Climate Disruption and Historic Trauma

As this winter brings unprecedented cold and snow to the northwest and an early and brutal set of storms to the northeast, numerous clients are finding historic themes getting activated. Being home-bound without choice, living without power for extended periods of time, unable to clear roads or remove trees that block egress are some of the precipitating factors.

While clients may feel they have healed historic wounds so that they may live fully in the present, when they are unable to separate from home base, some find unresolved issues forced to the surface. If the childhood home was an unsafe place, if fleeing home was a survival mechanism, if separating oneself from dysfunctional dynamics involved adapting to unsuitable surroundings, then this enforced presence can be very uncomfortable.

As climate change brings more dramatic weather conditions with fewer breaks between the extreme experiences, it appears that more people are feeling the pressure to address the underlying and unaddressed distresses that make living through the present challenges so unsettling.

In a time where externalities demand more and more attention, it can seem counter-intuitive to focus inside. However, if the future holds more instability in weather (not less), then the requirement to resolve ancient wounds so that we may be neutral in present and demanding circumstances seems more pressing than ever. When the internal landscape lacks alignment, then the external causes of disequilibrium and stress become exponentially overwhelming.