I worked with a soldier, Jonathan, with a few years history of PTSD, with the classical symptoms of nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbness, and dissociation from life. He had been in therapy twice a week with a psychologist in the last four years and was on a whole cocktail of medications. With all this his condition had not improved, and he had not functioned at work or socially.

The first thing I did with him was to check using Energy Muscle Testing (EMT) when he said the statement, “I deserve to get over the trauma.” The muscle was strong, indicating, against my guess, that he did not have survival guilt, like many other soldiers I’ve treated. Yet the muscle was weak when he said, “Others deserve for me to get over the trauma.”

The first culprit was obviously his commander. Indeed the muscle was very weak when Jonathan stated, “My commander deserves for me to get over the trauma.”

As we talked, it became apparent to me why Jonathan was angry at his lieutenant. The order that was given did not make any sense to me. It did not make sense to Jonathan, nor did it make sense to his friends in the special unit. The order unnecessarily put the soldiers’ lives at risk. It was not only my judgment that it was a bad order, according to Jonathan, the captain was also angry at the lieutenant for giving this order and chewed him out loudly and passionately about it. Yet, in the long run, the lieutenant was promoted and is now a colonel.

On a conscious level, Jonathan was not angry at the lieutenant. He said, “It was as in war.” He rationalized even the fact that he was promoted and achieved a higher rank so quickly. He said, “The lieutenant was macho, tough and without sentiments; the material good commanders are made of.”

When I heard about the order, I became very upset and angry. Surely it put a few soldiers at risk, when it was possible to proceed in a more cautious way. Soon, I noticed that Jonathan was not in touch with any of his emotions. He could not get in touch with the fear he felt at that time and with the anguish he felt about one of his fellow soldiers, David, who was killed in that mission.

Jonathan was totally detached from his feelings. He said he actually remembers a certain moment during combat that he felt so emotionally overwhelmed with fear that he felt he was disconnected, like he was looking at himself from the outside. Since that time, he could not feel anything. He refused to talk about what happened.

This emotional numbness and disconnect is a classic presentation of Dissociation. Jonathan told me he thinks his flashbacks and nightmares were the way his mind was trying to force him to face the trauma and deal with it and, therefore, was therapeutic. Yet, it was very disturbing!

Based on his story, I checked with EMT and found a weak muscle also when checking if David deserved for Jonathan to get over the trauma, indicating another type of subconscious sabotage. I explained to Jonathan there was no way he could possibly get over the trauma when he subconsciously felt that these two did not deserve for him to be healed.

We then proceeded to use SCT to remove the sabotage. Because of the severity of the symptoms, I immediately decided to use the Personalized Forgiveness Affirmation. It took quite a long time to remove the subconscious sabotage towards the lieutenant.

Then we proceeded to deal with his anger at David for dying. Jonathan did not feel any anger on a conscious level. “How could one be angry at someone for dying?” he asked. I explained that this is exactly the problem. It is irrational to be angry at someone for dying. It was obviously not David’s choice. He was the victim. Yet, on a subconscious level, there was anger, as was evidenced by EMT.

We were able to successfully remove this sabotage. Now when Jonathan said, “David deserves for me to get over the trauma,” the muscle that was weak before SCT was rock solid.

We then checked for “others deserve for me to get over the trauma.” The muscle was strong, indicating there were no others. I then proceeded to check muscle strength with the statement, “God deserves for me to get over the trauma.” Not surprisingly, the muscle was weak. When asked about it, Jonathan said that he did not feel anger but wondered what kind of God allowed so much suffering. After doing the Forgiveness Affirmation for God, the muscle became strong.

There were no more weak muscles. A strong muscle with the statement, “There is100% subconscious support to finding the best method to getting over the trauma,” indicated that now we can get answers about the preferred method of treatment.

We proceeded with, “The best way is EMDR,” – weak muscle (no).
“The best way is EFT,” – strong muscle (yes).
Then I asked Jonathan to guess, if he would talk about the trauma, where would he rate his anxiety to be, on a scale of 0 to 10. He guessed 10.
With a few rounds of the full protocol of EFT, we were able to decrease it down to two.

Next I asked Jonathan to tell me the details of the trauma. He started to talk. He still felt emotionally numb, but felt tightness in his chest, rated 9/10. We tapped on it and got it down to 0/10. Yet he had sharp pain over the left side of his head, rated 8/10. We “tapped” it down to 1/10.

When Jonathan continued telling more details about the trauma he felt anxiety, rated 7/10, and we were able to tap it down. He continued talking and a few times along the story, the anxiety went up. We were able to successfully reduce it down substantially to 1/10. This was good enough, as Jonathan felt he would not recognize himself if he would be completely symptom free. He also expressed his concern that should he be symptom free, treatment would be stopped, and he was not ready for it. He also wanted to be sure the military pension he received would continue until at least such a time that he would be able to be gainfully employed.

In a follow-up of six months, Jonathan only had some minor persisting symptoms. He attended computer school and was looking forward to gradually get off medications.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Slonim is a Board Certified psychiatrist.  She has been the Medical Director of the DSA Medical Clinic in Beverly Hills, CA since 1984. She has integrated energy muscle testing and energy psychology in her practice. She was a co-director of NATO projects, teaching her unique Sabotage Correction Technique, on how to remove subconscious sabotage.
She worked with hundreds of people to quickly and easily get to the subconscious, find the sabotage and get then unstuck.  Forever…

She is the author of the book and DVD The First Key, How to Remove Subconscious Sabotage, also available as an e-book with embedded videos.  www.thefirstkey.com

Recently she also wrote another e-book How to Remove Self Sabotage to Financial Success, with two DVDs and a CD