RTT Overview and Method
Anchoring Inner Peace
Once the participant has acknowledged the truth of their traumatic experiences, released repressed emotions and welcomed lost soul parts home, the facilitator guides the session to a close. This may involve reframing the traumatic experience, offering coping strategies or treatment options to help navigate ongoing challenges and anchor the newfound inner peace, or simply acknowledging and celebrating a new sense of calmness or "coming home."
Celebrating or Acknowledging the Awakening of Our Inner Light
When we first dive into RTT processing, it's similar to opening a floodgate—the energy wants to keep moving. Simple practices like sharing truth in the moment with our fellow human beings, or reaching out for human support and witness, can help us keep that energy moving and maintain the shifts achieved during RTT sessions. As we transition out of old, self-destructive patterns of behavior and decision-making, these practices often shift into celebrations and affirmations of the many positive shifts experienced in the journey to reconnect with self.
Welcoming Our Soul Parts Home
Soul loss can happen at any age. Whenever we experience or observe a tragedy or traumatic event that’s beyond our scope of tolerance, we “check out.” In shock, parts of our souls leave our bodies—a non-physical "running away" of a part of the self that can negatively impact our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
When the individual follows the feelings that awaken during an RTT process to the core of his/her being, staying present and observing without judgment, he/she no longer abandons the part of the self that has held onto those emotions. Once those soul parts are free of their energetic bond to past traumatic events, they can be welcomed back home.
Opening Our Heart
The most important aspect of the RTT process is acknowledging and staying with the feelings that come up, whatever they are, without judgment. By allowing for the full experience of these emotions, the blocked and stored energy in the body transforms. One of the truest measures of progress in the RTT methodology is a growing awareness that our heart is truly open to ourselves, free of judgment for our past experiences, along with the clarity to discern when it is safe to open our heart to others.
Releasing the Energy of Repressed Emotions
The energy of repressed emotions unlocked by the breath can be intense, and it generally comes in waves. Participants may experience the deep feelings of sorrow, pain, grief, anger, rage, fear and terror. The facilitator encourages the participant to keep breathing into those powerful feelings, staying with the pain rather than running from it. This might include speaking truths that the individual was unable to express during the initial trauma. This piece is critical because it frees the hurt parts of your self from bondage to the traumatic event.
Igniting Unconscious Memories
As the breath leads the participant back into connection with his or her body, they may feel intense physical discomfort or emotions that had, until then, been repressed, locked away or literally frozen. Many participants experience vivid memories of past abuse or trauma. The facilitator supports the participant by maintaining a safe space in which they can work with these memories and the emotions that surface. RTT does not require that you fully re-experience all of the pain you felt when the trauma took place, but it is necessary to acknowledge what occurred so that the wounds left by those experiences can be healed.
The Breath Guides Our Way
The breath is a natural pathway to accessing emotions stored at a deep subconscious level. So, as the process begins, the participant will be asked to close his or her eyes and start breathing deeply, bringing their awareness to the breath as it goes in and out. Our trained facilitators use a number of tools, from guided visualization to literally "breathing with" the client, to help them quiet the mind and drop into the emotions and energy that have been stored in the body.
Most RTT sessions begin with the participant lying down on a padded mat, legs propped over a pillow to release any tension on the lower back. A blindfold is placed over the eyes and the participant's body is covered with a blanket, both for privacy and to facilitate an easier journey “within.” The goal is to make the participant as physically comfortable as possible at the onset of the session, recognizing that as the session progresses, the tapping of intense emotional feelings will wake up body memories that may be extremely uncomfortable.
he treatment methodology utilized by the WRC team evolved from the study of indigenous healing techniques from around the globe and communication with the unseen dimension. The methods used are indigenous-based as they bring together teachings, ceremony, song, and movement as they relate to tribal peoples understanding of mind, body and spirit relationships and what sustains the embodiment of health and well being. We draw on these teachings as we acknowledge and honor the wisdom and support of our ancestors.
Our understanding of the experience of trauma and Post traumatic Stress Disorder lead us to this method for accessing and releasing repressed emotional energies. This method has demonstrated facilitation of dramatic and quantum healing in a very short period of time compared to western methodologies. While the process may ultimately look quite different for each individual; to ignite the process initially, facilitators at the White Raven Center utilize a guided deep breathing technique. The breath is the pathway to access emotions stored at a deep subconscious level. Proper and full breathing restores the body’s natural capacity to heal itself.
To begin the session we invite each participant to lie down on a padded mat, making sure the spine is straight and legs are propped comfortably over a pillow to release any tension on the lower back. A blindfold is placed over the eyes, as this allows for privacy and facilitates an easier journey “within”. Depending on the climate; at least a light blanket is placed over the body. If the client feels chilly then several blankets or a wool covering may be added. The goal is to make the participant as physically comfortable as possible at the onset of the session; recognizing that as the session progresses the tapping of intense emotional feelings will wake up body memories that may be extremely uncomfortable. In order to heal and experience inner peace we must first allow and experience the presence of our pain as it relates to past traumatic events.
Each session opens with a trained facilitator literally “breathing with” the client to ensure they feel safe and are maximizing the breathing effort. Once a breathing pattern is established a prayer will be offered for protection, guidance and healing, as well as to honor the ancestral helpers who come to help with the healings. Staff are conscious of the diverse spiritual and religious beliefs possessed by individuals seeking our help and we take care to remain sensitive to personal preferences for prayer. At the White Raven Center we honor all belief systems that are of the light and lead to the center. It is the primary responsibility of the facilitator to “be with” and “hold space” for the participant in order that they feel safe enough to allow their inward journey to unfold.
The first phase of the session, with guided focus on the breathing is generally used for teaching the participant to tune-in and listen to the body. We teach that the body never lies and if we learn to listen to the body we will know exactly where we need to do our work. For example, many of us on the planet are so used to living in our heads, either projecting in to the future or dwelling on the past, that we become disconnected from what is happening in the present and what messages our body’s are signaling for us to be aware of. As we come more fully into the physical body we learn to recognize where our conscious attention is focused and how we have learned to numb our pain by spending most of our lives in our heads trying to figure things out. We ask clients not to judge themselves for this; but to in fact to honor “self” as this has been a coping skill/survival skill up to this point.
As the session progresses the participant will begin to tap core emotional energy; which in turn will trigger memories of experiences that were soul damaging. Facilitators will encourage clients to keep breathing into those powerful feelings “to drop deeper” and to stay with the process. By staying with the process the client opens multiple doors to healing which eventually produce a state of inner calm. As stored emotional energy is tapped, each process evolves in a manner and experience that is unique to the participant. Generally, participants connect with past memories where they have been abused and traumatized in some way. Facilitators support the participant by working with these memories and using the emotions that are further triggered, by allowing for the presence of pain, anger, fear etc., to heal deep wounds. The evolution of the process normally involves the removal of unwanted energy forms from the body and retrieval of lost soul essence or soul particles. This latter phenomenon is referred to by Dr. Rolland as participatory soul retrieval and is viewed as one of the most empowering aspects of White Raven Center’s healing process. This technique is frequently used to close a session as it leaves the participant with a renewed sense of personal power.
During a session and weekend retreat many ceremonies, techniques and tools such as singing, drumming, dancing and rattling are incorporated into the treatment based on the needs of each individual and the group as a whole.