly susceptible to influence and contamination (Campbell 2003).
Scientific evaluation and representation has historically failed survivors as utterly as has society at large. Salter acknowledges the gaping vacuum of victims’ narratives in scientific studies and summarizes the mechanisms by which victims’ histories get distorted and dismissed:
Few researchers have directly engaged survivors of organized abuse in the research enterprise through qualitative interviews, so there is little systematic analysis available regarding the content of survivor descriptions of their abuse. Survivors have rarely been afforded a presence in the research literature in their own right, and whilst some have represented their own histories through autobiographical writing, their contributions have largely been ignored or devalued by many academics and journalists writing on organized abuse. Many quantitative researchers have instead based their view of survivors upon pejorative mass media depictions, generalizing quantitative data drawn from surveys and case reviews in order to argue that such testimony is the product of “moral panic” and “false memories.”
The pseudoscientific term “false memory” arrived on the scene as the crest of a wave of disinformation launched in response to mounting pressure by victims of sexual and ritual abuse, in the 1980′s, to hold their perpetrators accountable. By the early 1990′s perpetrators had orchestrated and formalized their propaganda coup into what was meant to appear to be a grassroots organization. This charming little effort was called the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, or FMSF.
FMSF was founded by Pamela and Peter Freyd after Peter had been accused of molestation by his daughter, Dr. Jennifer Frey, Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. Two of the first board members, therapists Hollida Wakefield and Ralph Underwager, had to resign after publicly defending pedophilia. Many other board members, past and present, have CIA or military intelligence connections (Tavistock Institute-trained Dr. Louis Joylon West, known for his CIA-funded work on mind control techniques, among them).
FMSF tactics include suing therapists for malpractice and filing amicus briefs (documents filed by someone not a party to the case) in court cases relating to child abuse. But the real success story here is their ability to manipulate public perception. Mike Stanton, writing for the Columbia Journalism Review, summarized this phenomenon: “The foundation is an aggressive, well-financed p.r. (sic) machine adept at manipulating the press, harassing its critics, and moblizing a diverse army of psychiatrists, outspoken academics, expert defense witnesses, litigious lawyers, Freud bashers, critics of psychotherapy, and devastated parents.”
He goes on to note: “A study published (in 1996) by a University of Michigan sociologist, Katherine Beckett, found a sharp shift in how four leading magazines – Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and People – treated sexual abuse. In 1991, more than 80% of the coverage was weighted toward stories of survivors, with recovered memory taken for granted and questioniable therapy virtually ignored. By 1994, more than 80% of the coverage focused on false accusations, often involving supposedly false memory.”
There is now an FMSF chapter in every state.
– From “Survivors of Extreme Abuse: The Awful Rowing Toward Social Emancipation”
SILENCE IS COMPLICITY
be the change
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people … They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Until organizations that systematically torture children for power and profit are exposed and made accountable, these atrocities will continue unabated; the door will remain open for ruthless victimization of the innocent. In her paper “Mind-Control Experimentation,” Evangeline Wright notes that “justice remains elusive” for victims of government-sponsored abuse:
An extremely small percentage of mind-control experimentation victims have received settlements under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The majority of victims have received nothing. None of the child victims, now adults, have received compensation for the wrongs they suffered. The names and stories of the survivors are, for the most part, not found in court documents, government documents, or mainstream media reports. Instead, their stories are told in web postings and the notes of mental health workers, the outlets available to the marginalized and ignored.
The silenced and invisible survivors of organized abuse of every stripe deserve better. In the face of insidious oppression and public and private resistance to acknowledging the reality of organized abuse and its devastating psychological after-effects, how can the tide be turned toward social justice? As artist and survivor Lynn Schirmer observes, in an interview for Mad Hatters Review:
Activism in these areas is very difficult. Not only is one up against public denial, but local and national authorities may be compromised as we saw in the Franklin case. There are small groups and non-profits working to gain recognition for these crimes. For starters, I suggest that people support these groups in any way they see fit.
There are other things we can do, such as lobbying the government to keep accurate records of missing children. They keep better track of stolen cars at the moment. We should put more pressure on academic institutions to study the effects of early trauma and dissociative conditions, and to train clinicians in recognizing them.
