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Creating Light with Kelsey


Oct 19, 2021

In this episode, I dive into the raw data from Week 3 of my study, "Self-Care after Trauma: A heuristic inquiry using Art Therapy, Journaling, and Dream reflection." The raw data consists of all of my art pieces, journal entries, and documented dreams that was expressed for the duration of the 5 week study. Within Week 3, I was still processing the sensations of anger in not feeling "seen." Then I was feeling frustrated with the boundaries I needed in regards to sex, and I was feeling extremely exhausted.

I was feeling the full weight of my trauma in a way I had never experienced before. My study was having me constantly confront myself and my relationship with sex. I discuss how I was originally agitated with the process of shifting my mindset from being used to sexual abuse to then starting to get used to a healthy sex and sexuality lifestyle. I was also confronting my maladaptive coping mechanism of avoiding. I realized it would be a crucial decision to either choose to push through or slip back into avoidance. 

 

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If you would like to look at the artwork described in the episode, you can do so here! 

Chronological order on the series of episodes discussing my thesis, Self-Care after Trauma: Episode 27, Episode 32, Episode 36, and Episode 40.

Other episodes that discuss my thesis if you would like to listen! It would give you a better understanding of my study, but they are not specifically a part of the Self-Care after Trauma series: Episode 23 and Episode 24

Discussing the process of owning my suffering and how I was able to do that through the concept of "bearing gifts to the feast." Episode 13: What is, Bearing Gifts to the Feast? Episode 14: Owning my Suffering

Discussing how there is no logic behind suffering, and digging deeper into the notion of "hurt people hurt people" in Episode 11: Discovering how the Goddess, Quan Yin, and I have similar life missions