A Follower asks a question: Slaying the Dragon


Rudid96 poses a question:

“I’m interested in the way you phrase the positive inroad you made. “The dragon has been wounded.” Your words place you as the warrior. Your words conjure the intensity of PTSD. The internal battle; swords flashing, exhaustion, and concentration of effort to vanquish the devil dragon. My words describe it differently. Perhaps it’s a gender thing or simply a difference because it’s unique to each. I don’t know. However, I’m very glad you wounded your dragon and live to tell the tale. Thinking of you.”
My two cents: First, thank you for all your participation, sharing and responses.

I think there is a difference how gender impacts PTSD, or should I say how PTSD impacts gender.

Women are twice as likely to get Ptsd than men, except for war.

“The internal battle; swords flashing, exhaustion, and concentration of effort to vanquish the devil dragon”, is the opposite for me too.

My battle, fight starts with the courage to stay present, observing the dragon, finally surrendering to the dragon we fear without trying to shield our body or mind.

Our battle is to surrender not fight it, what we resist will persist.

No resistance, no control, is our motto.

We have to be extremely vulnerable to our trauma, surrendering to the dragon takes enormous courage and daily practice.

My courage came from daily meditation and practice.

Nothing miraculous, just persistent daily action trying to heal is my formula.

Nothing has ever healed quickly for me, or with the first 100 tries, maybe 1,000 tries.

My experience: I do my daily work without concern for daily healing, this is a marathon we are running, healing will be slow, subtle and incremental.

It takes concerted effort to surrender, it does not happen without facing our dragon directly, over and over and over again.

The battle, can I stay present when triggers arrive, can I resist denying, avoiding, ruminating, isolating, or resisting.

That’s the fight, use your heart like a butterfly net and catch the thoughts you fear most, the anxious-filled trauma memories.

Our battle is to surrender, refusing to resist or avoid, facing the dragon with an open heart not a sword, Rudid96.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by rudid96 on March 5, 2022 at 12:30 am

    Thank you for the additional explanation. My understanding is expanded.

  2. Short

    I appreciate all your input and sharing

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