There are signs that the dissociative deep-freeze around survivors’ experience is indeed beginning to thaw. In the past couple of years an increasing number of survivors of organized sexual and ritual abuse have been pressing for justice in the legal system, resulting in increased media attention. More and more survivors of occult and government-backed atrocities are publishing their biographies. Many courageous survivors and their courageous allies are producing shows, exhibiting artwork, and organizing as activists and advocates. And the deep-freeze denial on the scientific front is also beginning to show signs of life. By raising awareness about covert organized abuse and its psychological aftermath, ignorance, denial and indifference can and will give way to enlightenment, and a safer, kinder and more just world. As Dr. King once said, “truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
SOME RELATED LINKS, RANDOM REFERENCES AND GOOD IDEAS:
North America Truth and Reconciliation Coalition (NATRC)
“The North America Truth and Reconciliation Coalition (NATRC) seeks to raise public awareness about historical and ongoing human rights violations in North America, and works to establish an accurate and truthful historical record of such crimes, including human trafficking, organized ritual crime, child soldiering, mind control experimentation and other forms of torture, in both the private and public spheres.”
Carol Rutz, A Nation Betrayed
The Website of Ellen P. Lacter, Ph.D.http://www.endritualabuse.org/Moral.htm
Mauri: A Survivor’s Story of Total Mind Controlled Slavery and Torture
Persons Against Ritual Abuse – Torture
Ritual Abuse, Ritual Crime and Healing
The Awful Rowing Speech from SMART’s 2010 conference:
Carol Rutz’s EAS presentation
Child Abuse Wiki
Child Abuse Data
CKLN Radio Survivor/Allies Interviews
Declassified Government Mind Control Documents
http://www.michael-robinett.com/declass/c000.htm, and: http://web.archive.org/web/20080613034340/http://www.nemasys.com/rahome/library/programming/mkultra.shtml
Extreme Abuse Survey
Dr. Wanda Karriker’s EAS report
Dr. Ellen Lacter’s End Ritual Abuse site
Dr. Ellen Lacter’s List of Common Types of Ritual Abuse
(caution: could be triggering for survivors, please take all necessary precautions!)
Mind Control Information
http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/books/”>Books : S.M.A.R.T.’s Ritual Abuse Pages
Survivors of Extreme Abuse: The Awful Rowing Toward Social Emancipation
These Four Sites Have Been Banned by Wikipedia:
Two Mormon Ritual Abuse pages:
Donald Bain, The Control of Candy Jones
Nick Bryant, The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse and Betrayal
Suzie Burke R.N. Ph.D., Wholeness: My Healing Journey from Ritual Abuse
John Decamp, The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska
Lynn Hersha, Dale Griffis, Ted Schwarz, Secret Weapons: Two Sisters’ Terrifying True Story of Sex, Spies and Sabotage
Linda Hunt, Secret Agenda
Wanda Karriker, Ph.D., Morning Come Quickly
Angus MacKenzie, Secrets: The CIA’s War at Home
Victor Marchetti, John Marks: The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence
John Marks, The Search for the Manchurian Candidate
Jim Marrs, The Rise of the Fourth Reich
Mauri, Reflections in the Night
David McGowan, Programmed to Kill: The Politics of Serial Murder
Annie McKenna, Paper Clip Dolls: Project Monarch, MK-Ultra, Mind Control and Project Paperclip
Randy Noblitt, Pam Perskin, Ritual Abuse in the Twenty-First Century: Psychological, Forensic, Social and Political Considerations
Colin Ross, The CIA Doctors
Carol Rutz, A Nation Betrayed
Michael Salter, Organised Sexual Abuse
Kathleen Sullivan, MSW, Unshackled
Brice Taylor, Thanks for the Memories
(For Survivors) Some Good Ideas:
Events that can reduce or break-down amnesic barriers
by North America Freedom Foundation president Kathleen Sullivan, MSW
The following is a list of events that reportedly can contribute towards the reduction or breaking-down of traumatically induced amnesic barriers:
1.) Care-taking a child who is the same age that the survivor was, when certain traumas occurred
2.) Reaching age 35-45
3.) Undergoing hypnosis or submitting to truth serums.
4.) Consciously experiencing an event that is remarkably similar to an event the survivor is blocking out
5.) Reading materials written by or about survivors who have experienced similar traumas
6.) Experiencing a head injury
7.) Being affected by a drug that was previously administered to the survivor by perpetrators. This is an example of state-dependent memory. Unfortunately, when the drug’s effects fade, memories connected to the original drug experience will also fade away. Some survivors have experienced this phenomena when recovering from surgery.
