Rape Trauma and Spirit Attachment

An acupuncturist talks about spirit attachment from rape trauma. How to diagnose it and how to clear it.  Perpetrators generally have failed in the daily task of spiritual housekeeping (otherwise they wouldn’t be perpetrators), and because of this, they can take on spirit attachments, or cultivate a corrupt spirit. This dark spiritual aspect of the perpetrator can be passed onto the victim through the traumatic violation.  How do we identify spirit attachment and how do we clear it.
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Somatic (body centered) therapies for sexual abuse survivors

Incorporating body-centered therapies in the healing process is important for trauma that affects the body, emotions and spirit in the way that sexual abuse does.  An acupuncturist talks about a variety of techniques that have helped survivors.


Acupuncture for Emotional Balance

I am a survivor, and also a student of Oriental Medicine on the Big Island of Hawai’i. I used acupuncture as one of the tools in my healing, and it helped me to such a degree that I am now one year away of getting my degree in Oriental Medicine! Here is why I think that acupuncture is a great tool for helping survivors.

Sexual assault affects survivors primarily on the emotional and spiritual levels and for this reason, acupuncture, which works on these levels is a truly perfect tool for healing. Acupuncture uses the meridian system of the body. Meridians are pathways that energy travels throughout the body, connecting various organ systems and acupoints are the points we use for accessing the energy traveling along these meridians. According to Eastern thought, the organs of the body are associated with various emotions. If you’ve ever lost a pet or loved one, you can relate to feeling grief in the body as a heaviness in the chest because grief is held in the lungs. Joy is housed in the heart, anger in the liver, fear in the kidneys and worry in the spleen. When our emotions are negatively affected through rape, treating the associated organs with acupuncture or herbs can help the emotions transform to the next stage of healing.

It is not unusual for rape survivors to experience all of these emotions at some point in their healing (Joy of the heart at the end!). I for example, was stuck in fear for a long time. This exhausted my kidneys because I was in fight/flight mode for an extended time. My adrenals became depleted because I was using up too much adrenaline as a result of PTSD. An herbal formula which contained cordyceps (a Chinese herb), helped rebuild my kidney energy and my state of perpetual exhaustion lifted.

Also, I struggled with bottled up rage for many years. The Eastern explanation of this is that bottled up rage is “stagnated liver qi”. (Qi is energy) So the energy of rage was stuck in my liver, and when my acupuncturist treated me for “stuck liver qi”, my rage became much more manageable. I was able to move through this emotion to the next stage of healing. So too with grief. No rape survivor escapes this emotion. By treating lung points, healing energy moved through my lungs which were storing the grief, and my mood was lifted.

Many people are afraid of needles, but acupuncture needles are not at all like the needles that are used to give shots or take blood. Those needles have a much greater diameter because they must be able to transport fluids in and out of the body. Acupuncture needles are much thinner, almost like a human hair. They are inserted into muscle and not a vein, and are relatively painless upon insertion.

The experience of having an acupuncture treatment is that of deep relaxation. The acupuncturist will do a thorough intake interview before inserting the needles. Some of the questions may even be surprising to hear because Oriental Medicine looks at the patient holistically. Everything in your life, your diet, your dreams, even the colors you prefer may be asked in order to make up the whole picture of who you are and where the imbalances lie. The needles are inserted gently and you lay on the treatment table for 20-30 minutes in a state of deep relaxation, usually with some meditation music playing. At the end of the treatment, patients report feeling “high” but in a natural way and experience a degree of restoration of their pure self.

While acupuncture was not the only method I used in my own healing journey, it was definitely one of the tools that I am most excited about. For this reason, I am now studying Oriental Medicine and I plan to use it to help in the area of sexual abuse. My mission is to make a big loud noise about acupuncture in the healing community so that others too may experience the benefits of this wonderful healing art. I am not alone in my mission, as a student in Florida, Amy Galvan, found me online and she is using acupuncture with the same focus, treating patients referred to the school clinic from the local rape crisis center.

I have a friend who used acupuncture while going through a difficult divorce, and it helped her “walk thought hell” with more balance and dignity.

It is a good idea to have various resources in place before embarking on a period of acupuncture therapy. A relationship with a therapist or a confidante who can really be there for you while emotions are being “energetically” moved is important. As the emotional energy is moved, things get stirred up, and people often have greater insight into their lives, and it’s good to have a safe place to take this information.

The most memorable treatment for me is a point protocol (a specific selection of points), called “Clearing the Internal Dragons”. While every treatment helped, this one left me with a truly memorable experience. For years, I felt that my soul still carried a part of the rapist’s energy, and I hated that. It was a feeling of never being pure. My feeling after the treatment was that it gave me my soul back. It’s also known as “clearing possession”. That may sound hocus pocus-y to some, but the Chinese always recognized soul possession, which can easily happen in the case of sexual assault, as a cause of illness.

Here’s a link with more information about this protocol.

Remember, that your intuition is the best guide to what you need at the stage of healing that you are at. Every person is unique and everyone’s needs are different. What may be right for one person, may not be the right method for another. Acupuncture was wonderful for me and other survivors that I know, but trust your instincts and let your higher self (the inner voice that wants the best for you) be your guide. My best wishes are with all survivors (including you, dear reader) and my intention is to be a small candle flame in the dark tunnel helping those still suffering find the joy and laughter that they so very much deserve.

Krisztina Samu
Student of Oriental Medicine
On the Big Island of Hawai’i