8.) Being in a safe, supportive relationship or environment
9.) Working with a mental health professional on other “issues”
10.) The death of a primary perpetrator (despite possible concurrent feelings of grief and loss, this event can increase the survivor’s sense of safety)
From: TIPS FOR CONTAINING A FLASHBACK
If you are having a flashback, and you know that this is happening, try some things on this list. If one doesn’t help, go on to another. They are all designed to break a trance state and to get you back in touch with the present.
Many of the suggestions are taken from Chrystine Oksana’s ‘Safe Passage to Healing.’ Others come from a many different survivors and therapists, including Erikson, Kluft, and Napier. If you have some ideas that work well for you, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for containing a flashback:
· Blink hard. Blink again. Do it once more as hard as you can.
· Change your body position.
· Breathe slowly and deeply.
· Go to a safe place.
· Say your name out loud.
· Drink a glass of ice water.
· Tell someone what you need.
· Move vigorously to release energy.
· Name people or objects in the room.
· Hold something that is comforting.
· Listen to a tape of something soothing.
· Make tea. Drink it.
· Call a friend.
· Eat a snack.
· Jump up and down waving your arms.
· Lie down on the floor; feel your body connecting with it. Keep your eyes open. How does it feel? Describe it out loud to yourself.
· Make eye contact with your pet. Now hold it.
· Clap your hands.
· Breathe deeply. Keep breathing. Pay attention to your every breath.
· Hold a stuffed animal, pillow, or your favorite blanket.
· Alternatively tense and relax some muscles.
· Try and “blink” with your whole body, not just your eyelids.
· Move your eyes from object to object, stopping to focus on each one.
· Wash your face.
· Go outside for sunshine or fresh air.
· Repeat to yourself: “I am safe. This is (month, day, and year). I am ___ years old. I am a big person. I can protect myself.”
If you are so caught up in the flashback that you have no sense that you have already lived through the event, you may not be able to do any of the things suggested above. Here are some techniques that your therapist, your SO, or a friend can use to help you re-connect to the present. (They are written for the person not having the flashback.)
· Introduce yourself, explain it’s a flashback, explain where the person is. Give reassurances of safety — ‘that’s old stuff’ — ‘you are not alone now and are much bigger and stronger now’
· Use a magical eraser on the remembering.
· Using an imaginary plastic spray bottle of water, spray the remembering until it dissolved away.
· Put a TV screen around the remembering and then turn down the sound, turn down the brightness, switch channels.
· Look at the remembering with binoculars turned around and adjust the picture to make it smaller.
· Project the remembering on a wall/dry erase board, then ‘erase’ it with back-and-forth movements of your finger.
· Suggest that the person remember or imagine a very safe place, go there, and bring all senses to bear in the imagining (seeing, hearing, smelling, touch, etc.)
· Have the person draw the remembering on paper. Then erase, scribble over the drawing, flush it down the toilet, rip it up, etc.
With crisis telephone calls, when the person seems barely coherent, do most of the talking in your calmest, strongest, most reassuring voice. Say things like ‘You can hear my voice, you have a firm grip on the telephone receiver, you are safe, you can have control over your breathing.’ Then ask them to tell you what they see around them or to just name ‘safe’ objects in the room.
Tips from Readers
· hold ice in your hand
· take off shoes, put feet on the floor
· wear a rubber band on your wrist and snap it a few times
· concentrate on slower, longer breaths
· alternate nostril breathing techniques
· frequent intake of drinks of water
· clean house
Some (More) Ideas About Getting Grounded:
Culled from David McGowan’s Book, Programmed to Kill: The Politics of Serial Murder:
“Don’t go back into the picture,” Francisco said firmly, “Do you hear me? Do not go back there”.
…”Too late, I’m stuck.”
“Green pizza, he snapped. “Green pizza.”
Instantly, my mind constructed a green pizza. With the change of picture, my pain stopped.
He pushed me further away from the association, saying, “What color toenail polish do you have on?”
“Red”, I answered, and a split second later, my eyes were dry.
Other examples in the book include asking the survivor what color the phone she’s using is, and what kind of earrings she’s wearing. Concrete, specific and tactile things to focus on can be distracting enough to get a toe-hold on the present again.
Effective Healing Techniques:
Excerpt from Carol Rutz’s 2007 S.M.A.R.T. speech re: THERAPEUTIC TOOLS:
Individual Psychotherapy/Counseling topped the list with 75% of those who had been to therapy considering it from much to great help.
Top Healing techniques:
• 75% Individual Psychotherapy/Counseling
• 66% Supportive Friends
• 64% Creative Writing
• 62% Personal Prayer/Meditation
• 61% Journaling
• 60% Other Methods
• 57% Art Therapy
• 56% Drawing/Painting
• 55% Abreactive Work
• 53% Grounding Techniques
• 53% Self-Care/Self-Soothing Techniques
• 51% Spiritual Guidance/Counseling
• 51% Formal Deprogramming
Great Safety Tips for Survivors of Ritual Abuse:
From Ellen Lacter, Ph.D.: http://www.endritualabuse.org/Safety%20Tips.htm
Survivors who believe they may be killed or “suicided” should make a clear and convincing video-taped statement of their fear of being murdered and their desire to live rather than to suicide. This may increase an enemy’s or enemy group’s fear of being identified upon committing a murder or a murder staged to appear as a suicide, accident, or willful disappearance. This should reduce one’s risk of being murdered. Here are some guidelines for making a Safety Video-tape:
Video-tape Protocol for People who Fear Being Murdered, Directly or Staged to Appear as a Suicide, Accident, or Willful Disappearance
1. Fill out your responses to the following questions.
2. Have someone ask you these questions while video-taping you.
3. Refer to this form to remind you of all of your key points.
4. Express genuine emotion to get your point across and to make the press more likely to air the video-tape if you are killed.
5. Distribute copies of the video-tape widely.
6. Have holders of the tape secure the safety of the tape.
7. Make it publicly known (e.g., speaking engagements, publications, e-mails, conversations on telephones you believe to be tapped) that the video-tape is widely distributed and will be released to the press, concerned parties, and law enforcement, if you die of unnatural or suspicious causes.
1. What individuals or groups do you believe want you dead?
2. Why would these parties want you dead?
3. Can anyone support or corroborate that these parties are your enemies?
4. What methods do you believe these parties use to murder people?
5. Do you believe there have been any previous attempts on your life? If so, describe the suspected assailants and methods used.
6. Are you suicidal?
7. Why do you want to live?
8. Under what circumstances would you ever suicide?
9. Do you abuse life-threatening substances?
10. Do you have lethal weapons or substances in your home?
11. Do you drive safely? What is your record of traffic accidents and violations?
12. Do you have any desire to flee your current home and support persons?
This process can also be done without use of a videotape. I recommend a 2-step process.
1. Prepare a statement that includes all of the details of the crimes;
a) real identifiers: name, birth date, Social Security Number, etc.
b) crime history; places, time, names of perpetrators
Provide this statement in person or via snail mail to a select few trusted individuals to place in a secure location.
2. Send a statement via e-mail to a larger number of people:
a) Statement of concern for survivor’s safety (Questions 1 through 5 above).
b) Statement about the survivor’s not being a danger to self, or wishing to flee (if true) (Questions 6 through 12 above).
c) a statement that a number of people (do not name them) have the specific crime facts- names, places, dates, etc., and that this information will be made public and reported to law enforcement if anything happens to the survivor.
Use a pseudonym in this e-mailed statement. Do not name the perpetrators.
This 2-step process may increase the safety of the survivor because the main fear of these criminals is that of public exposure.
The following internet articles provide further important information on staying safe:
“Maximizing Personal Safety” Author: Jeannie Riseman
“Maintaining External Safety” Author: Olyssa
Published on: July 14, 2001 http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/74737
“Safety and Reaccessing Tips – as shared by ritual abuse survivors”, by Jeanne Adams
Mr. Light & Associates, Inc. http://www.mrlight.org/selfhelp/index.php
“Finding A Safe House” Author: Svali
Published on: February 17, 2001 http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/6554/60632
“Dealing with Threats” Author: Svali
Published: May 8, 2002 http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/91745
Preventing Re-accessing of the Survivor. Chapter Twelve in the book: “The Illuminati: How the Cult Programs People”, by Svali
Published 2000 http://www.geocities.com/lord_visionary/chapter_12.htm
For Embattled, Intrepid Allies:
Neil Brick’s Speech at the 2010 SMART conference, The Move from Blame the Victim to Blame the Helper: http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2010-conference/the-move-from-blame-the-victim-to-blame-the-helper/
Fighting back and supporting each other are the most important things we can do when fighting the backlash. Whenever we stop fighting, the backlash wins. Every time we refuse to defend ourselves in a public forum, the backlash and its factual inaccuracies are taken as fact by the public. Every time we ignore a request to help another clinician or advocate to fight the backlash, we all lose. Children lose and child abuse continues.
So let’s fight back. For the sake of all child abuse survivors, their helpers and the future generations of children.